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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
March, 2009
In This Issue
GALA Spring Art Show at Elks Club
Guy Biechele Workshop
Jan Queijo at MQX & Classes
Jaffrey Spring Art Show
Painting Exhibit-Debra Luoma & Sharon Koski
Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibit
Member Benefit-Newsletter
Who's Showing Where?
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Current Featured Artist
Don't miss the wonderful artwork of our Featured Artist, Sally Sargent at the
GALA web site
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
GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Janet Reed
Sally Sargent
Ellen Schneeflock
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.
Spring is just around the corner and so is the GALA Spring Art Show and Sale!
GALA Spring Art Show - May 8-10, 2009
We are looking forward to the GALA Spring Art Show & Sale 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 within the next week.
Guy Biechele Workshop
Image Biechele Below the Mill Pond
Below the Mill Pond
(Click on the image or title to see a larger image.)

Guy Biechele will be teaching a workshop at the Sharon Arts Center on Saturday, March 14, 2009. The workshop is called "Understanding Your DSLR Camera". This workshop will help you to make the most of your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera whether you use your camera for family portraits, landscapes, or other subjects. For more information on Guy's workshops visit his web site at:
Jan Queijo at MQX & Classes
Image Queijo Heart and Home Quilt for MQX 2009        Image Queijo Heart and Home Portrait Close up
  Heart and Home Quilt             Portrait Close-up
(Click on the images or titles to see a larger image.)

Jan (the "Crazy Dog Lady") will be entering the quilt pictured above in the Charity Challenge portion of the Machine Quilters' Exposition (MQX). The MQX is to be held at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH from April 16-18 with classes beginning April 13. Admission is $10 per day or $18 for a multi-day pass. For more information go to the MQX web site at
Entrants to the Charity Challenge pay $25 for a selected group of fabrics to be sent to them. The $25 goes to the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) in Stratham, NH. Entrants must use a recognizable portion of each of the several fabrics supplied, and may use any other fabrics as well, to create a traditional quilt. The quilts will be judged.
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:
Jaffrey Spring Art Show
Jaffrey Civic Center
Annual Spring Area Art Exhibit

February 20 - March 21, 2009

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH  603-532-6527
Free admission

The show has approximately 130 pieces on display including works by GALA artists.
Painting Exhibit-Debra Luoma & Sharon Koski
Painting Exhibit - February 13-March 12, 2009
Debra Luoma & Sharon Koski 
Colors, shapes, light, and their relationship to one another have inspired Debra to paint a diverse number of subjects. Capturing the vivid contrasts in nature and still lifes challenge her to share her emotions in a realistic style. Painting with a plein air group has opened up a new passion for stimulating all the senses in enjoying the beauty of nature.

Sharon is inspired by the beautiful hues of nature. The emerald green of moss, the violet-blue of the mountains, the sapphire blue of lakes and streams, the roses and peaches of the sunsets and all the colors in between.

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH  603-532-6527
Free admission
Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibit
The Fitchburg Art Museum
74th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft
Entry forms available April 1.
Call 978-345-4207
Museum web site:
Member Benefit-GALA Newsletter
The GALA newsletter is distributed to over 170 people and that number is growing!

It's a great way to publicize an upcoming show, event or workshop. Missed the deadline for the next issue and your opening is coming up? No problem...if you're a current member of GALA, we may even be able to send out a special email announcement for you.

See the information for submissions below.
Who's Showing Where?
Gardner Ale House: The next exhibit will feature Jan Queijo, the Crazy Dog Lady quilt artist. The exhibit will consist of approximately 24 art quilts, and will begin in early March and continue
for 6 weeks. There will be a reception on a Sunday, early in the run of the exhibit, from 3-5 p.m. with wine and refreshments. Check with the Gardner Ale House for exact dates: 978-669-0122

Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center:  Guy Biechele has a solo exhibition of his photography in the Wound Care Center reception area now to Apr. 19.

Gardner CDC:
  Virginia Krul (watercolors and colored pencil) now to Apr. 19

Jumpin' Juice & Java:  Denis Boudreau (photography) now to at least mid-April
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
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
Have news about awards, shows, events, or classes?
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 or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.