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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
May, 2012
In This Issue
Lisa Regopoulos Pastel Painting Commissions
Call for Entries - FAM 77th Regional Exhibition
Call for Entries - PAS Spring Art Exhibit
Ragged Heroes to Perform at Sholan Farms
Rockport Group Show
C. M. Judge Video at Somerville Open Studios
Jan Queijo Quilts Juried into Animal Art Show
Art in Bloom at the FAM
Winchendon Arts Festival
State of Play Exhibit of Painting & Sculpture
Lisa Regopoulos Wins Award in Westford Show and Will Exhibit in Jaffrey
Folk Writer Scott Alarik at Bruce's Browser in Athol
Lori MacDonald - Intro to Acrylics Through Landscape Painting Class
Guy Biechele Landscape Photography Workshop & Infrared Photography Exhibit
Sharon Jordan Bahosh Solo Exhibit in Gloucester
Visions in Verse
Jacqueline O'Hare Baskets
Helen Bergner Porcelains and Pastel Paintings
Aline Ordman Charcoal Portraiture Workshop
Young People's Art Exhibit
Jaffrey Founders Day Event
Lyn Slade Landscape Needle Felting Workshop
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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GALA  Board of  Directors

Ed Schneeflock, President
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Kevin Bird
Mark Fisher
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
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Congratulations to our GALA Treasurer, Jeff Gallant!

Jeff was named Citizen of the Year by the
Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Regopoulos - Commissions for Pastel Paintings
Image Lisa Regopoulos-Recent Commission Lisa Regopoulos is accepting commissions
of pastel paintings featuring houses.
Lisa's website
Image: A recent commission of a home in Westminster
Call for Entries - FAM 77th Regional Exhibition
Fitchburg Art Museum
77th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft

Exhibit Dates:  June 27-September 5, 2012

Entries should be postmarked by Saturday, May 12, 2012
Opening Reception: June 24, 1-3 pm. Awards at 1:30 pm.

For more info & entry form
Call for Entries - PAS Spring Art Exhibit
Princeton Arts Society 21st Spring Art Exhibit & Sale
 titled "Coming of Age", May 18 - 20, 2012
Entry forms & fees can be delivered with artwork on
Sat. May 12, 12-4 pm or Tues. May 15, 9 am-12 pm.
Opening Reception: Fri. May 18, 6-9 pm.
 Gallery hours: Sat., 10 am-4 pm & Sun, 12-4 pm.
 For more info        Entry Form        Show Poster
Ragged Heroes to Perform at Sholan Farms
Ragged Heroes (Darlene Gaudet, John Sullivan,
Rich Gosselin & Paul Luria) will be performing at
Sholan Farms 11th Annual Apple Blossom Festival
Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 1 - 2:30 pm
Rain date Sunday, May 6.
Rockport Art Association Spring Group Show

Image Sharon Jordan Bahosh artwork  The Rockport Art Association Spring Group Show
Now through May 8, 2012 in the Wengenroth and Tavern Galleries.

The show announcement included
  the Sharon Jordan Bahosh
piece shown at right.

The show is free to the public.

C. M. Judge Video Installation at Somerville Open Studios
 C. M. Judge's video installation Mater Panis (Mother Bread) co-created with Paula Rendino Zaentz will be shown at the Somerville Open Studios on May 5 from 10 am-5 pm in
Video still from Mater Panis by C. M Judge The Divine Feminine at
The Temple of Infinite Love,
19 Cypress Street.
Show info    Mater Panis clip

 Video still from Mater Panis
Jan Queijo Juried into Animal Art Show
Congratulations to Jan Queijo (Crazy Dog Lady Quilts)!
Jan had two quilts juried into the annual Animal Art Show at the Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, MA.  Opening Reception: May 3, 5:30 - 8 pm.
Art in Bloom at the Fitchburg Art Museum
"Art in Bloom 2012"
Be sure to see Jan Queijo's (The Crazy Dog Lady)
two quilts on display during this event.
First Annual Winchendon Arts Festival
First Annual Winchendon Arts Festival
Saturday May 12, 9 am - 4 pm
52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon, MA "Old Murdock"
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State of Play Exhibit of Painting & Sculpture in Worcester
Joanne Holtje - Wandering Mind Detail
State of Play    May 5 - 27, 2012
Recent works of painting and sculpture by Joanne Holtje, Christine Croteau,
Ted Lilley, Philip Marshall, Lynn Simmons, and Mark Spencer at
The Sprinkler Factory 38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA.
Opening Reception: May 5, 6-9 pm food, wine, and live music by Don Prange.
Artist talks: May 20, 2 - 3:30 pm
State of Play Blog

Image:"Wandering Mind" detail, artwork, Joanne Holtje  
Lisa Regopoulos Wins Award in Westford Show & Will Exhibit In Jaffrey

Image Lisa Regopoulos-Hurricane Bill   Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos!   

Lisa took 3rd place in the Professional division at the
Parish Center for the Arts Westford Regional Show for her pastel "Hurricane Bill, Ogunquit" (shown at left).
During the month of June, Lisa will be in a show at the
Jaffrey Civic Center "A Series of Series",
featuring 20+ artists who have been working in a series.
The opening reception is Thursday, June 14, 5-7 pm.
Meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and get inspired to create a series.
An Evening with Folk Writer Scott Alarik at Bruce's Browser in Athol
Image of Scott Alarik Attention folkies, fans and friends
Dar Williams says that Scott Alarik is "the finest folk writer in the country" and Pete Seeger says he's "one of the best writers in America", but don't just take their word for it. Come to "the back corner" at Bruce's Browser,
1497 Main Street, Athol, MA and meet Scott in person. Browser owner
Diane Lincoln (AKA GALA singer-songwriter Linq) is pleased to host an evening with Scott on Friday, May 11 at 7 pm. There's no admission fee.  

More information is available here and at
Intro to Acrylics Through Landscape Painting Class with Lori MacDonald
Image Lori MacDonald Landscape Acrylics Class
Lori MacDonald
is taking registrations for her next
"Intro to Acrylics through Landscape Painting"
to run Mondays for 6 weeks from June 11 - July 16, 6:30-8:30 pm.
This class is ideal for beginners and for seasoned artists
wishing to try a new medium. Cost is $75 plus materials.

Please contact Lori: 978-407-9333 or through her website to register.
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Guy Biechele Landscape Photography Workshop & Infrared Photography Exhibit
Guy Biechele - Landscape Workshop Image "Better Landscape Photography with Your Digital Camera"
May 19, 2012 - 10:00 am - 2:30 pm at the Petersham Craft Center
In this 4 hour workshop, you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. We will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography techniques easier. After a discussion of the elements of good landscape photography, we will head into the field to practice at a couple of local sites. After a half-hour lunch break (please bring your own), we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made.
Cost: $20.00 members / $35.00 non-members.  Open to teens and adults.
For more info or to register, call 978-724-3415.    Guy's website:

Guy's exhibit, "New England in a Different Light - Infrared New England Landscapes"
continues until May 16, 2012 at the Petersham Craft Center
Examples of Biechele's infrared photography can be viewed on his website.
Sharon Jordan Bahosh Solo Exhibit in Gloucester

Image Sharon Jordan Bahosh-Phyllis A Sharon Jordan Bahosh New England Inland and By the Sea     

A collection of nearly 100 of Sharon's paintings on view May 5 - 24, 2012.
Opening reception: Sunday, May 6, 1-4 pm in the Gordon Grant Room

at the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester.


   Image: 1927 Custom International                     


For more info, see Sharon's website.   Visit her blog.

Visions in Verse - An Evening of Poetry in Gardner

Visions in Verse - An evening of poetry inspired by art

featuring five poets from Women of Words and the work of six artists from
the Greater Gardner Artists Association Spring 2012 Art Exhibit.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7 pm in the Boland Room at 65 Lake Street in Gardner, MA.
Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Baskets by Jacqueline O'Hare in Jaffrey
2009 Constant Contact All-Star Email Marketing Logo     Woven Baskets by Jacqueline O'Hare
at the Jaffrey Civic Center
in the first floor Display Cases, May 4 - 31, 2012.
The exhibit contains some Shaker influenced baskets
made of ash and some contemporary weavings from paper.
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Helen Bergner Porcelains and Pastel Paintings
Porcelains and pastel paintings by Helen Bergner
on display in the 1st floor Display Cases at the Jaffrey Civic Center
Now through May 3.      More info
Charcoal Portraiture Workshop with Aline Ordman
Image Aline Ordman Portraiture Work
The Monadnock Area Artists Association is sponsoring
a Charcoal Portraiture workshop with Aline Ordman
on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10 am - 4 pm in Keene, NH.   
This class will explore doing the head structurally in terms of planes of the head, then structure of the features and on to the likenesses. Demonstrations of all of this from a live model. When we go into likenesses, we will also draw each other. More info & registration form.

Aline Ordman website
Young People's Art Exhibit in Jaffrey
Annual Young People's Art Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center now until May 23.
Imaginative and wonderfully presented artwork by children from grades K through 12 in the
Rindge and Jaffrey public schools as well as the students at St. Patrick's School.
Special Event at Jaffrey Civic Center on Founders Day
The Jaffrey Civic Center gallery will be open on a special evening, Founder's Day, May 10 beginning at 7 pm. This evening commemorates the woman, Marion Mack Johnson, who built the Jaffrey Civic Center. Musical students who represent each of the schools will perform with their voices or instruments.  The evening is open to the public and admission is free.
Landscape Needle Felting Workshop with Lyn Slade
Lyn Slade, an accomplished needle felter will be holding a one-day workshop at the
Jaffrey Civic Center on Sunday, May 6, 12-4. $80 will include all needle felting specific materials. More info                                   Go to top
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

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

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 [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 2011 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!
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For the third year in a row, GALA has been named an All Star by Constant Contact for demonstrating best practices in the use of email marketing.
Award winners were selected from over 500,000 organizations in recognition for setting the standard of being a responsible, engaged, professional, and successful online marketer.

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