Released July 1, 2014

Hello Galena! Featured Artists for July

Hello Galena! News: Released July 1

Jeanette Muller and Larry Cording are the Featured Artists of the Month at Hello Galena! Muller, a photographer, will host a Meet and Greet event Saturday, July 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the artists' coop, 121 N. Commerce Street. Cording, a wood turner, will host a Meet and Greet event at the coop on Saturday, July 19 from 1-4 p.m.

Muller has combined her passion and profession to capture and preserve the wonder of Nature. On her website,, Muller describes her early passion for animals, "I grew up on a dairy farm loving both wild and domestic animals of all shapes and sizes."

After earning a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Muller's profession took her to national parks in the western states to control invasive species; inventory wildlife, fish and plants; and, help with restoration projects. Now, she splits her time between Northwest Illinois and Northeast Iowa.

Muller is a seasonal biological science technician at Effigy Mounds National Monument near Harpers Ferry, Ia. With her trusty Canon Power Shot ELPH camera, she captures what other people miss. The alluring images are on display in Galena, on her website, and on eight other sites.

Cording realized his innate ability to work with wood while earning his Industrial Technology degree. During his teaching career his passion for the natural resource grew. "The smell and feel of wood had an effect on me," Cording shares. "I was compelled to create pens, cutting boards and bookmarks so others can appreciate the beauty and utility of wood."

When the Galena Cultural Arts Association (GCAA) announced the opening of the artists' cooperative 10 years ago, Cording made the decision to display his usable art in the shop. On July 19, he will demonstrate and share his innovate woodworking techniques at the coop.

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

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