All River Road Talent is a synergy of artists building a cultural and visitor awareness of artistic talent in the Galena region of NW IL. Artists meet regularly sharing knowledge of craft & business. Our monthly ARRT Art Drive offers visitors opportunity to encounter art from its inception to masterpiece at the artists' personal gallery.

Executive Committee

Henry Matthiessen III - Founder & Executive Director

Amy Laskye, Executive Director

Paul Pendola, Director

Paul Pendola

Paul Pendola is a Galena, IL based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons, and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax finishes, Paul's mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art. Paul's work focuses on two main design themes including, his Pro-Series created for culinary enthusiasts wishing to complement their culinary skills and equip their gourmet kitchens with high quality truly one-of-a-kind woodenware, as well as his Primitive-Series, which is influenced by old world designs and applications.

 As a member of the All River Road Talent, Scenic Art Loop, you can visit Paul's Spoon Carving Studio located at 420 S. High Street, Galena, IL, or his Woodworking Shop (know by locals as The Spoon Carver Cottage) located at 306 S. Prospect, Galena, IL. Paul also sells his work online at, and you can find his work at local markets and festivals along with several boutique retailers throughout Northwest Illinois (see Paul's website for list of locations).

Amy Laskye

Amy Laskye is a local artist focusing on design & photography in Stockton since 2005.  After moving to the region, following a career as a Quality & Project Manager, Amy opened a design studio named Ink & Paper Design.  She has had a passion for capturing moments through photography since childhood. With more than 30 years of experience behind the camera Amy has shifted her focus to portraiture.  As a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) she is constantly learning new techniques and learning from some of the best in the business.   Amy’s passion is to tell her clients’ story through her lens. You may find her work at

Amy is member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), an Executive Director of All River Road Talent & The Scenic Art Loop, organizes two major events in the region (Galena Bridal Fair and the NW IL Art & Jazz Fest), and active within her community.

Our Short Biography

Henry Matthiessen III is a local artist mastering photography as a medium since 1972.  Henry’s intent is to convey moments of drama, emotion, and beauty showing nature at her finest while demonstrating man’s insignificance among it.

Working out of Stoned Art Studio & Gallery located on a hilltop in rural Elizabeth Illinois offers a stunning gateway to Jo Daviess County, Illinois and The Mississippi Valley region offering fabulous lighting and composition allowing Henry to further master his skills. Henry has traveled extensively throughout the United States chasing light and searching out great compositions.

 Henry mentors Galena High School photography students. He also lectures and offers guided photography tours of the region helping others master craft of photography as an art medium.

Visiting his Stoned Art Studio & Gallery is a worthy experience.

Henry Matthiessen III

Fine Artists of the midwest

All River Road Talent