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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
January, 2010
In This Issue
Lisa Regopoulos Pastel Demonstration
FemLink Acquired by National Gallery of Prague
Joanne Holtje in Worcester Art Museum Exhibit
Vieux Soulier at Boulder Coffee House in Fitchburg
Art Alonzo, Performer & Teacher
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Class & Workshops
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Leominster
MCC News & IIB Business Assistance for Artists
Clark University Exhibit Opportunity
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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Featured Artist
Be sure to see the photography of GALA's current featured artist,
Anna Ruuska
at the GALA website
GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Sally Sargent
Ellen Schneeflock
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We enjoyed the fall art show so much that we couldn't wait to do it again! Our Spring Art Show & Sale is scheduled for March 12-14, 2010. Look for the Call for Artists coming soon.

We are happy to announce that the show will once again be located at the wonderful Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) in Gardner.

Take a walk down memory lane by visiting the GALA website for images, award listings and other info from the fall show.

The time is short and we are gearing up. If you would like to get involved and volunteer to help with the next show, please contact us at or 978-630-2340.
Lisa Regopoulos Pastel Demo
Image Regopoulos Cattails
(Click on image for larger version.)
Pastel Demonstration by Lisa Regopoulos
January 19th, 2010
at the Leominster Art Association meeting
to begin at 7:00 pm at the Congregational Church of Christ
583 Main Street, Leominster, MA.

Lisa will demonstrate an 8 x 10 close up of Cattails which will be number 5 in her Cattail Series. This series originated from a 5 x 7  Plein Air pastel completed on site (see image above) at Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster, MA. 
Lisa's website:

FemLink Acquired by National Gallery of Prague
Image FemLink Video Collage Stills
(Click on image to see more.)
FemLink: the international video collage
co-curated by Gala member C. M. Judge, and Véronique Sapin of France has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Prague for its permanent collection.
Visit C. M. Judge at:
Joanne Holtje in Worcester Art Museum Exhibit
Art Work by Joanne Holtje
will be in the Worcester Art Museum Adult Student Exhibit
in the Higgins Education Wing
December 8, 2009 through January 22, 2010
Reception: Thursday, January 7, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA  508-799-4406

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Vieux Soulier at Boulder Coffee House in Fitchburg
Vieux Soulier, fiddlers in the traditions of New Brunswick, Quebec and beyond
will be featured at the Boulder Coffee House
at the Unitarian Church on the Upper Common, Fitchburg.
Saturday, January 9  at 7:30 pm
 Admission is a suggested donation of $6.
Vieux Soulier is comprised of fiddlers Leo LeBlanc & Rich Gosselin, Paul Luria on guitar and harmonica, Den Poitras playing his unique street bass and Paula Cookson Luria on spoons.
Come on down. You'll be dancing!
Art Alonzo, Performer & Teacher
Art Alonzo, a regular performer at our GALA art shows, is an active musician who plays jazz piano locally and has a music studio. He makes house calls to provide music lessons on piano and takes beginners of all ages. Art calls it  "retirement after 23 years in elementary schools" and has had over thirty thousand students during that prior experience.
You can contact Art at
Colored Pencil Class & Workshops with Gary Ruuska
Image Ruuska Still Life with Blue Hubbard

Painterly Colored Pencil

8 Weeks,  Fridays, January 29 - March 19,  10 am - 1 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 work inside from a still-life setup. 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!

Painting with Pencils: Colored Pencil Still Life
Saturday,   March 27,  10 am - 4 pm
This workshop is designed for those with some drawing experience. Working from a still life setup, you will make a quick line drawing. Then the real fun begins! Mix and layer color to create a colored pencil "painting" with the illusion of depth and form. Using colored pencils and a sanded board designed for pastel artists, you will experience the painterly possibilities of this exciting medium. The instructor will supply colored pencils, but you are encouraged to bring any pencils you already have. This workshop is especially designed for colored pencil artists who normally work with photos and for those new to the medium.

For more information, see the Sharon Arts Center Winter Catalog or call 603-924-7256.

Saturday Workshops at Boulder Art Gallery
Gary will be offering one-day colored pencil workshops in January & February at
 The Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street. Fitchburg, MA 01420
For more information contact Gary at
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Leominster
The MLK Coalition's 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Sunday, January 17     Brunch at 11 am and program begins at noon
First Church Unitarian Universalist at 15 West Street, Leominster MA.
Guest speaker Emily MacRae will talk about health care and racial disparities.
Music will be provided by Jerry Sabatini, Robin Goodwin,
Javier barazarte-Venezolano, and Mickey Guzman.
Donations are greatly appreciated but not required.
Massachusetts Cultural Council News & IIB Business Assistance for Artists
2010 Artist Fellowships Applications
in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction & Poetry are now being accepted with a deadline of January 25, 2010. The Artist Fellowships Program offers fellowships of $7,500 and finalist awards of $500, as direct support to individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence.
As a reminder: the deadline for 2010 applications in the categories of Drawing, Painting, and Traditional Arts has passed. Grant announcements in those categories will be made by early February 2010. Categories reviewed next year (in the 2011 cycle) will include Crafts, Film & Video, Music Composition, Photography, Playwriting, and Sculpture/Installation.
IIB PRIME Business Assistance for Artists
Massachusetts artists interested in expanding business skills and profitability can attend an upcoming info session in Boston. The International Institute of Boston (IIB) has announced the PRIME program, offering a limited number of openings for free assistance to small businesses (including artists). Among the PRIME services: business classes and coaching, and assistance such as legal help, website design, and marketing support. Artists interested in learning more should attend an upcoming info session: Tues., Jan. 12th at 2:30 pm OR 6:30 pm or Wed., Jan. 20th at 2:30 pm OR 6:30 pm. All sessions held at One Milk Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA. Preregistration required. To sign up for an info session, or for more information,
email the PRIME program.
Massachusetts residency is a must for the PRIME program, and there is an income qualification. Also, applicants must demonstrate seriousness about business success and completing the training. Note that all classes will be held in the Greater Boston area. The program is funded in part by a grant award with the US Small Business Administration.

Upcoming MCC Exhibition
2009 Fellows & Finalists Photography Exhibit January 14 - February 27
Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA.

Check out the MCC blog ArtSake, a place to explore and celebrate
the creative work of Massachusetts artists.
Exhibit Opportunity at Clark University
ALCHEMY: Art and Science
Submission due Jan. 18
Show will be at Clark University in Worcester, MA
For more info
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.
Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot
See their website for information on upcoming shows.
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
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Have news about awards, shows, events, classes, or new gallery representation?
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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