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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
August, 2012
In This Issue
Lisa Regopoulos Wins Best in Show in PPOM Exhibit
Call for Artists - 4th Annual West Boylston Fall Festival
Call for Artists - Princeton Hey Day Art Exhibit
Arts Marketing Info Website
Mark Fisher on YouTube!
Solo Photography Exhibition by Guy Biechele in Jaffrey
Lori MacDonald Painting Exhibit in Webster
Call for Entries - Post Road Art Center Exhibits
Artist Studio Space for Rent in Hudson, MA
Call for Entries - "Art on the Edge" Exhibit in Townsend
Call for Artists - 2012 Frances N. Roddy Open Competition
Photography Exhibits at Hudson Town Hall
More Shows, Classes, Etc
Visit GALA on Facebook
Send suggestions & ideas to [email protected]
Confirm Dates & Times
For shows/events, please contact the facility to confirm dates and times.

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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GALA Fall Art Show & Sale - Save the Dates!

The fall show will be held November 16-18, 2012

at the Gardner Senior Center at 294 Pleasant St.

Since we last held the show there in the fall of 2008,

the center has been nicely renovated.

The Art Show Committee would love to hear

your suggestions for the fall show, so send

your thoughts to [email protected]

and mark your calendars!
Lisa Regopoulos Wins Best in Show
Image Lisa Regopoulos-Salem Street, North End Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos!
Lisa's pastel "Salem Street, North End" was awarded Best in Show at the
Pastel Painters of Maine 13th International Juried Show "For Pastels Only" at the closing reception on June 23, 2012 at the River Tree Arts Center, Kennebunk, Maine.
Visit Lisa's website.
Call for Artists - 4th Annual West Boylston Fall Festival
The West Boylston Arts Foundation is seeking artists & crafters for their Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 from 10 am - 4 pm on the West Boylston Town Common. As in the previous years, in addition to vendor booths, they will have entertainment, children's activities, the scarecrow contest, pie eating contest, and more. Registration is $30 for a 10X10 booth space and will be accepted until 9/24 or until full. Proceeds are used to support school arts & music programs. The Festival has become an annual tradition that continues to grow, this year they are hoping to add a small car show at the Masonic Lodge across from the Common, a chili tasting/contest, and mini-farmers market.
or if you have questions, contact: Mark Baldi
(508) 835-6489 - home, (508) 767-2803 - work
Call for Artists - Princeton Hey Day
Event Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Artists are invited to participate in this year's HEY DAY event at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, co-sponsored by the Mass Audubon, the Princeton Arts Society and the Princeton Agricultural Commission. This year's event promises to be even more successful than 2011 with more of everything including food, music, family activities, and most importantly lots of attendees!  Depending on weather, attendance normally ranges between 500 and 1,000 people. PAS has reserved most of the large barn with wonderful space for exhibiting & selling artwork. Entry forms must be received by Sept. 15. Entries received after the deadline may be accepted based on space. Call for Artists
Arts Marketing Information
Check out the Arts Marketing Project website for
information, ideas, tools and training on marketing art.
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Mark Frederick Fisher on YouTube!
Mark got a young genius to capture a few songs from his CD release concert at "Dunrunnin" back on June 1st. These will be doled out one at a time so Mark can handle the onslaught of agents and promoters. Mark gives his thanks to Kris Cormier on the camera and the band, Kris Lucander, Tom Ruckey, Donna Russo & Barry Callahan. See the video or if the link doesn't work, then go to YouTube, type "Mark Frederick Fisher", look down for "Ep 1: Mrs. Moonlight", click & smile!
Solo Photography Exhibition by Guy Biechele
"Fading Places - Infrared Photographs of Abandoned Buildings and Machines in Rural New England" by Guy Biechele
Jaffrey Civic Center  August 24 to September 29, 2012
Opening Reception with Slideshow and Talk on Digital Infrared Photography on Thursday, August 30 from 5 - 7 pm.
Artist's Statement: When driving through northern New England last fall I was struck by the number of deserted farmsteads that I passed.  I started to stop and explore the exteriors of these buildings and the grounds.  I was captured by the stillness of these once vibrant places.  I could almost hear the echoes of the activities and lives that had once filled them.  I began photographing, and quickly turned to infrared photography.  Infrared photography is often described as serene, otherworldly, and haunting.  I found that it best captured the way I felt when at these abandoned places captured by their quiet transience, melancholy, and poignancy.  During the past year I have been photographing this fading heritage of ours as I have traveled around New England.  It has been a moving experience. This exhibition is my attempt to share and document this experience of changing times and places in the continuum of our life.
Image above: Road to the Past     Guy's website
Lori MacDonald Painting Exhibit in Webster
Image Lori MacDonald-A September Eve on Bailey Island Lori MacDonald has a collection of her paintings on display until the end of August at the Booklovers' Gourmet, 55 East Main Street, Webster, MA. This unique bookstore/coffee shop has Lori's paintings nestled on the walls amidst new and used books, gift items, and more. Visit Lori's website or read about the Booklovers' Gourmet. Booklovers' Gourmet hours:  M  & Sa 10-5, Tu - F 10-6:30 (closed Sunday).
                                        Image: A September Eve on Bailey Island
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Call for Entries - Upcoming Post Road Art Center Exhibits
"Floating" is the theme for September's show.
 Drop-off: Aug. 23-30. Opening Reception: Sept. 6, 5:30-8 pm. Show comes down Sept. 27.
The judge will be Elizabeth Geller, Head of the Corporate Program at the DeCordova Museum.
For Oct., "Project" Each piece must contain: A Word-The Color Red-Water-Something Living.
Drop-off: Sept. 20-27. Opening Reception: Oct. 4, 5:30-8 pm. Show comes down Oct. 25.
The Judge will be Lydia Gordon, Lending Artist Coordinator at the DeCordova Museum.
Check the Post Road Art Center website for registration forms (coming soon).
Artist Studio Space for Rent in Hudson, MA
Blueskies Studios located at 43 Broad St., Suite B307 in Hudson has studio spaces available for rent. BlueSkies Studios is a non-profit open studio in the Hudson Mill Building in Hudson, MA. The open space is subdivided - painters, textile artists and photographers presently occupy the studio. The main purpose is to create a positive atmosphere for area artists - at an affordable rate. For more info, contact Nancy at [email protected] or fill out a BlueSkies contact form.
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

Photography Exhibits at Hudson Town Hall
The photographs of Jeanine M. Vitale are on exhibit now through mid-September
  at the Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main Street, Hudson, MA.      More info
Upcoming artists:   September - December 2012: David Phoenix, Photographer
                              December 2012 - March 2013: Leigh Grundy, Photographer
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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.
Don't miss the museum's 77th Annual Exhibition of Art & Craft now until Sept. 2.
Jaffrey Civic Center
2012 Annual Photography Exhibit now until Aug. 18.
64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibit & Sale, July through Sept. of 2013

at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Go to the 64 Miles Facebook page for
a registration form and a map marking off dams and points of interest or contact
the coordinator of the event, Alicia Drakiotes at [email protected].
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.
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
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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!
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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.