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GALA, PO Box 1158, 377 Main St., Gardner, MA 01440
September, 2011
In This Issue
Call for Artists for GALA Exhibit at Gardner Museum
Mary Dunn Receives First Place Award
Cindy Leger Juried into Falmouth Artist Guild Show
Paula Murphy Juried into National Pastel Show
Mark Fisher Songwriting Course at MWCC in Gardner
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into PPSCC International Show
Joanne Holtje Juried into National Exhibition
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Painting Exhibit in Gardner
Len Haug Falmouth Exhibit
Worcester Life Drawing Group Exhibit
Musical Performances at Sholan Farms
Call for Artists - Princeton "Hey Day"
Time to Renew Your GALA Membership
Roland Coates Colored Pencil & Watercolor Exhibit
Joanna Draugsvold Painting Exhibit in Jaffrey
"New Directions" Exhibit in Townsend
Charlotte Wharton Plein Air/Landscape Workshop
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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GALA  Board of  Directors

Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
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 GALA 2011 Fall Art Show with Live Music
November 4 - 6, 2011
at the
American Legion Hall,
22 Elm Street, Gardner, MA
Coffee House Fri., 6-9 pm

Artist Reception Sat., 6-9 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)
Art Show hours: Fri. 6-9 pm; Sat. 1-9 pm; Sun. 12-4 pm
Popular Choice and Raffle announced Sunday, 3:15 pm


Registration Deadline is October 6. 

Register Online  (If the registration page is unavailable,
please try again later.)

or  Download the Call for Artists PDF

This show will be limited to 2D pieces and there will be no Art Shop. We were fortunate to book the American Legion, but due to the smaller space, we had to make some painful choices in order to create a welcoming show. We look forward to resuming our 3D presentations in the Spring when we return to the Gardner Polish American Citizens Club. 3D artists, please see the Gardner Museum Call for Artists below. 


Call for Musicians: the fall show will offer two opportunities for evening music performances. A coffeehouse will be advertised for Fri., Nov. 4, with live acts from 6 to 9 pm. On Sat., Nov. 5, the traditional Artist Reception will be promoted in our publicity from 6 to 9 pm with art judging announcements at 7 pm. Daytime performances will be scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 5:45 pm and on Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 3:15 pm. Performers should contact Vicki at [email protected] or 978-895-6115.

Call for Artists for GALA Exhibit at Gardner Museum
GALA is pleased to have been invited to show works at the Gardner Museum 28 Pearl St., Gardner from Oct 5 - Dec. 31. We encourage 3D artists to take advantage of this invitation. Details can be found in the Call for Artists (due Sept. 15).
Mary Dunn Awarded First Place
Image Mary Dunn - Daybreak Congratulations to Mary Dunn!
On August 5, 2011, Mary's oil painting "Daybreak" received
the First Place Award in the Professional Category in the "Merchant's Showcase Exhibit"
at the 64th Maine Lobster
Festival in Rockland, Maine.
Cindy Leger Juried into Falmouth Artist Guild Show
Congratulations to Cindy Leger!
Cindy will exhibit two pastels at the Falmouth Artist Guild show. Her work was two of only 70 chosen from 248 pieces submitted. The show will run until September 4
at 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA.
Paula Murphy Juried into National Pastel Show

Image Paula Murphy - Country Comfort Congratulations to Paula Murphy! 


Paula's two works, "Country Comfort" (shown at right) and "Tipsy"  were
accepted into "It's Pastel",  the
Pastel Society of New Hampshire's 

3rd annual national juried show. 

Show dates: Sept. 10 - Oct. 29, 2011  

at the Discover Portsmouth Center 

in Portsmouth, NH.

Mark Fisher Songwriting Course at MWCC in Gardner

A course for anyone who wants to write or perform their own songs, or wants to expand their skills. Offered to students of any experience level. Poets are welcome.
There will also be guest speakers.
Thursdays, Sept. 15 - Oct. 6, 2011 from 7-9 pm  $69
at Mount Wachusett Community College-Gardner Campus
To register call 978-630-9284, go to MWCC website
or stop by any MWCC campus.   More info

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Lisa Regopoulos Juried into PPSCC International Exhibit 

Image Lisa Regopoulos - Evening Ambiance  
Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos!
Lisa's piece, "Evening Ambiance" was accepted into the
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod International Juried Show at the
Cultural Center of Cape Cod 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, MA.
Show dates: September 28 - October 15, 2011.
Lisa's website:

Joanne Holtje Juried into National Exhibition 

Image Joanne Holtje-Tablet Congratulations to Joanne Holtje!
Joanne's plaster & encaustic work, "Tablet" was accepted into the 9th Annual Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition.

The show will run from Oct. 18 through Nov. 5, 2011 at
Ames Mansion, Borderland State Park, North Easton, MA. or 508-238-6566 for hours, directions, and information.   Visit Joanne's blog 

Lori MacDonald Acrylic Painting Exhibit at Heywood Hospital

Image Lori MacDonald - Considering-Breakfast on a September Morning An Acrylic Painting Exhibit by Lori MacDonald

   at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Heywood Hospital   242 Green Street, Gardner, MA

Exhibit on display until Nov 30, 2011

       Lori's website:  


 Image: Considering Breakfast on a September Morning

Len Haug Invited to Exhibit in Falmouth 

Image Len Haug - Afternoon Light
Len Haug
has been invited to exhibit his work
at the historic Highfield Hall Cultural Center in Falmouth, MA
from August 30 through September 25, 2011.
His exhibit will include some 20 plus pieces including
one of his most recent works "Afternoon Light" (shown at right).
Visit Len's website:

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Worcester Life Drawing Group Exhibit
Image Joanne Holtje-On the Threshold

 The Worcester Life Drawing Group
including GALA member Joanne Holtje, has an exhibit of their figurative work at the Sprinkler Factory located at 38 Harlow St., Worcester, MA
Exhibit Dates:  September 1 - 25, 2011

Opening reception on September 9 from 6 - 9 pm


Go to for more information.


 Image: On the Threshold, oil by Joanne Holtje 

Musical Performances at Sholan Farms in Leominster
    Sunday Musical Performances at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant Street Leominster MA

Ragged Heroes  Sunday, September 18, 2011  2 - 4 pm.  Eclectic acoustic music, Old Timey, Bluegrass, Klezmer, Cajun, Celtic. Many instruments. Many vocals. Humor. 


Sons of Blarney  Sunday, September 25, 2011  2 - 4 pm. Lively Irish Music. Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Pennywhistle, Bass, Bones, Bodhran, Harmonica.  Featuring Vinny Prendergast of County Mayo & Steve Brown, twice All Ireland Bones Champion. 


Vieux Soulier  Sunday, October 2, 2011  2 - 4  pm.  Fiddle Music of New Brunswick, Quebec and Beyond.  Featuring the Legendary 85 Year Old Leo LeBlanc and the Amazing Rich Gosslein on Fiddles.  


Paul Luria says "Come on out and enjoy the music and the lovely setting at Sholan Farms.
Buy some great fall apples. As always, admission is free."

Call for Artists - Wachusett Meadow "Hey Day"

The Mass Audubon, the Princeton Arts Society and the Princeton Agricultural Commissio

will be sponsoring its annual "Hey Day" on Saturday, October 1, 2011
at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton MA.
Last year over 1,000 visitors attended this special event.

Registration entry forms & fees must be received on or before September 17. Entry forms received after the deadline will be accepted or rejected based on remaining space.  

Download the Call for Artists 

Time to Renew Your GALA Membership  

Summertime is Renew or Join GALA Time!

Our membership policy has been in transition this year and all memberships ended June 30, 2011. If you would like to be a member in good standing, please use this Membership Form.

There are 3 ways to join or renew:
  1. Hand deliver form and cash or check to GALA, 377 Main St., Gardner, MA.
  2. Mail form and check to GALA, PO Box 1158, Gardner, MA 01440.
  3. Use PayPal. Send Money to [email protected].  Use "Comment" section (scroll down) to put your name and other information.

Questions: contact Lucinda Oates at 978-928-3825 or Vicki Heidorn at [email protected] or 978-630-2340.

Roland Coates Colored Pencil & Watercolor Exhibit  

Image Roland Coates artwork  
Roland Coates Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center

Roland Coates will be exhibiting
his colored pencil and watercolor artwork
in the first floor Display Cases.
September 9 - October 13, 2011    More info
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Joanna Draugsvold Painting Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center
"Reflections", an exhibit of paintings by Joanna Draugsvold at the Jaffrey Civic Center
in the 1st floor Auditorium Gallery until Sept. 24, 2011More info
"New Directions" Exhibit at Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery

"New Directions" Exhibit: August 1 to September 30, 2011.

All are welcome to an artist reception on Sat., Sept. 10 from noon to 2 pm.  

Don't miss this unusual exhibit featuring 25 local artists who experimented with new materials, explored different styles, or used their usual materials in a new way. Media range from oil and watercolor to glass, tissue paper, natural stones, gold leaf, textiles, encaustic, and an old cabinet window!    Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery  

Charlotte Wharton Plein Air/Landscape Workshop at Fruitlands Museum

Charlotte Wharton, Copley Master, PSA will hold a plein air/landscape workshop at the Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA. The dates are September 23 - 25, 2011.
For registration info go to  

More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Fitchburg Art Museum

Fitchburg Art Museum 76th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft now to Sept. 4. 

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.
 Museum of Science, Boston
Guy Biechele's solo exhibition

New England in a Different Light - Infrared Landscape Photography

(Show end date is unknown at this time.)  See Guy's infrared photographs at his website


Monadnock Area Artists Association
  53rd annual "Art In The Park" fine art show on September 3 & 4, 2011

at Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene, NH.

 Design at 639

Salon des RefusÚs 2011 is on exhibit now until Sept. 3 at 639 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA.

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 Art Gallery: contact Alice Struthers at [email protected] or
 GALA Receives 2010 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!
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