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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
April, 2011
In This Issue
Michael Quinlan Painting Exhibit in Gardner
FAM Regional Art & Craft Exhibit Call for Entries
Egg Decorating Classes with Carolyn Carter
Bottle Cap Magnet Workshop with Paula Murphy
Guy Biechele Macro Photography Workshop
Lori MacDonald Introduction to Acrylics Class
Princeton Arts Society Exhibit Call for Artists
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshops & Classes
Tammy Ricker Landscape Exhibit in Ashburnham
Leominster Art Center Benefit Art & Music Event
GGAA Spring Art Show
Fitchburg Art Walk Opportunity for Artists
Collins Artworks Workshops & Photography Exhibit
GALA Receives 2010 Email Marketing Award
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Welcome New Members!
Brett Pinkerton
Michael Quinlan
GALA Featured Artist
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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
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Thanks to our artists, musicians, volunteers & donors
the GALA Spring Art Show & Sale was another success!

An estimated 400 people visited the show over the course of the weekend. The Friday night reception was very well attended and there was a large, enthusiastic audience for the awards announcements.


The success of this show and of the GALA organization itself would not be possible without our incredible volunteers and we offer them our gratitude (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; Jean Stabell-Art Shop; Deb Brennan & Anna Ruuska (with invaluable help from Jan Queijo)-Raffle; Jeff Gallant-Financials; Joe Bourgeois-Music; Anna Ruuska-Art Drop Off & Data; Chuck Heidorn & Kevin Bird-Installation; Ashley & Kevin Bird-Publicity Material; Ed Schneeflock-Online Registration & Data; Ellen Schneeflock-Food Table.


Please patronize the businesses and thank the individuals that donated and let them know 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 once again hosting our event at their beautiful facility!


Thank you to our distinguished judges: Tom Kellner and Robert Mayer for their expertise and dedication!


And of course, we want to express our gratitude to the wonderful artists and musicians who shared their marvelous artwork and talent with the community!


Congratulations to the People's Choice Award winners:

1st Place: Bill Manser for "First Light" (Photograph)

2nd Place: Lori MacDonald for "Red Umbrella" (Acrylic)

3rd Place: Candy Baril for "Spring in the Forest" (Fabric)

See the complete list of award winners!

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.

Michael Quinlan Painting Exhibit in Gardner
Image Mike Quinlan
Beginning March 20th and continuing for 8 weeks between 20 and 30 of
new GALA member Michael Quinlan's abstract-expressionist paintings will be on display in the main dining room of the Gardner Ale House at 74 Parker St., Gardner, MA.

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Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibit Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the Fitchburg Art Museum

76th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft is scheduled
to be on the FAM website on April 1, 2011
Exhibit Dates:  June 26 - September 4, 2011.

Carolyn Carter - Egg Decorating

Egg Decorating Classes with Carolyn Carter

 at the Jaffrey Civic Center   For details & spring schedule.

 Registration/Materials List

603-532-6527 or 978-630-3657 

Paula Murphy - Bottle Cap Magnet Workshop

Paula Murphy is offering a fun workshop

at Rollstone StudiosApril 7, 2011,  5:15-6:30 pm.

Create your own personalized magnets.  

Tuition of $10.00 includes all supplies.  See flyer 

Macro Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Guy Biechele-Backside

Macro and Close Up Photography, May 14, 2011, 10 am-2:30 pm

at the Sharon Arts Center, School of Art and Craft, Sharon, NH.

                 Guy's website: 

Through macro photography we can enjoy a whole new world of photographic subjects and opportunities. Insects, interesting flora, tiny details and patterns can fill our photographs. During this workshop we will discuss equipment and techniques for macro photography, spend time in the field photographing, and finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.

What to bring: Compact digital camera with macro mode, or digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with a macro lens. Also bring if possible a tripod, flash attachment, remote shutter release, sturdy shoes, insect repellent.

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

Introduction to Acrylics Class with Lori MacDonald
Image Boulder Art Gallery

Lori MacDonald is taking registrations for her next

Introduction to Acrylics class at the Boulder Art Gallery 

960 Main St., Fitchburg. The class will be held on four
Monday evenings from 6:30 - 9 pm, May 16, May 23,
(no class Memorial Day Monday), June 6, and June 13.


Discover the vast range of colors available in a split primary palette by making a color chart. Learn the effects of different acrylic mediums on a variety of surfaces. Paint with a palette/painting knife for a loose impasto painting. Also, paint a small landscape in one session with step-by-step demonstration (a photo reference is provided). The cost for the 4-session class is $60 plus materials. A materials list will be provided to purchase in advance.

 To register, call Lori at 978-407-9333 or email: [email protected] 

Visit Lori's website:


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Princeton Arts Society Exhibit Call for Artists    

The Princeton Arts Society will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary and hosting an Art Exhibit

May 13-15,2011. The Call for Artists is available on the Society's blog and website or directly here.

Deadline is April 15 for receipt of entry forms and fees.
For more info contact the Exhibit Coordinator at [email protected].

Colored Pencil Workshops & Classes with Gary Ruuska    

Image Gary Ruuska-Bowl of Cherries
Gary Ruuska
is offering a colored pencil workshop
at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, MA.
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
For more info or to register go to the registration page on Gary's website.

Gary is also offering spring classes and workshops
at the Sharon Arts Center School
For more info see Gary's website registration page.

Tammy Ricker Exhibit of Landscapes in Oil & Watercolor      

"Ashburnham: An Exploration in Color", an exhibit of landscapes in oil and watercolor by   Tammy Ricker at Stevens Memorial Library in Ashburnahm, MA.
Exhibit Dates: April 1 - 30, 2011.     Artists Reception: Thursday,  April 7,  6-8 pm
Tammy's website:
Leominster Art Center Benefit Art & Music Event

Celebrate Spring with Art & Music, April 8, 2011, 6-9 pm at

The Columbia Hotel Ballroom, upstairs from the Leominster Art Center 

69 Main Street in Historic Downtown Leominster.   More info

Musical Guests: Adam Bergeron, Lee Villaire, Cooper & Kenneally, Matt Dianne & Mike Kelly

Tickets available at and all proceeds to benefit the Leominster Art Center. 978-870-5066  $10.


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Greater Gardner Artists Association Spring Show

GGAA 23rd Annual Spring Art Exhibit 2011

will be held in the Boland Room at 65 Lake St. in Gardner, MA.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 7-9 pm

with refreshments and awards announced.

Show runs on Saturday, April 16, 12-5 pm & Sunday, April 17, 12-4 pm.

Open to the public with no admission charge.  More info 

Fitchburg First Thursday Art Walk Call for Artists     

Fitchburg Cultural Alliance (FCA)
The FCA is seeking artists/crafters to display and sell their wares in an "Art Walk" on the sidewalks of the upper downtown area. Participants must supply their own tent and commit to setting up once a month on First Thursday from 4-8 pm from April to October.
For more info, contact Pete Capodagli of the Boulder Art Gallery at [email protected].

Collins Artworks Workshops & Photography Exhibit       

Collins Artworks Workshops
Old Master Design Workshop  and  Egg Tempera II Workshop with Koo Schadler

Art on Rotation Gallery Exhibit
Janice Rodriguez photography exhibit is on display through April, 2011.

 GALA Receives 2010 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!
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GALA has once again been named an All Star by Constant Contact for demonstrating best practices in the use of email marketing. Award winners were selected from over 400,000 small businesses and organizations.
All Stars are recognized for setting the standard of being a responsible, engaged, professional, and successful online marketer.

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More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Rollstone Studios

True Identity: believing it all featuring mixed media work by C. M. Judge now to Apr. 15. 

See the flyer     Visit C. M. Judge's Website: 


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.
SOMA Summer
A unique six-week program for visual artists conducted in English in Mexico City.
Online applications accepted until Friday May 13, 2011; however there are only 20 spots available and review of applications will begin on April 1st.
Fitchburg Art Museum
Art in Bloom 2011, April 15, 16, & 17  More info
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 [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
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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 [email protected] or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.

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