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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
March, 2012
In This Issue
Jaffrey Spring Exhibit
C. M. Judge Videos to be Shown in Mexico City
Mark Frederick Fisher Releases New CD In March
Gary Ruuska Artwork in Colored Pencil Magazine
Artist Leadership Network Group Forming in Fitchburg
Len Haug Juried into Concord, MA Exhibit
Lori MacDonald Intro to Acrylics Class in Fitchburg
Guy Biechele iPhoneography Workshop at Sharon Arts
Making Art Books
Writing Group Planning Meeting in Princeton
Lynn Forsyth Painted Barrel Staves Exhibit in Jaffrey
Gill Truslow Pastel Exhibit
One Photo, Two Artists Exhibit in Jaffrey
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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Welcome New Members!
Mark Burnett
Craig Osowski

Bethany Strothers

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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It's almost here!
The 2012 GALA Spring Art Show & Sale

will be held March 23-25, 2012

at the PACC, 171 Kendall Pond Rd. W., Gardner, MA
Join us for live music all weekend!  See music schedule 


Visit our Silent Auction Event website where you can take a sneak peek at some of the artwork that will be available and read the FAQ about the auction and bidding process. You can also win artwork in the raffle and purchase the art on exhibit.


We currently have two distinguished judges and are working
to confirm the third. Read about our judges.


Opening Reception Fri., 6-9:30 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)
Art Show hours: Fri. 6-9:30 pm; Sat. 11-6 pm; Sun. 12-4 pm
Popular Choice, Auction and Raffle winners
announced on Sunday at 3:15 pm


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 printed postcards and
  posters to distribute.


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.
Jaffrey Civic Center Spring Exhibit

Image Donna Eaton-Garden Party Jaffrey Civic Center
Annual Spring Exhibit

Show runs until March 17. 

A number of GALA artists have work in this show. Donna Eaton has two watercolors on display,
"Garden Party" is shown at right.

C. M. Judge Videos to be Shown in Mexico City  

Image C. M. Judge-still from FemLink Video C. M. Judge's videos
will be shown in four
FemLink video collages presented daily at the
National Centre for the Arts in Mexico City, March 6-30.

  Image: C. M. Judge video still from Gentlemen for FemLink
Mark Frederick Fisher Will Release New CD
Image Mark Fisher Mark Frederick Fisher will be releasing
his new CD "At Home Alone" on 4/1.
Mark will kick off a music series at
Coffeelands World Gifts Cafe,
an exciting new performance venue
at 50 High St. in Clinton, MA on
Thursday, March 8, 7-9 pm.  More info
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Gary Ruuska Artwork in Colored Pencil Magazine
Image Colored Pencil Magazine March Issue Cover
Image Gary Ruuska-Colored Pencil Magazine
Congratulations to Gary Ruuska!

Gary's colored pencil painting "1886 A. D."
  is featured in the March 2012 Issue of
Colored Pencil Magazine.

Images: Colored Pencil Magazine March issue cover and page with image of "1886 A. D."
Artist Leadership Network Group Forming in Fitchburg
ALN is a national organization dedicated to helping creative people access, protect, support and manifest their highest vision for their artistic work -- all disciplines welcome. New group forming in Fitchburg later this spring. For more information contact Catherine at
Len Haug Juried into Concord Art Association Exhibit

Image Len Haug-In the Shade of my Farn House   

Congratulations to Len Haug! 

Len's collage piece titled "In the Shade of My Farm House"
has been juried into the Concord Art Association 

Members Juried II Exhibit that is on display until March 25
at the Concord Art Association Gallery at
37 Lexington Road  in Concord, MA.


Len's website 


Introduction to Acrylics Class with Lori MacDonald     

Image Lori MacDonald-Beach at Loblolly Cove Lori MacDonald is now accepting registrations for her new class,
"An Introduction to Acrylics through Landscape Painting"
Monday Evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7.
at the Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main St., Fitchburg, MA.
Cost $75 plus materials. Contact Lori for the list and to
register: 978-407-9333 or
Visit Lori's website:   

  Image: The Beach at Loblolly Cove - 5"x7" acrylic painting                    Go to top         

iPhoneography Workshop with Guy Biechele     

Image Guy Biechele-iPhone photo Creative iPhoneography
Using Your iPhone to Expand Your Artistic Vision

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center, School of Art and Craft, Sharon, NH.

The iPhone can be a powerful tool to spark creativity and new ways of seeing the world around us. It can help us and stretch our creative boundaries. We always have it with us and can use it to capture moments in our lives in a very spontaneous and unobtrusive way. This allows us to capture images that express how we feel at a given moment and enhance our artistic vision. In this workshop we will discuss creative ways of using the iPhone. We will use downloadable applications (apps) to enhance our photos and make them more expressive. We will use our iPhones to capture images, develop them in camera, and then share our experience. This workshop is for users of the iPhone 3, iPhone 4 and newer.  More info   Guy's website: 

Learn About Making Art Books
Lora Brueck's Art Books
Art books combine the written word with two- and three-dimensional art.
So many different ways to make them - come see and
learn about Lora's books and get some ideas for making your own!
Sunday, March 18, 2012, 3 to 4:30 pm  (Snow date: Sunday, March 25)
In the Princeton Arts Society Room on the first floor of the Princeton Center Building,
18 Boylston Ave., Princeton, MA    More info
Writing Group Planning Meeting
Interested in writing? If you like writing (or are thinking about writing) fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories, essays, song lyrics, children's books, graphic novels, magazine articles, or any other form, we'd love to have you join us at an open planning meeting to discuss starting a community writers' group. Come to the PAS Room of the Princeton Center Building, 18 Boylston Ave, Princeton on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm, and we'll decide where we go from there. For more information, contact
Lynn Forsyth Painted Barrel Staves Exhibit in Jaffrey
Image Lynn Forsyth-painted barrel staves
Lynn Forsyth is exhibiting her painted barrel staves
in the first floor Display Cases of the
Jaffrey Civic Center through March 8.
Read more (scroll about 1/2 way down the page)
Gill Truslow Pastel Exhibit in Jaffrey
Image Gill Truslow-Come Sit with Me

    The Jaffrey Civic Center presents Gill Truslow's pastel landscape and still life paintings in the 1st floor Display Cases, Mar. 9-Apr. 5.

Gill works in her Keene, NH studio using pastels. She has exhibited throughout the Northeast and her work can be found in numerous
private collections, as well as at
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One Photo, Two Artists Exhibit in Jaffrey

   "One Photo, Two Artists" Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center 

The premise of this show is that two artists, Nan McCarthy, who works in acrylics and
Sasha Wolfe, who works in charcoal, take six photographs and demonstrate
their interpretations with their different styles and techniques.  Read more
Image - Winter Trees photo   Image Nan McCarthy-Winter Trees  Image  Sasha Wolfe-Winter Trees
    Images: winter trees photo       acrylic by Nan McCarthy          charcoal by Sasha Wolfe
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center
Karol Berzins
watercolor exhibit now until March 30.

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


Monadnock Area Artists Association 2012 workshops     


Charlotte Wharton Studio 2012 workshops


GALA Musicians
The Jazz Depot: see for upcoming shows.
Patty Keough: see for 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!
2010 All Star Award Logo
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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