GALA Newsletter 
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   
JUNE 2013
In This Issue
Membership Renewal Time
Len Haug Upcoming Event
Alicia Drakiotes Upcoming Events
Artists' Circle Group
"Rust Buckets and Tin Cans"
Lori MacDonald's Acrylic Workshop
Joanne Holtje, Selected!
MAAA Fine Art Exhibit
Tower Hill Exhibit
Post Road Art Center Teacher-Student Show
Arts Alliance Exhibit
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
FAM 78th Regional Exhibition
64 Miles, Ashuelot River Exhibit
Essex Art Center Video Screening
Revival Gallery's June Exhibition
HOPE MURAL Community Art Project
Sundays at Dunn Park
More Shows, Classes, Etc
Art Exhibit Opportunites
Newsletter Submissions
GALA Named Email Marketing All Star
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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
Chuck Heidorn
Mike Williams
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En Plein Air with GALA.
The initial meeting of "En Plein Air with GALA" will be held Saturday, June 8, from 10 AM to 1 PM at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner (rain date: June 15). Come and join your fellow artists at beautiful Dunn Pond for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air.  GALA member and local artist, Joe Smith will lead the group
for an informal day being creative in the park. 
What will you need? Anything that will help you create art outside of your studio. The hope is for a couple of hours capturing the scenery as only artists can, then convening for a gathering afterwards to gain perspective on the day's results. Please register by June 4 (click here). Directions will be sent upon receipt of your registration. Questions? Email
Dunn Pond

Attention GALA Members!
It's that time again!  Time to renew your GALA membership!  Memberships are valid from July 1 to June 30. 
Please go to the GALA website for renewal information.
 While you're there, check out the images
from the recent GALA Spring Art Show and if you haven't already checked out the Featured Artists, then you're in for a treat!
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Len Haug's Up-Coming Event
Len Haug's "Love Bug" has been juried into the 2013 Annual Danforth Art Museum's "Off the Wall" Exhibit that opens on June 8th at Danforth Art Museum and runs through August 4th.  The Museum is located at 123 Union Avenue in Framingham, MA. This highly competitive show received over 500 artist and 1500 submissions of which less than 100 were selected for inclusion in the show. Each year, the Danforth Art Museum's Annual Juried Exhibitions showcase new and exciting contemporary work created by both emerging and established member artists.
Len's collage "The Love Bug" was also awarded the GALA's "Best in Show" Ribbon in the 2012 Fall Show.
Love Bug
Visit Len's website to see more of his art!
Alicia Drakiotes' Upcoming Exhibits & Events
Alicia Drakiotes is juried into the Beacon Hill Artwalk an annual event for 2013. Her location for the June 2nd event will be on West Cedar Street in the Boston Beacon Hill district. The event runs from 12 noon until 6 pm. More info on the event can be located at:

Alicia has been juried into Plein Air Castine an all day plein air painting event in Castine, Maine on July 27, 2013.  Thirty plus artists will participate in this distuinguisehed paint out event.
For more info on Castine's Plein Air Festival

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The Artists' Circle Art Critique Group
The Artists' Circle, GALA's Art Critique Group, is taking a break for the summer.
They will gather again in September to share art created over the summer. 
Watch your newsletters for the specifics on registering, as well as the dates and times the group will reconnect.  Have a splendid, creative, inspiring summer!  See you in September!
Artists' Circle

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Rust Buckets and Tin Cans Exhibit by 3 GALA Members
It's not too late to catch the small group exhibition titled
"Rust Buckets and Tin Cans" by artists Brad Willard, Louise Parmenter Hammerman and
Alicia Drakiotes at the Jaffrey Civic Center (in the Auditorium Gallery) at 40 Main St, Jaffrey, NH. 
With works in Photography, Acrylics, Oils and Pastels, the three talented artists honor the  Iron Horse, one aspect of Vintage Americana.
The Opening Date for this exhibition was May 31, 2013, but it continues through June 29th. 
The hours are Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday - Friday 1-5 and Saturday 10-2.

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lori MacDonald

Lori MacDonald will be holding a Step-by-Step Painting Workshop 
on Saturday, June 15th from 9AM to 3PM,
at the Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main St., Fitchburg, MA. 
The easy to follow instruction makes this class suitable
for beginners or intermediate painters alike.  
The cost is $22, which includes the 12"x6" canvas panel for the
"Purple Coneflowers" painting.  Students who have painted with Lori in the past should bring their own paints and brushes.  New students may use the class brushes and paints for an additional fee of $8. 
Call to register:  978-407-9333.  Bring a lunch!
Visit Lori's website:

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Joanne Holtje, Selected!
A painting by Joanne Holtje has been selected by
Executive Director, Katherine French for inclusion in the Danforth Art Museum's show, Community of Artists
Close to 1500 works of art were submitted for consideration in this juried art show.  Joanne was one of those extremely talented artists selected to participate in the show.  Congratulations!
The exhibition runs from June 9 - August 4, 2013. 
Visit the museum's website for hours, directions and additional details.

Image: "Sutured," oil on canvas
by Joanne Holtje
Monadnock Area Artists Association
June 28 - July 27, 2013 @ theJaffrey Civic Center's Cunningham Gallery,
located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
Opening Reception: Friday, June 28, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
For additional information on this and other exhibits,
 visit Jaffery Civic Center  
Tower Hill Botanical Gardens Alice Milton Gallery
Please join Barry Van Dusen for his third solo show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden titled, Birds, Beasts and Blossoms.  More than forty original watercolors will be on display in the Alice Milton Gallery which began in May and continues through June 16, 2013.  Many subjects from North Central Massachusetts will be on display, including Plants and Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Farm Subjects and Landscapes.
All works will be for sale, with a portion of the sales to benefit programs at Tower Hill.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, MA. 
Hours: Tues - Sun, 9am - 5pm, Wednesday evenings til 9pm.
 For more information contact Tower Hill at 508-869-6111 or visit
Watercolor by Barry Van Dusen

"Bluebird Pair" by Barry Van Dusen

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Post Road Art Center's Upcoming Art Show
"Pansy" by Pat Sullivan 11x14 Watercolor

2013 Post Road Art Center's Student-Teacher Show
This show features artwork by the teachers and their students (young and old) at the Post Road Art Center.  Their work in oils, acrylics, pastels, drawing, colored pencil, watercolor and other media will be on display.  The opening reception and open house is Saturday, June 1st, 2:00p.m.-5:00 p.m, the show will be available to enjoy through June.  Meet the teachers, see what their students have created; perhaps, if you like what you see, maybe you would like to take a class yourself! 
River's Edge Arts Alliance Exhibit
The River's Edge Arts Alliance is having an exhibit entitled, Summer Gardens.  Artists must register by June 20th, drop off June 22nd from 9-11:00AM at the Citizens Bank,17 Pope Street in Hudson, MA., and the pick up will be September 21st from 9-11:00AM at Citizens Bank.  The Reception for Summer Gardens will be held on June 27th from 5:30-7:00PM.
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Custom Canvas Stretching
Doreen LaScola would like to offer services for stretching custom sized canvases.
You supply the materials, and she will do the work. Please call 978-297-3427 for a labor-only quote
and to arrange an appointment if needed.

Fitchburg Art Museum 78th Regional Exhibition
Check out the Fitchburg Art Museum's 78th Regional Exhibition
June 23-September 1.  For additional information on this and many other exhibits, lectures and programs coming up thsi summer, visit their website

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64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Exhibition
 Celebrate the history, recreation and beauty of the Ashuelot River that starts in Washington, NH and ends where it merges with the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, NH.  A full "64 Miles" of natural beauty which has helped develop the Monadnock Region of NH. 
The 2D and 3D exhibition will run July through Sept 30, 20113.  Check it out!
10x10 Oil Painting
"Frozen River" by Alicia Drakiotes
10 x 10 Oil Painting

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Essex Art Center
Image: Guiliana Cuneaz (Italy) -- video still from her piece titled QUANTUM VACUUM
The Essex Art Center year long screenings of the FemLink international video collages
featuring 32 women video artists from 32 countries, co-curatored by C. M. Judge will conclude with the
collage, RESISTANCE. The video will be screened during regular gallery hours through June 7th.  Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA. (978) 685-2343.

Fitchburg's Revival Gallery's June Exhibition
Fitchburg's Revival Gallery's JUNE EXHIBITION features works by Jerry Beck, Ed Collier, C. M. Judge, Tim Legros and Casey Taylor.
Opening Reception:  Friday, June 7th, 6-9 pm. 
The Gallery is located at 713 Main Street (across from City Hall).
Visit their website @
 HOPE MURAL Community Art Project
Come paint with us! Adults, kids and teens are invited to join our Friends at the Beacon of Hope as we create a mural celebrating the Beacon's 25th anniversary serving the needs of intellectually challenged adults. What is your personal vision of hope? Come add your creative vision to ours. 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 5 & 12, and Friday June 7 & 14 @ St. Mark Episcopal Church, 60 West Street, Leominster. 978-868-8959.
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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
More Shows, Classes, Exhibits, Resources, Etc
Post Road Art Center 
The Post Road Art Center has many summer classes.  Check out their website for additional information and to register for some of the upcoming classes. 

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       

This is a website dedicated to providing support and resources for artists of all types.  The following is just a small list of support provided to artists:
 Organizations Helping Visual Artists, US Government Art Organizations, State Agencies and Art Commissions, Non Governmental Art Organizations, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Laws Regarding Visual Arts, Artist Consultants,
Grants for Artists & Grant Assistance, Artist Health Insurance, and many other legal support and resources for Massachusetts artists.
Check out the website for additional information and explore the multiple links to other resources for artists. 

The Arts Alliance has quarterly exhibits at the Hudson Town Hall, so if you are interested in a solo exhibit of your work, contact Lyn Johnson at (978) 562-1646 or email her @

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 call her @ 978-597-2057.
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.
Newsletter 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.
If able, please include a digital image to include in the newsletter.
Send submissions including your contact info
to Sue Weber 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.
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GALA Receives 2012 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!

For the fourth 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.