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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 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization   Visit GALA on Facebook  
December, 2012
In This Issue
Art & Music Instruction Opportunity with WBAF
Studio 4 Potters and Gallery New Creations
Lisa Regopoulos Solo Show
GALA Fall Show Artist Demonstrations
Jaffrey Autumn Art Exhibit
Where's Joanne Holtje?
PAS 2012 Small Works Holiday Show
Jordana Korsen Blown Glass Exhibit in Jaffrey
Solo Show Opportunities
Call for Artists-1 Day Show
Post Road Art Center Call for Artists & Shows
Charlotte Wharton Studio 2013 Workshop Schedule
More Shows, Classes, Etc

Welcome New Members!

James Clune
Michael Cormier
Alicia Drakiotes
Jo-Ann Gerde
Anne Gilman
Diane Hill
Anthony Martel
Lester Scafidi
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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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GALA 2012 Fall Art Show a Stupendous Success!


Over 400 visitors enjoyed the art and music during the course of the weekend. More than 50 of those visitors were attending for the first time and 41 people joined our email/mailing list.  


The proceeds from the Art Raffle and donations were among the highest in GALA history! Our sincere thanks to the continued generosity of our artists and visitors for this very important source of funding for GALA programs.


The success of this show and of the GALA organization itself would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers and we offer them our sincere gratitude. 


A very special thanks goes to the members of the Art Show Committee who did so much of the work before, during and after the show: Ashley Bird, Kevin Bird, Chuck Heidorn, Vicki Heidorn, Anna Ruuska, and Gary Ruuska.


GALA is indebted to Doreen LaScola for the incredible job she did in obtaining advertisers for the show program. Her hard work and skill increased ad revenue by an astounding 535% and the number of ads by an amazing 211%.


We also want to express our appreciation to the following volunteers who coordinated specific aspects of the show. Joe Bourgeois & Nate Smith &-Music; Deb Brennan-Raffle; Jeff Gallant-Financials; Joanne Holtje-Food.


Please thank and patronize our generous donors


Thank you to our distinguished judges: Lucy Flint, Elizabeth Hanson and Elaine Mehalakes. Read about our judges.


And of course, we want to express our gratitude to the wonderful artists and musicians who shared their marvelous artwork and talent with the community!


Read what our demo artists say about their experiences at the show. 


Congratulations to the judges' award recipients 

and the Popular Choice Award winners:

1st: James O'Rourke, "Salt Marsh"  

2nd: Lori MacDonald, "The Routine Life of a Gloucester Dog"

3rd: Latrice Cooper, "Migration" 


Download the GALA 2012 Fall Art Show Program.


Fall show images will be on the GALA website by 12/9. 


We value your feedback about the show. Please send your comments and suggestions to


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. 
Art & Music Instruction Opportunity
The West Boylston Arts Foundation (WBAF) is always looking for artists, crafters, or musicians that would like to offer workshops or classes. Donating a portion of the course fee to the WBAF to support school arts & music would be most welcome. If interested, please contact Mark Baldi
(508) 767-2803 - work  (508) 835-6489 - home
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Studio 4 Potters and Gallery
New Creations in the Gallery
Beautiful & unusual pottery, created and pit-fired by Steve Landry.
Huge, rugged & richly glazed platters and other vessels by John Bennard.
Fund-raiser: Relay for Life beverage mugs by Fe Fandreyer.
Decorated stoneware dinnerware plus paintings by Marion Lyon.
Studio 4 Potters are in the studio at odd hours, but the most regular hours
are usually Mon., Tues, Thur, Fri. 9 am-12 pm and Sat. after 12 noon.
Other hours are available by appointment.
4 West Lynde St., Gardner, MA 01440    978-895-0227    978-895-0228
      Image Marion Lyon-Covered Vessel with Eucalyptus
Images: Floral Breakfast Set (on left) & Covered Vessel with Eucalyptus (on right) by Marion Lyon

Lisa Regopoulos Solo Exhibit in Epsom, NH
Image Lisa Regopoulos Pastel   Lisa's Solo Show "An Eclectic Compilation" is on exhibit
at the Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom, NH.
The show runs until December 16 and
features 20 original pastels and prints.
Library Hours: Mon.-Thurs: 10 am-7 pm; Sat.: 9 am-1 pm
Lisa Regopoulos 
demoFall Show Artist Demos
GALA added an exciting new aspect to our show this fall. We invited our artists to demonstrate their creative process and techniques at the show. It was a big hit with both the visitors and the demo artists! We plan to make artist demos an integral part of future GALA shows and hope that additional GALA members will participate!
We want to thank the demo artists and share their thoughts about the experience.
John Bennard (demonstrated ceramic hand building techniques):
All art tells a story, in some instances explicit, in others, not so much. It has been my experience that the most valuable outcome of a workshop/demonstration is the opportunity given to listen to the artist talk about what they are thinking when they are making art, for therein lies the story. It gave me so much satisfaction to hear a person with whom I was conversing about my work, during my demonstration, say that the insight she gained from the discussion put my work in context and gave her a much deeper appreciation of what she was looking at. It is this connection that I value more than anything else.
Marion Knoll (demonstrated silk painting):
I would like to thank GALA for giving me the opportunity of demonstrating silk painting at the fall show. It was wonderful being able to share my years of experience and love for this great but not so well-known medium with the many interested people who offered a supportive and stimulating environment.

Gary Ruuska (demonstrated colored pencil and also coordinated the demos): 

Demonstrating one's techniques offers the opportunity for self examination. The best thing about showing someone how I do something is that I learn why I do it.


Joe Smith (demonstrated scratchboard):
The demonstration was a lot of fun. I met a lot of nice people, got to talk about something I enjoy and I got some work done too. Next time I would stay longer.
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Jaffrey Civic Center Autumn Exhibit
  Jaffrey Civic Center  2012 Autumn Area Art Exhibit
Show runs until Dec. 22, 2012

Where's Joanne?
Where you can see Joanne Holtje's artwork now.
Concord Art Association Holiday Originals: a show and sale of members' small-sized
artwork and fine craft items. Check out Joanne's new encaustic monotypes there.
Reception: Sunday, December 2,  2-4 p.m.  Show runs until December 20.
37 Lexington Rd.,  Concord, MA
Image Joanne Holtje-Finding My Way
Freedom Trails Gallery at Valley Frameworks: Joanne has a new
oil painting titled "Finding My Way" (shown at left) in a "small works" show juried by Trevor Richardson, director of the Herter Gallery and
Tony Maroulis former director of Wunderarts Gallery.
Opening: Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. Show runs until Jan. 26, 2013.
534 Main St., Amherst, MA
Surroundings Gallery is now carrying a number of Joanne's oil paintings in a range of sizes.
377 Main St., Gardner, MA
Visit Joanne's blog and website
Princeton Arts Society Small Works Holiday Show
Image - PAS Small Works Show           Image - PAS Small Works Show
The 2012 Small Works Holiday Show promises to be one of the best ever!
There are over 40 participating artists. Hundreds of works will be on exhibit and for sale
including a larger than ever selection of beautiful arts & crafts suitable for holiday gift giving.
Complimentary gift wrapping will be provided for smaller items.
Location: Princeton Center Building at 18 Boylston Ave. in Princeton, MA.
Gallery/art shop hours: Saturday 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday 12 - 4 pm
Jordana Korsen Blown Glass Exhibit 

Image Jordana Korsen-Blown Glass Bowl   

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present an 

exhibit of exquisitely blown glass by Jordana Korsen
until December 20 in the first floor Display Cases.


More info 


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2013 Solo Exhibit Opportunities with the Princeton Arts Society
The Princeton Arts Society is now scheduling solo shows for each quarter of 2013.
Each show can accommodate between 20 and 25 framed pieces of art. Art is evenly distributed and exhibited at the Princeton Branch of the Barre Bank and at Princeton's Town Hall.
These exhibit opportunities are for PAS members only, but you may join at any time to be considered for a show.    For more info.


Call for Artists For One Day Exhibit
The Arts Alliance is seeking winter themed artwork to display for sale at their annual River's Edge Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 15 from 3:30-5:30 pm at Hudson High School,
69 Brigham St., Hudson, MA. Please email Denise Reid at if you are interested. They will provide easels. Space is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. No registration fee. Arts Alliance retains 20% commission on any artwork sold. 978-562-1646.
Post Road Art Center Call for Artists & Shows
Exhibit "Small Works". Opening Reception: Dec. 6, 5:30-8 pm. Show comes down Dec 27 (unless sold for the holidays).

Call for Artists: January-Figure/Portrait Show. Drop-off: Dec. 27-Jan. 3. Opening Reception: Jan. 10, 5:30-8 pm. Show comes down Jan. 31. The judge will be Bob Collins from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Go to the Post Road Art Center website for registration form & show flyer.
Charlotte Wharton Studio Workshop Schedule
The Charlotte Wharton Studio announces their 2013 artists workshop schedule
They have added two artist retreats which will run concurrently with the two painting workshops
in The Cotswolds (England) and in Montecastello di vibio (Umbria, Italy).
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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.
Arts Alliance
See their schedule for upcoming exhibit opportunities. Registration form (all exhibits).


Hudson Town Hall

Photography exhibit by David W. Phoenix now until mid-December. More info
Upcoming artist:   December 2012 - March 2013: Leigh Grundy, Photographer

 Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry

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" curated by Jerry Beck
Exhibit will be on view until Jan. 11 by appointment only. Contact Jerry Beck. 

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

The Jazz Depot: 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
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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.
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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