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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
November, 2010
In This Issue
Musicians Needed for Coffeehouse Series
Guy Biechele-Understanding Your DSLR Camera
Mark Fisher Trio Performing at Fitzwilliam Inn, NH
Jaffrey Civic Center Autumn Exhibit Call for Artists
Ceramics Invitational: Plates & Platters Exhibit at TLGUTS
Joan Sinatra Hathaway in Mug & Cup Invitational
Gary Ruuska CP Workshop at Sharon Arts Center
History of Gardner Website Invitation to Artists/Musicians
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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Welcome New Members!
Carol Boutell
Randy Buzzell
Marcy Colalillo
Janet Dupuis
Patricia Gendron
Peggy McWade
Corinne Melanson
Elaine Page
Stephen Perkins
Reynald Poisson
Karen Sargent
Joanne Schreiner
Sue Weber
Diane Willard
Millie Williams
Joan Wotkowicz
GALA Featured Artist
Don't miss Latrice Cooper's wonderful photography
on the GALA website.
GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Sally Sargent
Ellen Schneeflock
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The GALA Fall Art Show & Sale is Nov. 12-14, 2010
Don't miss this amazing exhibit by 76 artists with188 artworks! Stay to enjoy the wonderful music! See performance schedule
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
Join us Friday evening for the opening reception
with award announcements at 6:30 pm!

Download the 8 x 11 Color Show Poster
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.

Hubbardston Library Coffeehouse Series

Hey, local musicians! We need you!

The Hubbardston Public Library is starting up the First Thursdays Coffeehouse series in November and are currently seeking musicians to headline. This is a program funded by the Massachusetts Arts Council, and there is a stipend for performers. To learn more, please call Library Director Jayne Arata
at (978) 928-4775 or email
[email protected]

Guy Biechele-Understanding Your DSLR Camera
Image Guy Biechele Garfield Falls PhotographUnderstanding Your
DSLR Camera

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Sharon Arts Center

457 Route 123, Sharon, NH
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Your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera is a powerful photographic tool. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices they offer - Metering and exposure modes, lens choices, flash options, JPEG vs. RAW, etc. Learn how to take advantage of the flexibility of your DSLR to become a better photographer. This workshop will help you to make the most of you DSLR whether you use your camera for family portraits, landscapes, or other subjects. Participants should bring their DSLR, camera manual, and any accessories such as lenses, flash attachments, filters, etc for discussion. Also bring some photographs in RAW format on a CD or camera card.

                To register or for course fee, see the
   Sharon Arts Center course catalog or call 603-924-7256
                   Guy's website:
Mark Fisher Trio Performing at Fitzwilliam Inn, NH
Image Mark Fisher Trio Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, 8:00 pm 
The Mark Fisher Trio
Kris Lucander &
Donna Fisher-Russo
Performing at:
The Fitzwilliam Inn
On the common in Fitzwilliam, NH
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Jaffrey Civic Center Call for Artists
Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit
Call for Artists
Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 19, 5-7 pm
Exhibit: November 19 - December 18, 2010
Ceramics Invitational: Plates & Platters Exhibit at TLGUTS
Image Paul Barry Ceramic Plate            Image Kristen Kieffer Ceramic Plate

Image Joan Sinatra Hathaway Ceramic Plate

Local artists to exhibit in Ceramics Invitational: Plates and Platters at The Little Gallery Under the Stairs, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Curated by Joan Sinatra Hathaway, the exhibition showcases work by twelve Massachusetts artists who show their personal style in the form of ceramic plates and platters. Local Gardner area artists in the exhibition include: Paula Barry, John Bennard, Debbie Gardner, Fe Fandreyer, Kristen Kieffer, Steve Landry and Joan Sinatra Hathaway. The exhibition will be on view Nov. 13, 2010 through Jan. 8, 2011. 

(Click on the images of representational works for larger versions.)
Joan Sinatra Hathaway in Mug & Cup Invitational
Image Joan Sinatra Hathaway Ceramic Mugs

Image Joan Sinatra Hathaway MugsJoan Sinatra Hathaway
will be in a group show at
the Artisan Gallery in Northampton, MA.
The 4TH Annual Cup and Mug Invitational features the work of 50 ceramic artists
on the theme of cups and mugs.

(Click on images
for larger versions.)

The exhibition will run from November 12 through December 31, 2010.
Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Ruuska at Sharon Arts Center
Image Gary Ruuska-Fresh CherriesColored Pencil for Absolute Beginners
Saturday,  December 4, 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. For more info, call 603-924-7256.
(Click on image for larger version)

Note: This session was just added and will not appear in the Sharon Arts Center course catalog.
                                                 Gary's website:          
History of Gardner Website
An Invitation to Artists & Musicians
LuAnn Thibodeau, a lifelong Gardner resident, is building a website on the history of the city.
She would like to hear from any of our members who might be interested in being included on the website. She would conduct a short interview in which she could learn your background, get a brief bio, and perhaps obtain one or two photographs of your work.
Please contact LuAnn at [email protected] or 978-894-4621.
History of Gardner website (construction has just begun):
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.

Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation
Guy Biechele (Photography) now to November 18.

Fitchburg Art Museum
 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.

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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 [email protected] or 978-249-6812
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Vicki Heidorn at i[email protected] or 978-630-2340
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Vicki Heidorn (see above)
NU Café in Gardner: contact Andy Erickson at [email protected] or
NU Café in Worcester: contact Joshua Van Dyke at [email protected] or
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