GALA LogoTopGALA Newsletter

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
August, 2009
In This Issue
GALA Featured Artist Michael Williams
Lisa Regopoulos Wins First Place Award
Guy Biechele-Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop
Gary Ruuska Represented by Boulder Art Gallery
Jan Queijo at Lowell Quilt Festival
Fall Show Artist Statements
Current & Upcoming Shows
Art Exhibit Opportunities
GETV Show About GALA
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
Welcome New Member!
Doreen LaScola-Haley
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
You are welcome to attend the next board meeting on 8/17 at 7 pm. Call 978-630-2340 for directions.
Call for Entries
Rollstone Studios
"Feline, Canine, All Mine" Juried Art Exhibition. Submissions: Aug. 6-9
Rosalie Lazarus
Portrait Workshop Aug 15 978-401-4910 or Email
See more info

Charlotte Wharton  "Luscious Figurative Interiors"  Sept. 18-20 508-425-6719
Website or Email
We are very pleased to announce that our Fall Art Show & Sale will be held for the first time at the beautiful Polish American Citizens Club (PACC)! The facility is conveniently located on Kendall Pond in Gardner with easy access from Route 2. Another exciting new feature is the evening show hours on Saturday. Of course, we will continue our tradition of wonderful live music throughout the show.

GALA Fall Art Show & Sale
November 13, 14 & 15
Website with facility photos & a virtual tour: PACC
171 Kendall Pond West
Gardner, MA 01440

Important Dates for Artists
Oct. 2      Entry deadline
Oct. 2      Artist statement deadline (see article below)
Oct. 16    Ad copy deadline
Nov. 11   Art drop off at PACC   4-6 pm
Nov. 13   Opening Reception      6-9 pm
Nov. 15   Art pick up at PACC     4-5 pm

Show Hours
Friday   Nov. 13   6-9 pm
Saturday  Nov. 14  1-9 pm
Sunday  Nov. 15  12-4 pm

Look for the Call for Artists coming soon!
GALA Featured Artist Michael Williams
Image Williams Fire Wire
"Fire Wire" by Michael Williams
(Click on image for a larger version.)

I became interested in photography at the age of 12, when my family won a Minolta SRT101 during my Little League opening day festivities; and like a proper New England Yankee I could not let something free go to waste. It was through Ansel Adam's three books of photography; The Negative, The Camera and The Print, that I developed an understanding of the sciences behind this art form. I have also been greatly influenced by Eadweard Muybridge, who is most notable for the development of stop action photography and his studies of the animal and human forms during movement. My admiration of Adams and Muybridge does not solely rest in their rich images, but it is in their mastery of the mechanics of the equipment and processes which enabled them to push and find new limits. Read more

Be sure to visit the GALA website to see Mike's work beginning the first week of August.

See the solo exhibit of Mike's work at the Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation until Aug. 28th and read the press release sent out by Jim Cruickshank, Executive Director of the CDC.
Lisa Regopoulos Wins First Place Award
Congratulations to GALA Member Lisa Regopoulos
Lisa won 1st place with her painting "Lobsterfest" at the Chelmsford Art Society's 4th of July Exhibition.  During the show, she also sold this piece to Enterprise Bank.   
Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Biechele Hibiscus DetailMacro and Close Up Photography
August 29, 2009 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center
Through macro photography we can enjoy a whole new world of photographic subjects and opportunities.
Insects, interesting flora, tiny details and patterns can fill our photographs. During this workshop we will discuss equipment and techniques for macro photography, spend time in the field photographing, and finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.
(Click on image for a larger version.)
                                                     Guy's website:
                                                  For more info, go to Sharon Arts Center or call 603-924-7256.
Gary Ruuska Represented by Boulder Art Gallery
Image Ruuska Wetland's Edge
Congratulations to GALA Member Gary Ruuska

whose work can now be seen and purchased at The Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA. Gary is very pleased to be represented by the gallery and looks forward to working with the owners, Ann and Peter Capodagli.

                       (Click on the image for a larger version of an acrylic
                       work titled "Wetland's Edge" currently at the gallery.)

Jan Queijo at Lowell Quilt Festival
Image Queijo Heart and Home Quilt
  Don't miss seeing GALA member
Jan Queijo's (The Crazy Dog Lady)

"Heart and Home" quilt at the Lowell Quilt Festival
"Images 2009" to be held at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell
from August 6th to 9th

Jan's website:
(Click on image for a larger version.)
BioA Couple (Hundred) Words About Your Art
Once again we are asking artists with work in the Fall Show to submit an Artist Statement. Given the large number of participating artists, we are requesting that these statements be brief. Just one or two paragraphs of three to four sentences (roughly 100-200 words) would be ideal.
If you already have an existing statement, you may need to supply an edited version. If you are writing one for the first time, this is a great exercise for reflection on your creative process. Sum up what you think is important about your art. Touch on the techniques and materials you use
to achieve your artistic vision. Additionally, you are encouraged to include one or two images on the page: a headshot of yourself and a photograph of one of the pieces that will be on display.
Send all of this along to Joanne Holtje: [email protected] Deadline October 2, 2009.

Click here to see a sample artist statement.
Go to top
Current & Upcoming Shows
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Gary Ruuska (colored pencil) now to August 28.
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Michael Williams (photography) now to August 28.
Jaffrey Civic Center
Annual Photography Exhibit now to August 22.
Watercolors by Jinghua Gao Dalia now to August 8. Read more
Mixed media paintings by Chris Myott Aug. 14-Sept. 5. Opening Aug. 14, 5-7 pm. Read more
Eddy Troxler & "Jazz Depot" host their monthly open blues & jazz jam  Aug. 6, 8 pm-midnight.
Fitchburg Farmers Market at Riverfront Park
Paul Luria & Eddy Troxler perform Aug. 6, 3-5 pm.
Princeton Arts Society (PAS)
PAS Members' Show at the Petersham Craft Center Aug. 2-Sept. 10. Opening: Aug. 2, 4-6 pm.

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
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.
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
Have news about awards, shows, events, classes, or new gallery representation?
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.

Go to top