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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
September, 2009
In This Issue
Chuck Heidorn Solo Exhibit in Peterborough
Paula Murphy in 2009 National Juried Exhibition
Linq CD Release & Song Nomination
Lori MacDonald-Introduction to Acrylics Workshop
Gary Ruuska & Nicole Caulfield Exhibit in Jaffrey
Kate Murphy (O'Connor) Exhibit at Gardner Library
Tom Kellner in Tower Hill Sculpture Show
Mark Fisher Trio at Gardner Ale House
Denis & Joanne Boudreau Exhibit in Jaffrey
Joan Sinatra Hathaway in FAM Photo Exhibit
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Classes & Workshop
Jan Queijo in Rollstone Studios Juried Exhibit
More Shows & Classes
Art Exhibit Opportunities
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GALA Featured Artist
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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
MA Cultural Council
Learn what the
MA Cultural Council
can offer you as an artist!
GGAA Artist of the Month
The GGAA Artist of the Month Program is being revamped. Read more.
We're gearing up for the fall show! Get the Call for Artists.
GALA Fall Art Show & Sale
November 13, 14 & 15
Website with facility photos & a virtual tour: PACC
171 Kendall Pond Rd. West
Gardner, MA 01440

Important Dates for Artists:
Oct. 2      Entry deadline
Oct. 2      Artist statement deadline
Oct. 16    Ad copy deadline  5 pm
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
Chuck Heidorn Solo Exhibit in Peterborough
Image Heidorn EL-RS train
(Click on the image for a larger version.)

Chuck Heidorn
"Postcards of my Life."
Paintings, Drawings, and Photographs
September 2 - 30, 2009
Peterborough Town Library
2 Concord St., Peterborough, NH
Call 603-924-8040 for information.

Gardner artist Chuck Heidorn's multifaceted exhibit features his railroad art with the personal touch of "Postcards of my Life" successive photos pasted together to produce singular

Chuck's website:

Paula Murphy in Pastel National Juried Exhibition
Image Murphy L'Artiste DeMontmatre
Congratulations to GALA Member Paula Murphy

Paula's pastel
"L'Artiste de Montmartre"
has been accepted for the
Pastel Society of NH
2009 National Juried Exhibition to be held at the
Discover Portsmouth Center
in Portsmouth, NH.
The show runs Sept. 19-Oct.18.

(Click on the image for a larger version)
Opening reception with awards: Sat., Sept. 19, 5-7 pm
LINQ CD Release & Song Nomination
Royalston singer/songwriter Linq has released a new full-length CD called Rx and the Side Effects. These songs were derived from her personal experiences as both a pharmacist and independent pharmacy owner. The tales are intense, lyrically rollicking from tongue-in-cheek comedies to tear-jerking tragedies as clever melodies drive the messages home. They add an insider's voice to the ongoing debate on health care reform.

Visit Linq's website:

Also, Linq's song "Change the Picture" was one of 22 nominees in the Political Song category in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, literally the largest music awards in the world with 42,000 albums and 560,000 songs received. Linq headed to Nashville to attend the Awards Show on Saturday August 29th at the Wildhorse Saloon. The results will be posted at
Lori MacDonald Intro to Acrylics Workshop
Image MacDonald Lilies Photo for Class
Introduction to Acrylics
A One-Day Workshop
Saturday, September 26th
9AM - 5 PM
This workshop takes place in Lori's home studio space in Gardner. Cost includes the Materials Package (acrylic paints, brushes, painting grounds & mediums).

Using the above photo (click on the image to see a larger version) as a reference, learn to paint "Daylilies" as one of the projects included in the Workshop.
Plan to bring a bag lunch and beverage. Snacks will be provided.
To receive a printed schedule of the Workshop's Agenda call Lori to leave your mailing address (or email): or call 978-407-9333.
Visit Lori's Website at
Nicole Caulfield & Gary Ruuska Exhibit
Image Ruuska Point of Realism Postcard
Point of Realism
Two-Person Colored Pencil Exhibit
with Gary Ruuska & Nicole Caulfield

October 9 - November 7, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, October 9, 2009 5-7 pm
Jaffrey Civic Center
1st Floor-Auditorium Gallery

Nicole's website:
Gary's website:

(Click on the image of show postcard for a larger version.)
Keene, NH artist Nicole Caulfield and Gardner, MA artist Gary Ruuska will exhibit their colored pencil art in a show titled "Point of Realism" at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, NH.
Still-life and portrait artist Nicole Caulfield's work is shown regularly in New England galleries and has been shown nationally and internationally in shows such as the Catharine Lorillard Show and Salmagundi Show in NYC, the Guild of Realism Show in Scottsdale Arizona, and the Portrait Society of America where she won third prize in 2008. Nicole teaches her unique colored pencil techniques nationally and locally near Keene, NH.
Gary Ruuska has shown his work locally and nationally and was a finalist in the Artist's Magazine 25th annual Art Competition. His work can also be seen at Galleries in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Gary works in colored pencil, graphite, and acrylics. He teaches colored pencil technique at the Sharon Arts Center School in Sharon, NH.
Kate Murphy (O'Connor) Exhibit at Gardner Library
Kate Murphy (formerly O'Connor)
will have an exhibit of her artwork at the
Gardner Levi Heywood Memorial Library
during the month of September.
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Tom Kellner in Sculpture Show at Tower Hill
Tom Kellner
will be part of
The Sculpture Show at
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
September 26 throuogh November 1, 2009
More details
Mark Fisher Trio at Gardner Ale House
Image Mark Fisher Trio  
Mark Fisher Trio

Cool songs, Hot Harmony, Good Times, Nice Hair!
Appearing at: The Gardner Ale House
74 Parker Street, Gardner, MA
Saturday September 19, 8:30-11:30 pm
Visit Mark at

 (Click on the image for larger version)
Joanne & Denis Boudreau Exhibit
Image J. Boudreau Linear Hues                  Image D. Boudreau Red Canyon Hoodoos
Vanishing Point
A New England Perspective on the Western Landscape
         Watermedia Paintings by Joanne Boudreau         Photographs by Denis Boudreau 
September 11 - October 3, 2009
Artists' reception: Friday, September 18, 2009  5-7 pm
Jaffrey Civic Center   1st Floor-Auditorium Gallery  Read more
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Joan Hathaway in FAM Photo Exhibit
 Joan Sinatra Hathaway
will have a photograph in the
Fitchburg Art Museum exhibition
Point Click Shoot: Snapshots Celebrating Life
which runs from September 27, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

Joan's photograph will also be featured on the Museum's poster advertising the exhibition.
Colored Pencil Classes & Workshop with Gary Ruuska
    Adventures in Colored Pencil
  8 weeks (Sept. 29-Nov. 17)
Session 1: Tuesdays, 10 am -1 pm             Session 2: Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm
In this class we will explore techniques for creating colored pencil drawings with depth and vibrancy. 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 we will have the opportunity to work inside from a still-life setup, or outside (weather permitting) from nature. We will also discuss options for protecting and presenting your finished work based on the chosen work surface. Join us for a season of in-depth colored pencil exploration! Beginners welcome.

Colored Pencil Explorations
Saturday,   December 12,   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. Working from a photograph and line drawing provided by the instructor, we will focus on layering techniques for building color, texture and form. We will also discuss the best ways to seal and protect your new creation so that it can be displayed like a painting, without glass.

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

Gary's website:
Jan Queijo in Rollstone Studios Juried Exhibit
Image Queijo Kilo's Quilt    
Jan Queijo's (The Crazy Dog Lady)

had two quilts ("Bogey-My Heart" and
"Kilo-The Dog Who Came with the House")
accepted into "Feline, Canine, All Mine"
A juried exhibition of canine and feline art at
Rollstone Studios
633 Main St., Fitchburg, MA.
The show runs Aug. 20 - Oct. 31, 2009
Jan's website:
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More Shows & Classes
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Michael Pellegrini (photography) now to October 30.
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Corinne Goodrich (oils) Sept. 11 to October 30.
Jaffrey Civic Center
Left Bank Group of Artists' paintings, sculptures, and prints now to Sept. 26. Read more
Carol Bortell Hess exhibit "Fire and Ice" Sept. 2 to Oct. 8 with a visual show-and-tell
by Carol on Friday, Sept. 25, 5:00 pm at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Read more
"Pastel Painting for Everyone!" class with Alicia Drakiotes, Tues., Sept. 15 -Oct. 20. Read more
Eddy Troxler & "Jazz Depot" host their monthly open blues & jazz jam  Sept. 3, 8 pm-midnight.
Jazz Depot website:

Fitchburg Farmers Market at Riverfront Park
Eddy Troxler performs with various musicians Thursdays, 3-7 pm.

Sholan Farms
Vieux Soulier, featuring fiddlers Rich gosselin and Leo LeBlanc, will be performing the music of New Brunswick, Quebec and beyond on Sunday, September 20,1-2:30 pm. Admission is free.
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 in Gardner: contact Andy Erickson at or
Jumpin' Juice & Java in Worcester: contact Joshua Van Dyke at 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 to arrange to borrow the DVD.
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Send submissions including your contact info
to Anna Ruuska at or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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