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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
December, 2011
In This Issue
Guy Biechele Infrared Photo Exhibit Ends Dec. 1st
Martha Webster Solo Exhibit at Heywood Hospital
Bluegrass Gospel Jam in Gardner
Barbara Chapman in Jaffrey Autumn Area Exhibit
GALA Artists' Work Featured in 2012 Calendar
Guy Biechele DSLR Photography Workshop
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into Maynard Exhibit
Jan Queijo-Guest Artist of the Month in Charlton
Bahosh, Haug & Holtje Juried into Worcester Exhibit
PAS "Small Works 2011" Exhibit & Sale
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit at Gardner Library
Joanne Holtje-Workshop & Holiday Exhibit & Sale
Guy Biechele Photography Featured in Magazine
Sharon Bahosh Awarded Best of Show
Paintings from Biddeford Pool Maine Exhibit
Call for Artists - Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery
Linda Dessaint Exhibit
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Welcome New Members!
Phillip Alexander
Faith Laurence
Martha Webster
Fitchburg First Thursday
 See the special events for December 1, 2011!

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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Thanks to our artists, musicians, volunteers & donors

for the success of the GALA Fall Art Show & Sale!     


A steady stream of people visited the show over the course of the weekend and both the Friday music night and Saturday artists' reception were well attended. And once again, a large, enthusiastic audience recognized the award recipients.


The success of this show and of the GALA organization itself would not be possible without our incredible volunteers and we offer them our sincere gratitude (see list).


A special thanks goes to the following volunteer coordinators whose skill and dedication were instrumental in the success of the show: Nate Smith & Joe Bourgeois-Music; Ashley & Kevin Bird-Publicity Material; Chuck Heidorn & Kevin Bird-Installation; Deb Brennan & Anna Ruuska-Raffle; Jeff Gallant-Financials; Anna Ruuska-Art Drop Off & Data; Ed Schneeflock-Raffle Data; Ellen Schneeflock-Food and Vicki Heidorn-Overall Event.    


Please thank and patronize our generous donors (see list).


We want to express our appreciation to the
American Legion Post #129 for hosting our event.


Thank you to our distinguished judges: Heidi Bercovici, Richard Plotkin and Eve Rifkah for their expertise and dedication! Read about the judges. 


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: Gary Ruuska, "Brick, Stone & Copper", Pen & Ink Wash

2nd: Jean-Emile Dube, "Grasshopper", Photograph

3rd: Lisa Regopoulos, "Late August at Lake
                                  Misquamicut, R. I.", Pastel


Download the GALA Fall Art Show Program.


2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo This 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.
Ethan Stone in Concert with Special Guests
Sat. Dec. 3, 7-9 pm.  All proceeds benefit GALA!
U. U. Church Hall, 66 Elm St., Gardner, MA
For more info see GALA Events. Tickets $10 on sale at
377 Main Street, Gardner, MA
or call 978-895-6115 to arrange online payment.
Doors open at 6 pm for same day tickets.
GALA invitational show at the Gardner Museum
28 Pearl St., Gardner runs now until Dec. 31, 2011.
GALA artists are exhibiting ceramic, 3-dimensional,
and 2-dimensional works for sale.

Guy Biechele Infrared Landscape Photography Exhibit  

Guy Biechele's solo exhibition

"New England in a Different Light -
Infrared Landscape Photography"

Show ends December 1st at the Museum of Science, Boston 

See Guy's infrared photographs at his website.

Martha Webster Solo Exhibit at Heywood Hospital
New GALA member Martha Webster has a solo exhibit
of her acrylic & mixed media work at the Heywood Hospital
Wound Care Center Dec. 1, 2011 - Jan. 31, 2012.

Bluegrass Gospel Jam in Gardner 

Bluegrass gospel jam at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 pm-12 am.  All are welcome.
Location is 79 Cross St. Gardner (door with the light on).

Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Autumn Art Exhibit 

2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo  Jaffrey Civic Center 2011 Autumn Area Art Exhibit
Show Dates: Now to Dec. 17, 2011
A number of GALA artists have work on exhibit in this show.
Barbara Chapman has two oil paintings on display, "Pears in Shadow"
(shown at left, which won First Place in Oils at the recent GALA Fall Show) and "Onions and an Apple".

Artists Demos:
Tues. Dec. 6, 12-3 pm, Phil Bean, Jeanie Doris and
Mary Iselin will demonstrate painting with oils in the upstairs gallery.

GALA Artists' Work Featured in 2012 Calendar   

Image Joan Sinatra Hathaway - Mugs Several GALA artists (Sharon Jordan Bahosh, Len Haug & Lori MacDonald) have their artwork featured in the 2012 Princeton/Wachusett calendar.
Calendars are for sale at several locations in the Fitchburg/Leominster area.
For more info,
click here & on the image at right
See the original artwork featured in the 2012 Princeton/Wachusett calendar  now on display at Princeton Town Hall and the Princeton branch of the Barre Bank at P.O. Place. Half of the pieces are at each location and will be on display until the end of December.

Guy Biechele DSLR Photography Workshop in Petersham   

2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo "Understanding Your DSLR Camera"

at the Petersham Craft Center in Petersham, MA.
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera is a powerful photographic tool. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices they offer - Metering and exposure modes, lens choices, flash options, JPEG vs. RAW, etc. Learn how to take advantage of the flexibility of your DSLR to become a better photographer. This workshop will help you to make the most of you DSLR whether you use your camera for family portraits, landscapes, or other subjects. Participants should bring their DSLR, camera manual, and any accessories such as lenses, flash attachments, filters, etc for discussion.   More info   Guy's website: 

Lisa Regopoulos Juried into Maynard Exhibit  

Image Lori MacDonald - MacDonald-A Fleeting January Thaw     

Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos!
Two of Lisa's nocturne pastels have been juried into
Gallery Seven's "Into the Night" exhibit in Maynard, MA.
Show runs February 28 through April 7, 2012.
Reception: March 3, 7-9 pm, snow date March 10, 7-9 pm.
Lisa's website:


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Jan Queijo to be January Guest Artist of the Month at Charlton Sewing Center 

         Jan Queijo (Crazy Dog Lady Quilts) has been invited to be the
January 2012 guest artist of the month at the Charlton Sewing Center.
 A reception will be held (date and time to be announced).
This will be Jan's second stint as guest artist of the month. 
Holtje, Bahosh & Haug Juried into Worcester Exhibit
2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo             Congratulations to Len Haug, Joanne Holtje &
Sharon Jordan Bahosh!
These GALA artists had work juried into the
Sprinkler Factory winter exhibition, "No Theme -- No Limits".
Only about 60 works were selected from 130 pieces submitted.
Shows runs December 2, 2011 through January 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5-8 pm.
38 Harlow St., off Lincoln St. Worcester, MA
  Image: Monadnock Vista at Thorndike Pond by Sharon Jordan Bahosh
  Sharon's Website     Sharon's Blog

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         Image: January Thaw by Joanne Holtje        Image: Our Daily Thanksgiving by Len Haug

                           Joanne's Blog                                               Len's Website 

PAS "Small Works 2011" Exhibit & Sale
Princeton Arts Society Annual Holiday Sale & Exhibit
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 2, 7-9 pm
Show: Sat. Dec. 3, 10 am-4 pm & Sun. Dec. 4, 12-4 pm
The Princeton Center building, 18 Boylston Ave, Princeton. Hundreds of original, handmade, affordable gifts and works of art will be available just in time for the gift giving season.
Download the Poster
Lori MacDonald Solo Exhibit at Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner

Image Lori MacDonald - MacDonald-A Fleeting January Thaw A collection of original acrylic paintings & fine art prints 

by Lori MacDonald will be on exhibit at the 

Levi Heywood Memorial Library, 55 West Lynde St., Gardner, MA.

Show Dates: December 1-31, 2011

Meet & greet the artist: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 am-Noon 

More Info       Lori's website: 


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  Joanne Holtje-Drawing Workshop & Concord Holiday Exhibit & Sale
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Joanne Holtje is offering a one day workshop

"Drawing on the Imagination: Experiments in Expressive Drawing"
on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA.  Details. Space is limited, so register early!

Image: artwork, Joanne Holtje                                                 

Joanne will have pieces in the Holiday Originals Exhibition & Sale
at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington road, Concord, MA
Show Dates: Dec. 1-22, 2011
  Reception: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2-4 pm.

Guy Biechele Photography Featured in Magazine-Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors   

2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo Congratulations to Guy Biechele!
His photography is featured in the Winter 2012 issue of the magazine "Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors".
The feature, "The Maine I Love" is in both the print version
and on their web site at
Sharon Jordan Bahosh Awarded Best of Show
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Congratulations to Sharon Jordan Bahosh!
Sharon received Best of Show, First Place at the
Friends 40th Annual Art Exhibit
at the Bigelow Auditorium, Marlborough MA on Nov. 7, 2011
for "Human Depth" (Bob).
  Her first 1st prize in 1973 was earned at this same exhibit
and over the years she has won several others in Marlborough
including another first place.
Sharon's Website     Sharon's Blog

Paintings from Biddeford Pool Maine Exhibit
2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo "Paintings from Biddeford Pool, Maine", artwork by a group of Worcester area artists (including Joanne Holtje) who take semi-annual painting retreats to Maine, will be on exhibit in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Free Public Library, 3 Salem Sq, Worcester, MA.
Show Dates: Dec. 1-30, 2011
. Reception:  Friday, Dec. 9, 2-4 pm.
Contact the library for other viewing hours at 508-779-1655.
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Call for Artists - Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery
Call for Art and Photography for "Snow and Ice" a winter exhibition in the
Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery.  All artwork should portray the theme of snow and ice.
The exhibition will run from Dec. 10, 2011 to Jan. 14, 2012.
Artists' Reception: Saturday, December 10, 12 - 2 pm
For more info & download the entry form  Completed entry forms due Sat., Dec. 3.

Linda Dessaint Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center 

Image Latrice Cooper photograph "Chasing the Light" an exhibit by Linda Dessaint
of her new pastel and oil landscapes
in the 1st floor Display Cases of the
Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, NH
from now through December 22.
More Info 
  Image: Afternoon Delight 
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. 
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.
Princeton Arts Society Blog
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
Workers' Credit Union offers members of the credit union the opportunity to display work at the bank at 171 Main St., Gardner, MA. For more info: 978-345-1021.
 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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