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Crafting Artistry: Behind the Scenes at River Bend Gallery

At River Bend Gallery, we're all about turning Geoffrey's photography into stunning art and gift items using various mediums. Our studio in Galena is where the magic happens, and we're excited to share a peek behind the scenes of how we bring our creations to life.


Did you know that we make almost everything you see in our gallery? From brainstorming new ideas to packaging the final product, our hands are deeply involved in every step of the process. The only exceptions are our note cards and prints, which we carefully select to ensure they match our high standards. Even then, we take pride in personally packaging these items to ensure they reflect our dedication to quality.



One of the coolest parts of our process is using specialized equipment and techniques. We start with blank items that have special coatings, perfect for showcasing Geoffrey's photos. These coatings work hand in hand with our special printers and inks, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting prints. We then apply the images using a large heat press, which fuses the inks with the surface for a seamless finish.


Our product range is pretty diverse, ranging from everyday items like coasters and mousepads to more unique creations like our signature steels and hand cut slates. Each item undergoes a careful process, including curing and cooling, to ensure it's just right before it reaches you.


What's great is that we believe art can go beyond traditional forms. We love showing off Geoffrey's photography on all sorts of things, proving that creativity knows no bounds. A coaster can become a mini work of art, and a mousepad can add flair to your workspace.

Throughout the year, our team constantly brainstorms new ideas and mediums to showcase Geoffrey's work. We're all about staying fresh and exciting for our patrons and collectors.



Packaging is another important aspect for us. We know that presentation matters,

so we've put thought into how each item is packaged. Take our car coasters, for example. We've designed them with specific templates and packaging that not only protect them but also show off their usefulness and beauty.


One of our standout creations, and my personal favorite, is our steel series. These pieces are pretty awesome because they give the illusion of floating on your wall, adding depth and style to any space.


At River Bend Gallery, every item is a testament to our passion for creativity and craftsmanship. We invite you to explore our collection, where innovation meets artistry, and every piece tells a unique story of passion and expression.


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