Galena! Features Artists Joan Grippo and Richard Pearce
Galena! is featuring the works of two local artists,
Joan Grippo and Richard
Pearce. Stop in the artists' co-operative shop at 121
N. Commerce Street in Galena to see Nature celebrated by the
works of Grippo and Pearce.
artists use Nature as the focus of their artwork. Grippo creates
large sculptures and benches to beautify gardens of homes and
pathways in parks. Pearce uses digital technology to capture
the minutest details of native upper Mississippi flora and an
interest in art formed as she grew up in an artistically-talented
family of six children. After her careers as teacher, business
owner, computer programmer and consultant, it was natural for
her to become a full-time artist.
her 20-year art career, Grippo developed her talents in three-dimensional
art mediums. She repurposes objects into her pieces whenever
possible. "I am now incorporating 'pique assiette' (French for
'broken plate') recycled mosaics into my metal designs and water
features," explains Grippo.
believes he "fell upon" a new way of imaging objects in ultra-high
resolution, but perhaps his career as biomedical researcher
prepared him to notice the small wonders around us.
imaging technique Pearce has developed is so new that it is
without a name. He explains, "I call my images 'photoscans'
because the lens and light source both move across the subject
during exposure." Peace's equipment does not include a camera;
instead he uses a modified office-type flatbed scanner, which
can be taken into the field along with a laptop computer and
a power generator. Additional lighting effects are achieved
with side and back lights.
many of Pearce's remarkable images are enjoyed as miniature
photos, the high digital content of each scan makes it possible
to print the image as a large mural measuring several feet on
a side. The image will actually gain resolution and clarity.
artists continue to experiment and learn new ways to express
their creativity. See Pearce's expanding collection of Upper
Mississippi Flora online at www.arrasimages.com,
and, in addition to the Hello Galena shop, view his artwork
at The Stonehouse Gallery in Galena and the Longbranch Gallery
in Mineral Point, WI. Grippo's work is available in many fine
garden centers in the greater Chicago area, at the Chicago Botanic
Garden, and the Hello Galena shop. Her website is www.wellspringdesigns.com.
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.
information, call (815) 777-1448 during shop hours.
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