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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
June, 2009
In This Issue
Latrice Cooper Juried into Danforth Art Museum
Lisa Regopoulos & Paula Murphy Juried into PPOM
Mary Dunn Juried into Seaside Art Gallery
Marion Knoll at Fiber Arts Festival
Jan Queijo Juried into Vermont Quilt Festival
Lori MacDonald Sales to Benefit Stone House Fund
Gary Ruuska Juried into CPSA
Acrylic Painting Class with Lori MacDonald
Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Ruuska
Jan Queijo Donates Quilt to Gardner Animal Shelter
Art in the Community
Susan Peters Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Leominster Art in the Park
GETV Show About GALA
Who's Showing Where?
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Charlotte Wharton Workshop
On Sept 18-20
North Shore Art Assn. is hosting a workshop
"Luscious Figurative Interiors" taught by Charlotte Wharton,
Copley Master.
Info: 508-425-6719 or
Website or Email
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
Another great GALA art show has come and gone!

The "house was packed" during the Friday night reception and a good time was had by all. An estimated 200 people attended the show over the course of the weekend.

We want to thank all of the wonderful people who made the show possible (see list).

A special thanks goes to Sally Sargent for the fantastic job she did obtaining business donations for the show and raffle! Please patronize the businesses that donated and tell them that you appreciate their generous support of the arts (see list).

And of course, we want to express our gratitude to the artists and musicians who shared their marvelous artwork and talent with us!

Congratulations to the People's Choice Award winners:
1st place: Gary Ruuska for "Cattail Dance"
2nd place: Lisa Regopoulos for "Fields of Flavor"
3rd place: Michael Pellegrini for "Princeton Ice"

Be sure to check the GALA website around June 6th for images from the spring show.

We look forward to the fall show!
Latrice Cooper Juried Into Danforth Exhibit
Image Cooper Woman in Water
Congratulations to GALA member
Latrice Cooper

Two of her photographs were accepted into an upcoming Danforth Museum of Art exhibit which runs
from June 3 to August 2, 2009

Opening reception: June 3, 6-8 pm

 (One of Latrice's accepted pieces.
  Click on image for larger version.)
  See the second accepted work.
Danforth Museum of Art
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA   508-620-0050
See the exhibit poster     

Latrice's website:
Paula & Lisa Juried into PPOM Show
Congratulations to GALA members
Paula Murphy and Lisa Regopoulos

They have both been accepted into the Pastel Painters of Maine (PPOM) annual international juried show. PPOM accepted 60 works (from artists representing 16 states) out of 264 entries. The show will be held at the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine from June 5 through June 28.
Opening reception & awards ceremony: June 11, 4-6 pm
Lisa's website:
Mary Dunn in Seaside Art Gallery
Congratulations to GALA member Mary Dunn

Mary had three miniature paintings juried in to the 18th Annual Miniature Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags head, North Carolina. They can be seen at, Events, 18th Miniature Show. The show runs from May 1st to June 1st.
Marion Knoll at Fiber Arts Festival
Image Knoll Tea Party     
Congratulations to GALA member
Marion Knoll
Two of Marion's silk paintings have been accepted into the exhibition at the Fiber Arts Festival June 12, 13 & 14 in Westminster, MA. It is an Exhibit of Quilts & other Fiber Creations, all owned locally; some for sale. You can find more information about this event at 
("Tea Party", one of Marion's pieces to be exhibited.                            

 Click on the image for a larger version.)                                 
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Jan Queijo in Vermont Quilt Festival
Image Queijo Heart and Home Quilt 
Congratulations to GALA member
Jan Queijo (The Crazy Dog Lady)
Her "Heart and Home" quilt, which won the 3rd place ribbon at the Machine Quilters Expo (MQX) was accepted into the
Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction, VT.
The show runs June 19 - June 21, 2009.

Jan's website:

                                (Click on the image for a larger version.)
Lori MacDonald Sales to Benefit Stone House Fund
Image MacDonald The Stone House Remembered"The Stone House Remembered", Lori MacDonald's painting of the stone house at Coggshall Park in Fitchburg, is for sale -- $650. Thanks to Lori's generosity, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the original will be donated to the fund to rebuild the Stone House, which was destroyed by fire this past winter. The painting was recently awarded a First Place ribbon at the Leominster Art Association's Spring Exhibition. 50 limited edition gicl´┐Że prints on stretched canvas will be available after June 5th through The Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main St. in Fitchburg. A percentage of the print sales will also benefit the rebuilding fund.
   (Click on the image for a larger version.)         Lori's website:
Gary Ruuska Juried into CPSA International Exhibition
Image Ruuska Traffic Light
Congratulations to GALA member
Gary Ruuska

Gary's colored pencil piece "Traffic Light" was juried into
the Colored Pencil Society of America's (CPSA)
17th Annual International Exhibition
in Atlanta, GA!

Exhibition dates:  July 9 - August 29, 2009

Gary's website:
                                             (Click on the image for a larger version.)

Acrylic Painting Class with Lori MacDonald
Lori MacDonald is offering another 4-week class in acrylic painting at The Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg.  The class is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 17th and will continue June 24th, July 1st and July 8th from 6:30 to 9 PM. The 4-week course is ideal for beginners as well as for the seasoned artist wishing to try a new medium. The class will focus on the use of brushes and acrylic mediums, a variety of painting grounds, color mixing with a minimal palette, and will include painting with a palette knife, and also painting a landscape from a photograph. The cost for the 4-week class is $60 plus materials. A materials package is available to purchase.
To register or if you have questions, please e-mail Lori at: [email protected] or call 978-407-9333.
Lori's website:
Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Ruuska
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.

For more information, click on the link below:
Sharon Arts Center Spring 2009 Classes & Workshops or call 603-924-7256.

Gary will be offering more classes & workshops at the Sharon Arts Center this summer.
Gary's website:

Gardner Animal Shelter Quilt Raffle
Image Queijo Gardner Animal Shelter donation quilt 
Jan Queijo (the Crazy Dog Lady) has generously donated a 40" square quilt to the Gardner Animal Control Facility to raise funds to assist in paying veterinary bills. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased through the mail (click here for the order form) or by calling Hope at 978-630-4950.
The drawing will be held on August 3, 2009.
(Click on the image to the left to see a larger version of the quilt to be raffled.)

Jan's website:
Art in the Community
Greater Gardner CDC and Heywood Hospital

GALA member, Sally Sargent has been coordinating the program which puts on rotating exhibits at the Greater Gardner CDC and the Wound Care Center at Heywood Hospital. Another department at Heywood Hospital has indicated an interest in providing another venue for artists. We need to evaluate this program to determine whether we should expand, maintain, change, or close it. However, in order to expand or maintain the program, additional volunteer help will be needed. If you have recommendations or comments or are interested in becoming involved in the program, please contact Sally (978-939-5454) or Vicki (978-630-2340) or email [email protected].
Susan Peters Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Exhibit of Oil Paintings & Mixed Media by Susan Peterson
in the first floor Display Cases
May 15 through June 25, 2009
Read more about Susan Peterson
Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH  603-532-6527
Leominster Art in the Park
Leominster's 3rd Annual
Summer Stroll and Art
in the Park
is Saturday, June 27, 2-6 pm (rain date June 28)
15 artists can set up in Monument Park to sell their work and/or demonstrate. Open to all artists. No fee to set up. Donations appreciated. First come, first served. For info, call Susan Cashman at 978-870-5066 or to sign up, call the Leominster Recreation Dept at 978-534-7529.

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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 [email protected] to arrange to borrow the DVD.
Who's Showing Where?
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center:  Priscilla Mavrikis-Walker (oils & acrylics)
                                                                now to June 25.
Gardner CDC:
  Kate O'Connor (acrylics) now to June 18.
Jumpin' Juice & Java in Gardner:  Gail Hansche Godin (photography) now to June 30.
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 in Gardner: contact Andy Erickson at [email protected] or
Jumpin' Juice & Java in Worcester: contact Joshua Van Dyke at [email protected] or
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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 [email protected] or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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