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.
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(Click on image for larger version of "Summer Reflections I" which combines photography and flat paper collage. GALA Featured Artist
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|
First Place Public Choice Award in Photography
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Congratulations to Alan Ruuska
His work titled "Mussel Beach"
Jaffrey Civic Center Spring Area Art Exhibit
|Ragged Heroes at Sholan Farms in Leominster|
Paul Luria, John Sullivan & Darlene Gaudet
will be performing at
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: www.paulluria.com
|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|
Gary's website: artbygaryruuska.com
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for larger version)
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.
|Guy Biechele Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop|
Macro and Close
Up PhotographySaturday, May 15, 2010 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center
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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.
Jan Queijo Quilt Selected for NEAFA 2011 Calendar|
|Congratulations to Jan Queijo, CRAZY DOG LADY
Her "Bogey-My Heart"
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
Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham over a two week period.
Visitors and shoppers were asked to vote for their favorite pieces.
|Lori MacDonald GGAA Spring Show Awards|
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
Lori's "After the Rain" received the
Visit Lori's website: www.macdonaldartist.com
(Click on ""A
Fleeting January Thaw" image for larger version)
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|Lisa Regopoulos Juried into CCA & Westford PCA Award|
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Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos
|Mark Fisher Trio at Destaré in Fitchburg|
(Click for larger version)Mark Fisher Trio
WITH KRIS LUCANDER & DONNA FISHER-RUSSOCool songs, Hot Harmony, High Times.....Great Hair!
Appearing at: Destaré
320 Main Street, Fitchburg, MAThursday 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 978-345-5734
|The GALA Website-A Member Benefit|
Take advantage of your GALA Membership Benefits!
galagardner.org 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:
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.
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 email@example.com
. Member News
We will post news or announcements for
current members on the website with images if they are included. See the page
examples. Send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 & Massachusetts.
Hours: Tues.10-6, Wed.-Fri. 1-5, and Sat.10-2 Read more
Visit Lori's website: www.macdonaldartist.com
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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.
|Kieffer Ceramics Spring Studio Show & Sale|
Fourth Annual Spring Studio Show & Sale
at Kieffer Ceramics
141 Main Street, Baldwinville (Otter River), MA
May 22nd & May 23rd
10 am-5 pm and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
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
Contact Kristen for more
information: KiefferCeramics@gmail.com or
and visit her website at www.KiefferCeramics.com
|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
for details and
|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 SBernard@fitchburgma.gov
610 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-9639
|Rollstone Studios Resident Artist Opportunity|
, 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@example.com
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.|
|GALA Receives 2009 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award|
GALA has been named an Email Marketing All Star by Constant Contact for demonstrating best practices in the use of email marketing throughout 2009.
Award winners were selected for meeting the standards of
a responsible, professional, and successful email marketer.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-249-6812
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Sally
Sargent at email@example.com or 978-939-5454
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Sally
Sargent (see above)
Jumpin' Juice & Java in Gardner: contact Andy Erickson at JJJGardner@hotmail.com or
Jumpin' Juice & Java in Worcester: contact Joshua Van Dyke at JJJWorcester@hotmail.com or
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to Anna Ruuska at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the GALA mailing address.Submission deadline is the
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