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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
October, 2012
In This Issue
JoAnn Pellecchia, GALA Featured Artist
GALA Board of Directors Elections
Call for Artists "Celebrating Cats" at Rollstone Studios
Call for Artists - Arts Alliance 2012-2013 Exhibits
New Volunteer Opportunity, GALA Town Ambassador
C. M. Judge Video Exhibit in South Korea
Joanne Holtje & Len Haug Juried into Frances N. Roddy Competition in Concord
Joanne Holtje in "Tales from a Test Tube" Exhibit
Guy Biechele-Better Fall Landscape Photography Workshop in Sharon, NH
Princeton Hey Day Event
Uke-A-Palooza 5
Bluegrass/Gospel Jam
New Date-4th Annual West Boylston Fall Festival
Ronna Rajaniemi Stained Glass Exhibit in Jaffrey
Donna Rosetti-Bailey, Night Scenes Pastel Workshop
David W. Phoenix Photography Exhibit
Gardner Cultural Council Accepting Grant Applications
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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For shows/events, please contact the facility to confirm dates and times.

GALA  Board of  Directors

Kevin Bird, Chairperson
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn, Secretary
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Mark Fisher
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Mike Williams
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Hurry!  Show Entry & Ad Deadline is Oct. 5. 
 GALA Fall Art Show with Live Music will be held

Nov. 16-18, 2012 at the Gardner Senior Center

294 Pleasant St., Gardner.

Call for Entries  Option to enter & pay online!


Read the biographies of our distinguished show judges:
Lucy Flint
is an editor of art publications.
Elizabeth Hanson
is from the Powers Gallery in Acton, MA.
Elaine Mehalakes
is the Kemper Curator of Academic Programs at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.


Volunteers needed for the fall show to help with:

- Preparing the show postcard mailing  

- Installing show signage
- Food coordination
If you can help, please email or call 978-630-2340. 


Please publicize the show:

- Invite your friends & family to attend the show.
- Post show info on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or website.
- Download 8x11 color poster for display & distribution.


Opening Reception Fri., 6-9:30 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)
Art Show hours: Fri. 6-9:30 pm; Sat. 11-6 pm; Sun. 12-4 pm
Popular Choice & Raffle winners announced Sunday, 3:15 pm


Image Massachusetts Cultural Council Logo This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council,

a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 
JoAnn Pellecchia, GALA Featured Artist
Image JoAnn Pellecchia-Berkshire Hills GALA Featured Artist
JoAnn Pellecchia

Pen and ink, colored pencils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, oils, paper and computer-generated art are examples of mediums I have used in creating art. My experiences in art, writing and technology provided me with the tools to illustrate, write and self-publish an educational children's book and to develop an online business for art. Visit my new etsy site to find out information about my online business. JoAnn's Artist Biography
See her work on the GALA Website & her solo exhibit at
The Levi Heywood Library during the month of October.
Image: Berkshire Hills, Mixed Media
GALA Board of Directors Elections
We are very pleased to announce the following 
elections to the GALA Board of Directors.
Chairperson, Kevin Bird

Secretary, Vicki Heidorn 

New board member, Ashley Bird  

Returning board member, Nowell Francis
Call for Artists - Rollstone Studios Exhibit
"Celebrating Cats" Juried Exhibit, Oct. 18 - Nov. 4, 2012
at Rollstone Studios in Fitchburg, MA.
Submissions due Fri., Oct. 12 or Sat. Oct. 13, 11 am-4 pm
For info & registration form
Artists' Reception: Saturday, October 20, 4-6 pm.
Portion of proceeds to benefit The Pat Brody Cat Shelter.
Call for Artists - Arts Alliance 2012-2013 Exhibits
See the Arts Alliance 2012-2013 Schedule for upcoming exhibit opportunities. Registration form (for all exhibits).
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Exciting New Volunteer Opportunity as a GALA Town Ambassador!
In effort to do a better job of serving the many communities that comprise the "Area" of Gardner Area League of Artists, a network of town ambassadors is being developed. Our goal is to improve GALA's visibility beyond Gardner's city line. The primary responsibility of the ambassadors will be to post announcements in visible places in their community. This terrific volunteer opportunity does not require a great time commitment, has schedule flexibility, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that what you are doing is having a positive impact on both your community and GALA!  
If you would like to learn more about being a Town Ambassador for GALA, please contact Joanne Holtje at and include the word "ambassador" in the subject line.
C. M. Judge Video Installation Exhibit in South Korea
Image-C. M. Judge video still C. M. Judge's meditative video installation
"On Mine Hands, On Thine Hands"
co-created with Paula Rendino Zaentz will be
on exhibit in Women + Body at Kepco Gallery
(34 Shook Gogaegil Suhchodong) Seoul, South Korea from
Oct. 13-19 and at Gwangju University gallery from Oct. 23-Nov. 6.
For more info, visit C. M. Judge's website at
Len Haug & Joanne Holtje Juried into Frances N. Roddy Competition
Image Joanne Holtje-Golgotha Image Len Haug-The Path Congratulations to Joanne Holtje & Len Haug!
Joanne's "Golgotha" and Len's "The Path" were two of only 94 works selected by juror Jen Mergel of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in this year's Frances N. Roddy Competition at the Concord Art Association. Show runs until October 14.
 Image (left): Golgotha by Joanne Holtje

                      Image (right): The Path by Len Haug
            Joanne Holtje: Blog  Website              Len Haug: Website  
Joanne Holtje's Artwork in the Exhibit "Tales from a Test Tube"
Image Joanne Holtje-Wandering Mind (Detail)        The artwork of Joanne Holtje will appear along with works
by Andrew Duncan, Lionel Reinford, and Emily Sandagata
in the show "Tales From a Test Tube" at the
Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry
100 Research Dr., Wilmington, MA.  Curated by Jerry Beck,
this exhibit explores conversions between art and science.
Opening reception: Sat., Oct. 13, 1-3 pm. On view until Jan. 11. For more info or contact Jerry Beck at 978-590-3759.
Image: Wandering Mind, detail by Joanne Holtje          Visit Joanne's blog and website
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Better Fall Landscape Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Guy Biechele-Autumn Contrasts Better Fall Landscape Photography with Your Digital Camera
Saturday, October 13, 2012 -  10:00 am - 4:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center, School of Art and Craft, Sharon, NH.
In this day long 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 picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made.
To Register   Guy's website       Image: Autumn Contrasts
Princeton Hey Day Art Exhibit
HEY DAY Event, Saturday, Oct. 6. 11 am-4 pm at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
Raindate Sunday, Oct. 7 (but only if torrential rain) to confirm,
call 978-464-2712 or email:
This year's event will have more of everything including food, music, family activities!
The event is co-sponsored by the Mass Audubon, the Princeton Arts Society
and the Princeton Agricultural Commission.    For info about exhibit & event.
Uke-A-Palooza 5 in Worcester
On Saturday, October 6, Paul & Paula Luria will be performing at Uke-A-Palooza
at the Hotel Vernon, 16 Kelley Square, Worcester MA. This is a variety show of many
ukulele acts at a very historic location. It will be a 21+ show, so leave the kids at home.
The Hotel Vernon is the home of the "Dollar Draft". Admission is $5. Showtime is 7 pm.
Bluegrass/Gospel Picking Party

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

New Date-4th Annual West Boylston Fall Festival, Accepting Registrations Through Oct. 5
The West Boylston Arts Foundation is seeking artists & crafters for their Fall Festival which has a new date of Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10 am - 4 pm on the West Boylston Town Common. Registration is $30 for a 10X10 booth space and will be accepted through Oct 5 or until full. So far, over 30 artists, crafters, vendors, businesses and non-profits will be participating. The event will also feature the Diane Kelly Dancers, popular acoustic with Jake Arthur of Shorthanded Company, Julie & Brownie's Pirate Act for kids, bluegrass with the Farmer's Union Players, and hits of the British Invasion with the Brit Wits, as well as a scarecrow and a pie eating contest.
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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Ronna Rajaniemi Stained Glass Exhibit 

Image Ronna Rajaniemi Stained Glass   

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host
an exhibit of stained glass works by Ronna Rajaniemi
in the first floor Display Cases from now through October 18.


For more info 

Night Scenes Pastel Workshop with Donna Rosetti-Bailey
Monadnock Area Artists Association presents the workshop "Night Scenes in Pastel"
with Donna Rosetti-Bailey on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 10 am - 4 pm
Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH
Observation of night-time scenes is really critical to the success of a nocturne painting. Try to become aware of the values as you look at various night time situations. You will notice that most times, the sky is NOT the darkest area! The registration fee for this workshop is $60 for members and $85 for non-members. See the registration form for details & materials list. Registration form
David W. Phoenix Photography Exhibit
"Trees And Technology" a photography exhibit by David W. Phoenix at the Hudson Town Hall
David, a graphic designer and photographer, uses both creative disciplines and his expertise with Photoshop to create unique photo imagery. This is his first solo show - a selected sampling of an eclectic series of work.  On display until mid-DecemberMore info
Upcoming artist:   December 2012 - March 2013: Leigh Grundy, Photographer   
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
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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.
"Project" Exhibit Opening Reception: Oct. 4, 5:30-8 pm. Show comes down Oct. 25.

2012 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition

Scott Niemi's oil painting, "Where the Streets Have No Name" was accepted into
this exhibit in North Easton, MA, which runs now through
October 6.

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
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

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 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.
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
Have news about awards, shows, events, classes, or new gallery representation?
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 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.