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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
April, 2010
In This Issue
Dana Armstong Photography Exhibit at Gardner CDC
Studio 4 Potters - New Studio with Available Space
Lisa Regopoulos Featured at "Art at the Inns"
Linq Named Musical Artist of 2009!
Lori MacDonald Solo Show at Jaffrey Civic Center
Scott Niemi Solo Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Jan Queijo in NEAFA Show & Rollstone Solo Exhibit
Gary Ruuska Solo Colored Pencil Exhibit at Rollstone
Bluegrass/Gospel Jam at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Painting Classes
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Class & Workshop
Rollstone Studios Resident Artist Opportunity
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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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 soon for images from the spring show.

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.

Dana Armstrong Photography Exhibit at CDC
Image Dana Armstrong photo of Window   
Dana Armstrong Solo Exhibit

of his photography at the

Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation

246 Central Street, Gardner, MA

April 9 to June 4, 2010


See more of Dana's work
(Click on "Window at Dusk" image for larger version)  
Studio 4 Potters-New Studio with Available Space
John Bennard, Fe Fandreyer, and Steve Landry
would like to announce their new studio-Studio 4 Potters
located 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*
Studio 4 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"
Image Regopoulos 16th Street Denver
Lisa Regopoulos 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" event
April 17th &18th
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Visit Lisa's website:

(Click on "16th Street, Denver" image for larger version)
Linq Wins Musical Artist of 2009 Award!
Congratulations to Linq!
The singer/songwriter from Royalston has just been named Musical Artist of 2009
in the The Pride In The Arts Music Awards presented by the Stonewall Society network.
The organization promotes worldwide human equality, especially within the GLBT community.
Visit Linq at:
Lori MacDonald Solo Painting Exhibit
Image MacDonald A Monadnock View  
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit "A Sunday Drive"
Jaffrey Civic Center First Floor Display Cases
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:
(Click on "A Monadnock View" image for larger version) 
Scott Niemi Solo Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Image Niemi Three Peppers               Image Niemi Monadnock Birches
          (For a larger version, click on image of "Three Peppers" or "Monadnock Birches")
Scott Niemi  20 years/ 20+ Paintings

April 2 - May 1, 2010
Jaffrey 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
larger version)

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
to be 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:
Gary Ruuska Solo Colored Pencil Exhibit
Image Ruuska Round Pegs in a Square Hole   
Gary Ruuska Solo Exhibit "The Art of Colored Pencil"
Rollstone Studios
633 Main St., Fitchburg, MA
May 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:   

(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 portion
of the church service which starts at 10:20 am.
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: [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.
Gary's website:
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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:
Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Michael Pellegrini (Photography) now to April 8.
Mike's website:
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 pm

Jaffrey 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 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
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Send submissions including your contact info
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Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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