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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 664, Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization   Visit GALA on Facebook  
February, 2013
In This Issue
Advertise in GALA Spring Art Show Program Guide
Rust Buckets and Tin Cans Exhibit by Alicia Drakiotes, Brad Willard & Louise Parmenter-Hammerman
Bluegrass Gospel Jam
CAA Call for Artists
Calling All Artists & Poets
Fiber Explorations Exhibit
Join the New GALA Visual Arts Critique Group
Lori MacDonald-Acrylic Painting Classes
Joanne Holtje Wins Awards in Two Juried Exhibits
Guy Biechele-Photoshop for Photographers Workshop
NQVF Photography Exhibit
Sundays at Dunn Park
Lisa Regopoulos Solo Show
Call for Entries-64 MILES: Ashuelot River Art Exhibit
Gardner Contra Dance
Wachusett Reservoir Art Path
Seeking Talent of All Ages
Free Pen & Ink Workshop with Bob Askey
FemLink Screening
Jane E. Simpson and Dave Dodge Exhibit in Jaffrey
Leigh J. Grundy Exhibit
Cruising for Art
More Shows, Classes, Etc
Welcome New Member!
Heidi S. Jeldres
Send Us Feedback!
[email protected]
Confirm Dates & Times
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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Save the Dates! GALA Spring Art Show with Live Music

March 22-24 at the Gardner Polish American Citizens Club 

GALA will hold a silent auction, raffle & artist demos.
Judges include Greg Heins & Karen Haas
from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Read about our distinguished judges. 

Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 6-9:30 pm
with Art Awards announced at 7 pm.

Entry Deadline: February 15  For more info & entry form 


Image Mass. 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.
Advertise in GALA Spring Art Show Program Guide

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Rust Buckets and Tin Cans Exhibit by 3 GALA Members
     Image Alicia Drakiotes-Autumn Retreat     Image Brad Willard-Last Metro
           "Autumn Retreat"                      "Last Metro"
     Pastel by Alicia Drakiotes      Photograph by Brad Willard
A group exhibition titled "Rust Buckets and Tin Cans"
by artists Brad Willard, Louise Parmenter-Hammerman
and Alicia Drakiotes is scheduled at the Jaffrey Civic Center
(in the first floor gallery) at 40 Main St, Jaffrey, NH
beginning May 31, 2013. More information on the
exhibition opening will appear in future newsletters.
Visit Alicia's website.
Bluegrass Gospel Jam
Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session at St. Paul's Episcopal
Saturday, February 9 at 79 Cross St., Gardner, MA
Jam starts at 7 pm and ends around 12.
All welcome to come sing, play or listen.
Email Pam with any questions at [email protected].
Concord Art Association Call for Artists
Concord Art Association Members Juried 2:
Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media, Crafts and Graphics
(Artists may become members at art drop-off)
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)
Calling All Artists & Poets!
Introducing Synergia: A Moveable Exhibit of
Local History, Poetry and Visual Art
The Arts Alliance is seeking poets and artists to participate in Synergia, an engaging new exhibit that will move from town to town in order to be enjoyed by multiple communities.
More info.
Fiber Exhibit-Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery
       "Fiber Explorations"  February 8 - March 24, 2013
Artist's reception: Sunday, February 10, 2013,  2 - 4 pm
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New GALA Visual Arts Critique Group
New Group Forming!   Free to ALL current GALA members!
No matter what your medium or experience level, you are invited
to participate in the GALA Visual Arts Critique Group.
First meeting will be on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10 am until 12:45 pm.
in Gardner at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library in the Greenwood Meeting Room.
Participants are asked to bring two pieces of art, either completed or in process.
Coffee and tea provided -- consider bringing a snack to share.
Click here for guidelines.
Event is free, but pre-registration in required by Thursday, February 28.
Space is limited, so register early!
Click here to reserve your place.   Not a member? Join now.

For questions, email [email protected] and put "crit group" in the subject line.

Acrylic Painting Classes with Lori MacDonald
New Acrylic Painting Classes begin in March
Lori MacDonald is taking registrations now for classes held at her new studio in Gardner at 205 School St.
Both morning and evening classes will be offered.
Please visit her website to learn more.
Email Lori or call 978-407-9333.
Joanne Holtje Wins Awards in Two Juried Exhibits
Image Joanne Holtje-Redhead with Sunflowers, no. 2 Congratulations to Joanne Holtje!
Joanne's painting "Redhead with Sunflowers, no. 2" (shown at right)
received an award from juror, George Nick at the
Concord Art Association show, Members' Juried I: Painting & Sculpture.
Show is up until Feb.10.
Joanne also had two pieces juried into the Post Road Art Center's 2013 Figure & Portrait show. Juror Bob Collins awarded a prize to her piece, "Golgotha".   View the show online.
Photoshop for Photographers Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Guy Biechele-Autumn Magic "Photoshop for Photographers - Take Your Photography
to the Next Level!"  February 9, 2013, 10 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center, 457 Route 123, Sharon, NH
This workshop is for digital photographers and film photographers who work from scanned images. Participants should have a basic knowledge of Photoshop. We will explore more advanced techniques for digital photograph manipulation and enhancement. Topics demonstrated, discussed and practiced in the Digital Imaging Lab will include working with RAW camera files, retouching portraits, creating HDR images, color correction, advanced black and white photograph conversion techniques, distortion correction, and more. Participants should bring their cameras and memory card or disk with images to work on.
Call 603-924-7256 for registration and course fee.   Guy's website
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Photography Exhibit by the NQVF Photography Club
An exhibit of photography by the
North Quabbin Viewfinders (NQVF) Photography Club
begins February 4 and will be on display during the month of February at the
Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner, MA. Gallery open during library hours.
NQVF photographers, including three GALA members, participating in this exhibit are Johnny Botch, Paula Botch, Danna Boughton, Matthew Boughton, Anne Colturi, Diana Cooley, Harriet Ellsworth, Joshua Grosky, Mitchell Grosky, Bill Manser, Cheryl O'Brien, Mike Phillips, Barbara Sweeney, Andrea Tikka, and Carl Tikka.
NQVF was founded in July 2008 with a primary purpose to foster photography as an art, hobby, or vocation, along with instruction and sharing of knowledge and experience. Members range in age and ability from new photographers to professionals, all with varied subject interests and all kinds of cameras. NQVF provides training opportunities, both formal and informal, as well as a variety of field trips.
Anyone wishing to share their interest in photography with others is welcome. Meetings are held at 7 pm on the second Friday of each month at the Orange branch of Workers Credit Union.
For information, contact Paula Botch at 978-575-0863 or Harriet Ellsworth at 978-355-2049.
Sundays at Dunn Park in Gardner
Enjoy Music, Photography, Poetry and Nature on Sundays at Dunn Park!
1st Sunday of each month: "Pickin' at Dunn" bluegrass/folk jam session.
2nd Sunday of each month: "The Clique". Share your photography.
3rd Sunday of each month: Share "Poetry and Prose of the Outdoor World".
4th Sunday of each month: "The Nature of Dunn". Discuss flora/fauna & go for a nature hike.
All programs begin at 1 pm and run through April (except for "Pickin at Dunn",
which currently has no end date)    More info
Lisa Regopoulos Solo Exhibit in Princeton
Lisa Regopoulos currently has a solo show split between two venues in Princeton, MA:
Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall) and the Princeton Branch of the Barre Bank.
Show on exhibit through March 28, 2013.    Read more
Lisa will be at the Barre Bank, 206 Worcester Rd, Princeton on March 28 from 2-4 pm
for anyone interested in meeting her to answer questions about her work.  Lisa's website
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Call for Entries - 64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibit
64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibit & Sale, July through Sept. of 2013 
at the Historical Society of Cheshire CountyRegistrations are open until May 1, 2013.
No walk in submissions will be permitted.  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].
Contra Dance in Gardner
Saturday February 23. Short dance lesson at 7:15 pm.
No need to bring a partner; all dances are taught by the caller.
Feb.'s featured caller is Tim van Egmond. The music (always LIVE!) is by The No Name Band.
Suggested donation: $7 per person. Snack donations for break-time are always welcome.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner at 66 Elm Street, Gardner, MA
More info or call Terry at 978-632-6677. Download a flier.

Image Mass. 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. 

Wachusett Reservoir Art Path
Image Lynn Babineau-Bob's Hot Dog Truck The West Boylston Arts Foundation is pleased to present
the 2013 Wachusett Reservoir Art Path (WRAP)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013,  10 am to 3 pm (Snow date: Feb. 10)
A self-guided tour of artists, artisans, shops & museums of
Boylston, Clinton & West Boylston.    See flier
For directions and a map of the listed stops, visit Google Maps.
   Image: Watercolor by Lynn Babineau of the iconic
   Bob's Hot Dog truck overlooking the Wachusett Reservoir.
Seeking Talent of All Ages
"Quabbin's Got Talent"
The First Congregational Parish, Unitarian in Petersham, MA will be hosting a four-part "Quabbin's Got Talent" Coffee House series starting Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Davis Memorial Hall located behind the church. The talent contest is open to all ages, both individuals and groups, and is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Coffee House is free of charge and open to the public, though donations will be gratefully accepted. More Info or contact Genevieve Fraser at (978) 544-1872 or email [email protected].
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Free Pen & Ink Workshop with Bob Askey  

Image Bob Askey                    Monadnock Area Artists Association presents 

Pen & Ink with Bob Askey
   Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
This is a free 1 � hr. workshop, but you must register.
     Kay Fox Room, Keene Public Library, Keene, NH
More info & registration form (you may need to scroll down the page)
FemLink Screening at Essex Art Center
Image Alena Kupcikova- (Czech Republic) -- video still from her piece titled MY HEART. On Feb. 12, 2013, join FemLink co-curator, C. M. Judge for a screening of the video-collage PREOCCUPATION, featuring 34 women video artists from 34 countries. The hour screening starts at 6:15 pm with a discussion to follow. The video will be playing on a loop throughout February in the gallery at the Essex Art Center,
56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA. (978) 685-2343.
Image: Alena Kupcikova  (Czech Republic) -- video still from her piece titled MY HEART.
Jane E. Simpson and Dave Dodge Exhibit in Jaffrey, NH

Two person show
Jane E. Simpson and Dave Dodge
at the Jaffrey Civic Center
First floor Display Cases until February 7.
 More info
Leigh J. Grundy Exhibit at Hudson Town Hall
Image Leigh Grundy Photograph The Arts Alliance featured artist at Hudson Town Hall is
Leigh J. Grundy from Maynard, MA. Using her love of deep rich color and contrast Leigh tries to show the beauty in the everyday. Coming from a long line of painters, Leigh was taught to see light and color from an early age. Combining this with her love of photography helps her create unique photographic images.   More Info
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Cruising for Art
Saturday March 23, 2013.  Departs from Quincy and Boston. Tickets: $20 Adults/$15 Kids.
Scenic harbor cruise and a visit to Peddocks Island to capture some amazing photographs.
There will be a short photography lesson on site. Painters-bring your easels!   See flier
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.
Post Road Art Center
See their schedule for upcoming exhibit opportunities & registration forms.

Monadnock Area Artists Association 2013 Workshops
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

Arts Alliance
See their schedule for upcoming exhibit opportunities. Registration form (all exhibits).

Falmouth Artists Guild 2013 Exhibition Schedule


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.   
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 the opportunity for a small display of artwork at the bank at 171 Main St., Gardner, MA. For more info, contact Monica Whitehouse at 978-632-9207.
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 [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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