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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
December, 2010
In This Issue
Len Haug Awarded Viewer's Choice at Cahoon Museum
Art Discussion Website/Blog
Artwork of GALA Artists Selected for Watkins Center
Jan Queijo Juried into Brush Art Gallery & Studios Exhibit
Joanne Holtje Artwork in CAA and WAM Exhibits
Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery
Photography Exhibit at Gardner Library
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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Thanks to our artists, musicians, volunteers & visitors
the GALA Fall Art Show & Sale was a great success!


An estimated 300 people visited the show over the course of the weekend. The Friday night reception was very well attended and there was an enthusiastic audience for the awards announcements.

The success of this show and of the GALA organization itself 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; Lucinda Oates-Art Shop;
Jan Queijo with invaluable help from Chris Grossman-Raffle; Jeff Gallant-Financials; Joe Bourgeois & Luis Gonzalez-Music; Sally Sargent-Artist Statements; Anna Ruuska-Art Drop Off & Data; Chuck Heidorn-Installation; Ashley & Kevin Bird-Publicity Material; Mike Williams with essential help from Gary Ruuska-New Panels; Ellen Schneeflock-Food Table.

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: Mark Fisher, C, M. Judge & Nancy Boucher Turcotte 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 Cindi Leger for "
Otter River State Park" (Pastel)
2nd Gary Ruuska for "206 Central" (Colored Pencil)
3rd Jan Queijo for "
Cat in the Evening Garden" (Quilt/Fiber Art)
See the complete list of award winners!
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.

Len Haug Awarded Viewer's Choice
Image Len Haug-Moon Gazers Congratulations to Len Haug!
As reported in the September issue,
Len Haug's collage painting titled "Moon Gazers" was juried into the
theme exhibit "Moonstruck" at the
Cahoon Museum of American Art in
Cotuit, MA. Following the close of the exhibit on Nov. 7, Len was awarded the Viewers' Choice Award for his entry.
Len's website:
(Click on image for a larger version.)
Art Discussion Website/Blog
Check out The Painter's Key website/blog where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.
From the website: "Creative people worldwide appreciate the level of informed inspiration, artists advice and information provided by this letter."
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Artwork of GALA Artists Selected for New Watkins Center at Heywood Hospital
      Congratulations to Ellen Schneeflock & Lori MacDonald!
Image Ellen Schneeflock-A Salt Marsh 
Each had artwork chosen by art consultant, Mary Dawley, of Chestnut Design in Newton, MA as permanent installations in the new Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care at the Heywood Hospital in Gardner. The art consultant worked through Collins Artworks Art Center in Clinton to select the paintings which were reproduced as large giclée prints by Steve Collins.
Ellen's original oil painting, "Salt Marsh" and two of Lori's original acrylics, "Welcome to Gardner" and "A Passing Storm" were the works chosen for the project. (Click image of "Salt Marsh" for larger version.)
         Image Lori MacDonald-Welcome to Gardner         Image Lori MacDonald-A Passing Storm
        (Click on images of "Welcome to Gardner" & "A Passing Storm" for larger versions.)
                                       Lori's website:

Jan Queijo Juried into Brush Art Gallery Exhibit in Lowell

Image Jan Queijo-Jungle Cat Quilt 
Congratulations to Jan Queijo (Crazy Dog Lady Quilts
Jan has been accepted into the Brush Art Gallery & Studios
Juried Members' Exhibition in Lowell, MA.
The show runs from Dec. 11, 2010 to Jan. 29, 2011
with an opening reception on Sat., December 11, 2 - 4 pm.

                                           (Click on image for larger version.)

Joanne Holtje in Concord Art Association & Worcester Art Museum Exhibits
Image Joanne Holtje Painting
Joanne Holtje will have two paintings in the
Holiday Originals Exhibit & Sale at the Concord Art Association. The exhibit runs Dec. 2 to 21, 2010
with an opening reception on Dec. 5, 2-4 pm.
37 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA.  For hours and information   or  978-369-2578 
Visit Joanne at:
(Click on image of work in the Concord Exhibit for a larger version.)

Joanne will also have a painting at the Worcester Art Museum Students Exhibition
in the Higgins Education Wing. Show runs Dec. 8, 2010 to Jan. 28, 2011.
Opening reception Jan.6, 5:30 - 7 pm.
On view during regular museum hours at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA. 508-799-4406
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Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery

The Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery Committee extends an invitation to area artists, photographers, and crafters to visit our gallery and participate in our exhibitions. The Meeting Hall is part of a beautiful new Library/Senior Center complex, a generous gift to the town just over a year ago. The spacious and well-lit hall, along with the entry corridor, feature a cable system for wall-hanging as many as 50 works.


Upcoming shows include "Winter Impressions" from Dec. 9, 2010 to Jan. 14, 2011 and
"Art on the Edge" coming in May 2011. The gallery schedule and call for entries are
available at Meeting Hall Art Gallery. Also on our web site is an Information for Exhibitors
page that answers questions for anyone interested in having their own show in our gallery.

Photography Exhibit at Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner

The Gardner Photography Group presents "A Little Bit of This..."
A collection of work by nine photographers at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library

  Show dates: Dec. 1 - 30, 2010. Opening night reception on Wed., Dec. 1st, 4-7 pm.
Please RSVP to or 978-630-1953 if you can attend the reception.


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.

Sharon Arts Center

2-D or Not 2-D: Art Inspired by Poetry on exhibit now through Dec. 31st.

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 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)
NU Café in Gardner: contact Andy Erickson at or
NU Café in Worcester: contact Joshua Van Dyke at or
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Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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