GENESEO --Unusual and eclectic creations can be found at DeBrock Galleria.|
Wendy DeBrock, Geneseo, recently opened the doors to the art gallery at 106 N. State St. in downtown Geneseo. Opening a gallery has been a "longtime" dream for Mrs. DeBrock.
"For many years, I have wanted to promote the work of artists that I felt were not receiving recognition. I wanted to be able to showcase their work, and I have been following many of these artists for years and keeping up with them so that one day I might be able to offer them the chance to be displayed in a gallery," she said.
DeBrock Galleria represents the work of 30 artists from eight states.
"We have fine arts and artisans' creations that range from weaving, tie-dye, Raku pottery, hand-blown glass, photography, jewelry, handmade pens, and handmade journals," Mrs. DeBrock said. "We have things that have never been seen in Geneseo. People need to stop in and look at the interesting variety of fine arts."
An artist herself, Mrs. DeBrock primarily specializes in painting -- from windows to furniture, as well as on canvas. She also makes jewelry and enjoys working with textile arts, she said.
"I do make kimonos, aprons and a variety of things that I plan to display in my shop in the near future."
She said she has "always had the idea" of opening a shop.
"I have been an artist for almost 50 years and have had extensive retail experience," she said. "And I thought I could combine that with the work of other artists to make something fabulous."
In addition to her creative talent, Mrs. DeBrock, at the age of 40, earned a degree in business administration from Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore. Although she is experienced in the retail field, Mrs. DeBrock credits her husband, Ron, for his help in opening the Galleria.
"He has been such a huge help," she said. "He has done all the left-brain things that, as an artist, I don't want to mess with. ... All the stuff you have to have in business. He has been wonderful. I can do the creative stuff, but he has been the business manager."
Mr. DeBrock is employed as night editor at The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Mrs. DeBrock said the biggest obstacle in opening the Galleria was finding all the right people and all the right work.
"Two weeks ago, I made a 2,500-mile trip to Arkansas and back to gather several works of several more artists to bring back for the Galleria."
DeBrock Galleria is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the Galleria at 309-944-1533 or visit its website at debrockgalleria.com. The art gallery also is on Facebook.
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