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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
October, 2009
In This Issue
GALA Featured Artist Joanne Holtje
Dan Groth in Large Format Photography Exhibit
Lori MacDonald Wins Popular Prize at FAM
Guy Biechele Landscape Photography Workshop
Jan Queijo Wins Second Place at Rollstone Studios
Gary Ruuska & Nicole Caulfield Exhibit in Jaffrey
Tom Kellner in Tower Hill Sculpture Show
Linq Releases New Album
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshop
Latrice Cooper Fall Foliage Photography Excursion
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Sally Sargent
Ellen Schneeflock
Hurry! The deadline for the fall show entry is Oct. 2!
Get the Call for Artists.
GALA Fall Art Show & Sale
November 13, 14 & 15
Website with facility photos & virtual tour: Gardner PACC
Important Dates for Artists:
Oct. 2      Entry deadline
Oct. 2      Artist statement deadline Need help?
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
GALA Featured Artist Joanne Holtje
     While I consider myself primarily an abstract painter, I do, in fact devote much time to making figure drawings.  This seems, at first glance, a contradiction, but I have found that the practice of life drawing serves to ground me.  My paintings allow me flights of imagination while these studies demand I be totally present.
     Sometimes I am asked why I choose the nude human form.  Obviously, there is a long tradition reaching back to prehistory of the figure in art, but I have never been particularly driven by tradition.  In exploring the figure as an artistic subject, it becomes a contemplation of the many dichotomies of the human condition:  flesh/spirit, strength/frailty, grace/awkwardness and ultimately, life/death.
     I connect to the gestural line and strive to keep that alive even in longer poses.  This imbues a looseness and expressionistic style that I believe honestly conveys the "life" of life drawing.  This collection of work from the past three years illustrates the assortment of media I enjoy.  The poses ranged from roughly ten to thirty minutes.
     Working from life is a fantastic, collaborative effort, and I wish to express gratitude to the men and women who perform the difficult job of the model.

Please visit the GALA website beginning
the first week of October to see Joanne's wonderful artwork!
Dan Groth in Large Format Photography Exhibit
Image Groth Stones  
The New England Large Format Photography Collective
(NELFPC) will have an exhibition of members' work at the
Landau Gallery at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA. The exhibition runs from Oct. 6 through Nov. 6,
with gallery hours from 8 am - 5 pm.
The artists' reception will be on Sunday Oct. 18, 1 - 4 pm.
Some of the photographers represented are: Steve Sherman, Tim Jones, Jack Holowitz, Marie and Glenn Curtis,
Peter Wnek, Ralph Phil, Dan Groth, David Matuszek,
Dave LaBella, Joe Azoti and Gene LaFord.                     (Click on the image for a larger version.)
Directions to Belmont Hill School. For more information: 617-484-4410 x282. Show flyer.
Lori MacDonald Wins Popular Prize at FAM
Image MacDonald Stone House Remembered  
Congratulations to Lori MacDonald
whose acrylic painting "The Stone House Remembered"
won the Popular Prize in the Fitchburg Art Museum
74th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft.
Limited edition giclée prints on stretched canvas are still available to purchase through the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg. A percentage of the print sales will benefit the fund to rebuild the Stone House which was destroyed by fire in January of this year. Prints are $200.00 unframed, or $250.00 framed. Visit the Boulder Art Gallery website.
(Click on the image for a larger version.)          Lori's website:
Landscape Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Biechele Hills of Western Mass
Better Landscape Photography with your Digital Camera
Oct 17, 2009  10 am - 4:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center

Guy's website:
For more information, see the
Sharon Arts Center Fall Catalog or call 603-924-7256.
(Click on the image for a larger version.)

In this day long workshops you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. We will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography techniques easier. After a discussion of the elements of good landscape photography, we will head into the field to practice at a couple of local sites. After a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made.
Jan Queijo Wins Second Place at Rollstone Studios
Image Queijo Bogey My Heart quilt    
Congratulations to Jan Queijo (The Crazy Dog Lady)

Jan's quilt "Bogey-My Heart" won Second Place
in the "Feline, Canine, All Mine"
  juried exhibition at Rollstone Studios
633 Main St., Fitchburg, MA.
The show runs until Oct. 31, 2009.
Jan has also been invited to become a
consignment artist at Rollstone.
Jan's website:
(Click on the image for a larger version.)

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.)
Tom Kellner in Sculpture Show at Tower Hill
Don't miss seeing Tom Kellner's work in
The Sculpture Show at
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
September 26 through November 1, 2009
More details
Linq Releases New Album
Image Linq Rx And The Side Effects Cover  
Royalston recording artist Linq has released her latest album,
These tales of health care and business could only be told by an insider, and former pharmacist/pharmacy owner Linq is just that.
Linq's website:

 (Click on the image for a larger version.)
Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Ruuska
  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, see the Sharon Arts Center Fall Catalog or call 603-924-7256.

Gary's website:
Latrice Cooper Fall Foliage Photography Excursion
Latrice Cooper will lead a
Fall Foliage Photography Excursion
along with canoe guides from Nashoba Paddler of Groton
October 4th  9 am - 1 pm
Pre-registration required through the Fitchburg Art Museum
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More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Michael Pellegrini (photography) now to October 30.
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Corinne Goodrich (oils) now to October 30.
Jaffrey Civic Center
Carol Bortell Hess exhibit "Fire and Ice" now to Oct. 8. Read more
"Vanishing Point" exhibit by Joanne & Denis Boudreau not to Oct. 3. Read more
"Pastel Painting for Everyone!" class with Alicia Drakiotes, Tues., Oct. 13 - Nov. 17. Read more
" Color Camp. Not Rules, but Tools!" class with Deb Pero, Weds., Oct. 14 - Oct. 28. Read more
Peterborough Town Library
Latrice Cooper has a solo photography exhibit during the month of October.

Destaré in Fitchburg, MA
Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot host monthly open blues & jazz jams Oct. 1 & Nov. 5, 8 pm-midnight.

Thirtyone Main in Ayer, MA
Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot will perform on Oct. 2, Nov. 6 & Dec. 18, 7:30-11:30 pm.

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

Back Road Studio Tours
October 3 & 4, 10 am-5 pm. Visit central Massachusetts artists' studios.

Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)
2010 municipal calendar photography contest entries due Oct 19.
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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Have an article you would like to submit?
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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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