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
|Welcome New Member!|
Heidi S. Jeldres
|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
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
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.
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For more info, contact Doreen at 978-297-3427
(leave message telling her how to reach you)
or go to the GALA website
|Rust Buckets and Tin Cans Exhibit by 3 GALA Members|
"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.
|Bluegrass Gospel Jam|
Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session at St. Paul's EpiscopalSaturday, February 9 a
t 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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
| 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@example.com
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|
Congratulations to Joanne Holtje!
Joanne's painting "Redhead with Sunflowers, no. 2" (shown at right)
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|
"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
| 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
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
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"
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
|Call for Entries - 64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibit|
64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibit & Sale, July through Sept. of 2013
|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
or call Terry at 978-632-6677. Download a flier
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|
| 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 FraserGenevieve@gmail.com
Free Pen & Ink Workshop with 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 ½ hr. workshop, but you must register.
Kay Fox Room, Keene Public Library, Keene, NH
| FemLink Screening at Essex Art Center|
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 |
|Leigh J. Grundy Exhibit at Hudson Town Hall|
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
|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
Guy Biechele's photography is featured in the Winter 2012 issue
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
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 - homeCharlotte Wharton Studio
2013 artists workshop schedule
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 thejazzdepot.com
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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 toinformation deemed to be of benefit to GALA members.
|GALA Receives 2011 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!|
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.