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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
July, 2012
In This Issue
GALA Members Ashley & Kevin Bird in the News
Call for Entries - JCC Annual Photography Exhibit
Call for Entries - "Art on the Edge" Exhibit in Townsend
Call for Artists - 2012 Frances N. Roddy Open Competition
GALA Members Juried into & Awarded Prizes at FAM 77th Regional Exhibition
Carolyn Carter-American Revolution Art Exhibition
Ragged Heroes to Perform
Len Haug Collage Selected for CAA 2013 Calendar
Lori MacDonald - Intro to Acrylics Through Landscape Painting Class
QVCAH Photofest Call for Entries & Members Exhibit
Anne Murray Oil Exhibit
Maryann Mullett Pastel Exhibit
"A Series of Series" Exhibit
Jeanine Vitale Photography Exhibit in Hudson
Call for Artists - Ashuelot River 2013 Art Exhibit
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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GALA  Board of  Directors

Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Kevin Bird
Mark Fisher
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Vicki Heidorn
Mike Williams
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We are very pleased to welcome Mike Williams
to the GALA Board of Directors!

Mike has been a member artist and active volunteer
for several years and was instrumental in the
building of our beautiful new display panels.

Ed Schneeflock and Nowell Francis are leaving the board.
We want to express our gratitude for their years of service.
GALA is now on Facebook!
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Thanks to all those who attended the GALA
Annual Member Meeting held on June 25
Many creative ideas were shared by members who attended GALA's annual meeting. Our guest speaker, Jerry Beck, Director of Marketing & Community Engagement at the Fitchburg Art Museum, spoke to the crowd about the importance of art in revitalizing our community. His speech and examples of community art projects were inspiring and uplifting, to say the least. From raising awareness in the community about GALA, to artist-led classes and talks, the enthusiasm for moving our organization forward was tremendous. Read summaries of some of the main topics including: advertising; judging vs. juried shows; art center; growing & learning as an artist; and communication.

If you were unable to attend but would like to add your comments or suggestions, be a town representative, help make the art center a reality, or volunteer for the numerous tasks available, please contact GALA at [email protected] or call 978-630-2340.
Thanks to Ashley Bird for writing this article on the meeting.
GALA Members Ashley & Kevin Bird in the News
GALA members Kevin and Ashley Bird of Birdhill Design recently worked with the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, MA to design and install a permanent exhibition of 21 artworks from the estate of a beloved Southbridge art instructor. They had the pleasure of being interviewed and shadowed on the job by a local news reporter.
                              Read the news article.
Call for Entries - Jaffrey Civic Center Photography Exhibit

Jaffrey Civic Center 2012 Photography Show 

Exhibit Dates: July 17 - August 18, 2012

Opening: Tuesday, July 17, 5-7 pm 

Drop off: July 10 - 14     Call for Entries

Call for Entries - "Art on the Edge" Exhibit

Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery
  "Art on the Edge" Exhibit (formerly "New Directions")  

Show Dates: August 11 to Sept. 22, 2012

Entry deadline: August 1.   Entry Form

Call for Artists - 2012 Frances N. Roddy Open Competition

The Concord Art Association

2012 Frances N. Roddy Open Competition

Exhibit Dates: Sept. 13 - Oct. 14, 2012
Opening: Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-8 pm

Artwork Delivery Dates: Sept. 5, 10 am-7 pm
& Sept. 6, 10 am-4:30 pm

Juror will be Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Competition Prospectus     Artwork Labels

GALA Members Juried into & Awarded Prizes at FAM 77th Regional Exhibition
Fitchburg Art Museum 77th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft on view until Sept. 2, 2012
Congratulations to the many GALA members juried into this exhibit
and the following GALA members who received awards!
Len Haug
- Pete McCollum Prize for his collage "The Path"
Dana Armstrong
- Honorable Mention for his photograph "Marion's Dodge"
Latrice Cooper
- Honorable Mention for her photograph "Bullseye"
See complete list of artists juried into the show (scroll half way down the page).
Image Len Haug-The Path     Image Dana Armstrong-Marion's Dodge    Image Latrice Cooper-Bullseye     
 The Path                           Marion's Dodge                            Bullseye     
          by Len Haug                     by Dana Armstrong                 by Latrice Cooper         
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Carolyn Carter-American Revolution Art Exhibition
Come Celebrate the American Revolution Art Exhibit with Carolyn Carter
Introducing the Net Technique
All are welcome to attend a Question & Answer session with the artist
Thursday, July 5, 2012, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Art Corner and Showcase.
This tribute will be on exhibit at the Peterborough Town Library
2 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH through the month of July
during library hours:  MWF 10-6;  Tu & Th 10-8;  Sat 10-4
(Closed Sundays Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend)
Ragged Heroes to Perform in West Boylston
Ragged Heroes (John Sullivan, Darlene Gaudet, Rich Gosselin & Paul Luria)
will perform on Saturday July 7, 2012 from 6-8 pm at the
Pinecroft Dairy & Restaurant (scroll down the page to see the entire concert series)
539 Prospect St., West Boylston, MA
(Paul Luria says: The first 10 people who arrive and say,
"I'm here to hear Ragged Heroes" will receive a free Ragged Heroes CD.

This is a very pleasant outdoor venue with good food and great ice cream.
A perfect summer evening treat.   The Show is Free!   Come on down!)
Len Haug Collage Selected for CAA 2013 Calendar
Image Len Haug-Bridge Over the Concord River

Congratulations to Len Haug! 


His collage, "Bridge over the Concord River" was selected for inclusion in the Concord Art Association's 2013 Calendar for the month of September. This same piece won First Place in the open media competition in GALA's 2012 Spring Show. Len's website.

Intro to Acrylics Through Landscape Painting Class with Lori MacDonald
Image Lori MacDonald -The Meadow Lori MacDonald is taking registrations for her six week Introduction to Acrylics through Landscape Painting 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: The Meadow

QVCAH Photofest Call for Entries & Members Exhibit
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities (QVCAH)
is located at 111 Main St., Southbridge, MA.
QVCAH is seeking photographers to submit original work for the "Photofest" juried group exhibition. Several prizes will be awarded by the jurors and the awards will be presented at the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 from 6-9 pm. Deadline for entries is July 17. Photofest will be on view throughout September in the QVCAH galleries and portions of the exhibit will be viewable online. The exhibit and reception are both free to attend and open to the public. For more info & entry form.

QVCAH's Members Exhibition is on display now until July 22, 2012 and includes painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and crafts.
Anne Murray Oil Painting Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Image Anne Murray oil painting

An oil painting exhibit by Anne Murray will be shown
in the first floor Display Cases at the Jaffrey Civic Center 
from now through July 26, 2012.    More info
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Maryann Mullett Pastel Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Image Maryann Mullett pastel
A pastel exhibit by Maryann Mullett will be on view
in the first floor auditorium at the Jaffrey Civic Center 
from July 13 through August 18, 2012.
Opening: Friday, July 13, 6-8 pm with refreshments
and jazz entertainment by the Scott Mullett Trio.
More info
"A Series of Series" Exhibit in Jaffrey
Image Inlet, Cape Bear "A Series of Series" at the Jaffrey Civic Center,
now through July 14, 2012
Over twenty-five area artists are exhibiting art which was created as part of a series. Styles vary from realistic through abstract through clay and artists span the gap from professional through emerging, and even include a few serious beginners. More info
                                                                                                                                   Image: Inlet, Cape Bear
Jeanine Vitale Photography Exhibit
Photographer Jeanine M. Vitale is the current featured Art In The Hall
artist at the Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main Street, Hudson, MA
Her work is on exhibit now through mid SeptemberMore info
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Ashuelot River Juried Art Exhibit & Sale
64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibition & Sale is set for July through Sept. of 2013 at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. The organizers are giving plenty of advance notice so that artists will have all 4 seasons of the 64 mile river painted. You can find a form for registering for this event on the 64 Miles Facebook page. You will also find a map marking off dams and points of interest along the way. If you would like a registration form, but are not able to access Facebook, contact the coordinator of the event, Alicia Drakiotes at [email protected].
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 [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.
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Have an article you would like to submit?
Please send it "publication ready", as we need to minimize the need for editing.
Send submissions including your contact info
to Anna Ruuska at [email protected] or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.
Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA,
but inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to
information deemed to be of benefit to GALA members.
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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.