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 01440www.galagardner.org
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Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
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Thanks to our artists, musicians, volunteers & visitors
the GALA Spring Art Show & Sale was
our most successful ever!
We experienced record attendance and sales! An estimated 400 people visited the show over the course of the weekend. We sold 14 pieces of art from the show as well as numerous items from the Art Shop.
The Friday night reception
was very well attended from beginning to end and there was an enthusiastic audience for the awards announcements.
The phenomenal success of this show and the growth enjoyed by the GALA organization is due in large part to our wonderful volunteers and we offer them our sincere thanks (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; Jan Queijo & Lucinda Oates-Art Shop; Chris Grossman-Raffle; Jeff Gallant-Financials; Luis Gonzalez & Vicki Heidorn-Music; Sally Sargent-Artist
Statements; Anna Ruuska-Art Drop Off & Data; Chuck Heidorn-Installation; Ed Schneeflock-Publicity
Material; Ellen Schneeflock-Food Table & High School Student Invitational.
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: Julie Tremblay
,Hagop Aprahamian and Hrair Aprahamian
for their expertise and dedication!
And of course, we want to express our gratitude to the artists and musicians
who shared their marvelous artwork and talent with the community!
Congratulations to the People's Choice Award winners:
1st: Rebecca Stevenson for "Best Pals" (Colored Pencil)
2nd: Lisa Regopoulos for "A Decade of Growth" (Pastel)
3rd: Latrice Cooper for "Lioness" (Photography)
See the complete list of award winners
Be sure to check the GALA website
images from the spring show.
This 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
|Dana Armstrong Photography Exhibit at CDC
|Studio 4 Potters-New Studio with Available Space
John Bennard, Fe Fandreyer, and
would like to announce their new studio-Studio 4 Potters
at 4 West Lynde Street in Gardner, MA.
These three potters first crossed paths
at the Worcester Center for Crafts and formed a co-op in 2007. All three
potters displayed their work recently at GALA's Spring Show. Although the new
space is primarily a studio space, there are also limited retail hours of most
Saturdays from 12-4. Please call 978-895-0228 and Kristin will be able to give
you more information.
*Studio Space Available*
Potters has a studio space available for rent. A room separate from the clay
working area, measuring 10'x14', this space would be usable for potters
or other artists. Please contact Fe at 978-852-8294 for more details.
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|Lisa Regopoulos Featured at "Art at the Inns"
will be one of the three featured artists
at the Inn at Clamber Hill
111 North Main Street, Petersham, MA
for the "Art at the Inns"
eventApril 17th &18th11:00 am to 4:00 pm
(Click on "16th Street, Denver" image for larger version)
|Linq Wins Musical Artist of 2009 Award!
|Lori MacDonald Solo Painting Exhibit
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit
"A Sunday Drive"
Jaffrey Civic Center First Floor
April 16 - May 20, 2010
The show features Lori's smaller acrylic landscapes from her travels in
Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
Hours: Tues.10-6, Wed. through Fri. 1-5, and Sat.10-2
Visit Lori's website: www.macdonaldartist.com
(Click on "A Monadnock View" image for larger version)
|Scott Niemi Solo Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
(For a larger version, click on image of "Three Peppers" or "Monadnock Birches")
Niemi 20 years/ 20+ PaintingsApril 2 - May 1, 2010Jaffrey Civic Center
A selection of paintings, both abstract and representational in style
from the last 20 years.Read more
You can email Scott at: [email protected]
|Jan Queijo in NEAFA Show & Rollstone Studios Solo Exhibit
(Click on image for
Jan Queijo, CRAZY DOG LADY QUILTS
, had her
"Bogey-My Heart" quilt juried into an art exhibit in Hingham, MA,
held by New England Arts for Animals (NEAFA)
This organization includes artists who donate a portion of all sales to
their fund, which aids service dog organizations,
thus helping the handicapped.
The Bogey quilt is also a semi-finalist
included in the NEAFA 2011 annual calendar.
And don't miss...Jan's solo exhibit
at Rollstone Studios
from April 8 through May 2, 2010
Artist reception: Sunday, April 11, from 1:00-3:00 pm
Jan's website: www.crazydoglady.com
|Gary Ruuska Solo Colored Pencil Exhibit
Gary Ruuska Solo Exhibit "The Art of Colored Pencil"
633 Main St., Fitchburg, MAMay 6 through June 13, 2010
Artist reception: Saturday, May 15, from 1:00-3:00 pm
An exhibit of colored pencil paintings including
many new pieces which are being shown for the first time.
Gary's website: artbygaryruuska.com
(Click on "Round Pegs in a Square Hole" image for larger version)
|Bluegrass/Gospel Jam at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
|St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 79 Cross St. Gardner
All are invited to a Bluegrass/Gospel Jam
April 17th from 7 - 10 pm
Bluegrass gospel music will also be featured for the music
of the church service which starts at 10:20 am.
|Acrylic Painting Classes with Lori MacDonald
| Acrylic Painting Classes in May
Lori MacDonald will be offering an Introduction to
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: www.macdonaldartist.com Email: [email protected]
or call 978-407-9333
|Colored Pencil Class & Workshop with Gary Ruuska
Painterly Colored Pencil
8 weeks (May 5-June 23) Session 1: Weds., 10 am-1 pm or Session 2: Weds., 6-9 pm
In this class we will explore techniques for creating colored pencil drawings with vibrancy and depth. Learn to build bold and exciting color using a gradual layering technique on sanded board. Students will begin by working from photographs and line drawings provided by the instructor. In the later weeks we will work from a still-life setup. We will also discuss options for protecting and presenting your finished work with fixative. More advanced students are invited to work on projects of their own design.
Colored Pencil Flowers: A Mother's Day Workshop
Saturday, May 8, 10 am - 3 pm
In celebration of Mother's Day, thisworkshop will focus on flowers. Colored pencilsare the perfect medium for rendering the rich yet subtle colors of this popular subject.Working on a sanded surface, you will learn to use a gradual color-layering technique fora realistic result. A reference photograph and line drawing will be provided by the instructor.
For more information, see the Sharon Arts Center Spring 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 [email protected]
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.
|More Shows, Classes, Etc.
|Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Ed Schneeflock (Photography
and Oils) Now to May 7
Ed's website: www.schneeflock.net
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Michael Pellegrini (Photography) now to April 8.
Mike's website: www.powersmill.com
Dana Armstrong (Photography) April 9 - June 4. 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 The Leominster Art Association
45th Annual Arts - Crafts - Photography Exhibit will be held April 23, 24 & 25, 2010
at St. Leo's Auditorium, Leominster, MA
Gala Opening: Friday, April 23, 7-9 pm
Show: Fri., April 23, 1-5 pm; Sat., April 24,10 am-3:30 pm & 6:30-9 pm; Sun. April 25 1-5 pmJaffrey Civic Center
The Eleventh Annual Evening
of Poetry will be held on Friday, April 9th from 7-9 pm. Read more
Kimberly Peck Photography Exhibit
in the first floor Display Cases, April 1-15. Read more
Eddy Troxler & Jazz Depot
See their website thejazzdepot.com
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 [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
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
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