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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  
January, 2013
In This Issue
Carolyn Carter Birds & Butterflies Art Class
Bluegrass Gospel Jam
CAA Call for Artists
Fiber Show Call for Artists
Figure/Portrait Call for Artists
SAC Call for Artists
Len Haug Juried into Sprinkler Factory Exhibit
Lisa Regopoulos Solo Exhibit
Youth Art Programs & Performance Groups
Joanne Holtje at Freedom Trails Gallery
Art Lessons Wanted for Child
Nicole Caulfield Colored Pencil Workshop
Princeton Arts Society 2013 Member Solo Shows
MAAA 2013 Workshops
More Shows, Classes, Etc
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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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Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!

Birds & Butterflies Art Class with Carolyn Carter
Birds & Butterflies
Drawing  -  Painting  -  Various Mediums
with artist Carolyn Carter
Six adult art classes.   All levels welcome.
Saturdays, Jan. 5-Feb. 9, 2013 (Snow day-Feb. 16), 1-4 pm
at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey, NH
Registration/Materials List: 603-532-6527 or 978-630-3657
Fee: $98.    Limit 12 adults.    More info
Bluegrass Gospel Jam
Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session at St. Paul's Episcopal
Saturday, January 12 at 7 pm at 79 Cross St., Gardner, MA
Email Pam with any questions at [email protected].
Concord Art Association Call for Artists
Concord Art Association Members Juried Shows
(Artists may become members at artwork drop-off)
Members Juried 1: Painting and Sculpture

Drop-off: Jan. 3, 10 am - 7 pm or Jan. 4, 10 am - 4 pm
Show Dates: Jan. 13 - Feb. 10. Reception: Jan. 13, 2 - 4 pm
Members Juried 2:
Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media, Crafts and Graphics
Drop-off: Feb. 12, 10:30 am - 7 pm or Feb. 13, 10 am - 4 pm
Show Dates: Feb. 17 - Mar. 17. Reception: Feb. 17, 2 - 4 pm
See the CAA website for show prospectus & artwork labels (scroll down to bottom right side of page)
Fiber Show Call for Artists-Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery
       "Fiber Explorations"  February 8 - March 24, 2013
All area artists are challenged to explore the use of fiber in new, exceptional and amazing ways. Whether your work includes yarn, fabric, roving, weaving, spinning, felting, quilting, dyeing or another fiber related form of art, it belongs in this show. Email the application or drop off at the Library. Get paper applications at the Library or Meeting Hall. Application deadline: Jan. 26.
Figure/Portrait Call for Artists at Post Road Art Center
Call for Artists: Figure/Portrait Show. Drop-off: until 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. See Post Road Art Center website for registration form & show flyer.
Call for Artists - Sharon Arts Center
66th Annual Members Exhibit
Show: January 11 - February 23, 2013
Drop-off: January 5 & 6, 11 am - 5 pm
Reception: January 11, 5 - 7 pm.
Artists may become members at artwork drop off. More info
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Len Haug Juried into Sprinkler Factory Exhibit
Image Len Haug-The Love Bug                            Congratulations to Len Haug!
Len's two pieces "The Love Bug" (shown at right) and "The Fall" were juried into the 2012 Sprinkler Factory Gallery "No Themes, No Limits" Exhibition in Worcester which runs through January 12. The show features 23 artists and 41 pieces of art. The Love Bug won Best in Show & 1st Place Mixed Media in the recent GALA Fall Show.  Len's website
Lisa Lisa Regopoulos Solo Exhibit in Princeton
Image Lisa Regopoulos-It's the Climb Lisa Regopoulos will be hanging a solo show split between two venues in Princeton, MA: Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall) and the Princeton Branch of the Barre Bank. The show featuring original pastels and a few giclee prints will be hung January 3 through March 28, 2013. Lisa will be at the Barre Bank, 206 Worcester Road, Princeton on March 28 from 2-4 pm for anyone interested in meeting her to answer questions about her work.  Lisa's website
  Image: It's the Climb
Arts Alliance After School Art Programs & Performance Groups
Arts After School will offer the following eight week classes (fees vary). Register by Jan. 4.
Spotlight on You!  Grades 6-8, begins January 7.
You've Got Talent!  Grades 1-5, begins January 8.
Guitar For Beginners I. Grades 4 & 5, begins January 9.
Guitar For Beginners II. Grades 4-7, begins January 10.
Course descriptions & registration form.     General info about the program.

River's Edge Youth Chorus.  Grades 3-12, rehearsals begin March 11.
More info (please note, if the link to the registration form is broken on their web page, contact them at 978-562-1646 or [email protected]

River's Edge Vibe: a "Glee"-like performing group. Grades 6-12. Ten weeks beginning Jan. 12. Register by Jan. 10. Fee: $300 Members/$270 Non-members. More info on flyer & website.
Joanne Holtje at Freedom Trails Gallery
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.
Show runs until Jan. 26, 2013 at 534 Main St., Amherst, MA
Visit Joanne's blog and website
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Mother Seeks Art Lessons for Child
A mother is looking for low cost art lessons in the Gardner area for her 7 1/2-year-old daughter. The child could attend Monday or Thursday 3 pm or later; Friday 1:30 or later, or Saturday or Sunday any time. Individual or group classes desired. Email Vicki Heidorn at [email protected] for details.
Colored Pencil Workshop with Nicole Caulfield 

Image Nicole Caulfield Colored Pencil                    Monadnock Area Artists Association presents 

                       Colored Pencil with Nicole Caulfield
                   Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH
Learn the basics of drawing with colored pencils on sandpaper. You will learn how to layer the pencil, under-painting techniques, and create a small finished picture to take home. Colored pencils behave differently on sanded paper creating bold saturated color right away and without the need to preserve whites.
Nicole Caulfield is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and has won many awards including 3rd place in the Portrait Society of America Members Competition 2008, Best of Show at the Thorne Sagendorph biennial show, and 1st place in the United Kingdom Colored Pencil Society International Competition. Her work has also been published in 3 art books and on the tin of Derwent Coloursoft pencils available worldwide. $60 members/$85 non-members.  More info & registration form     Nicole's website
Princeton Arts Society 2013 Member Solo Shows
The Princeton Arts Society is happy to announce the following member solo shows for 2013:
Quarter 1: Lisa Regopoulos - Pastels (see article above)
Quarter 2: Emilie Astell and Dave Kaphammer - Pastels
Quarter 3: Mary Anne Magiera - Photography
Quarter 4: Lori MacDonald - Acrylics
The work of these artists will be on exhibit at both the Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall) and at the Princeton Branch of the Barre Bank. Each show will consist of 20 to 25 pieces split between these two locations. Any questions or comments regarding these shows can be sent to [email protected]
Monadnock Area Artists Association 2013 Workshop Schedule
Monadnock Area Artists Association 2013 Workshops
Bob Askey - pen & ink - Feb. 9, 1-2:30 pm  (this is a free workshop)  Reg. form.
Steve Previte - Hurry Up & Paint - March 23
Lori Simmons - watercolor - April 20
Linda Widstrand - mixed media - May 18
Photoshop Elements - Sept. 21
Robert Carsten - pastels - October 5
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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).

Falmouth Artists Guild 2013 Exhibition Schedule


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. 

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

Charlotte Wharton Studio 2013 artists workshop schedule.   

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

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 [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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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.
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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