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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
January, 2012
In This Issue
Daniel J. Mortell GALA Featured Artist
Patty Keough to Perform at Groton's Main Street Cafe
Carla Charter Seeks Interviews for Book
Lisa Regopoulos in Juried Maynard Exhibit
Carolyn Carter Sketching & Drawing the Head Class
Jan Queijo Guest Artist of the Month in Charlton
Joanne Holtje Drawing Workshop
Guy Biechele Basic Image Editing Workshop
Jaffrey Offers Welcoming Work Environment for Artists
Haug, Holtje & Bahosh in Juried Worcester Exhibit
Bluegrass Music in Gardner
Winter Themed Art Exhibit
Richard McKinley Pastel Painting Movie Showing
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Nowell Francis
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We hope that you had a wonderful holiday!      

But there's more fun and excitement to come! It's time to gear-up for the 2012 GALA Spring Art Show & Sale!

So mark your calendars for March 23-25, 2012

at the PACC, 171 Kendall Pond Rd. W., Gardner, MA   


Vicki Heidorn has asked to step down from her role as show coordinator. We thank Vicki for her years of dedication and hard work as coordinator and welcome her continued participation in putting the show together. We have formed a Show Committee to coordinate the spring show with the following members: Kevin Bird, Ashley Bird, Chuck Heidorn, Vicki Heidorn, Anna Ruuska, Gary Ruuska, and Jean Stabell


For this upcoming show, GALA has an exciting new fund-raising event! We will hold a Silent Art Auction, with 50% of the proceeds going to the artist and 50% to benefit GALA and its mission. We will also have an Art Raffle, full of amazing artworks from our generous artists. The Silent Auction will replace the Art Shop in this show.


Volunteers and coordinators are needed to help in the following areas. Coordinators will become members of the Show Committee. Please email [email protected] or call 978-630-2340 if you are interested. 


Silent Art Auction
High School Art

Ad Sales


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Daniel J. Mortell GALA Featured Artist
Daniel J. Mortell is the current GALA Featured Artist
Image Daniel Mortell-Ice Water 1   Image Daniel Mortell-Ice Water 2
Images: Ice Water 1 (left), Ice Water 2 (right)
When I began working in Encaustic (hot wax) my work was representational. As I explored this medium, my work became more spontaneous due to the fluid nature of the hot wax. This quality of the medium gives me more latitude in expressing my ideas.
See more of his marvelous work on the GALA website!
Patty Keough Will Perform in Groton, MA
Patty Keough, Songwriter/Performer will appear at the Main Street Cafe
159 Main St., Groton, MA, 978-448-9634.  Thursday,  February 9, 2012,  7 - 9 pm
Patty's website:
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Carla Charter Seeking Interviews with Creative People  

As a result of work on her current novel in progress, One Mind, Carla has become interested in creative children and the way they differ from non-creative children. She is available for talks on the subject and is interested in hearing from artists and other creative people about their childhood experiences regarding being creative. Carla is also considering writing a non-fiction book on the topic. Carla can be reached at [email protected].
Lisa Regopoulos Nocturne Pastels Juried into Maynard Exhibit  

Image Lisa Regopoulos-Down by the Dock, Portsmouth     

Two nocturne pastels by Lisa Regopoulos were 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:


Image: Down by the Dock, Portsmouth                                                  

Sketching & Drawing the Head Class with Carolyn Carter
Sketching & drawing the head, six art classes with Carolyn Carter
for beginner and intermediate levels at the Jaffrey Civic Center
Saturdays, January 7-February 11, 1 - 4 pm.
For registration/materials list, call 603-532-6527 or 978-630-3657. Fee $95, limit 12 adults.

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

Image Jan Queijo-Anna's Portrait Quilt       
Jan Queijo
(Crazy Dog Lady Quilts) is the
January 2012 guest artist of the month
at the Charlton Sewing Center.
A reception will be held Sunday, January 15, 1 - 5 pm.
This will be Jan's second stint as guest artist of the month.

                                                           Image: Anna's Portrait Quilt
 Drawing Workshop with Joanne Holtje
Image Joanne Holtje-WorkshopJoanne 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's Blog

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Image Editing Workshop with Guy Biechele     

Image Guy Biechele-Backlit Lilies and Lupines Basic Image Editing
Improving and Enhancing Your Digital Photographs

Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center, School of Art and Craft, Sharon, NH.

In this class you will learn how to use image editing programs to make the most of your digital photographs. Topics will include resizing, cropping, correcting color and sharpening your images. We will also discuss techniques that will help you get the very best looking prints from your  digital photographs. Preparing digital photographs for the internet, as well as, the best ways to store and archive your photographs will be covered.  More info   Guy's website: 

Jaffrey Civic Center Offers Workspace to Artists  

The 2nd floor classroom at the Jaffrey Civic Center is open and free to artists of all media on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 noon. Bring your still life set-up, your reference photos, a friend to model, your paints, pastels, easels, #2 Ticonderogas, camera, crayons, and your ideas to share with fellow artists. If you need a boost to get back into finishing or starting a canvas, if you're not motivated because you paint alone and would like to be with others, if you don't have the right light or enough space to feel creative, come and join us. You don't have to commit to anything. Come when you can. We follow the Conant school system calendar, so if they are closed, we are as well. You don't have to sign up or register, but if you'd like to find out more about this, please call (603) 532-6527 or email [email protected].
Bahosh, Haug & Holtje in Juried Worcester Exhibit
Image Len Haug-Morning Sunlight Knocking on My Cottage Door       See the work of Joanne Holtje, Sharon Jordan Bahosh
              and Len Haug
that was juried into the
Sprinkler Factory winter exhibition, "No Theme -- No Limits".
Shows runs now through January 14, 2012
38 Harlow St., off Lincoln St. Worcester, MA
Image: Morning Sunlight Knocking on My Cottage Door by Len Haug

Image Sharon Jordan Bahosh-Person Ality 


See more of these artists' work at:

Joanne's Blog 

Len's Website
Sharon's Website      Sharon's Blog 



                                         Image: Person Ality by Sharon Jordan Bahosh

Bluegrass Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Gardner

Bluegrass music instead of hymns at the church service at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church  Sunday, Jan 15, 201210:20 am-11:45 am
Bluegrass Gospel Jam Sessions, go to play or listen, 3rd Sat. of every month at 7 pm.
For questions, please e-mail Pam at [email protected]
79 Cross Street, Gardner, MA
 Winter Art Exhibition at the Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery
"Snow and Ice" a winter themed exhibition in the Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery.
Showing now until Jan. 27, 2012.
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PAS Showing of Richard McKinley Pastel Painting Movie
All are welcome on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 pm to the Princeton Arts Society's showing of the movie "A Studio Session with Richard McKinley" in the PAS Room of the Princeton Center Building, 18 Boylston Avenue, Princeton. This pastel landscape DVD shows how Richard McKinley paints his award-winning pastels. Important topics that he discusses include simultaneous contrast, aerial perspective and refraction. This show is appropriate for both beginning and advanced artists. Even if you are not a pastel painter you will enjoy it. The PAS wishes to thank the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod for lending us this DVD. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Martha Webster
acrylic & mixed media exhibit now until January 31.
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. 
Guy Biechele's 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 website at

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 [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
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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