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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
August, 2011
In This Issue
Ragged Heroes Performing at Pinecroft Restaurant
Call for Artists - Princeton "Hey Day"
Gary Ruuska Colored Pencil Workshop
Len Haug FAM Award & First Corporate Client
GALA Fall & Spring Art Shows - Save the Dates
"An Intimate Relationship with a Mountain" Exhibit
Guy Biechele Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop
Sharon Jordan Bahosh Solo Exhibit in Gardner
Call for Artists for GALA Exhibit at Gardner Museum
Lori MacDonald Acrylic Painting Exhibit in Gardner
Jan Queijo Will Exhibit in Lowell Quilt Festival
"New Directions" Exhibit in Townsend
Terry Landis Trio Perform at Jaffrey Civic Center
Salon des Refusés 2011 Exhibit in Fitchburg
Westminster Historical Society Benefit Art Auction
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Questions: contact Lucinda Oates at 978-928-3825 or Vicki Heidorn at or 978-630-2340.  

Ragged Heroes Performing at Pinecroft Restaurant
Ragged Heroes will be performing at the
Pinecroft Dairy and Restaurant
539 Prospect Street., West Boylston, MA
  Saturday, August 20, from 6 - 8 pm
Paul Luria says "This is a really nice outdoor venue.
Admission is free. Come join us!"

Call for Artists - Wachusett Meadow "Hey Day"

The Mass Audubon, the Princeton Arts Society and the Princeton Agricultural Commission 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. The Princeton Arts Society has an entire beautiful old barn to display and sell artwork with the theme of farm, rural landscape, and wildlife. Those who attended last year know how special this event is!   Download the Call for Artists 

Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Ruuska 

Image Gary Ruuska - Red & White "Colored Pencil for Absolute Beginners" with Gary Ruuska
 at the Sharon Arts Center School 

Sat., August 13, 10 am-3 pm

For more info or to register,

call 603-924-7256 or see the

SAC Course Catalog 

Gary's website 
                                                  Image: Red and White 

Len Haug Receives FAM Award & First Corporate Client

 Image Len Haug-Tuscan Sunset Congratulations to Len Haug!

His piece "Tuscan Sunset" was awarded Honorable Mention at the Fitchburg Art Museum
76th Regional Arts & Crafts Exhibit currently in progress. Additionally, the piece was sold to Len's first corporate client.   Len's website 

GALA Art Shows - Save the Dates

 2011 Fall Art Show:  Nov. 4 - 6, 2011 at the

American Legion Hall, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, MA


2012 GALA Spring Art Show & Sale: March 23-25, 2012 

      at the PACC, 171 Kendall Pond Rd. W., Gardner, MA
"An Intimate Relationship with a Mountain" Exhibit

Jaffrey Civic Center presents
"An Intimate Relationship with a Mountain"

A Photography Exhibit
now until August 13.    More info 

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Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele

Image Guy Biechele - Peek Inside Macro and Close Up Photography

           Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 10 am to 2:30 pm

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

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, call 603-924-7256.  Guy's website:
Sharon Jordan Bahosh Solo Exhibit at Gardner Ale House
Image Sharon Jordan Bahosh -Gardner City Sunset

Sharon Jordan Bahosh presents "Sunsets in New England"

The largest assembled collection of Fine Art Sunsets
(as seen on under one roof.

Show runs now to Aug. 15, 2011 at The Gardner Ale House.

Please view at your leisure during regular business hours.

Also visit Sharon's website at 


                                                             Image: Gardner City Sunset  


"Gardner City Sunset" prints are available at (click on Artist in the menu and then search for artist name). Sharon recommends this site for all artists who are interested in more exposure for their art (with people visiting from all over the world) and success in sales. Sharon recommends that you get your image right the first time as they pride themselves on their fine art prints and will not accept anything but perfection (e.g. provide images of at least 8 megapixels, etc.)

Call for Artists for GALA Exhibit at Gardner Museum
GALA Ceramic, 3D, 2D and Craft Exhibit & Sale

Artisans and artists are invited to display their work for sale before, after, and during

the Gardner Museum's Festival of Trees (annual Christmas Tree Extravaganza).

Art show runs from Oct. 5 through Dec. 31, 2011

Registration Deadline: September 15

For more info & to register download the Call for Artists 

 Show Coordinator Chuck Heidorn: 978-630-2340.

Lori MacDonald Acrylic Painting Exhibit at Heywood Hospital

Image Lori MacDonald - I Wont Get Wet   

An Acrylic Painting Exhibit by Lori MacDonald


at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Heywood Hospital   242 Green Street, Gardner, MA

Exhibit Dates:  August 3 - Nov 30, 2011


Lori's website:   


   Image: I Won't Get Wet! 

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Jan Queijo Will Exhibit in Lowell Quilt Festival

Image Jan Queijo-Cat in the Evening Garden Jan Queijo will be exhibiting 2 quilts in the

Lowell Quilt Festival

Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

August 11 - 13, 2011

More info: 

Jan's website 


                                                       Image: Cat in the Evening Garden 

"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  

Terry Landis Trio Perform at Jaffrey Civic Center

Terry Landis Trio Performance at the Jaffrey Civic Center
Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 7 pm
This mother-twin son trio performs an eclectic variety of originals,

old and new folk, reggae, and world music.  Donations accepted.  More info 

Salon des Refusés 2011 Exhibit in Fitchburg

At Design at 639 rejection equals acceptance in the third Salon de Refusés, a unique showing of art and sculpture by local artists. All pieces in the display have been previously rejected at the Fitchburg Art Museum's annual Regional Exhibition.


The tradition of a "Salon des Refusés " (or "exhibition of rejects") dates back to 1863, when an uproar occurred following the rejection by the official Paris Salon Jury of an unusually high number of submitted paintings. As a result, the French Emperor Napoleon III ordered that painters whose works had been rejected could exhibit in a show adjacent to the Salon. The exhibit included the work of many artists who are now considered masters, including Édouard Manet, whose "Luncheon on the Grass" (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and James McNeill Whistler, whose "The White Girl" had been turned down by the Salon Jury.

Salon des Refusés 2011 is on exhibit now until Sept. 3 at 639 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA.
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Art and Ephemera Auction & Sale to Benefit Westminster Historical Society

The Westminster Historical Society will be hosting an Art and Ephemera Auction and Sale on October 15, 2011 in Westminster to raise funds for the renovation of the Upton School to be its new headquarters. They wrote to GALA seeking donations of art. The deadline to register is extended to August 31. The work may be a current piece or an older work of yours. It may also be a work of art that someone else created and is in your collection. The Society will produce a program/auction catalog with photos. The catalog will have a wide audience because it will be on the Society's website for a month and also distributed during the day of the auction. For more information see their letter or call 978-874-5569. Art Donation Form. Time is of the essence, so please contact them soon.

More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Jaffrey Civic Center

2011 Annual Photography Exhibit now until August 27. 

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.

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
 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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