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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   
May 2013
In This Issue
GALA Artists' Circle
Len Haug Upcoming Exhibits
Chuch Heidron Exhibit
64 Miles, Ashuelot River Exhibit
Tower Hill Exhibit
Rust Buckets and Tin Cans
Photography Workshop with Guy Biechele
Joe Smith Exhibit
MAAA Fine Art Exhibit
Arts Alliance having Exhibit
PAS Spring Art Exhibit and Sale
Call for Entries: FAM
Charlotte Wharton Workshop
Kate Murphy Exhibit
Call to Artists - Princeton Farm Day
GGCC Concrt May 5th
Lori MacDonald-Acrylic Painting Classes
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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GALA 2013 Spring Art Show Photos Now Available!

We were so busy with the tasks and duties following the show,

Joe Smith

that we were not able to get the photos posted immediately.  After lots of hard work and dedication of our volunteers who work on the website, the photos are now available for viewing.  Check out the artists and their smiles as they pose with their fantastic art work.  Guaranteed to put a smile on   your face as well! 


Image Mass. Cultural Council Logo This program was supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the  

The GALA Artists' Circle
The feedback from this new group was overwhelmingly positive.  So, after taking a break for the Summer, this group is expected to resume again in the Fall.  Watch for updates in future newsletters.  Thanks to all that participated and shared their  enthusiasm, energy, and experience! 
The last gathering before the Summer break is 
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 10 am
at Levi Heywood Memorial Library 
Greenwood Meeting Room 
It's free!  Register by May 2nd (click here )
Look for our next event, May 4, 2013 
Questions? email [email protected] 
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Len Haug's Upcoming Exhibit
For May, Len Haug has been juried into the West Hartford
CT + 6 a juried art show sponsored by the West Hartford Art League open to all artists in the seven New England States.
The show runs from April 14th to May 19th at their Saltbox and Clubhouse Galleries located at 37 Buena Vista Road
in West Hartford, CT. 
For additional information, visit their website at

Spring Reflections

Chuck Heidorn Exhibiting at Henry Heywood Hospital
Panoramic photo collages of Chuck Heidorn are on display in the waiting room at the Chronic Wound Care Center, Heywood Hospital, 242 Green St., Gardner, and may be viewed during regular hours, Monday through Friday.  Go visit the display!

Summers Over
The Ashuelot River Exhibition
Please register before the end of May and participate in the most exciting exhibition of 2013.  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.  Accepting 2D and 3D art depicting the river ( 3D entries must come with a display base).  The exhibition will run July through Sept 30, 20113.  Drop off dates are  June 28 10 AM - 4 PM and June 29 10 AM - 12 noon, no exceptions.  No walk in entrants will be accepted so please send in your entry form.  Available at:  You can also visit 64 Miles' Facebook page for additional information.


Tower Hill Botanical Gardens Alice Milton Gallery
Please join Barry 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 starting May 7 and continuing through June 16, 2013.  The reception is free and will be held on May 9th 6-7:30PM and is open to the public (refreshments served).  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 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
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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.
The Opening Date for this exhibition is May 31, 2013 from 5-7PM
Visit Alicia's website.

  Macro and Close Up Photography Workshop

by Guy Biechele

Through macro photography we can enjoy a whole new world of photographic subjects and opportunities. Insects, interesting flora, tiny details and patterns can fill our photographs. During this workshop we will discuss equipment and techniques for macro photography, spend time in the field photographing, and finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.  What to bring: Compact digital camera with macro mode, or digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with a macro lens. Also, if possible, bring a tripod, flash attachment, remote shutter release, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent.  This workshop will be held at the Sharon Arts Center on
May 4 from 10:00 am to 2:30 PM. 
For additional information go to

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Joe Smith Upcoming Exhibit
Joe Smith has had two works, By the Pasture's Edge and Colrain Maples, accepted into the International Society of Scratchboard Artist's 2013 Annual Exhibit,
which will be held June 7-23 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Monadnock Area Artists Association
                               2013 JURIED FINE ART SHOW June 28 - July 27, 2013 
Jaffrey Civic Center's Cunningham Gallery 
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  
Fitchburg Art Museum 
In the month of May, the Fitchburg Art Museum has their annual Art in Bloom which is a collection of floral arrangements inspired by the Museum's art collection and exhibitions.  The opening reception will be held May 4th and the exhibit runs until the 6th.     

Every First Thursday of the month, the museum admission is free from 4 to 8 pm, tours and other activities are offered. The Museum also has multiple children's programs.
Call 978-345-4207 for more information, or go to the FAM website.
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River's Edge Arts Alliance Exhibit
The River's Edege 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.
Call to Artists: Princeton Arts Society 2013  
Spring Art Exhibit and Sale

INTRODUCTION:  All member artists are invited to participate in PAS's annual upcoming Judged Spring Art Exhibit & Sale.  The show is open to all two and three dimensional media.

DATES:  Drop off and entry is May 11th from 12PM-4PM and May 14th 9AM-12PM; hanging  

May 15th; and the judging takes place May 16th.  Opening Reception will be on Friday, May 17th 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The show runs through Sunday May 19th.  For Gallery hours and additional information, follow the link below.   

LOCATION:  PAS on the first floor of the Princeton Center Building at 18 Boylston Ave, Princeton.

For information click here.
Call for Entries
Fitchburg Art Museum 78th Regional Exhibition

FAM 78th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft
Exhibit Dates: June 23-Sept 1, 2013
The Fitchburg Museum's 78th Regional Exhibition of Art and Crafts
June 23-September 1, 2013 is seeking artists/craftspeople working in all media. Juried by Nina Gara Bozicnik, Assistant Curator, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH. First prize: A solo exhibition in the summer of 2014. Additional cash awards offered. Eligibility: Open to all Museum non-members living within approximately 30 miles of Fitchburg (Massachusetts and NH only) or who are current members of the Fitchburg Art Museum regardless of where they live in the U.S. entry deadline: May 20, 2013. Entry fee: $20 for Fitchburg Art Museum members and $30 for non-members living within a 30 mile radius of Fitchburg. For information and registration guidelines.
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Charlotte Wharton Workshop
Join Charlotte Wharton, Copley Master, PSA, at the Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton MA for a
Plein Air/Landscape Artist Workshop, June 22 - 26th. For further info:
Charlotte Wharton Studio
Worcester, MA
[email protected]

Kate Murphy Exhibits at Nu Cafe
Kate Murphy, a recent member of GALA is a local painter and illustrator.  She has an exhibit of her work at Nu Cafe located at 335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA. Please join her for an opening reception on May 5, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

You can see more of Kate's work at
Call to Artists-Princeton Farm Day
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 [email protected] or call 978-464-5592 with questions, or to sign up as a participating artist.
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Greater Gardner Community Choir
Spring Concert
 On May 5, the GGCC celebrates spring with its program
"Light Out of Darkness" on Sunday May 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 28 Green Street in Gardner.  The performance features classical, traditional and contemporary pieces which pay tribute to light and awakening.  The 70 member Choir is directed by Diane Cushing. Tickets are available at the door for $10, with children and seniors admitted free through a grant from the St. Gobain Foundation.  For more information, email [email protected].
Acrylic Painting Classes with Lori MacDonald
Lori MacDonald is accepting registrations for classes at the Boulder Art Gallery in May.
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. 

An Introduction to Acrylics for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
Lori MacDonald is accepting registrations now for a new class to begin on May 2nd, and continuing on Thursday evenings in May at her Gardner Studio. The 5-session class will run from 6-8:30 PM.  The fee of $135 includes the tuition, large 200 ml. tubes of acrylic paint, 15 brushes in a bamboo holder, medium samples, canvas and other painting surfaces.  This non-threatening class is for The Absolute Beginner.  You'll find out how to mix colors, use different brushes, learn how to use acrylic mediums, paint a landscape, and other small paintings on different surfaces.  It's fun.  It's not hard.  Really!
Lori's studio is located at 205 School Street, Gardner.  
Visit Lori's website to find a list of other classes offered both in Gardner and at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg.
  Register for a class by calling 978-407-9333 or emailing Lori at [email protected].

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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 
May  "Abstract Show 2013Opening Reception May 2nd 5:30-8:00 p.m.
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       

Art New England  (an online publication)
A Classified Ad in the Art New England online journal, May/June Volume

River's Edge Art Alliance
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 @  [email protected] 
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.
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.