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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
February, 2012
In This Issue
Ginger Hughes Class Beginning Drawing for Fun
Jaffrey Civic Center Spring Exhibit Call for Entries
Priscilla Mavrikis-Walker Wins First Place in Jaffrey
Karol Berzins Exhibit
Call to Artists - Princeton Community Arts Festival
Patty Keough Local Performances
"The Eye is not a Camera" Exhibit in Worcester
Linq on Cover of IndieBible
Guy Biechele Basic Image Editing Workshop
SAC Members' Exhibition
Paper Art Exhibit
Jeanne Thieme Exhibit
Joan Barrows Exhibit
MAAA 2012 Workshops
SAC "Good Neighbor Series"
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Welcome New Members!
Karol Berzins
Alana LeClaire

GALA Featured Artist
See Daniel Mortell's amazing work on the GALA website!

GALA  Board of  Directors

Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Kevin Bird
Mark Fisher
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Ellen Schneeflock  
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Please remember the entry deadline is Feb. 10 for the
2012 GALA Spring Art Show & Sale

which will be held March 23-25, 2012

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


We are very excited about the new Silent Art Auction event! Look for more info about the auction in the next newsletter. And of course, you can still win wonderful artwork in the raffle. (Artists participating in the show will be contacted with auction & raffle details shortly after the entry deadline.)


Call for Entries 


Please help us to publicize the show:

- Invite your friends & family to attend the show.
- Post show info on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or website.
- Download 8x11 posters and 8x5 mini-posters for display.
- Contact us at 978-630-2340 for postcards to distribute.
(Artists participating in the show will receive some postcards and posters in the mail.)


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a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Beginning Drawing for Fun Class with Ginger Hughes
Ginger Hughes, experienced teacher and artist,
is offering a class entitled "Beginning Drawing for Fun"
at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA.
The class is directed at beginners, but all experience levels are welcome! Class runs Saturdays from Feb. 25 through March 17, 2012 from 9:30-11:30 am.
(4 classes), $55 museum members, $75 non-members.
To register, call 978-345-4207 x305 or visit the FAM website.
Jaffrey Civic Center Spring Exhibit Call for Entries

Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Spring Exhibit

Entry/Art Drop-off at the Civic Center:  Feb. 7-11, 2012

Exhibit Dates:  Feb. 17 - March 17, 2012

Opening Reception:  Friday, Feb. 17, 5-7 pm
Download Call for Entries
Priscilla Mavrikis-Walker Wins First Place in Jaffrey

Image Jaffrey Civic Center 2011 Autumn Exhibit Award Winners Congratulations to
Priscilla Mavrikis-Walker
She won the First Place
Popular Vote Award

for her acrylic painting
"Tooko, My Adventurous Kitty",  

in the Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Autumn Exhibit  

Read more (scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page) 

Karol Berzins Watercolor Exhibit in Gardner

Image Karol Berzins-The Maine CoastNew GALA member
Karol Berzins

will exhibit her watercolors   

at the Heywood Hospital 

Wound Care Center

from Feb. 1 - March 30, 2012

Image: The Maine Coast              


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Call to Artists - Community Arts Festival

You are invited to be a participating artist in the 

Seventh Annual Community Arts Festival

to be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

at the Thomas Prince School in Princeton. More info

Patty Keough Local Performances

Upcoming Local Appearances by Patty Keough 

February 3 ~ Express Yourself Coffee ~ 7 pm     Patty Keough & the Boys
  2 Richmond Ave., Worcester, MA, 508-755-3300
February 9 ~ Main Street Cafe ~ 7-9 pm     Patty Keough & the Boys
  159 Main St., Groton, MA, 978-448-9634


April 13 ~ Pejamajo Caf ~ 8-11pm     Patty Keough & the Boys
770 Washington St., Holliston, MA, 508-429-5200


April 28 ~ Coffee Loft ~ 7-9 pm    Patty Keough & Buffie Groves
406 Lincoln St., Marlborough, MA, 508-251-1431


Visit Patty's website for her shows outside of MA and to confirm show info.
"The Eye is not a Camera" Exhibit in Worcester   

Image Photograph by Joanne Holtje The Eye is not a CameraFebruary 4 - 26, 2012  

Recent works of painting, sculpture, and video by Joanne Holtje, Christine Croteau, Ted Lilley, Philip Marshall, Lynn Simmons, and Mark Spencer at The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St., Worcester.

Opening Reception February 4,  6-9 pm

with food, wine, live music by Peter Clemente

Artists talks Sunday, Feb. 19, 2-3:30 pm (snow date: Feb. 26)

Gallery hours: Thursdays 4-8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 12-5 pm

   Image: Photograph by Joanne Holtje                                                  
Linq Featured on Cover of IndieBible

Linq, a singer-songwriter from Royalston, is one of the artists featured on the cover of the
2012 (13th edition) of the IndieBible. The IndieBible is the all-in-one source for independent recording artists. Linq's website: 


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Image Editing Workshop with Guy Biechele     

Image Guy Biechele-Back Cove New Harbor 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: 

Sharon Arts Center Members' Exhibition
Sharon Arts Center     65th Annual Members' Exhibition
Now to February 26, 2012 
30 Grove Street,  Peterborough, NH, (603) 924-7676

Paper Art Exhibit in Townsend 

Paper Art Show - Artist's interpretation of the theme of paper art.
Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery
Show Dates: Feb. 1 - 25, 2012   Artists' reception on Saturday, February 4, 12-2 pm
Jeanne Thieme Oil & Watercolor Exhibit in Keene

Image Jeanne Thieme - New England Patterns Jeanne Maguire Thieme will be exhibiting her original paintings at the Hannah Grimes Center  25 Roxbury St., Keene, NH from Feb. 1-29, 2012.
The exhibit is a retrospective of her work in oils and watercolors.
Both mediums illustrate her bold, loose style of approaching her favorite subjects which include horses, landscapes and florals.

The center entrance is located on Church St. right behind The Lane Hotel.
Jeanne's website: 


  Image: New England Patterns  

Joan Barrows Watercolor & Oil Exhibit in Jaffrey
Image Joan Barrows-Hen


The Jaffrey Civic Center presents

an exhibit of watercolor and oil paintings
by Joan Barrows
in the first floor Display Cases until February 9, 2012.

 Read more (scroll down to bottom of page)


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MAAA 2012 Workshops
The Monadnock Area Artists Association 2012 Workshops
March 24- Steve Previte - Hurry Up & Paint Oil Workshop  More info
Aline Ordman - charcoal portraiture - May 19
Robert O'Brien - watercolor - September 29
Donna Rosetti Bailey - night scenes in pastel - November 17
Tentative - Robert Seaman - perspective

Sharon Arts Center "Good Neighbor Series" 

In addition to their commitment in the visual arts, the nonprofit Sharon Arts Center is initiating a "Good Neighbor Series" of events which will present a variety of cultural programs in other artistic areas such as poetry, film, dance, and music. The series will feature evening presentations by active, professional artists on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 7 to 9:30 pm.
                                    There will be a music event on Feb. 4
                   and a Mardi Gras celebration and fundraising concert on Feb. 18.
For all Good Neighbor series events, the doors open at 7 pm and those attending can get their seats and have a chance to mingle until the presentations begin at 7:30 pm. Each event will last until about 9 pm, and afterwards there will be time to meet the artists and ask questions. Wine and light refreshments will be available. The Good Neighbor series is open to the public, but donations are encouraged.  For more information, call (603) 924-7676.
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.
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


Design at 639

"Adornaments" Jewelry show and sale, Feb 2-25, 2012


Boston Printmaker's Show at Worcester State


Charlotte Wharton Studio
announces the 2012 Artist Workshop Schedule.


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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