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Released March 3 , 2013


Hello Galena Features Galena-Grant Collection

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Hello Galena! News: Released March 3

See local artists' renditions of vintage Galena, contemporary Galena, and U.S. Grant at Hello Galena! During the months of March and April, "Galena and Grant" is the theme of the center displays in the artist co-operative at 121 N. Commerce Street.

New to the shop are works by the late Edward G. Kelley, a series of four black-and-white drawings of Galena buildings/landmarks. The four, 14"x18" images are the old firehouse and steps, the Market House, Main and Prospect Streets, and Franklin Street. A separate print of the Grant Home also is being featured.

During the height of his career, Kelley was an art director and commercial artist for several studios in Chicago. He was one of the artists selected for the Sears and Roebuck "Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art" and was a contributor to the Art Institute of Chicago's 1961-62 first biennial exhibit of prints, drawings and water colors.

Over the years, Kelley spent more and more time in Galena. In 1976, he moved permanently to Galena and restored the old East Side School into his residence. Kelley operated EGK Antiques in Galena, specializing in early American and English antiques.

Kelley died in 2005. His work was part of the recent The Art Lives On Pop-Up Gallery show by the Vision 2020 Art Center committee.

Also on display is a framed print, "Port of Galena" by Wayne Dyrke. Like Kelley, Dyrke's career was centered in Chicago. He attended the American Academy of Art and entered the commercial art field as an illustrator in 1956.

In 1967, Dyrke began exhibiting fine art watercolor and acrylic paintings, winning Best of Show in his first exhibit. He continued winning awards during the next 25 years. Dyrke's painting, "Port of Galena" was chosen for the 2004 Grand Excursion nation-wide ad campaign.

Written works about Galena and novels with Galena settings are part of the feature displays. Authors' autograph sessions will be announced.

Hello Galena! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are displayed at 121 N. Commerce Street, Galena, Ill. Artists staff the art-only shop. Check out our handy online map, store hours and directions.

For more information, call (815) 777-1448 during shop hours.

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