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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
November, 2009
In This Issue
Marion Knoll at Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Joan Sinatra Hathaway in "Contain Yourself" Exhibit
Free Artists Professional Development Program
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit & Award
Guy Biechele DSLR Camera Workshop
Jan Queijo at Rollstone Studios & in NH Quilt Show
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshop
Joanna Draugsvold Wins Mayoral Prize
Holiday Shopping Night Sales Opportunity
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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GALA Fall 2009 Art Show & Sale
November 13, 14 & 15
at the Gardner PACC
Important Dates for Artists:
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

Schedule of musician performances

Go to the GALA website for posters & announcement cards.

See you at the show!
Petersham Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Image Knoll Petersham Holiday Silk Scarf
(Click on image for larger version.)
Marion Knoll

will have her Hand Painted Silk Scarves  at the
Petersham Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Sunday November 22, 2009
11 am to 4 pm
For more info
"Contain Yourself" Exhibit at Rollstone
Image Hathaway Contain Yourself Show
Rollstone Studios presents
"Contain Yourself!"
a unique exhibition of boxes,
bowls, handbags and more
opening on
First Thursday, November 5
from 5 to 8 pm

(Click on the image for a larger version. See this and other work by Joan Sinatra Hathaway at the show.)

Artists include: Reverend Blamo, Sally Cragin,
Lolita Demers, Anne Giancola, Joan Sinatra Hathaway,
Ema Kilroy, Therese Martin, Jana Morgan, Camilo Neves,
Amy Newberg, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Jeffu Warmouth.
Rollstone Studios, 633 Main Street, Fitchburg
Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm.
Free Professional Development Program for Artists
Creative Massachusetts: The Artists Congress 2009
Welcoming Artists of All Disciplines
to a Discussion of Our Creative Future 
It is a Free Professional Development Program
For MA Artists of All Disciplines.
  This event is Sat. Nov. 7th & Sun. Nov. 8th 2009
at the Boston Public Library (Boston, MA)
More info on this free event
Info on the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC)
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit & Award
Image MacDonald A Passing Storm  
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit
"Eclectic - 2009 Works"
Featuring landscapes of Central Massachusetts.
November 3 through December 28, 2009

Thayer Memorial Library Reference Room
717 Main St. in Lancaster.
The show is presented by the Art on Rotation Gallery
of Collins Artworks Art Center in Clinton. 
(Click on image for a larger version.)      
Image MacDonald 631pm Clinton
Congratulations to Lori

Her painting, "6:31pm - Clinton" won  a 2nd place ribbon
 in the acrylics category. The juried show took place recently at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton as part of their annual
Olde Home Days Week.  

Lori's website:

 (Click on image for a larger version.) 
"Understanding Your DSLR Camera" Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Biechele A Gathering
Understanding Your DSLR Camera
November 7, 2009 from 10:00 am - 2:30 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 image for a larger version.)

Your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera is a powerful photographic tool.  It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices they offer - metering and exposure modes, lens choices, flash options, JPEG vs. RAW, etc.  Learn how to take advantage of the flexibility of your DSLR camera to become a better photographer.  This workshop will help you to make the most of you DSLR camera whether you use your camera for family portraits, landscapes, or other subjects.  Participants should bring their DSLR camera, camera manual, and any accessories such as lenses, flash attachments, filters, etc for discussion.
Jan Queijo at Rollstone Studios & NH Quilt Show
Image Queijo Wild Flowers Quilt    
Congratulations to Jan Queijo (The Crazy Dog Lady)

Jan is now one of nine "Resident Artists" at
Rollstone Studios, 633 Main Street, Fitchburg.
They are open every First Thursday of the month from 4 to 8 pm, when you can visit artists at work in their studio spaces.

Also see three of Jan's quilts in "A Quilter's Gathering",
a juried quilt show at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH
Fri. Nov. 6 & Sat. Nov. 7, 10 am-6 pm & Sun. Nov. 8, 10 am-3 pm

Jan's website:
 (Click on this image of one of Jan's quilts in the NH quilt show 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.
Joanna Draugsvold Wins Mayoral Prize
Inage Draugsvold Gone FishingCongratulations to Joanna Draugsvold
Joanna, artistic advisor of The Studio in Winchendon, won the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance's Mayoral Prize for her portrait "Gone Fishing" of her golden retriever, Chewy, in the Rollstone Studio Fall Art Show, Feline, Canine, All Mine. (Chewy passed away on October 5th, 2009 after more than twelve years of fishing and hiking with her family.) Ms. Draugsvold assists local artists in preparation of their work for local art shows, Fridays 3-5 pm and Saturdays 2-4 pm, at The Studio, 62 Ash Street, Winchendon.
(Click on image for a larger version.)                  Call 978-855-6278 for more details.
Holiday Shopping Night Sales Opportunity
Holiday Shopping Night
Sacred Heart School in Gardner, MA
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009  4-8 p.m.
Register for a table singly or with others
Cost:  one table for $30, two tables for $50 OR 10% of gross sales, whichever is greater.
Vendor contract submission deadline:  Nov. 20
For more info and the vendor contract
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Ellen Schneeflock (Oils and Watercolors) now to January 9.
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Millie Williams (Watercolors) now to January 9.
Jaffrey Civic Center
"Point of Realism" Two-Person Colored Pencil Exhibit with Gary Ruuska & Nicole Caulfield
until November 7, 2009 in the 1st Floor-Auditorium Gallery

Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot
See their website for information on upcoming shows.

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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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