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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
May, 2010
In This Issue
Alan Ruuska Awarded First Place in Jaffrey Exhibit
Ragged Heroes at Sholan Farms in Leominster
Paula Murphy & Lisa Regopoulos in PPOM Exhibit
Gary Ruuska Solo Colored Pencil Exhibit at Rollstone
Guy Biechele-Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop
Jan Queijo Quilt Selected for NEAFA 2011 Calendar
Lori MacDonald GGAA Spring Show Awards
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into CCA & Westford PCA Award
Mark Fisher Trio at Destaré in Fitchburg
The GALA Website-A Member Benefit
Lori MacDonald Solo Show at Jaffrey Civic Center
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Class & Workshop
Kieffer Ceramics Spring Studio Show & Sale
Rollstone Studios Juried Show Call for Artists
Fitchburg Public Library Juried Show Call for Entries
Rollstone Studios Resident Artist Opportunity
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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(Click on image for larger version of "Summer Reflections I" which combines photography and flat paper collage.
Image Haug Summer Reflections I
GALA Featured Artist
Len Haug
For me, art is fun and is all about awareness, observation and appreciation of my surroundings and my daily experiences. While
I work in all media, my passion in recent years has been in the creation of "collage paintings."
I use discarded glossy photographs and any other flat material I can find which I shred and/or cut into small pieces of color and texture from which I create my finished works of art. I have coined the term "shredalism" to define my unique style.
Read full artist statement
See Len's work on the GALA Website beginning May 1st.
Alan Ruuska Wins First Place in Jaffrey Exhibit
Image Ruuska Mussel Beach
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Congratulations to Alan Ruuska

His work titled "Mussel Beach" received the
First Place Public Choice Award in Photography
at the Jaffrey Civic Center Spring Area Art Exhibit

Ragged Heroes at Sholan Farms in Leominster
Ragged Heroes
Paul Luria, John Sullivan & Darlene Gaudet
will be performing at
the 9th Annual Sholan Farms Apple Blossom Fest on Saturday May 8 (Rain date May 15) from 1-2:30 pm
Sholan Farms is at 1125 Pleasant Street Leominster MA.
Visit Paul Luria's website:
Paula Murphy & Lisa Regopoulos in PPOM Juried Exhibit
Paula Murphy's "L'Artiste de Montmartre" and
Lisa Regopoulos' "A Decade of Growth"

were accepted into the Pastel Painters of Maine's
11th International Juried Exhibition "Pastels Only" to be held at the Brick Store Museum,
117 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine. The show runs from
May 22 to June 12, 2010.

Gary Ruuska Solo Colored Pencil Exhibit
Image Ruuska Heart of the Matter   
Gary's website:

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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.
Guy Biechele Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop
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Image Biechele Bee Macro photo
Macro and Close Up Photography
Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center
Through macro photography we can enjoy a whole new world of photographic subjects and opportunities. Insects, interesting flora, tiny details and patterns can fill our photographs. During this workshop we will discuss equipment and techniques for macro photography, spend time in the field photographing, and finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.
What to bring: Compact digital camera with macro mode, or digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with a macro lens. Also bring if possible a tripod, flash attachment, remote shutter release, sturdy shoes, insect repellent.
Guy's website:
For more information, see the Sharon Arts Center Spring Catalog or call 603-924-7256.
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Jan Queijo Quilt Selected for NEAFA 2011 Calendar
Image Queijo Bogey My Heart quilt
Congratulations to Jan Queijo, CRAZY DOG LADY QUILTS

Her "Bogey-My Heart" quilt was one of 13 pieces of art selected
at the New England Arts For Animals exhibit to be included in the NEAFA 2011 calendar. The exhibit took place at
The Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham over a two week period.
Visitors and shoppers were asked to vote for their favorite pieces.
Jan's website:
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Lori MacDonald GGAA Spring Show Awards
Image MacDonald A Fleeting January Thaw  
Congratulations to Lori MacDonald
At the recent Greater Gardner Artists Association
Annual Spring Art Exhibit 2010  
Her painting titled "A Fleeting January Thaw"
received 1st Place in Acrylics and the Mayor's Award.
Lori's "After the Rain" received the Founder's Award.
Visit Lori's website:     
(Click on ""A Fleeting January Thaw" image for larger version) 
Image MacDonald After the Rain
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Lisa Regopoulos Juried into CCA & Westford PCA Award
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Image Regopoulos Fields of Flavor
Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos
Her painting "Fields of Flavor" was accepted into the Chelmsford Center for the Arts juried event "The CCA is in Bloom".
Floral arrangements were created to match the artwork that was chosen.

 Image Regopoulos 16th Street DenverClick here to see the artwork with the floral arrangement.

Lisa also received an Honorable Mention
at the Westford Parish Center for the Arts
2010 Regional Art Event
for her painting "16th Street, Denver".

Lisa's website:
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Mark Fisher Trio at Destaré in Fitchburg
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Mark Fisher Trio
Cool songs, Hot Harmony, High Times.....Great Hair!
  Appearing at: Destaré martini bar
320 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA
Thursday May 20, 2010 at 8 pm
Destaré is a finely appointed European inspired
Café & Martini Bar, providing an upscale atmosphere
for an intimate and exciting night out.
On line at: or call 978-345-5734

The GALA Website-A Member Benefit
Take advantage of your GALA Membership Benefits!
The web site is a resource to which you can direct people. Our statistics indicate that the web site enjoys significant visitor traffic. It is one of the benefits of your GALA membership and here are some of the ways to take advantage of it:
Artists directory
Members are not put on the web directory until they have specifically stated what information they want public, to protect their confidentiality. You can download a directory form from the GALA web site or contact us at 978-630-2340 to request that a form be mailed to you.
Featured Artist
To be a Featured Artist, you must be a current member of GALA and have exhibited at a GALA art show. Your artwork and artist statement will be displayed on the website homepage for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. After that time, your info is moved to the Featured Artists page where it remains for as long as you are a GALA member or until you ask that it be removed. A request to be a Featured Artist will be considered by the Board of Directors when you submit 6 to 8 photographs of your work and an artist statement to
Member News
We will post news or announcements for current members on the website with images if they are included. See the page for examples. Send the information to
Lori MacDonald Solo Painting Exhibit
Image MacDonald Around the Bend at Quabbin Park  
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 & Massachusetts.
Hours: Tues.10-6, Wed.-Fri. 1-5, and Sat.10-2  Read more
Visit Lori's website:     
(Click on "Around the Bend at Quabbin Park" image for larger version) 
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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Kieffer Ceramics Spring Studio Show & Sale
Image Kieffer ceramics
Fourth Annual Spring Studio Show & Sale
at Kieffer Ceramics

141 Main Street, Baldwinville (Otter River), MA
May 22nd & May 23rd
Saturday, 10 am-5 pm  and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Kristen Kieffer's gallery-quality pottery as well as seconds will be available for purchase with all methods of payment welcome (cash, check or Visa/MC).
Come early and bring friends!
Contact Kristen for more information: or 978-939-2426
and visit her website at
Rollstone Studios Call for Entries
Inspired by nature? Announcing a Call to Artists for NatureWorks, a juried exhibition
Submissions due June 3-5, 2010, Show: Thursday, June 17 - Sunday August 22, 2010
The exhibition will feature artists working in 2 or 3-dimensional art or high quality craft, all media, that has an underlying theme of nature. I had a blast at last years juried show at Rollstone, says artist Susan Matusen. I have already planned for this years submission.
Click here for details and application.
Fitchburg Public Library Call for Entries
Friends of the Fitchburg Public Library (FFPL) announces a call to artists for the 150th birthday celebration of the Fitchburg Public Library (FPL).
Deliver artwork to the Library on or before May 25, 2010.
Juried entries will be displayed June 1 through the June 18 event at the Library.
The judges' top choices will be made into reproduction note cards for a fundraiser for the Library. All artwork will be returned to the artists. Entries may be any media; quality photograph of 3-D work must be provided. Theme must be related to the FPL, reading, books, or libraries. Artwork must be wired and ready to hang. One entry only per person.
For more more info or questions, contact Sharon Bernard at
610 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420   978-345-9639
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.
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Ed Schneeflock (Photography and Oils) Now to May 7  Ed's website:
Jean Stabell (Photography) May 7 to July 9

Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Dana Armstrong (Photography) now to June 4.
See Dana's work on the GALA website
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.
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Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)
Check out the MCC blog ArtSake, a place to explore & celebrate the creative work of MA artists.
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
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
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 or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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