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 GALA was organized to promote the arts as an essential component
 of a healthy community. We believe that artistic expression is a
 community's greatest legacy for future generations. GALA will increase
 awareness and appreciation of the arts by way of exhibits,
 instruction, theater productions, musical programs and provision of
 scholarships to students in local schools.

GALA, PO Box 1158, 377 Main St., Gardner, MA 01440
November, 2008
In This Issue
Fall Art Show Nov. 7, 8 & 9
Jaffrey Civic Center Show
GALA Web Site
Artist Lori MacDonald
Who's Showing Where?
Art Exhibit Opportunities
MVOC Artwork Request
Quick Links
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Welcome New Members!
Jennifer Antocci
Hillary Chase
Jena Habicht
Paul Luria
Christopher McTighe
James Meehan
Mike Meehan
Jennie Reichman
K Lye Rutman
GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele

Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Janet Reed
Sally Sargent
Help Wanted
Help us write a grant proprosal for art administration and an art center.
Contact Nowell Francis at [email protected]
or Vicki Heidorn at 978-630-2340.
Need Studio Space?
Are you interested in renting studio space?
Contact John LaRoche at (978) 632-8638 x21.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season full of happy times with family and friends!

Welcome to the folks that recently signed up for our mailing list and are receiving this newsletter for the first time!
Fall Art Show  Nov. 7, 8 & 9
Our Fall show was a great success! An estimated 200 visitors enjoyed close to 100 pieces of art. Best in Show prizes were awarded at the well attended opening reception on Friday evening.

We want to thank everyone who participated, donated and/or volunteered. Our special thanks to the wonderful artists and musicians who shared their talent with us!

The value of the raffle prizes totaled nearly $700 and one lucky winner took home an original colored pencil painting worth $450 donated by the artist, Gary Ruuska!

Judges Best in Show Awards
First Place: Untitled (Window with Irish Tricolor)-John Griffin
Second Place: Past and Future-Phyllis Bergeron Bagley
Third Place: Chairs-Dana Armstrong

Peoples Choice Awards
First Place: Sunday Afternoon-Gary Ruuska
Second Place: Moon Gazers-Leonard Haug
Third Place: Stowe Solitude-Steven LaFreniere

Pictures & complete lists of award winners and musicians
Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit
A number of GALA members have artwork in this show.

November 21  to  December 19, 2008
Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH

For more information, see the Jaffrey Civic Center web site
Phone: 603-532-6527
E-mail: [email protected]
Member Benefit-GALA Web Site
Be sure to take full advantage of one of your most valuable membership benefits...the GALA web site!

Email us at [email protected] if you have an upcoming show that you would like us to publicize or know of any calendar events that we should list.

Add your info to the Artists Directory by submitting the form.

In future issues, we will be presenting more information on how the web site can help promote your art.
Upcoming Featured Artist - Lori MacDonald
Lori MacDonald will be the GALA web site Featured Artist for six weeks beginning in mid-December. Be sure to check out more of her beautiful artwork on the site, but for now, we have an exclusive preview! (Click on the images or the titles to see a larger image.)

GALA Logo          Catching the Painted Sky Image
The Old Shed in New Light                              Catching the Painted Sky

Please visit Lori's Web Site

Lori was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1954. She lived in rural parts of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan until the family moved to Stow, Massachusetts in the summer of 1963. She has lived in the central Massachusetts area for the past 25 years.
Lori MacDonald is a member of the Greater Gardner Artist Association, the Gardner Area League of Artists, and the Leominster Art Association. Her paintings have received several awards in the associations' exhibits. Lori's recent work has been a part of the Fitchburg Art Museum's Juried Regional Exhibition; a 3rd Place Award recipient in the Landscape Show at the Post Road Art Center in Marlborough, MA; her recent work has been on display in the Mayor's office in Gardner, in the Levi Heywood Library; and also in the storefront of White Dog Printing in Gardner. She has two paintings in the Galleria Vivace in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.
Over the past three and a half decades Lori has enjoyed painting in many settings and has been hired and commissioned by both corporate and private collectors. In addition to creating traditional paintings she also enjoys creating wall murals, painting on furniture, and on ... "just about anything".
She has taught acrylic painting to beginners using a step-by-step method. Her classes have been held in the past at the Ashburnham Senior Center, Hubbardston Elderly Housing, for many years at the former Hubbardston Country Crafts, in her church in Westminster, and also in private homes. Lori will be offering acrylic painting instruction once again, beginning in January. Please email her for more information.
Lori has two grown sons, and a daughter; two wonderful daughters-in-law, and two precious granddaughters. She is married to Bob MacDonald, a recently retired Civil Engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers. Lori and her husband live in Gardner, Massachusetts.
Lori may be contacted by email:  [email protected]  or by calling 978-407-9333.
Who's Showing Where?
Gardner CDC: Priscilla Mavrikis-Walker now to Dec. 19
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: Sally Sargent now to Dec. 19
Jumpin' Juice & Java: Gary Ruuska now to mid-December
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Gardner Ale House: contact Janet Reed at [email protected] or 978-249-6812
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Sally Sargent at [email protected] or 978-939-5454
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Sally Sargent (see above)
Jumpin' Juice & Java: contact Andy Erickson at [email protected] or 978-895-1993
Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center Artwork Request
The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) is dedicated to providing services to veterans and their families. MVOC will be having an Open House and Art Auction in March 2009 at a date to be determined and are asking local artists to donate pieces of art of their choosing.

For more information, see the letter from the MVOC Executive Director here.

The MVOC web site is
For more information, call the MVOC Outreach Coordinator, Charles Bollinger, at 978-632-9601 or email [email protected]
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
Have news about awards, shows, events, or workshops?
Send us the basic "what", "when" and "where".
Have an article you would like to submit?
Please send it "publication ready", as we need to minimize the need for editing.
Send submissions including your contact info
to Anna Ruuska at [email protected] or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.