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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
February, 2011
In This Issue
Salisbury Singers Perform Mozart & Schubert
Joanne Holtje in Sudbury & Concord Exhibits
Doyle Center Art Exhibit/Sale
Artist Needed to Reproduce Images on Glass
Len Haug First Place Award & Solo Exhibit
Jan Queijo Solo Exhibit
Guy Biechele Museum of Science Exhibit & Workshop
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Classes & Workshop
JCC Exhibit Call for Entries
JCC Hand-Painted Eggs & Pottery Exhibits
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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GALA Fall Show Images
Check out the images of the Fall Art Show Award Winners now on the GALA website.
GALA Featured Artist
Be sure to visit the GALA website to see the wonderful work of Ed Schneeflock.
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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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We look forward to seeing you at the

GALA Spring Art Show & Sale

with live music all weekend!
March 11 - 13, 2011

at the Gardner Polish American Citizens Club (PACC)
171 Kendall Pond Road West, Gardner, MA 01440


Show Hours

Opening Reception: Fri. Mar. 11, 6-9:30 pm (extended time with awards announced at 7 pm) 

Sat. Mar. 12, 11 am-6 pm

Sun. Mar. 13, Noon-4 pm


***** To Enter the Show *****  

Review the Call for Artists Information and then email [email protected]. You will be contacted with instructions.

Entry deadline: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Massachusetts 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.

Salisbury Singers Perform Mozart & Schubert   

Celebration of Classical Masters
Sunday, February 20, 2011, 2:00 pm
Blessed Sacrament Church
551 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA
Enjoy an afternoon with Mozart's Missa Brevis in F and Schubert's Mass in G, with string quintet. GALA members, Marion Lyon, Chuck Heidorn, and Vicki Heidorn will be performing as members of the Salisbury Singers.
Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Joanne Holtje in Sudbury & Concord Exhibits   

Image Joanne Holtje-It Gets Deep Quick
It Gets Deep Quick
Joanne Holtje, Thomas Kellner,
Patricia Kelly, and George Hancin will have paintings on exhibit at the
Goodnow Library located at

21 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA
February 2 - 28, 2011
The show will be open during regular library hours. For more info, visit
or call 978-443-1035.

You still have time to see
Joanne's painting "Spring" in the
Concord Art Association
members' show of painting and sculpture on exhibit until
Feb. 6 at 37 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA  978-369-2578.

Art Exhibit/Sale Fundraiser at Doyle Center  

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition in partnership with the Doyle Conservation Center, Leominster MA, will present
An Evening of Elegance fundraiser at the
Doyle Conservation Center on Sat., February 12, 7-10 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. The event will feature an
Art Exhibit/Sale, hors d'oeuvres and dancing with DJ Jennie.

For further information, call 978 537-0310. 

Artist Needed to Reproduce Images on Glass   

Black silhouette images on glass. The glass was broken and the customer would like a reproduction of the original images on new glass. Glass size is 5-1/2" x 7-1/2". If you would like to bid for this job, please contact Vicki or Chuck Heidorn  at 978-630-2340.

Len Haug First Place Award & Solo Exhibit  

Image Len Haug-Moon Gazers Congratulations to Len Haug!
Len was awarded the Kana Riley Fund Award and first prize based
on public voting for his piece "Moon Gazers" exhibited at the Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
Be sure to see Len's solo exhibit, Quiet Celebration"
A collection of over twenty original collage "paintings"
showing until February 28, 2011
at the Gallery at the Worcester Jewish Community Center,
633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609.
Visit Len's website:


Jan Queijo Solo Exhibit in Townsend 

Image Jan Queijo-Bull Dog Quilt
Don't miss the solo exhibit by Jan Queijo, Crazy Dog Lady Quilts
on display until Feb. 27, 2011
 at the Meeting Hall Art Gallery in the
Townsend Public Library
12 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA 01469
Visit Jan:

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Guy Biechele - Museum of Science Exhibit & SAC Photography Workshop
Image Guy Biechele-Morning Light
Morning Light

New England in a Different Light - Infrared New England Landscapes, an exhibition of infrared photography by GALA photographer Guy D. Biechele opened at the Museum of Science, Boston, on Jan. 22.  These photographs show New England landscapes in a way you've never seen them before.  Using digital cameras with special infrared filters Biechele captures photographs using near-infrared light rather than visible light.  The world looks different when seen with infrared light.  Foliage reflects large amounts of infrared light and looks bright, sometimes even white.  Blue sky and water absorb large amount of infrared light and become very dark.  The look of infrared photographs has been described as "serene" and "other worldly".  Examples of Biechele's infrared photography can be viewed on his web site at The exhibition runs until April 3, 2011.



Understanding Your DSLR Camera

Saturday, March 12, 2011   10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Sharon Arts Center,  457 Route 123, Sharon, NH

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.

Colored Pencil Workshop & Classes with Gary Ruuska    

Gary Ruuska has scheduled new colored pencil courses
at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, MA.
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Four-Week Classes
Saturdays, March 5 - 26, 2011, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturdays, April 9 - 30, 2011, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
For more info and to register go to the registration page on Gary's new, redesigned website.

Jaffrey Civic Center Spring Exhibit Call for Entries   

The Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Spring Art Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: February 18 - March 26, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 18 from 5-7 pm
Get the entry form.
Drop off your artwork from Feb. 8-12 during civic center hours
Tues: 10 am-6 pm; Wed, Thurs, Fri: 1-5 pm; Sat: 10 am-2 pm
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Jaffrey Civic Center Hand-Painted Eggs & Pottery Exhibits
                                       Exhibits at the Jaffrey Civic Center   More info                              
                             Image Susie Chaote-Hand-Painted Egg                           Image Chris Justice Pottery
                               Susie Choate                                     Chris Justice
             Hand-painted eggs & broken egg collages                   Pottery
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Eddy Troxler & The Jazz Depot
See their website for information on upcoming shows.

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.

Websites of Interest to Artists
Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and check out the MCC blog ArtSake.

The Painter's Key where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.

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Art Exhibit Opportunities
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Vicki Heidorn at i[email protected] or 978-630-2340
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Vicki Heidorn (see above)

The Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery: contact Alice Struthers at [email protected] or
              978- 597-2057

NU Caf� in Gardner: contact Andy Erickson at [email protected] or
NU Caf� in Worcester: contact Joshua Van Dyke at [email protected] or
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Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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