GEOFFREY MIKOL is a professional artist that owns River Bend Gallery with his family, in historic Galena, Illinois. As a person born with Down syndrome, Geoffrey has found a special connection with photography as a means of expressing himself. His artwork is stunning, catching elusive light that the eye sees but that cameras often miss. He has a talent for capturing moments in nature that still the soul and quiet your senses. In his mid twenties, Geoffrey has studied and practiced his photography for over a decade, with spectacular results. He has garnered both accolades & awards for his work along with a following of collectors and enthusiasts.
In early 2016, RIVER BEND GALLERY was launched to showcase his amazing photography collection. The following year a full line of gift items using his incredible artwork was added.
In 2019 River Bend Gallery was named “Business of the Year” by the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce. Also that year Geoffrey was awarded ILLINOIS MAKER status by the Illinois Office of Tourism. The Illinois Made program highlights Artists, Creators & Crafters unique to Illinois.
June 1, 2020 - To keep all of Geoffrey’s fans in the loop:
With Covid-19 still being such a big concern in all our lives, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the store front part of River Bend Gallery here in Galena. We feel there is just no other way to truly safeguard Geoffrey’s health and that of our family, friends and customers. We don’t feel that we can provide the warm, close experience you have come to expect from the Gallery under these current health circumstances.
All of Geoffrey’s work is still be available for purchase through his website. He is continuing to shoot new photos and create new art. His business is still open. We are happy to deliver for free directly to you anytime you’re in Galena. Just the brick and mortar part is closed, for now.
Thanks for your understanding. We will miss all of you who visit the Gallery. But this is only temporary. We plan to re-open on Main Street in Galena next year. We love it here! But until the storefront is back, please continue to visit us here, and follow Geoffrey on Facebook. Feel free to call with orders or any questions. We really hope to stay connected with you. You mean the world to us! And we realize Geoffrey and his art means a lot to a great many people.
Thank you everyone for all your continued support and please stay healthy!
- Geoffrey, Paul & Deb