Galena! Features Carl Johnson and the Harry Nohr Woodturners
Galena!, a local artist co-op, features works by Carl Johnson
of Galena, Ill., and members of the Harry Nohr Woodturners;
stop in and see Johnson's watercolors and the Woodturners' varied
wood works of art.
known for his depictions of historic architecture, Johnson has
traveled extensively and is inspired by the beauty and diversity
of our world. His subject matter has expanded through the years
to include sweeps of landscape and single blossoms, as well
as cityscapes new and old. Johnson's framed pieces, unframed
prints and book, "The building of Galena: An Architectural Legacy,"
are displayed at Carl Johnson's Gallery on Main Street and on
pen-and-ink and watercolor technique Johnson perfected hasn't
changed much since moving to Galena in 1970 and neither has
the paper he paints on. "At my age, 82, I am pretty well set
in my ways," admits Johnson. "I have used Arches Rough paper
for about fifty years." He finds new ways to reproduce his paintings
and currently uses Giclees.
credits his aunt and a junior college art teacher for leading
him toward an art career. "My aunt was an artist and took me
painting on location when I was a little boy," Johnson remembers.
"Later when I was in Junior College studying to become an engineer,
an art teacher convinced me to enroll at the University of Illinois
Art School." Johnson earned a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA)
and was a graphic designer until he moved to Galena.
Harry Nohr Woodturners, now 40 members strong, was formed in
2008. The club is named after Harry Nohr, who was a prolific
self-taught turner from the Platteville area. The club is the
300th chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
and teachers impact the work of the Harry Nohr Woodturners.
Many of the members learned basic wood-working skills in high
school shop classes; others are self-taught and get input for
shapes and colors from family members. The group is eager to
pass along inspiration and the techniques they have honed; they
offer courses, write newsletters, and give demonstrations. More
information is found on their
Grant Barlow shares, "The highly technical, intricate work of
creating art from wood is relaxing. I am inspired by the beauty
of each wood chosen." Finished pieces are functional and decorative
art including bowls, platters, vases, and pens.
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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