Released July 24, 2015

Hello Galena! Featured Artists for August: Connie Holm and Carol Bell

Artwork by Carol Bell Artwork by Connie Holm

Hello Galena! News: Released July 24

Connie Holm, a Galena Territory resident, creates "stories" on canvas with pastels, watercolors, and oils. Holm's mother, an accomplished sculptor and pastels artist, provided the first medium for her daughter's artistic expression when she unwrapped newly laundered shirts and gave the cardboards and a drawing pencil to her daughter.

Years and a business training career later, Holm is energized by her surroundings to create inspirational images. Skillfully she uses light versus dark and texture to enhance each still life and landscape. She explains, "I love what I do. For me, there's a story in the beginning, middle, and end of each piece. When someone buys it, it becomes a story for that person." Artwork by Holm is displayed in private collections around the United States and was published recently in the book by Kimberley Poe-Jensen, "When I Close My Eyes, I See Many Colors."

Also, a property owner at The Galena Territory, Carol Bell's artistic progression began with weaving. "I always loved color and texture," explains Bell. "When I studied during my junior year at the University of Stockholm, I was surrounded by the rich, deep colors of the Scandinavian culture, and I learned to weave on an eight-harness loom."

Eight years ago, Bell discovered that unweaving small pieces of certain fabrics revealed the artistic elements of the cloth. To share her joy for life and art, she creates greeting cards with pieces of purposefully frayed fabric. Bell offers, "It is in the smallest details that life is savored."

The Sconcho is another innovative fabric art form that Bell has conceptualized and named. "Sconcho"-- easier to wear and more versatile than either a scarf or a poncho. Now, she enjoys the hunt for not only perfect texture and color, but also the drape of the fabric.

Bell's wearable art and unwoven greeting cards are for sale in boutiques in Minnesota, at Chicago area art festivals, the Galena Country Fair, and Hello Galena!. Her new website,, shows the one-of-a-kind Sconcho.

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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