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 01440www.galagardner.org
|Welcome New Members!
|GALA Board of Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
We are currently planning the fall show and invite you to participate. A volunteer meeting is scheduled to provide more info.
GALA Volunteers Meeting
Monday, July 6th
7 to 8:30 pm
Heidorn residence, 12 Crystal Lake Dr., Gardner (corner of Abbott St.)
Anna Ruuska, [email protected]
Vicki Heidorn [email protected]
If you are interested in attending, but the date/time is not good for you, please let us know that as well.
will serve light refreshments. Please feel free to bring something to
the meeting, we will send a list of tasks for you to consider. Bring
your own ideas too!
|Paula Murphy Wins Merit Award
(Click on the image for a larger version.)
Congratulations to GALA member Paula Murphy
She received the Pastel Society of New Hampshire
merit award and $100 cash at the Pastel Painters of Maine
Tenth International Juried Exhibition "For Pastels Only"
for her painting "Have You Any
The show was held at the Saco Museum
in Saco, ME in June.
(The Pastel Society of New Hampshire donated the $100 award
to the Pastel Painters of Maine)
|Len Haug Wins First Place Awards
GALA member Len Haug
Len specializes in collages
(using a technique he calls "shredalism") created from shredded and
cut glossy photographs. His work continues to gain growing public interest with
awards at two recent shows. One of his creations took first place in both the
44th Annual Leominster Art Association
Show and more recently at the 18th
Annual Princeton Arts Society
|Jan Queijo Award & Shows
Congratulations to GALA
Jan Queijo (The Crazy Dog Lady)
Her "Heart and Home" quilt
recently won a 3rd place ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival
The quilt has also been juried into the Lowell Quilt Festival
"Images 2009" to be held at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell
August 6th to 9th
had two crewel embroideries
and two quilts in the Quilts and Other
Treasures exhibit which was held June 12-13 at the Westminster, MA
Historical Society. (One of Jan's quilts in the Westminster show
Jan's website: www.crazydoglady.com Click on the image for a larger version.)
to see the other Westminster show quilt
|Gary Ruuska Featured Artist at Sharon Arts Center
|Colored Pencil Workshop & Classes with Gary Ruuska
Flowers in Colored Pencil
Saturday, July 25 10 am - 4 pm
Take your colored pencils to the next level. Flowers will be your subjects as you draw from a simple still-life arrangement of a few blossoms. Students may work from an arrangement provided by the instructor, or bring in their own flowers from their gardens. We will start with a brief discussion of composition and lighting for dramatic effect. This workshop will take you beyond the reference photograph to a connection with your subject through direct observation.
Adventures in Colored Pencil
6 weeks (July 28-September 1)
Session 1: Tuesdays, 10 am -1 pm Session 2: Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm
In this class we will explore techniques for creating colored pencil paintings with depth and vibrance. Learn to build bold and exciting color using a gradual layering technique. Various techniques, papers, and boards will be discussed. Students will begin by working from photographs and line drawings provided by the instructor. In the later weeks of the class we will have the opportunity to work from a still-life setup, or outside (weather permitting) to work from nature. We will also discuss options for protecting and presenting your finished work based on the chosen working surface. Join us for six weeks of in-depth colored pencil exploration!
For more information, click on the link below:Sharon Arts Center Summer 2009 Classes & Workshops
or call 603-924-7256.
|Fitchburg Art Museum 74th Regional Exhibition
Congratulations to GALA Members
Len Haug & Paul Murphy
who won honorable mention awards in the Fitchburg Art Museum 74th Regional Exhibition.
Len won for his collage titled "Our Daily Thanksgiving"
Paula won for her pastel titled "L'Artiste de Montmartre"
Congratulations to the many GALA members who were accepted into the juried FAM exhibition.
The exhibition runs through September 6th.
|E. Thor Carlson Exhibit
E. Thor Carlson
Mad About Color: Tapestries, Needlepoint, and Other Fiber Techniques
June 28 - July 30, 2009
Petersham Craft Center
8 North Street, a short walk or ride from Petersham Common
Galley & Shop Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12 noon - 4 pm
|Eddy Troxler Upcoming Shows
Eddy Troxler and and his band "The Jazz Depot" will host an Open Blues and Jazz Jam on
July 2, 2009 from 8:00 pm to Midnight at Destare
, 320 Main St., Fitchburg, MA
No cover charge & free parking. You are invited to come and play, sing or just listen.
Eddy and his band will also be at the Thirty-One Main
in Ayer July 10, 8-11 pm.
Eddy: [email protected]
Jazz Depot: [email protected]
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|Gardner Animal Shelter Quilt Raffle
Don't miss your chance to win a 40" square quilt generously donated to the Gardner Animal Control
Facility by Jan Queijo (the Crazy Dog Lady). Raffle 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
(Click on the image to the left to see a larger version of the quilt to be raffled.)
Jan's website: www.crazydoglady.com
|Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Photography Exhibit
The Jaffrey Civic Center
will be holding its Annual Photography Exhibit
beginning with the opening on
Wed. July 15, 5-7 pm
and running through Sat. August 22.
Works must be submitted between Tues. July 7 and Sat. July 11. www.jaffreyciviccenter.com
The Jaffrey Civic Center
is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
|Jaffrey Civic Center Classes & Exhibits
Jaffrey Civic Center
No experience is necessary to take this 8 week plein air pastel class with Helen Bergner. Classes begin on July 8 and go
through Aug. 26 on Wed. mornings 10 am-1 pm.
Helen Bergner will also teach a 4 week pastel
class to students of all grades. Beginners are encouraged. The session will be
held on Tues. mornings 10 am-1 pm from July 7 through July 28.
In the first floor Auditorium Gallery, Marilyn
Stowe presents a photography exhibit, "Wild Things"
, a collection of character
studies from the Faerie realm and part of Marilyn's longer- term work, the
Faerie Bower project; a visual exploration of the folklore of Ireland.
In the second floor Cunningham Gallery, the Lone
Mountain Artists present their exhibit, "Impressions of Nature". This show by seven local artists, reflects the
diversity of nature.
For more information about the classes or exhibits click here
or call 603-532-6527.
is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
|Who's Showing Where?
Heywood Hospital Wound Care
Mavrikis Walker (oils
& acrylics) now until July 9.
Gary Ruuska (colored
pencil) and Michael Pellegrini (photography) July 10 to August 28.
Michael Williams (photography)
July 10 to August 28.
Jumpin' Juice & Java in Gardner: Gail
Hansche Godin (photography) now to July 31.
|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
| Charlotte Wharton Workshop
North Shore Art Assn. is hosting a workshop
Figurative Interiors" taught by Charlotte Wharton,
Info: 508-425-6719 or
Website or Email
Show About GALA
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.
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
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