Geoffrey Mikol’s River Bend Gallery awarded “Illinois Maker” status

Illinois Board of Tourism


Geoffrey Mikol | River Bend Gallery
Artist – Photographer

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 his creative side. 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.

112 N. Main St | Galena, IL 61036
[email protected]
Sun-Thurs: 10am - 3pm
Fri-Sat: 10am - 5pm

Board of Directors

  • Henry Matthiessen III
  • Amy Laskye
  • Stephonie Schmitz
  • Jenna Lueck