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Hello Galena! Features Carl Johnson and the Harry Nohr Woodturners

Carl Johnson watercolorHello, 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.

Well 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 his website.

The 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.

Johnson 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.

The 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.

Family 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 website.

Woodturner 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.

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.

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