Released July 25, 2014

Talented, Self-Taught Artists Featured in August

Stephanie O'Shaughnessy bowls Mugs created by Stephanie O'Shaughnessy Charlene Buran Price Poppy  painting

Hello Galena! News: Released July 25

During August, works by two talented, self-taught artists, charlene buran price and Stephanie O'Shaughnessy, are featured at Hello Galena!, a local artist co-op. buran price paints in oils on both paper and canvas; O'Shaughnessy is a potter with a focus on traditional and abstract functional pots. Results of their passion are on display in the shop at 121 N. Commerce Street.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the Hello Galena! shop and experience their zeal for art: charlene buran price will share her work on Sunday, August 24 from 1-4 p.m.; Stephanie O'Shaughnessy will be present on Saturday, August 30 from 1-4 p.m.

buran price paints the world around her in a free, impressionistic style that conveys mood and connects the viewer. On paper, the muted tones of a limited palette create a melancholy view of Galena as seen through the mist. On canvas, the excitement of brilliant color takes art admirers to the tile rooftops of Italy. "The arts communicate in a unique way," buran price shares. "I think of painting as an international language and try to express love and respect for life, qualities common to all cultures." She has had solo exhibitions in Galena, Barrington, and Skokie, Illinois, and was the featured artist for the 30th annual Galena Arts Festival in 2001.

O'Shaughnessy, a self-taught potter, began working in clay more than 40 years ago. While doing historical research for the Galena Gazette, she discovered the work of the flourishing potters of the Upper Mississippi Valley in the 1850s and was inspired to learn the art form. O'Shaughnessy fires her functional and sculptural work in electric, gas, and wood-fire kilns.

O'Shaughnessy sells her artwork at shows and in galleries and does commissioned pieces. She is a member of 20 Dirty Hands and a volunteer instructor for Galena's Art-in-Action program. O'Shaughnessy's enthusiasm is obvious to the students she teaches in individual and group classes locally and at Adamah Clay Studios in Dodgeville, Wis. "There are endless possibilities to explore with clay, and great contentment in making a functional object to be used as a favorite mug or a generous bowl," O'Shaughnessy expounds, "and, there is always joy in sharing this magical material with people of all ages."

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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