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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
March, 2011
In This Issue
Jan Queijo, Crazy Dog Lady Quilts-GALA Featured Artist
Princeton Arts Society Exhibit Call for Artists
C. M. Judge Exhibit at Rollstone Studios
Fitchburg Art Walk Opportunity for Artists
Lori MacDonald Daytime Acrylic Painting Classes
Jan Queijo Solo Exhibit at Gardner Library
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Class in Fitchburg
Guy Biechele Photography Workshop at SAC
Lisa Regopoulos Pastel Workshop in Fitchburg
Arts Marketing Workshop
Summer Program in Mexico City for Visual Artists
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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GALA  Board of  Directors
Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
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Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
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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


See the Music Schedule
Tells others about the show and
distribute the 8x11 poster

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.

GALA Featured Artist - Jan Queijo    

Image Jan Queijo-Love Seat Quilt
Love Seat
Jan is a self-taught quilt artist specializing in fabric portraits of animals and unique art quilts. Her love of animals started her on this road, creating animal quilts depicting her own beloved rescued pets.  Although Jan also makes traditional quilts, she prefers to design her own creations or create custom portraits for clients, using their photos as a guide. Read more 


See Jan's beautiful work on the GALA website 

and her website at 

Princeton Arts Society Exhibit Call for Artists    

  The Princeton Arts Society will be celebrating its
20th Anniversary in May and will be hosting an Art Exhibit
May 13 through May 15. The show will be open to all artists (over 18 years of age) and will be a judged show of 2-D and 3-D art work including photography. A large cash purse and over 20 ribbons will be awarded.  A well known and respected artist will serve as the judge. Non-members can enter one piece for $15.00 or two pieces for $25.00. The Call for Artists with the Registration Form (in pdf format) will be posted on the Society's blog and website on March 12. The deadline is April 23 for receipt of entry forms and fees. Additional information and forms will be available from the Exhibit Coordinator after March 12.
C. M. Judge Mixed Media Exhibit

Rollstone Studios presents True Identity: believing it all

  featuring mixed media work by C. M. Judge.

Opening reception during Fitchburg's First Thursday downtown arts and culture celebration, Thursday, March 3rd from 5-7 pm, 633 Main Street. There will be a special screening of MALE from FemLink: the international video collage featuring 26 artists from 26 countries.

Exhibit runs until April 15, 2011.   For more info 

C. M. Judge's Website: 


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Fitchburg First Thursday Art Walk Call for Artists   

Be a part of Fitchburg's arts and culture revitalization by participating in First Thursday events, an exciting community celebration in downtown Fitchburg. The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance (FCA) is seeking artists and crafters who would like to have a tent on the sidewalks of the upper downtown area to display and sell their wares. Artists/crafters must supply their own tent and commit to setting up once a month on First Thursday from 4-8 pm from April to October. The FCA will not be charging a fee; although they are looking into license requirements by the city.
Their goal is to create an "Art Walk" that will incorporate both established galleries and outdoor vendors. A great opportunity. Please contact Pete Capodagli of the Boulder Art Gallery at  for more details.
Daytime Acrylic Painting Classes in Gardner with Lori MacDonald
Image Lori MacDonald-Last Day of Winter
"Last Day of Winter", a sample of Lori's work

Lori MacDonald is now accepting registrations for daytime classes to begin in April.

The classes are held in Lori's home studio in Gardner, MA.


Monday Independent Studio Classes beginning April 4th  9:30-11:30 am or 1-3 pm.


Step-by-Step Landscape Class beginning Tuesday April 5th   9:30-11:30 am.


Introduction to Acrylics - Tuesday afternoons in April beginning April 5th 1-3:30 pm.


For more into on any of these classes see Lori's website at 

To register, call Lori at 978-407-9333 or email her at 


These daytime classes are being offered as an alternative to Monday and Tuesday evening classes. Please inquire about Lori's evening classes as space is limited.

Monday evening classes are held at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, MA.


Jan Queijo Solo Exhibit at Gardner Library

Image Jan Queijo-Gorilla from Jungle Quilt 

Gorilla from Jungle Quilt 

Image Jan Queijo-Cheetah from Jungle Quilt

Cheetah from

Jungle Quilt 


Jan Queijo
Crazy Dog Lady Quilts

will have a solo exhibit
  March 1 - 31, 2011 at the
Levi Heywood Memorial Library

55 West Lynde Street

Gardner, MA 01440


Visit Jan:


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Colored Pencil Class with Gary Ruuska    

Gary Ruuska is offering a four-week colored pencil class
at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, MA.
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 redesigned website.

Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele    

Guy Biechele is offering a workshop, "Understanding Your DSLR Camera" 

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

Sharon Arts Center,  457 Route 123, Sharon, NH

For more info or to register, see the Sharon Arts Center course catalog or call 603-924-7256.

Guy's website:

Pastel Workshop with Lisa Regopoulos     

"Create a Miniature Pastel", a workshop offered by Lisa Regopoulos
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Boulder Art Gallery, Fitchburg, MA.
The cost of the workshop is $35.00 which includes use of pastels and paper.  
For more info and to reserve your spot, contact Lisa through her website:
Arts Marketing Workshop with Bruce Baker

The Monadnock Area Artists Association is presenting

an exciting workshop that artists & craftspeople will not want to miss.

"How to Thrive, Not Merely Survive, As An Artist/Craftsperson"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

This workshop is designed for art/craft professionals who want to compete successfully in today's art field. The purpose is to help artists identify and overcome barriers that keep their businesses from running at peak performance. Don't miss this event if you are ready to:

                            *  Better present yourself as an artist.

                            *  Design your booth or exhibition space to encourage sales.

                            *  Increase potential sales at your next event.

                            *  Thrive, not merely survive, as a professional artist.

For more information and a registration form (deadline is April 1).


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Summer Program in Mexico City for Visual Artists
SOMA Summer is a unique six-week program for visual artists conducted in English in Mexico City. The program offers a series of short seminars and workshops led by a selection of renowned Mexican and international artists. Participants also have the possibility of meeting weekly with a variety of artists and curators for individual critiques. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue.
Online applications will be accepted until Friday May 13, 2011; however there are only 20 spots available and review of applications will begin on April 1st.  For more info.
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Jaffrey Civic Center
Annual Spring Art Exhibit now to March 26.
Susie Choate exhibit of hand-painted eggs & broken egg collages now to March 17. More info
Chris Justice exhibit of pottery now to March 17. More info
Concord Art Association
Don't miss the artwork of Joanne Holtje in the Members Juried II Show now to March 13.
Museum of Science, Boston
"New England in a Different Light - Infrared New England Landscapes"
An exhibition of infrared photography by Guy Biechele now to April 3.
 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.
Eddy Troxler & The Jazz Depot
 See their website for information on upcoming shows.
Websites of Interest to Artists
 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and check out the MCC blog ArtSake.
 The Painter's Keys where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Vicki Heidorn at or 978-630-2340
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Vicki Heidorn (see above)
The Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery: contact Alice Struthers at or
              978- 597-2057
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