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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
April, 2009
In This Issue
GALA Spring Art Show at Elks Club
Colored Pencil Classes with Gary Ruuska
Gregory Barry at Post Road Art Center
Introduction to Acrylics Class with Lori MacDonald
GETV Show About GALA
Guy Biechele Photography Workshop
Book Reading-Chair City of the World
Remembering Nichols and Stone
Jaffrey Civic Center Exhibits and Events
LINQ CD Release
Who's Showing Where?
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Welcome New Members!
Joanne E. Holtje
Lucinda Oates
Alan Ruuska
Lisa Smith

Mike Williams
Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibit
The Fitchburg Art Museum
74th Regional Exhibition
of Art & Craft
Entry forms available now.
Call 978-345-4207
Museum 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
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.
Even the weather is telling us that spring is finally here!

Please don't forget that Friday April 10th is the entry deadline for the GALA Spring Art Show and Sale.
GALA Spring Art Show - May 8-10, 2009
The show will be at a different location this year: the Elks Club located at 31 Park Street in Gardner.

Important show dates for artists:
April 10      Entry deadline
April 17      Ad copy deadline
May 6        Art drop off               4-6 pm
May 8        Opening Reception   6-9 pm
May 9-10   Show days
May 10      Art pick up               4-5 pm

Get the Call for Artists!

Help to publicize the show!
Print flyers for distribution and display

Artist Statement Project

We wish to increase the public's awareness of our artists and encourage you to create an artist statement which we will display at the show. It is recommended (though not required) that you include a self-portrait, as well as an image of a piece that will be in the show.
Artists who register early are most likely to be included in show press releases. Your artist statement is a tool we can use in our publicity. Please give us the opportunity to publicize you and the show by sending us your Call for Artist Form and artist statement as early as possible.


Please contact us with publicity information as well.
Colored Pencil Classes with Gary Ruuska
Image Ruuska Onions and Garlic 
(Click on the image or title to see a larger image.)

Adventures in Colored Pencil
6 Weeks (May 8 - June 12)  Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
In this class we will explore techniques for creating colored pencil paintings with depth and vibrancy. Learn to build bold and exciting color using a gradual layering technique on a variety of surfaces. Beginners welcome.

Colored Pencil Explorations
Saturday,  June 27  10 am - 3 pm
Discover how the deceptively simple and convenient medium of colored pencil can be used to create wonderfully
complex and detailed works of art on a marble-dust coated board. Beginners welcome.

Sharon Arts Center Spring Open House Workshops
Saturday,  April 4  9:30 am - 3 pm
Gary will be one of the Sharon Arts instructors offering mini-workshops at this event. Join him for Colored Pencil 101 from 1 - 3 pm.

For more information, click on the link below:
Sharon Arts Center Spring 2009 Classes & Workshops
or call 603-924-7256.
Gregory Barry at Post Road Art Center
Gregory J. Barry (art educator and drawer) was accepted to the Post Road Art Center - Boston Post Rd. in Marlborough. The Post Road Art Center held its "Open Show 2009", juried by Elizabeth Geller from DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Only eighty-nine artworks from over a hundred fifty entries in various media from digital photography, ceramics and wood to oils, mixed media and graphite were accepted. The show was on display from March 3 - 27th with an opening reception March 5th.
Introduction to Acrylics Class with Lori MacDonald
Image MacDonald Late Summer on the Cove

Late Summer on the Cove
Typical Instructional Sample
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Lori's website:

Acrylic painter/artist, Lori MacDonald, will offer An Introduction to Acrylics class at The Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg on Tuesday evenings in May, beginning May 5th from 6:30 to 9 pm. The 4-week course is ideal for the beginning artist and for the seasoned artist wishing to try a new medium. In addition to learning methods, materials, and color mixing, the class will include painting a landscape from a photograph. The cost for the 4-week class is $60 plus materials. A materials list will be provided in advance. To register or if you have questions, please e-mail Lori at:
GETV Show About GALA
You can still see the Gardner Educational TV show about GALA featuring the 2008 Spring and Fall Art Shows! We've been given permission to provide a DVD for private showing (not to be sold or altered, of course). Contact Vicki at 978-630-2340 or email to arrange to borrow the DVD.
Guy Biechele Photography Workshop
Image Biechele Looking Up at the ICA, BostonTechniques for Creative Composition with Your Digital Camera
May 9, 2009  10:00 am - 2:30 pm at the Sharon Arts Center

Great photographs communicate their message to us with strength and clarity. This workshop will help you increase the impact of your photographs through creative composition. We will explore framing, format, subject placement, camera angles, and ways to discover alternate compositions. We will also discuss the tools for composition including lens focal length, depth of field, tripods, etc. After discussion we will spend time in the field photographing, and then finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.
Looking Up at the ICA, Boston
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For more information, click on the link below:
Sharon Arts Center Spring 2009 Classes & Workshops or call 603-924-7256.
Book Reading-Chair City of the World
GALA Sponsored Event
Constance Riley will present a reading from her new book, Chair City of the World

Saturday,   April 4, 2009  10 - 11:30 am
in the Greenwood Meeting Room of the Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner, MA.
Free and open to the public

Chair City of the World tells the story of the Timpany, McConnell, Riley, and LaRoche families against the background of Gardner's chairmaking industry. It includes many historical facts related to six generations of life in Gardner as well as amusing, exciting, and heartwarming anecdotes. Riley's daughter, Kathleen S. LaRoche, will discuss her contribution to the book, a history of French ancestors who migrated from France to Canada to Gardner.
Remembering Nichols and Stone
Disappearing America
"Remembering Nichols and Stone"

Trisha Barry captures the last months and final days of the 150 year era in an artistic photo documentary
March 11 - May 31, 2009
The Gardner Museum
28 Pearl Street, Gardner, MA 01440   978-632-3277

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Jaffrey Civic Center Exhibits and Events
Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH  603-532-6527
Free admission

The Tenth Annual Evening of Poetry     Friday,  April 3, 2009  7 - 9 pm
This event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates National Poetry Month by featuring three outstanding New England poets: Walter Butts, Meg Kearney, and Cheryl Savageau's. An open reading will be held at the end of the program. Refreshments will be served and the poets will be available to sign their books. The featured poets are sponsored by the Kana Riley Poet and Artist Fund.

Paintings by Tamara Katheiser     Show runs until April 16, 2009

Original Pastel Paintings by Carol Corliss     April 1 - 16, 2009

Paintings and Etchings by Bob Askey     Show runs until April 25, 2009

The Breakfast Club     Show runs until April 25, 2009
Exhibit of works by 22 artists: Phil Bean, Rene Bobner, Nita Léger Casey, Kathy Cooper, Nancy Davis Johnson, Jing Hua Dalia, Jeanne Smith Cripps, Carolyn Gaudet, Dianne Levine, Priti Lathia, Joyce Kingman, Joan Tierney, Paula Pestana, Helene Levasseur, Ellis Merrill, Marilene Sawaf, Jeanne Nevard, Paula Mingolelli, Peggy Jungbluth, Stephen Previte, Susan Whitten, and Harriet Winchester.

Matchbook Cover Collection     April 17 - May 21, 2009
Steve Weiner will be exhibiting a portion of his extensive matchbook cover collection.

Read more about any of these artists, exhibits, or events.
LINQ CD Release
Royalston-based GALA member and singer/songwriter LINQ is pleased to announce the upcoming release of her latest CD, LIFE GOES ON, and the buzz is happening!
A CD Release Party will be held on
Tuesday, April 14th, at 7 pm
in "the back corner" at Bruce's Browser
1497 Main St, Athol, MA 01331    978-249-3978
Join us for an evening of music, refreshments, a viewing of Linq's new music video "Diversity Dance", and good conversation. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.

Visit Linq's website:
Who's Showing Where?
Gardner Ale House:  Jan Queijo, the Crazy Dog Lady quilts now to April 18.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center:  Guy Biechele (photography) now to April 19.
Gardner CDC:
  Virginia Krul (watercolors and colored pencil) now to April 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.