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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
July, 2009
In This Issue
Paula Murphy Wins Merit Award
Len Haug Wins First Place Awards.
Jan Queijo Award & Shows
Gary Ruuska Featured Artist at Sharon Arts Center
Colored Pencil Workshop & Classes with Gary Ruuska
GALA Members at FAM 74th Regional Exhibition
E. Thor Carlson Exhibit
Eddy Troxler Upcoming Shows
Jan Queijo Donates Quilt to Gardner Animal Shelter
Jaffrey Civic Center Photo Exhibit Call-for-Entry
Jaffrey Civic Center Classes & Exhibits
Who's Showing Where?
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Charlotte Wharton Workshop
GETV Show About GALA
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Welcome New Members!
Christine Grossman
Julie Pepper
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
We are currently planning the fall show and invite you to participate. A volunteer meeting is scheduled to provide more info.
What:  GALA Volunteers Meeting
Date:   Monday, July 6th
Time:   7 to 8:30 pm
Place:  Heidorn residence, 12 Crystal Lake Dr., Gardner (corner of Abbott St.)
RSVP:  Anna Ruuska, [email protected]
or 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.

We will serve light refreshments. Please feel free to bring something to share. Before the meeting, we will send a list of tasks for you to consider. Bring your own ideas too!
Paula Murphy Wins Merit Award
Image Murphy Have You Any Wool?
(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 Wool?"
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
Congratulations to 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 Show.
Jan Queijo Award & Shows
Image Queijo Woven Pond Quilt 
Congratulations to GALA member
Jan Queijo (The Crazy Dog Lady)
Her "Heart and Home" quilt recently won a 3rd place ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction, VT.
The quilt has also been juried into the Lowell Quilt Festival "Images 2009" to be held at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell
from August 6th to 9th
Jan also 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:                     Click on the image for a larger version.)
                                                                   Click here to see the other Westminster show quilt
Gary Ruuska Featured Artist at Sharon Arts Center
Image Ruuska Orchid   
      GALA Member Gary Ruuska
              is a Featured Artist

      during the month of July at the
              Sharon Arts Center
                30 Grove Street
          Peterborough, NH 03458

 Gary's website:
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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.

Gary's website:
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]   website
Jazz Depot: [email protected]   website
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Gardner Animal Shelter Quilt Raffle
Image Queijo Gardner Animal Shelter donation quilt 
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 3, 2009.
(Click on the image to the left to see a larger version of the quilt to be raffled.)

Jan's website:
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.
The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
Jaffrey Civic Center Classes & Exhibits
Pastel Classes
 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.

  Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
Who's Showing Where?
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center:
     Priscilla Mavrikis Walker (oils & acrylics) now until July 9.
     Gary Ruuska (colored pencil) and Michael Pellegrini (photography) July 10 to August 28.
Gardner CDC: 
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
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
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.
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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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