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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
February, 2010
In This Issue
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Exhibit at Gardner Library
GALA Members Win Awards in Jaffrey
Guy Biechele Photoshop for Photographers Workshop
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Selected by Gardner Mayor
Gary Ruska Colored Pencil Workshops
2010 Monadnock Arts Auction
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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MA Cultural Council (MCC)
MCC 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 Mass. artists.
GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
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Please don't forget
Spring Art Show & Sale entries are due Feb. 10th!


Other Important Dates

Artist/PR statement deadline

Wed.  Feb. 17

Ad & donation copy deadline

Wed.  Feb. 24

Art & raffle drop-off at PACC

Wed.  Mar. 10  4-6 pm

Opening reception

Fri.      Mar. 12  6-9 pm

Art pick-up at PACC

Sun.    Mar. 14  4-5 pm

Show Location & Hours
Polish American Citizens Club (PACC)
171 Kendall Pond Rd West
Gardner, MA 01440
Friday       March 12   6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday   March 13   1 pm - 9 pm
Sunday      March 14   Noon - 4 pm
Image MCC LogoThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Lori MacDonald Acrylic Exhibit at Gardner Library
Image MacDonald A Parker Street Sunset
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Local Beauty
Landscapes of Gardner & Central Massachusetts
February 3 - 26, 2010
Opening Reception:
  Saturday,  Feb. 6th 10 til Noon
at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde Street, Gardner, MA
in the "Volunteer Room"
(the room adjacent to the audio books)
The Library's Winter Hours:
Tues. 9-6; Wed. 9-8; Thurs.9-6; Fri. 9-5; Sat 9-1


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GALA Members Win Awards in Jaffrey
Public Choice Awards at the Jaffrey Civic Center Autumn Area Art Exhibit
         Gary Ruuska received a First Place        Guy Biechele received a Second Place
               for his colored pencil painting                                  for his photograph
                     "Pears by Moonlight"                                 "Sunrise at Pemaquid Point"
          Gary's website:             Guy's website:

Image Ruuska Pears by Moonlight
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Photoshop for Photographers Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Biechele Feb 20 Workshop PhotoPhotoshop for Photographers - Beyond the Basics
Saturday,  Feb. 20, 2010 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center

Guy's website:
For more information, see the
Sharon Arts Center Winter Catalog or call 603-924-7256.
                                     (Click on image for a larger version)
This workshop is for digital photographers and film photographers who work from scanned images. Participants must have a basic knowledge of Photoshop and the use of layers.  We will explore more advanced techniques for digital photograph manipulation and enhancement. Topics demonstrated and discussed will include working with RAW camera files, retouching portraits, photo restoration techniques, turning photographs into drawings, advanced black and white photograph techniques, distortion correction, and more.  This Workshop includes "hands on" instruction in the Sharon Arts Center's  Digital Imaging Lab.
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Selected by Gardner Mayor
Image MacDonald The Path at Dunn PondCongratulations to Lori MacDonald
Her acrylic painting "The Path at Dunn Pond" was selected by Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke as the image to be displayed on the front of this year's mayoral greeting card.
Lori's work was selected from the entries submitted in a contest held by the Greater Gardner Artists Association.

 (Click on image for a larger version)
Lori's website:
Colored Pencil Workshops with Gary Ruuska
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
The Boulder Art Gallery is pleased to announce two colored pencil workshops that will be
taught by Gary Ruuska. Classes will be held on Saturday, February 6 and
Saturday, February 20 from 10:30 am - 4:00 pm. Cost will be $35.00 per workshop.  
Pastelbord and colored pencils will be available for purchase.
The Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street. Fitchburg, MA 01420 is limited
For more information contact Gary at [email protected]
2010 Monadnock Arts Auction
The 8th Annual Monadnock Arts Auction
Opening Reception: Monday,  Feb. 1 from 5 - 8 pm
Silent Auction from Feb. 1 to Feb. 6       Live Auction on Feb. 6 beginning at 6 pm
Featuring outstanding works of art including paintings, photography, jewelry, furniture, metalwork, and handblown glass.  For details

The following artists will paint onsite during the Silent Auction:
Tuesday, February 2, Joan Tierney and Paula Pestana, from 11 am to 3 pm
Thursday, February 4, Mary Iselin, from 11 am to 1 pm
Friday, February 5, Betty Glass, from 11 am to 3 pm

Visit their website for a preview of the Live Auction and a sampling of the Silent Auction.
For more information, call Becky at 603-532-4549.
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Phyllis Bergeron Bagley (Watercolors and Oils) now to March 5.
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Michael Pellegrini (Photography) now to April 9.
Mike's website:
Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot
See their website for information on upcoming shows.
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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