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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
September, 2012
In This Issue
GALA Show Program Ads October 5, 2012 Deadline
Bluegrass/Gospel Jam
Gardner Cultural Council Accepting Grant Applications
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney Perform
Infrared Photography Exhibit by Guy Biechele
Appleseed Country Fair
Call For Artisans/Crafters
Linq in Under the Radar Magazine
Lori MacDonald Sept. Art Classes in Fitchburg
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into PSNH National Show
Call for Artists - Princeton Hey Day Art Exhibit
Scott Niemi Juried into National Exhibit
Robert O'Brien Watercolor Landscape Workshop
Danielle Le Bris Encaustics
Call for Entries & Shows - Post Road Art Center
Call for Artists - 2012 Frances N. Roddy Open Competition
Call for Artists - 4th Annual West Boylston Fall Festival
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 - Mark your calendar!

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.

Look for the Call for Entries around 9/7
Entry deadline will be Oct. 5.

Advertise in GALA Fall Art Show Program Guide
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For color on Half or Full size add $10
    And...your purchase may be tax deductible!    
For more info, contact Doreen at 978-297-3427
(leave message telling her how to reach you)
or go to the GALA website
Bluegrass/Gospel Picking Party

Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 7 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 79 Cross St. Gardner.

Gardner Cultural Council Accepting Grant Applications  
The Gardner Cultural Council is currently accepting standard grant applications and field trip grant applications for projects to be completed in 2013. The postmark deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2012.    More info & application forms
The Gardner Cultural Council's priority is to fund cultural programs that benefit children, families, and the Gardner community at large. If you have questions about the application process, please email Gary Ruuska at [email protected].
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney Perform
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney will be performing at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant Street in Leominster on Sunday, September 23, from 2 - 4 pm.
This is an Irish band that will bring a smile
to your face and a tear to your eye.
Infrared Photography Exhibit by Guy Biechele
Image Guy Biechele-Too Much Stillness "Fading Places - Infrared Photographs of Abandoned Buildings and Machines in Rural New England" by Guy Biechele
at the Jaffrey Civic Center
now to Sept. 29. Guy's website
More info (scroll to bottom).
  Image: Too Much Stillness
Appleseed Country Fair at Red Apple Farm 

The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association country fair at the  

Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave. Phillipston, MA  

September 8, 11 am-8 pm & September 9, 11 am-5 pm

Call For Artisans - Blacksmith Arts & Music Festival!
9th Annual Blacksmith Arts & Music Festival
Sept. 29, 10-4, Riverside Park, Downtown Fitchburg
Artists and crafters are invited as vendors to the festival that is expected to attract thousands of visitors. Display and sell your art & crafts in a community celebration. All work must be original, handcrafted items for sale. More info & application
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Linq in Under the Radar Magazine
Image Linq Caught in the Act Album Cover Congratulations to Linq!
The singer-songwriter is in Under the Radar, a glossy American magazine with a readership of more than 185,000 that's released four times a year and features opinion and commentary on the Indie Music scene as well as reviews on books, DVDs and albums. Every four years they put together a special Protest Issue featuring politically-themed articles and photos of bands holding self-made protest signs. It has become their most popular issue. The acoustic version of "Don't You Understand" from Linq's 2011 release, CAUGHT IN THE ACT ACOUSTIC, is included on the digital sampler of this year's Protest Issue (#42), available at newsstands and online until the end of October.
Lori MacDonald Art Classes at The Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg
Image Lori MacDonald-Gloucester Coast Painting with Acrylics on Different Surfaces
Lori MacDonald is offering her last "Step-by-Step" acrylic painting class for this year on Weds., Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26. Each session will run from 6-8:30 pm. Using brushes and some painting knives, this class will focus on painting on different surfaces: a rough wood plank, an ultra-smooth painting panel, Pastelbord, and a ceramic tile. The cost for this class is $60 plus $5 for special materials. (Brushes and paints are extra.)
 Image: Gloucester Coast (painted on ceramic tile)
Image Lori MacDonald-color chart workshop Color Chart Workshop
Where will you find so many colors with only six tubes of paint (plus white)? Make a color chart using the minimal split-primary color palette Lori uses in her work. The class will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 am-noon. The cost is $10 (plus $2 if you do not have your own paints).
All classes will be held at the Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main St., Fitchburg, MA.
To register, call Lori: 978-407-9333 or visit her website.
Lisa Regopoulos Juried into Pastel Society of NH National Show
Image Lisa Regopoulos-Salem Street, North End Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos!
Lisa's pastel of Salem Street, North End, was juried into the
Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Show "It's Pastel"
to be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth, NH.
Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 from 4 - 6 pm.
Show runs through Oct. 27.
Visit Lisa's website.
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Call for Artists - Princeton Hey Day
HEY DAY Event, Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, The event is co-sponsored by the Mass Audubon, the Princeton Arts Society and the Princeton Agricultural Commission. This year's event will have more of everything including food, music, family activities. Depending on weather, attendance normally ranges between 500 and 1,000 people! Entry forms must be received by Sept. 15. Entries received after the deadline may be accepted based on space. Call for Artists
Note: As a convenience for GALA members who are unable to deliver to or pick up work from Princeton, you may make special arrangements to drop off entries at Surroundings Gallery in Gardner on Oct. 2 or 3 and pick up work at Surroundings Gallery the week of Oct. 8. The request for this service should be noted on the entry form.
Scott Niemi Juried into Blanche Ames National Exhibit
Image Scott Niemi-Where the Streets Have No Name

Fitzwilliam, NH Artist Scott Niemi's oil painting entitled,

"Where the Streets Have No Name" has been accepted into the 

  2012 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition in North Easton, MA.


Show runs September 18 through October 6, 2012

Opening reception: September 22,  7 - 10 pm

Image: "Where The Streets Have No Name", oil/canvas, 48" H x 36" W  

Watercolor Landscape Workshop with Robert O'Brien
Monadnock Area Artists Association presents a Watercolor Landscape Workshop
with Robert O'Brien, AWS NWS on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH
Students will learn to paint landscape in this one-day intensive workshop. The class is open to all abilities with drawing experience recommended. This course will focus on watercolor techniques such as glazing, wet on wet and dry-brush technique. Design, composition, and value will be discussed throughout the duration of the workshop. The instructor will demonstrate and provide hands on guidance to each student. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session.  Registration form with more info.
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Danielle M. Le Bris Encaustics Exhibit in Jaffrey
Image Danielle M. Le Bris-encaustic painting
Encaustics Paintings by
Danielle M. Le Bris

will be featured in the first floor Display Cases
at the Jaffrey Civic Center
from now through September 20, 2012.

More info
Post Road Art Center Call for Entries & Shows

Exhibit "Floating". Opening Reception: Sept. 6, 5:30-8 pm. Show comes down Sept. 27.


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.
Go to the Post Road Art Center website for the registration 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

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. 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. For more info & registration form
or if you have questions, contact: Mark Baldi (508) 835-6489 - home, (508) 767-2803 - work.
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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.
Hudson Town Hall
Jeanine M. Vitale photography exhibit now through mid-September.  More info
Upcoming artists:   September - December 2012: David Phoenix, Photographer
                              December 2012 - March 2013: Leigh Grundy, Photographer
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.

Visit the Arts Marketing Project website for info, ideas, tools and training on marketing art.
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.