Featured Artists Gerald Marella and Charles Fach
Galena! proudly features works by local artists Gerald Marella
and Charles Fach. Stop in the artists' co-operative shop to
see photography, featuring historic buildings and wildlife,
by Marella and a variety of three-dimensional art by Fach.
has captured images on a regular basis for more than 15 years.
His first camera was a Miranda Sensorex. In the hands-on photo
processing darkroom, Marella discovered the intrigue of manipulating
contrast and light in black and white images.
still discovering," he shares. "Now, I enjoy the process of
working in digital. Options are abundant and technology brings
something new every day. To go back to film would take a lot
of patience. I find it far more enjoyable to spend time photographing
and his wife Joanne take time to observe the behavior of birds
and animals before deciding how to record the moment. "The goal
is for people to have an emotional response to the subject,"
explains Marella. "Having a partner who sees the beauty and
wonder of the natural world is a great help."
results of the Marella observation progress are seen in the
images at Gerald
Marella Fine Art and on Shutterstock-Gerald
is a potter, painter, sculptor and metal worker, who creates
and teaches during the week. On weekends, he conducts free potter
demonstrations. Fach and his wife Sandy have restored the old
City Brewery into the Stone House Pottery and Gallery.
a child, Fach dug holes in the backyard and played in the yellow
clay. As a college student at the University of California,
Los Angeles (UCLA), he took his first pottery class. Fach went
on to earn a BA degree in painting and drawing from UCLA and,
seven years later, a MA degree in ceramics from the University
Fach creates functional and decorative pottery, customized clay
tiles and bronze sculptures that embrace the human form. He
explains the wonder of his bronze work on the Stone House Pottery
"To work within the seemingly confined sphere of the human form
has revealed to me a much more complex world than I had ever
imagined...the emotive context of human imagery unveils infinite
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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