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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
June, 2012
In This Issue
Len Haug Juried into Danforth Art Museum Exhibit
FAM 77th Regional Exhibit
Sons of Blarney at Boulder Coffee House & on NECN
Lori MacDonald - Intro to Acrylics Through Landscape Painting Class
Call for Artists - Falmouth Artists Guild Juried Exhibit
Scott Niemi Exhibit
New Selling Opportunity
Antarcticana Exhibit
Frankie Tolman Exhibit
Peter Granucci Workshop
GALA Annual Member Meeting - More Details
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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It's time to renew your GALA membership!
Memberships are valid from July 1 to June 30.
Please go to the GALA website for renewal info.
And while you're there,
check out the images
(including award winners) from the GALA Spring Art Show!
GALA Annual Member Meeting
Monday June 25, 2012, 7-9 pm
Elks Lodge 31 Park St., Gardner, MA
The objective of this meeting is to have our members get together and discuss how we, as a group, can move forward into the future. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on what you would like the future of GALA to be.

We will begin with a talk titled "The Role the Arts Can Play in Revitalization" by our guest speaker Jerry Beck, Marketing Director & Community Outreach Coordinator for the Fitchburg Art Museum.

Read more details about the meeting.
Please mark your calendar and call a friend to
attend with you! Let's make GALA great together!
Len Haug Juried into Danforth Art Museum Exhibit

Image Len Haug-In the Shade of My Farm House Congratulations to Len Haug! 

His collage, In the Shade of My Farm House, was juried into the Danforth Art Museum's highly competitive 2012 Community of Artists Exhibit. There were over 500 artists and over 1400 entries.
Only 15% of all entries were juried into the show, so Len is very happy that one of his collages has been included. The show will run from June 3 until August 5. The museum is located in Framingham, MA. For more details about the museum and this exhibit please visit their website.

  FAM 77th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft
Fitchburg Art Museum
77th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft

Exhibit Dates:  June 27-September 5, 2012

Art drop off: June 8, 9 & 10, 12-4 pm
Opening Reception: June 24, 1-3 pm. Awards at 1:30 pm.
For more info
Sons of Blarney at Boulder Coffee House & Music Featured on NECN
Vinny Prendergast & the Sons of Blarney will be performing at the Boulder Coffee House on Saturday evening, June 9. The show begins at 7:30 pm.
Their music has been chosen for the NECN Morning Show soundtrack. The songs "Whiskey in a Jar" and "Leaving of Liverpool" will be played the morning of Wednesday, June 13. Remember to tune into the NECN Morning Show between the hours of 7 am and 9 am on the morning of Wednesday, June 13 to hear the music of Vinny Prendergast and the Sons of Blarney.
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Intro to Acrylics Through Landscape Painting Class with Lori MacDonald
Image Lori MacDonald-Autumn in Westminster Lori MacDonald's June 11 Intro to Acrylics through Landscape Painting class is full. Lori is taking registrations now for her next six week class which runs Mondays, July 23-Aug. 27 at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg. Class begins promptly at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Cost is $75 plus materials, which need to be purchased in advance. Please contact Lori: 978-407-9333 or through her website to register.
  Image: Autumn in Westminster
Call for Artists - Falmouth Artists Guild Summer Juried Exhibit
Summer Juried Exhibition at the Falmouth Art Center
Show Dates: July 6 - 29, 2012
Art Receiving:  Monday, July 2, 9:30 am - 7 pm.  
Download Exhibit Prospectus
Reception & Awards:  Friday, July 6, 5-7 pm

Scott Niemi Exhibit in Townsend
Image Scott Niemi-Picnic Under the Apple Trees
Scott Niemi Artwork Exhibit
at the Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery in Townsend, MA.
Show runs June 1-30, 2012. Opening: Saturday, June 2, 12-2 pm where light refreshments will be served.     Scott's website

                                               Image: Picnic Under the Apple Trees
Arts Alliance Announces New Selling Opportunity
The Arts Alliance announced that a new business is opening at the Salt Box on 117 in Bolton called Country Dogs Boutique. The proprietor, Karen Newsham, will have a Dog Daycare and a Pet Boutique and would love to have pet-themed artwork on consignment on her walls. You can contact Karen at 978-501-2563 if you are interested or if you have any questions.
Antarcticana: Books, Art & Artifacts Relating to Antarctica
Robert Stephenson of Jaffrey has been collecting Antarcticana since shortly after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1963. A selection of his collection will be on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center from June 1-28, 2012, coinciding with the SouthPole-sium, a gathering of Antarcticans from around the world which will be held at the Civic Center on the weekend of June15-17. Also coinciding with the show, next door at the Jaffrey Public Library there will be a display case full of every type of penguinana. More info.
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Frankie Brackley Tolman Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Image Frankie Brackley Tolman-Stardust Memories
"Stardust Memories"
an exhibit of new work by Frankie Brackley Tolman will be shown at the Jaffrey Civic Center first floor Auditorium Gallery from
June 1 to July 7, 2012. Artist's Reception: Sat., June 2, 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served.  More info
Peter Granucci Workshop Presented by Monadnock Area Artists Association
"Water, Water EverywherePlein-Air Workshop with Peter Granucci
Peter would like to focus on painting water in the landscape. He looked at locations and decided to keep it simple and just use historic downtown Harrisville for the entire class. It has lots of different types of water to paint (still, rushing, ponds...), various kinds of views, and great compositions readily available. It isn't required that you always paint the water scenes as there are so many other great subjects there. Peter has generously lengthened the class times (at no extra cost to you) so there is time for each class to have a short lesson associated with it, plenty of time to paint and a group critique at the end.
Class runs Wed. evenings, June 20 - August 8 (7 classes), no class on July 4.
Rain dates: Thursdays, same timeFor more info.
Meeting GALA Annual Member Meeting
Date:        Monday June 25, 2012, 7-9 pm
Location:  Elks Lodge 31 Park St., Gardner, MA
In his talk titled "The Role the Arts Can Play in Revitalization", guest speaker Jerry Beck will discuss how the arts in central MA can affect the rebirth of the area and how the members of GALA can play a part. Following the talk, we will have Breakout Sessions, where small groups talk among themselves about a particular subject, and then report back to the larger group on the ideas created. You may choose from a list of topics to discuss or design your own focus. Here is a list of potential topics/questions for the Breakout Sessions:
  • What more could GALA provide to its members?
  • What kind of feedback for GALA do you have to share?
  • What features should compose a GALA Art Show?
  • Should GALA pursue its own Art Center?
  • Does GALA need to re-visit its Mission Statement?
  • What can GALA do to engage the youth and community?
  • How can GALA be more supportive to musicians?

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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

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 2011 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!
Image GALA Email Marketing All Star Award Logo
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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