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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
March, 2010
In This Issue
Jan Queijo Solo Quilt Exhibit at Rollstone Studios
Joan Sinatra Hathaway in TLGUTS Exhibit
LINQ Nominated for Musical Artist of 2009
Joanne Holtje Selected for Concord Art Show
Mark Fisher Trio Concerts
Guy Biechele Black & White Digital Images Workshop
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Painting Classes
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshop
Rollstone Studios Resident Artist Opportunity
Local selling opportunity for crafters
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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The Spring Art Show & Sale is almost here!

Show Location & Hours
Polish American Citizens Club (PACC)
171 Kendall Pond Rd West
Gardner, MA 01440
Friday Opening Reception       March 12   6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday                                March 13   1 pm - 9 pm
 Sunday                                 March 14   Noon - 4 pm
Please join us for the announcement of
show awards on Friday at 6:30 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.

Jan Queijo Solo Quilt Exhibit at Rollstone Studios
Image Queijo Close up of Garrett & Annie Quilt
(Close-up of quilt detail - click on image for larger version.)
Rollstone Studios is hosting a solo exhibit
by CRAZY DOG LADY, quilt artist, Jan Queijo
from April 8 through May 2, 2010.
There is an artist reception on
Sunday, April 11, from 1:00-3:00 pm.
Rollstone Studios is located at 633 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA
Joan Sinatra Hathaway in TLGUTS Exhibit
Image Hathaway vaseJoan Sinatra Hathaway

has pieces on view as part of the exhibition, Mothers Who Create.
This exhibition is at the
Little Gallery Under the Stairs
25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA.
All the artists in this exhibition are mothers, grandmothers or maternal figures. The show is on view through April 10, 2010
For more info:
(Click on image for larger version.)

Joan Sinatra Hathaway's website:
LINQ Receives Musical Artist of 2009 Nomination
Congratulations to GALA Member, Linq!
The Pride In The Arts Awards has recently announced that GALA member Linq, a singer/songwriter from Royalston, has been nominated for Musical Artist of 2009 for her GLBT activism. The awards are part of the StoneWall Society network, and winners will be announced in March.
Visit Linq at:
Joanne Holtje Selected for Concord Art Show
  Image Holtje Ambiogenisis          Congratulations to GALA member, Joanne Holtje!
Joanne had two drawings selected by juror Dana Salvo,
Director Clark Gallery, Lincoln for the Concord Art Association's show
"Members' Juried II, Photography, Drawing, Crafts and Graphics".
The show runs until March 21st at Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA  978-369-2578
Tues-Sat 10-4:30, Sun Noon-4
   Show is also viewable online at
                        (Click on image of "Ambiogenisis" for larger version.)
Mark Fisher Trio Concerts
Image Mark Fisher TrioMark Fisher Trio
Appearing at:
Destaré Café & Martini Bar
320 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA   978-345-5734
Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 8 pm
An exquisitely comfortable room!
Bull Run Restaurant
Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7 pm

  (Click on image for larger version)               215 Great Rd      Rt. 2A, Shirley, MA
                                                       Read a message from Mark about this performance!

Visit Mark at
Black & White Digital Images Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Biechele Head of the Harbor BW Creating Dynamic Black and White Digital Images
Saturday, March 6, 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 larger version)
Digital photography has offered photographers a tremendous degree of control in creating and printing color images.  These benefits are also available to those who are interested in creating dynamic black and white photographs.
In this workshop you will learn why you should photograph in color with your digital camera in order to create the best black and white images.  At the Sharon Arts Center state of the art digital imaging lab, you will learn how to use PhotoShop techniques to get the most out of your black and white images.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs to work on during the workshop.  The workshop will include lecture, demonstration and "hands-on" work.
Acrylic Painting Classes with Lori MacDonald
Image MacDonald Photo For Painting ClassAcrylic Painting Classes in May
Lori MacDonald will be offering an Introduction to Acrylics
class in four sessions on Monday evenings in May at
The Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg. The classes will run from 6:30 to 9 pm on May 3, 10, 17, and 24. The class is ideal for beginners and for the seasoned artist wishing to try a new medium. The class will focus on the use of brushes and acrylic mediums, a variety of painting grounds, color mixing with a minimal palette, and will include painting a landscape from a photograph. The cost for the 4-week class is $60 plus materials.
With the photo above as a reference, learn to paint this scene on a canvas panel in the 4th lesson of Lori's Intro to Acrylics class. (Click on image for a larger version.)
Visit Lori's website:   Email:
or call 978-407-9333
Colored Pencil Workshop 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.

Rollstone Studios Resident Artist Opportunity
Rollstone Studios, 633 Main Street, Fitchburg, has one or two openings for Resident Artists.
If you are interested, please contact the Studio Director, Anne Giancola, at the studio 978-348-2781, or at 978-582-9741, or email her at for more details about the opportunity. This is not a paid position, but an opportunity to have work space in the studio and be part of a community of fellow artists.
Call for Crafters
Local selling opportunity at the
Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner
66 Elm Street, Gardner, MA
Spring 2010 - Craft and Flea Market

on Saturday - April 17, 2010 - 9 am - 3 pm  (Application deadline is April 1)
Join together to rent a table and save on the cost!
Download the application
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Phyllis Bergeron Bagley (Watercolors and Oils) now to March 4.
Ed Schneeflock (Photography and Oils) March 5 to May 7
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Michael Pellegrini (Photography) now to April 9.
Mike's website:

Greater Gardner Artists Association (GGAA)
22nd Annual Spring Art Exhibit in the Boland Room at 65 Lake St. in Gardner, MA
Opening Reception: Friday, April 16, 7-9 pm
Show hours: Saturday, April 17, 12-5 pm and Sunday, April 18, 12-4 pm
Entry deadline is March 6.  For more info & to download the application.

Jaffrey Civic Center
2010 Annual Spring Area Art Exhibition  February 26 - March 27, 2010
"Pastel-Painting with Broken Color" class with Alicia Drakiotes  3/24-4/27, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Watercolor and Oil Paintings Exhibit by Barbara Mahar in the first floor display cases  3/2 - 4/15
More info

Chad Champoux & Adam Bergeron
Photographer Chad Champoux will be presenting a "Meet The Artist" event at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls on March 20th from 4 to 8 pm. This event is in conjunction with his
"Third-Eye Perspectives" exhibit, on display at the Library through May 23rd.
Special musical guest for the event is Adam Bergeron, classical pianist and composer.
More info
Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot
See their website for information on upcoming shows.
Rollstone Studios
Open every First Thursday of the month from 4 to 8 pm
when you can visit artists at work in their studio spaces.
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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