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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
December, 2009
In This Issue
GALA Featured Artist Anna Ruuska
Adam Bergeron "Imagine" CD Release
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshop
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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Jaffrey Art Exhibition
See the work of a number of GALA members
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

Autumn Art Exhibition
Now to Dec. 19, 2009

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH

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Our GALA Fall Art Show & Sale was a tremendous success!

The Friday night reception was very well attended and enjoyed by all. An estimated 300 people attended the show over the course of the weekend.

We want to thank all of the wonderful people who made the show possible (see list).

A special thanks goes to the following volunteer coordinators whose skill and hard work were instrumental in the success of the show: Vicki Heidorn-Overall Event; Luis Gonzalez-Music; Chris Grossman-Raffle; Joanne Holtje-Artist Statements; Anna Ruuska-Art Drop Off & Data; Jan Queijo (aided by Chris Grossman)-Art Shop; Chuck Heidorn-Installation; Ed Schneeflock-Publicity Material; and Sally Sargent-Show Location.

Please patronize the businesses and thank the individuals that donated and tell them that you appreciate their generous support of the arts (see list).

We want to express our appreciation to the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) for their generosity in hosting our event at their beautiful facility!

Thank you to our distinguished judges: Gregory J. Barry, Rebecca Cinclair and Joan Sinatra Hathaway for a difficult job well done!

And of course, we want to express our gratitude to the artists and musicians who shared their marvelous artwork and talent with us!

Congratulations to the People's Choice Award winners:
1st place: Paula Murphy for "Have You Any Wool?"
2nd place: Len Haug for "Aunt Lottie-The Hat Lady"
3rd place: Lori MacDonald for "Audi Leads the Way"
See the complete list of award winners!

Be sure to check the GALA website soon for images from the fall show.
GALA Featured Artist Anna Ruuska
Image Anna Ruuska - Sunset Truro
(Click on image for larger version.)
I have never thought of myself as an artist. But if being an artist is wanting others to see whatever you see that is beautiful, surprising or thought-provoking, then I'm willing to concede that I just might be one. I'm drawn to nature as a subject and its macro world in particular. The camera allows me to share the delightful secrets found within this realm.
With a quarter century of working with computers and electronic information, it is not surprising that I did not begin taking pictures until digital photography came into its own. I love the spontaneity that the digital medium provides. It affords me the best opportunity to capture what I am trying to convey.
For me, photography is not about portraying reality and in fact, the images rarely reflect what my eyes perceived. I think a camera transforms the object or scene and I am always eager to be surprised by the outcome.

Visit the GALA website to see Anna's work
beginning the first week of December.

Anna's website: (shared with her talented photographer brother-in-law, Alan Ruuska)
Adam Bergeron "Imagine" CD Release
  Image Bergeron Imagine CD cover 
Adam Bergeron
proudly announces the release of his tenth CD, "Imagine" featuring 11 spontaneous compositions for solo piano.

As a pianist and composer Mr. Bergeron has been described as "emotionally charged" and "captivating", often leaving listeners mesmerized by the depth and sonority of his music.
Several more of Adam's recordings are to be released in 2010.
Read more

 (Click on image for larger version) 

Purchase "Imagine" online at the CD Baby website,
with digital downloads available as well.

Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit
Image MacDonald Path Through the Meadow  
Don't miss your opportunity to see
"Eclectic - 2009 Works"
A Solo Exhibit by Lori MacDonald

Featuring landscapes of Central Massachusetts.
Now 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.) 
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:
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
Jewelry & paintings by Barbara Danser in the first floor Display Cases now to Dec. 19.

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 [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
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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.

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