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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  
March, 2013
In This Issue
Joe Smith Accepted as Member of the ISSA
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons of Blarney Perform
Join the GALA Artists' Circle
Celtic Harpist & Storyteller
Polaroid Slide Printer & Foam Core for Sale
An Afternoon of Readings
FAM Call for Entries
Guy Biechele-Creative iPhoneography Workshop
Lori MacDonald-Acrylic Painting Classes
Len Haug Upcoming Exhibits
Joanne Holtje Work Selected for MA Artists Biennial
Rust Buckets and Tin Cans Exhibit by Drakiotes, Willard & Parmenter Hammerman
Len Haug & Joanne Holtje in CAA Juried Exhibit 2
Call to Artists - Princeton Farm Day
Steve Previte "Hurry Up & Paint" Workshop
Gail Hoar Oil Painting Exhibit
Free Photography Class offered by Melissa Sanford
Sundays at Dunn Park
MAAA Workshops
David Preston Wells Exhibit
Seeking Talent of All Ages
Cruising for Art
More Shows, Classes, Etc
Welcome New Members!
Joy Contois
Kip Curtis
Amelia Farrell
Bob Gardula
Scott Haynes
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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
Chuck Heidorn
Mike Williams
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GALA Spring Art Show with Live Music!

March 22-24 at the Gardner Polish American Citizens Club 

Silent Art Auction  * Artwork Raffle * Artist Demos
All are welcome! Admission is free (donations encouraged).

Read about our three distinguished show judges.
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
Raffle, Auction & Popular Choice winners
announced on Sunday at 3:15 pm.
Musician Performance Schedule
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.
- For postcards to mail/distribute call 978-630-2340.


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.
Joe Smith Accepted as Member of the ISSA
Image Joe Smith-Pickerel Weed 
Congratulations to Joe Smith!

Joe has been accepted as an
active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists
Joe also has a new website at
     Image: Pickerel Weed
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons of Blarney Performances
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons of Blarney will perform
Thursday, March 14 at the Leominster Senior Center, 2-3 pm.
Saturday, March 16 at the UU Church,
15 West Street, Leominster MA. Show begins at 7 pm.
Tickets are $10. There will be refreshments.
Monday, March 18 at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1-2 pm.
Join the GALA Artists' Circle!
Share your art and insight in an energetic and
supportive group.  Coffee, tea, and conversation.
  Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10 am
Levi Heywood Memorial Library
Greenwood Meeting Room
Free!  Register by April 4 (click here)
Look for our next event, May 4, 2013
Questions? email

Mary King-Celtic Harpist & Storyteller
Celtic harpist and storyteller Mary King will present a lively Celtic inspired performance on Sat., March 16 at 11:00 am at the Marlborough Senior Center at 250 Main St.  More Info
Polaroid Slide Printer & Foam Core for Sale
Image Jean Stabell-Slide Printer for Sale Prints 35mm slides onto Polaroid film for transfer to other media. (Shown at right)
Great tool in excellent condition.  $60.
Also, 6 pieces of 1/4" foam core,
32"x40"... framers, you need this.
Contact Jean at 978 544-3861 or
Lit Aloud! An Afternoon of Readings
Bring your favorite poem, short-short story, quotation, or excerpt to share. Or just come to listen. Original work welcome.  Sunday, March 24,  4 - 5:30 pm,  PAS Room,
the Princeton Center at 18 Boylston Ave, Princeton, MA.
Sponsored by the Princeton Arts Society.
Handicapped Accessible. Open to all.
Call for Entries-Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibition
FAM 78th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft
Exhibit Dates: June 23-Sept 1, 2013
Entry Deadline: Postmarked by May 20.  Entry Form
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Creative iPhoneography Workshop with Guy Biechele
Image Guy Biechele Photograph "Creative iPhoneography - Using Your iPhone to Expand
Your Artistic Vision" 
April 6, 2013, 10 am - 2:30 pm
at the Sharon Arts Center, 457 Route 123, Sharon, NH
This Workshop includes "hands on" instruction in the
Sharon Arts Center's state of the art Digital Imaging Lab.
The iPhone can be a powerful tool to spark creativity and new ways of seeing the world around us. It can help us and stretch our creative boundaries. We always have it with us and can use it to capture moments in our lives in a very spontaneous and unobtrusive way. This allows us to capture images that express how we feel at a given moment and enhance our artistic vision. In this workshop we will discuss creative ways of using the iPhone. We will use downloadable applications (apps) to enhance our photos and make them more expressive. We will use our iPhones to capture images, develop them in camera, and then share our experience. This workshop is for users of the iPhone 3, iPhone 4 and more recent. Call 603-924-7256 for registration and course fee.   Guy's website
Acrylic Painting Classes with Lori MacDonald
Lori MacDonald is accepting registrations for classes at the Boulder Art Gallery in April & May.
The Independent Acrylics Class,
5 Mondays in April, 6-8 pm, $50. This class is for painters who like to work on their own paintings from their own photographs and notes, requiring only minimal guidance along the way. Participants bring their own paints, brushes, and canvas.
Image Lori MacDonald-The Farm Road
Step-by-Step Landscape Workshop, "The Farm Road"

Learn to paint this idyllic Vermont farm scene (shown at left) in
ONE SESSION with easy-to-follow instruction. The workshop runs
9 am-3 pm on Sat., May 11. Cost is $25 (includes the 12"x12" canvas).
Students bring their own paints and brushes or
may use class supplies for an additional fee of $8.

Contact Lori to register: 978-407-9333 or  Visit Lori's website.
Len Haug Upcoming Exhibits
Image Newton Art Association postcard Len recently joined the Newton Art Association and will have two pieces in their upcoming exhibit at the Arsenal Center for the Performing Arts. Exhibit dates are Feb 14 - March 15.
Len's collage "Orange and Green Melon Breakfast" is being
featured in their promotional post card (shown at right).
"Morning Sun Light Knocking on My Cottage Door"
is the second of Len's pieces included in the exhibit.

"The Path" by Len is also scheduled for inclusion in the Newton Art Association's
Bonnar Show at the New Art Center in Newton, MA that will run March 6 - 24.

Image Len Haug-Bridge Over the Concord River His piece "Bridge over the Concord River" (shown at left) was
selected for inclusion in the MassArt's 24th Annual Benefit Auction
to benefit the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston
where the event will be held on Saturday, April 13.

Visit Len's website
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Joanne Holtje Work Selected for 2013 Massachusetts Artists Biennial
Image Joanne Holtje-Silenced       Three paintings by Joanne Holtje were selected for inclusion in the
2013 Massachusetts Artists Biennial at the Brush Art Gallery in
Lowell, MA by juror Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art,
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2 - 4 pm.
Show runs from March 9 to April 13.
                  Visit Joanne's blog and website                Image: Silenced
Rust Buckets and Tin Cans Exhibit by 3 GALA Members
            Image Alicia Drakiotes-Bringing Lily Home      Image Brad Willard-All Grown Up      Image Louise Parmenter Hammerman-
Images (from left to right): "Bringing Lily Home" Oil by Alicia Drakiotes,
"All Grown Up" Photograph by Brad Willard, "9876" Pastel by Louise Parmenter Hammerman

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.
Joanne Holtje & Len Haug Juried into CAA Members Juried 2 Exhibit
Image Joanne Holtje-Dilemma Congratulations to Len Haug & Joanne Holtje!
Joanne & Len both had mixed media pieces accepted into the
Concord Art Association's Members Juried 2 exhibit. This exhibit showcases works of photography, drawing, mixed media, crafts,
and graphics.  Jurors: Kathy Halamka and Natacha Sochat.
"Dilemma" (shown at left) is one of two works by Joanne to be exhibited.
"Love Bug" (which won Best in Show at the GALA Fall Show)
is the work by Len which will be exhibited.
Joanne's blog and website            Len's website
Call to Artists-Princeton Farm Day
Save the Date!
The Princeton Agricultural Commission is pleased to announce that Princeton Farm Day 2013 will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from noon to 4 pm. Four farms will be featured: Wachusett Meadow, Red Fox Farm, Hillborne Farm, and one yet to be determined. As in the past, Farm Day will be a family-oriented affair, with plenty of activities for children. Participating artists are welcome to draw or paint on-site, focusing on a farm theme, and might also consider offering hands-on activities for children. Email Walter Gowey at or call 978-464-5592 with questions, or to sign up as a participating artist.
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"Hurry Up & Paint" Workshop with Steve Previte 
Steve Previte - Hurry Up & Paint - Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
Sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association
Salvation Army Building., 15 Roxbury Plaza., Keene, NH
$80 MAAA members / $105 non-members.   Prospectus    Registration Form
The purpose of this workshop is to completely remove you from your normal comfort zone and methods of painting. It is designed to force you into growth as an artist in the following ways:
thinking and approach; use of color; brushwork and paint application; ability to make a quick statement; to dominate your painting and not vice versa; to have more fun and satisfaction with the painting process.
Gail Hoar Oil Painting Exhibit in Jaffrey
Image Gail Hoar Oil Painting
Grand Vistas: Paintings by Gail Hoar

March 2-30, 2013 in the Jaffrey Civic Center first floor Display Cases.
Each painting in this series will represent the grandeur of a recent trip Gail took across the United States, treating us to locations such as Zion Park,
the Montana Valley, the Canyonlands, Cows in Colorado, Utah Mesas, Colorado River Canyon, and more.   Read more
Free Photography Class by Melissa Sanford
Melissa Sanford is offering a free photography class on Sat., March 2 at 2 pm at Nu Cafe.
By learning how to cultivate an artist's eye you can take the stress out of shooting and step up your snapshots. A handful of art principles will change the way you see and capture the world around you. This is a beginner/intermediate level class. Both "Point and Shoot" and "DSLR" camera users are welcome.    For more info, email Melissa.   See flyer.
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
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Monadnock Area Artists Association Workshops
Monadnock Area Artists Association  2013 Workshop Schedule
Steve Previte - Hurry Up & Paint - March 23
Robert O'Brien, AWS, NWS - Spectacular Flowers in Watercolor - April 20
Linda Widstrand - Mixed Media - May 18
More info
David Preston Wells Exhibit at Fitchburg State Art Gallery
Image David Preston Wells-When the Wheels Fall Off Fitchburg State Art Gallery presents
"When the Wheels Fall Off" by David Preston Wells

Exhibit opens Wednesday, March 6 at 4:30 pm

in the Gallery at Sanders, 300 Highland Avenue
with a hallway talk with the artist, followed by a reception.
Exhibit runs through April 9.
Admission is free.   More info
Seeking Talent of All Ages
"Quabbin's Got Talent"
The First Congregational Parish, Unitarian in Petersham, MA continues with the "Quabbin's Got Talent" Coffee House series on 3/9, 4/6 & 5/4 at 6:30 pm. 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
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
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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.
Post Road Art Center
April: "Flower Show 2013". Drop-off March 24-28; Opening Reception: April 4, 5:30-8 pm.
For more info on this & upcoming exhibit opportunities & registration forms.
"Fiber Explorations"  now until March 24
Arts Alliance
Member's Exhibit. Register by 4/25. Drop-off 4/27, 9-11 am. Reception: 5/2, 5:30-7 pm.
For more info on this & 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

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.
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

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 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 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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