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GALA, PO Box 1158, 377 Main St., Gardner, MA 01440
October, 2011
In This Issue
Lori MacDonald Juried into RAA Exhibit
Quilt Classes with Jan Queijo
Janet Dupuis Solo Exhibit
GALA Gardner Museum Invitational Show
Joanne Holtje & Len Haug Juried into CAA Exhibit
Guy Biechele Solo Exhibit
Paula Murphy Solo Exhibit
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit
Len Haug Solo Exhibit
Linq CD Release Celebration
"Hey Day" Art Exhibit
Vieux Soulier Performance
Guy Biechele Landscape Photography Workshop
Uke-A-Palooza in Worcester
MMA Calendar Photo Contest Call for Entries
Artist T. Allen Lawson One-Day Program
Greg Kitterle Exhibit at FSU
Betty Freed & Suzie Ulfelder Exhibit in Jaffrey
Alicia Drakiotes Pastel Class
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Welcome New Members!
Ginger Hughes
Louise Parmenter Hammerman

GALA  Board of  Directors

Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Ellen Schneeflock  
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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
Folk & Jazz 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


Hurry - Registration Deadline is October 6!

Download the Call for Artists PDF

(We regret that we are not able to offer online registration

at this time due to technical difficulties.)


Call for Musicians: There are still a few open time slots for musical performances. Please contact Vicki at or 978-895-6115.


Save the Dates!
2012 GALA Spring Art Show & Sale: March 23-25, 2012 

(these dates are revised from those in previous newsletters)  

at the PACC, 171 Kendall Pond Rd. W., Gardner, MA
Lori MacDonald Juried into RAA Exhibit

Congratulations to Lori MacDonald! 


Image Lori MacDonald - Early Morning on King Street Her work "Early Morning on King Street" was juried into the
New England Open Exhibition of the Rockport Art Association.
Show runs Oct. 8 - Nov. 13, 2011 with a reception & awards on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 3-5 pm.
Jan Queijo Offering Quilt Classes
Image Jan Queijo - Missie Quilt Pet portrait quilt classes and more
at the home studio of quilt artist, Janice Queijo, Crazy Dog Lady Quilts in Hubbardston. Contact Jan with inquiries or to schedule a class at
978-928-5252. Jan's website:
Image: Missie by one of Jan's students

Janet Dupuis Solo Exhibit at MWCC in Gardner 

Image Janet Dupuis artwork
Exhibit of recent work by Janet Dupuis

October 14 through November 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 14, 6-8 pm
Mount Wachusett Community College
The East Wing Gallery
444 Green Street, Gardner, MA
  Image: Vision, Mixed Media
GALA Gardner Museum Invitational Show
GALA invitational show at the Gardner Museum
28 Pearl St., Gardner runs Oct. 5 - Dec. 31, 2011.
Art drop off is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1-3 pm.  
Opening reception with wine and cheese provided by the museum, is Friday, Oct. 7, from 6-7:30 pm.
GALA artists will be exhibiting ceramic, 3-dimensional,
and 2-dimensional works for sale.
We hope to see you at the opening reception!
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Len Haug & Joanne Holtje Juried into Frances N. Roddy Competition  

      Congratulations to Joanne Holtje and Len Haug!
Len and Joanne had work juried into the highly competitive Concord Art Association
Frances N. Roddy Open Competition in which 89 pieces were selected out of over 580 entries.
This year's juror was Ellen Miller of Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston.
The CAA Gallery is located at 37 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs until October 16
For hours and directions visit or call 978-369-2578.
Image Joanne Holtje - Young Man Seated
   Joanne's accepted drawing,                               Image Len Haug - Aunt Lottie
   "Young Man, Seated"
(at left).    
   Visit Joanne's blog 
                       Len's accepted collage portrait,
                       "Aunt Lotti - The Hat Lady" (at right)
                       Visit Len's website 

Guy Biechele Solo Exhibit at Gardner Library 

Image Guy Biechele from Autumn Fire Exhibit "Autumn Fire - New England Fall Foliage Photography"
A solo exhibition by Guy Biechele
  at the Gardner Library October 1 - 29, 2011.
   This exhibition will include works which highlight Guy's collection of fall foliage images made over the last 10 years.
Guy's website:

Paula Murphy Solo Exhibit at Rollstone Studios in Fitchburg

Image Paula Murphy - Prelude
"Journey" A Solo Exhibition of Pastel Paintings by Paula Murphy   
Show Dates:  October 15 - 30, 2011 
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Rollestone Studios, 633 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA
See an invitation here or at the Rollstone Studios website

                                                                               Image: Prelude
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit at Heywood Hospital

Image Lori MacDonald - Autumn at Dunn Pond 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: Autumn at Dunn Pond, a giclee of the original acrylic

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Len Haug Solo Exhibit in Petersham  

Len Haug will close out this year with a solo show at Petersham Craft Center in Petersham, MA. The show will run from October 9 to November 17, 2011 with over 20 of his collage paintings consisting of both originals and limited edition prints.  Visit Len's website:
Linq CD Release Celebration
Image Linq CD cover Join Linq on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 pm as she celebrates the release of Caught in the Act Acoustic in "the back corner" at Bruce's Browser,
1497 Main St, Athol, MA. This up-close-and-live CD features only her warm alto, a clear expressive guitar and light percussion. She's stripped away the production, boiling it down to the essential elements of melody and lyrics. Most of the songs have been previously released with her studio band and she's thrown in a couple of new ones that you'll recognize from her more recent live performances. So come on over and hang out. She'll be playing a few of the tunes and autographing CDs. You can also enjoy the refreshments, chat with friends (and meet new ones!), browse the get the picture. Linq's website: 

Wachusett Meadow "Hey Day" Art Exhibit 

The Mass Audubon, the Princeton Arts Society and the Princeton Agricultural Commission presents the annual "Hey Day" on Saturday, October 1, 2011, 11 am - 4 pm
at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton MA.
Area artists will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their Hey Day theme-related work.   More info 

Vieux Soulier Will Perform at Sholan Farms in Leominster
Vieux Soulier performance at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant Street Leominster MA
Sunday, Oct. 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."

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Landscape Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele   

Image Guy Biechele for landscape photography workshopBetter Landscape Photography with Your Digital Camera
Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center, School of Art and Craft, Sharon, NH.
In this day long workshop, you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. We will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography techniques easier. After a discussion of the elements of good landscape photography, we will head into the field to practice at a couple of local sites. After a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made. For more info or to register, call 603-924-7256. Guy's website:
Uke-A-Palooza in Worcester
The 3rd installment in the Uke-A-Palooza universe!
Saturday, October 15, 2011    2 shows: 7 pm and 10 pm    $5.00
The Hotel Vernon, 1 Millbury St. Kelley Square, Worcester, MA
Acts (Subject To change): Jim Berkeley, Bob Jordan, Jon Short, Davina Yannetty, Zack Slik,
Amazing Dick and Magnificent Al, Niki Luperelli, Joy Rachelle Murrieta and Band, Austin Troy,
Paul & Paula Luria, The Sawtelles, Ron Carlson, and more!
There will be live music in the bar, so come early and stay late!
Tickets (you'll need one to get in the building) available at the door and

MA Municipal Photo Contest Call for Entries  

   Mass. Municipal Calendar Photo Contest. Entry deadline: Oct. 30, 2011.  More info

One-Day Program with Artist T. Allen Lawson   

Image T. Allen Lawson - The Release of Winter As a prelude to the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the
Petersham Craft Center in 2012, the Craft Center is pleased to present a special one-day program with guest artist
T. Allen Lawson, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, 11:00 am-3:30 pm.
More info
                                  Image: The Release of Winter, oil on linen 

Greg Kitterle Exhibit at Fitchburg State University

Image Kitterle - Machines that Don't Work #4  2011-12 CenterStage at Fitchburg State University Arts & Culture Series
The inaugural event will be the paintings and drawings of Greg Kitterle, who uses traditional materials combined with abstract compositional ideas.
"Insights into Surface" will be presented for free in the university's art gallery in the hallway of the Sanders Administration Building at 300 Highland Ave.
Exhibit on display until October 25, 2011
More info including upcoming shows at the FSU Art Gallery.
Image: Machines That Don't Work #4                                                        
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Suzie Ulfelder and Betty Freed Exhibit in Jaffrey 

   An Exhibit of Paintings by Two Friends: "Explorations Inner and Outer"
Betty Freed and Suzie Ulfelder

Show on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center in the 1st floor Auditorium Gallery
now until
Saturday, November 12, 2011.   More info 

Alicia Drakiotes Pastel Class in Jaffrey

 Alicia Drakiotes will be teaching "Pastel Painting for Everyone!", a 6 week class on
Tues. from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Oct. 11 - Nov. 15, 2011 at the Jaffrey Civic Center.
More info
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
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.
 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


Jaffrey Civic Center
Colored pencil and watercolor exhibit by Roland Coates - now to Oct. 13, 2011. More info 

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 Art Gallery: contact Alice Struthers at or
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