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 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
February, 2009
In This Issue
Sally Sargent-Featured Artist
Lori MacDonald Classes
Guy Biechele Photo in MMA Calendar
Art Consignments Law
Lori MacDonald at Boulder Art Gallery
Jaffrey Award Winners
Gregory Barry in School Arts Magazine
Jan Queijo Exhibit & Classes
GALA Spring Art Show at Elks Club
Who's Showing Where?
Eddy Troxler Events
Art Exhibit Opportunities
MVOC Artwork Request
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Current Featured Artist
Be sure to enjoy the beautiful acrylic paintings of our Featured Artist,
Lori MacDonald at the
GALA web site
Welcome New Member
Jan Queijo
Sharon Arts Center Show
Annual Member Exhibition
Jan. 16 - Feb. 28, 2009
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
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 hope that you are staying warm despite Old Man Winter throwing his worst at us!
Upcoming Featured Artist - Sally Sargent
Sally Sargent will be the GALA web site Featured Artist for six weeks beginning in mid-February. Don't miss her wonderful artwork on the site, but here's a sneak preview! (Click on the images or the titles to see a larger image.)

Image-Clouds Over Ferncol    Image-Texas Sunflowers
         Clouds Over Ferncol                  Texas Sunflowers

by Sally Sargent
As an artist, the most common question I'm asked is: "How do you come up with ideas for your work?" Many artists who are asked the same question will cite the "right side of the brain" concept. And we can all pretty much agree about that, so it is a big part of the answer. The right half of the brain is where most creativity occurs, but you also use the left side of the brain to organize your thoughts into communicable ideas.
How do I use the right side of my brain for creativity? One way is during sleep, you can get many ideas for creating and resolving problems in painting.
I work in five different media: watercolor, acrylic, pastel, paper collage and mixed media. Mixed meaning I use all the above in one painting. As a collagist, paper of all kinds excites me. Here is one good example: I have been a secretary for most of my working life. Over the years I have opened tons of work-related mail, many of which were invoices or bills. The envelopes that mail comes in always intrigued me. The paper inside of the envelope is patterned in different designs and usually in various shades of gray, blue or black. Some will have the company's name or logo printed over and over. They are all different.
I started collecting the envelopes and had been thinking of some way to incorporate them into a piece of artwork. During sleep, I dreamed of my younger sister working on a quilt. The next morning I woke up really excited. I used the power of dreaming to my advantage. I knew what I was going to do with all the envelope patterns. I planned on making an envelope quilt out of paper. I got together with my sister and asked her for some patterns on quilting. I picked out a simple design called a pinwheel.
I finally assembled the piece but wanted to go a step further by alternating the pinwheel pattern with blocks done in cancelled stamps. I stamped the middle of each block with one of my rubber stamps of a circular design and then I used embroidery thread in the middle of each stamp. It is titled: "Envelope Quilt - the best part of bills". I think it is a good example of how dreaming can enhance your work. Read more
Lori MacDonald Classes
Lori MacDonald will be teaching acrylic painting in a variety of classes for artists and non-artists.
Go to Lori's website and click on "classes" to learn more
Guy Biechele Photo in MMA Calendar
GALA artist Guy Biechele will have one of his photographs featured in the Massachusetts Municipal Association's 2009 Calendar. There is a statewide competition to pick the photographs used on this calendar each year.
Art Consignments Law
On September 25, 2008, GALA hosted Raemi Wood, a guest speaker from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) of Massachusetts. Visit their web site at Here are some tips from that meeting.
Art Consignments:  Frequently Asked Questions
What is 104A?  Massachusetts Law on the Consignment of Fine Art.
Why is it important?  To protect artists who otherwise have little recourse if they have trouble receiving payment, recovering their works of art or are owed monies when a gallery goes out of business. It defines a trust with regard to owners and art dealers.

104A creates a trust relationship between art owners and art dealers. A "trust" is defined as "a property interest held by one person for the benefit of a third party." Under the language of trusts, the art dealer is the "trustee" and the art owner is the "beneficiary" of the trust.

What are the benefits?  In the Law, the responsibility of the Art Owner and the Art Dealer are defined. With proper record keeping, good business practices and good communication, the business relationship between Art Owner and Art Dealer can be successful.
On the VLA Articles & Memos page: you can find the following related to 104A:
  • to download or read the 104(A) law, click on "M.G.L. 104(A) The Consignment of Fine Art"
  • to download or read an explanation of the 104(A) law and some valuable comments, click on "104(A) Consignment Law Primer for Artists and Arts Dealers"
Also from the VLA of Massachusetts, Career Planning for Artists: The Artist's Professional Toolbox is an exciting career development program that empowers practicing visual artists with the skills and confidence they need to master the business challenges of being an artist. To learn more, visit the toolbox home page at
Lori MacDonald at Boulder Art Gallery
Image-Bandstand Near the Boulder
(Click on the image or the title to see a larger image.) Bandstand Near the Boulder

Lori MacDonald has five paintings on exhibit at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm (or by appointment) and on Thursday, Feb. 5th, the Gallery will be open until 8 pm. It is located at 960 Main St. in Fitchburg (near the big boulder).
Boulder Art Gallery website:
Lori's website:
Jaffrey Award Winners
The Jaffrey Civic Center held their Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit Nov. 21-Dec. 20, 2008. The three winners of the Multi-Media portion chosen as a result of the public voting throughout the show were: 1st place, Nicole Caulfield for her colored pencil work "Brown-Eyed Girl"; 2nd place: Charles Gibbs for his work, "Deep Sea Denizen", made completely from typewriter parts; and Honorable Mention to GALA member Gary Ruuska for his colored pencil piece "Two Down, Three to Go".
Gregory Barry in School Arts Magazine
Gregory J. Barry, Artist and Art Teacher at Oakmont Regional High School along with his student Yunxi (Emily) Fan, graduate of Oakmont, were featured in the January 2009 issue of School Arts Magazine. School Arts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901. Congratulations to Gregory and Emily on being published. See the PDF version of the feature at
Jan Queijo Exhibit & Classes
Image-Queijo Memorial Dog Quilt    
(Click on the image or the title to see a larger image.) Memorial Dog Quilt

Jan (the "Crazy Dog Lady") will have the quilt pictured above in the annual Valentine's exhibit at the Handworks Gallery, 161 Great Road (Rt 2A), Acton, MA. This juried show of all art mediums, entitled "Expressions of Love" will run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 24, with an opening reception on Feb 8 from 1-4 pm Visit the Handworks Gallery website:

In Jan's home studio in Hubbardston, she is currently teaching students to create their own fabric likeness of their pet. They can then be turned into quilts or pillows, or framed for hanging. This is not for beginners to sewing. Call 978-928-5252. Jan's website:
GALA Spring Art Show - May 8-10, 2009  NOTE CHANGED LOCATION!
We are excited to announce that the GALA Spring Art Show & Sale will be held at the Elks Club located at 31 Park Street in Gardner (the Gardner Senior Center will be undergoing renovations).
The dates will be:
May 6        Art Drop off
May 7        Set Up
May 8        Opening Reception
May 9-10   Show days
Look for further information to come, including the Call for Artists to be sent out in early March.
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:  Sally Sargent (watercolor, collage, mixed media & pastel) now to Feb 28
Sharon Arts Center:  Annual Members' Exhibit - Gary Ruuska has a colored pencil piece in this show which runs from now to Feb. 28.
Eddy Troxler Events
Join GALA Member Eddy Troxler on

February 5, 2009

Book Signing/Jazz Solo Set
5:00 to 7:00 pm
at the Rabbit Hole LINK
805 Main St., Fitchburg, MA
  Receive a free 30 minute introductory guitar lesson at Cornerstone Performing Arts LINK
with the purchase of Eddy's book ($10.00)
"From Blues, Rock to Bach",
a beginning guitar method

Open Blues and Jazz Jam
8:00 pm to Midnight
hosted by Eddy and his band, 'Jazz Depot'
at Destare LINK
320 Main St., Fitchburg, MA

Contact Eddy:
Visit Eddy's web site
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Gardner Ale House: contact Janet Reed at or 978-249-6812
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Sally Sargent at or 978-939-5454
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Sally Sargent (see above)
Jumpin' Juice & Java: contact Andy Erickson at 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
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