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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
September, 2010
In This Issue
Lorraine Leno Watercolor Exhibit at Heywood Hospital
Paula Murphy Accepted as Rollstone Studios Artist
Concord Art Association Juried Exhibit Call for Entries
Ragged Heroes & Vieux Soulier at Sholan Farms
CommonWalk Arts Festival Call for Entries
C. M. Judge Juried into Worc. State College Exhibit
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshop at Sharon Arts
Len Haug Juried into Cahoon Museum of American Art
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Classes in Fitchburg, MA
Lisa Regopoulos Pastel Workshop in Fitchburg, MA
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into Pastel Society of NH Exhibit
Studio or Exhibition Space at Rollstone Studios
Linda Lapham Painting Exhibit in Jaffrey, NH
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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Lori Ann Basile
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GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
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The excitement is building again!  Mark your calendars!
The GALA Fall Art Show & Sale will be Nov. 12-14, 2010
Call for Entries coming very soon (deadline is Oct. 1).
Show location
Gardner Polish American Citizens Club
171 Kendall Pond Road West, Gardner, MA 01440
Show Hours
Opening Reception:  Friday November 12,  6 pm - 9 pm
(Extended Hours) Saturday November 13,  11 am - 9 pm
Sunday November 14,  12 noon - 4 pm
Don't miss this weekend of wonderful art & great music!
Volunteers needed to help build new display panels!
More info/schedule  If you can help, contact Mike Williams
Image Mass. Cultural Council 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.

Lorraine Leno Watercolor Exhibit at Heywood Hospital
Image Lorraine Leno Watercolor        
Lorraine Leno
Watercolor Exhibit

September 7 - October 28, 2010

Heywood Hospital
Wound Care Center

(Click on image for larger version.)
Paula Murphy Accepted as Rollstone Studios Artist
Congratulations to Paula Murphy!
Paula has just been accepted as a Resident Artist
at Rollstone Studios in Fitchburg, MA.
Concord Art Association Juried Exhibit Call for Entries
Concord Art Association
Frances N. Roddy Open Competition
Submission Delivery Dates:
Tuesday, September 14, 10 am - 4:30 pm and
Wednesday, September 15, 10 am - 7 pm

More info       Entry form
Exhibition Dates: September 18 - October 17, 2010
  Opening Reception: Sunday, September 19, 2 - 4 pm
Ragged Heroes & Vieux Soulier at Sholan Farms
At Sholan Farms 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster MA
Ragged Heroes will perform Sunday, Sept. 12 from approximately 1:30-3:30 pm. Rich Gosselin, fiddler par excellence, has joined the group and has brought a new sound to Ragged Heroes.
Vieux Soulier will perform Sunday, Sept. 19, 1:30-3:30 pm.
Come on out and enjoy the shows!
CommonWalk Arts Festival Call for Entries
Art that speaks to environmental concerns...
2/D Artists, Sculptors, Installationists, Performers, and Musicians are invited to participate in the CommonWalk Arts Festival this fall, on 10/10/10 Columbus Day Weekend in Fitzwilliam, NH at the historic Fitzwilliam Inn.
Entry deadline is October 1, 2010More info
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C. M. Judge Juried into Worcester State College Exhibit
Image C. M. Judge-Breath ThreadCongratulations to C. M. Judge!
Her work has been juried into the exhibition "In-Between"
at The Gallery of Worcester State College. Featuring artists from throughout New England, the show's theme is inspired by the notion of combining media, actually and/or conceptually.
The opening reception Sat. Sept. 11, 6-8 pm is also a celebration of the 136th anniversary of the founding of the College. The gallery is located in the Ghosh Science and Technology Building, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8651.
(For a larger version, click on the detail image of          The show runs until Dec. 2nd.
"Breath Thread", photos, laminate, pins, thread & poem.)  
Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Ruuska at Sharon Arts Center
Image Gary Ruuska - Pears with Rice BowlColored Pencil for Absolute Beginners
Saturday,   November 20, 2010  10 am - 3 pm
Discover how the deceptively simple and convenient medium of colored pencil can be used to create wonderfully complex and detailed works of art on a marble-dust coated board. Working from a photograph and line drawing provided by the instructor, we will focus on layering techniques for building color, texture and form. We will also discuss the best ways to seal and protect your new creation so that it can be displayed like a painting, without glass.
(Click on the image for larger version.)
For more info, see the Sharon Arts Center course catalog or call 603-924-7256.
Gary's website:
Len Haug Juried into Cahoon Museum of American Art Exhibit
Image Len Haug - Moon-Gazers
Congratulations to Len Haug!

Len's collage painting titled "Moon Gazers"  has been
juried into the theme exhibit "Moonstruck" sponsored by
The Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit on the Cape.
His work was one of 24 pieces selected for the show
out of 177 entries submitted by over 90 artists.
The exhibit will run from Sept. 21 to Nov. 7, 2010.

(Click on the image for a larger version.)

Lori MacDonald Acrylic Classes at Boulder Art Gallery
Image Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, MA 
Lori MacDonald
is now accepting registrations for
two different classes to begin in October at the
Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA.
Monday evenings, Lori will teach her "Intro to Acrylics"
course which runs Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25, 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
On Wednesday, October 6th, a new class,
"Acrylic Landscape Painting for Beginners" will start.
This class runs for 6 weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
To learn more about these classes, please visit Lori's website:
Call Lori if you have questions:  978-407-9333
Lisa Regopoulos Pastel Workshop at Boulder Art Gallery
Image Lisa Regopoulos Scribble Technique Piece
Lisa Regopoulos
will be teaching
a pastel workshop using the "Scribble Technique"
at the Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA.
It will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
Pastels & Paper will be included in the workshop fee of $35.00.
For more information and/or to register for this workshop,
please contact Lisa at her website:

 (Click on the image of a piece created using the "Scribble Technique" for a larger version.)
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into Pastel Society of NH Exhibit
Image Regopoulos Hurricane Bill 15 Footer Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos! She had 2 new pieces,
"Hurricane Bill 15 Footer" and "Thunderous Breaker"
juried into the Pastel Society of New Hampshire's
National Show "It's Pastel!".  This show will take place at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery
8 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH
For directions and further information regarding the show see Show runs Sept. 18-Oct. 30, 2010. Opening reception: Saturday, Sept. 18, 5-7 pm
Lisa's website:      (Click "Hurricane Bill 15 Footer" image for larger version.)
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Studio or Exhibition Space Opportunities at Rollstone Studios
Working studio space in exchange for gallery sitting hours. Artists cooperative seeks community-minded artists to join our active and growing collaborative on Main Street in Fitchburg. Space size varies, open concept studio spaces. Minimum monetary investment, in exchange for gallery sitting 2 shifts per month and participating in events held at space.
Exhibition space available for solo or small group show. Excellent opportunity to exhibit 2-D and smaller 3-D work at growing studio/gallery in Fitchburg. Introductory rate for 2011 is a flat fee of $125 for a one month exhibit (no gallery commission!)  The studio accepts VISA/MC, checks and cash. There is a 5% service fee on any credit card sales. Please e-mail:
Linda Lapham Painting Exhibit in Jaffrey, NH
Linda Lapham will be exhibiting her paintings at the Jaffrey Civic Center
in the first floor Display Cases from September 3 through October 7, 2010.
  Linda and her husband, Mark, have completed several long distance walks in England; Hadrian's Wall, Cornish Coastal Path, the Cotswold Way and others. Most recently, they spent two weeks walking in the Sorrento Area, visiting the Amalfi Peninsula and the Isles of Capri and Ischia. She hopes to infuse her paintings with the spirit and feelings of these places, and yet to portray the beauty of New England and the diversity of the Monadnock area.
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Mark Fisher Trio  (Mark Fisher, Kris Lucander, & Donna Fisher-Russo)
See the band website for information on upcoming shows.

Eddy Troxler & The Jazz Depot
See their website for information on upcoming shows.

Fitchburg Art Museum
  See the work of GALA artists in the 75th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft until Sept. 5.
Every First Thursday of the month, museum admission is free from 4 to 8 pm
and tours and other activities are offered. Call 978-345-4207 for more information.

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.
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Art Exhibit Opportunities
Gardner Ale House: contact Janet Reed at or 978-249-6812
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Vicki Heidorn at or 978-630-2340
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Vicki Heidorn (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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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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