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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
Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009
In This Issue
Gary Ruuska Workshop
Carolyn Carter Class
Who's Showing Where?
Ale House Call for Artists
Heywood Hospital Venue
GALA Web Site Benefits
Art Exhibit Opportunities
MVOC Artwork Request
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Sharon Arts Center Show
Annual Member Exhibition
Jan. 16 - Feb. 28, 2009
Opening reception on Friday, Jan 16, 5-7 pm
Sharon Arts Center
Current Featured Artist
Be sure to enjoy the beautiful acrylic paintings of our Featured Artist,
Lori MacDonald at the
GALA web site
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.
Our best wishes to you and your family for a very happy new year!

Beginning with this issue, we are going to a "first of the month" schedule.
GALA on Gardner Educational TV
Gardner Educational TV
is airing a show about GALA featuring the 2008 Spring and Fall Art Shows!

Look for "Gardner Magazine" on
GETV (Channel 8 on Gardner Cable)

  The show times through 1/6 are:
Thur.  1/1  11 AM
Fri.  1/2  7 PM
Sat.  1/3  3 PM
Sun.  1/4  11 AM
Mon.  1/5  6 PM
Tue.  1/6  9 PM
For times on 1/7 through 1/11 see the GETV program guide which airs between shows.

The GALA show runs for approximately 45 minutes
Colored Pencil Workshop by Gary Ruuska

Three and a Half Image   
Learn to use the simple and convenient medium of colored pencil to create painterly works of art. Gary Ruuska will instruct you in the technique of layering color on a sanded board. You might never think of colored pencil as a "drawing" medium again.
Date:  Saturday, January 17 (snow date, January 24)
Location:  Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA, 978-345-4207
Time:  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:  $40.00 includes a 5x7 sanded board
Students should bring any colored pencils they already have. Pencils will also be available in class for $1.00 each.

Future workshops will be offered for continuing and new students.

To register or learn more about the workshops, contact Gary by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-632-3641.

Please visit Gary's Web Site
  Carolyn Carter Class
Drawing and Painting One-on-One
Six problem solving art classes
Led by Carolyn Carter
Saturdays 1 - 4 pm
Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
Jaffrey Civic Center
$90 - Limit 12 Adults
Info, Registration & Materials List
603-532-6527 or 978-630-3657
Who's Showing Where?
Gardner CDC:  Chuck Heidorn (photography & drawing) now to Feb. 19
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center:  Joe Gemborys (oils) now to Feb. 19
Jumpin' Juice & Java:  Denis Boudreau (photography) now to at least mid-April
Gardner Ale House Call for Artists
The Gardner Ale House is looking for an artist for a solo show or 2 to 3 artists for a group exhibit. The venue accommodates up to approximately 26 pieces and the shows run for 8 weeks.

Please contact Janet Reed at 978-249-6812.
Heywood Hospital Exhibit Venue
Heywood Hospital has opened a new Wound Care Center. Program Director, Edgar Rodriguez states that not only is the new center open for healing wounds and changing lives in our community, but the center has also collaborated with several art associations in the area and invited artists to show their work in the Center's reception area.

They installed a new hanging system for the artists to display their work, which will be on a rotating basis of about two months for each artist or group exhibit.

Artist Joe Gemborys is now displaying his oil paintings until Feb. 19th. Anyone interested in purchasing his work may contact Sally Sargent at 978-939-5454.

The Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) and Greater Gardner Artists Association (GGAA) were the first to be contacted, but any group or individual artist in the community is welcome to contact Sally Sargent at 978-939-5454 to schedule a showing.

The art community thanks the hospital for giving them this wonderful opportunity to display and sell their work. In the last year or so, Gardner area businesses have really opened their doors to local artists and it is a win/win situation for both. Local artists are very excited to have their work shown in area businesses such as White Dog Printing, Gardner Ale House, Jumpin' Juice & Java and long time supporters; the Community Development Center, the Mayor's office and the Chamber of Commerce.
Member Benefit-GALA Web Site
Be sure to take full advantage of one of your most valuable membership benefits...the GALA web site!

The web site is a good way to promote your artwork or event as it draws quite a few visitors. Our current statistics show an average of 10 separate visitors per day. Of those 10, an average of 9 are new visitors and 1 is a returning visitor. The average page views per day is 18.

Publicize an upcoming show, event or workshop by emailing the information to [email protected]

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

Become a Featured Artist. Your artwork and artists statement will be displayed on the GALA web site homepage for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. After that time, your info is moved to the Featured Artists page where it remains for as long as you are a GALA member or until you ask that it be removed. A request to be a Featured Artist will be considered by the Board of Directors when you submit 6 to 8 images of your work and an artists statement to [email protected].
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.