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   
JULY 2013
In This Issue
Membership Renewal Reminder
MAAA Fine Art Exhibit
Alicia Drakiotes Upcoming Events
Chuck Heidorn's Upcoming Exhibit
Lori MacDonald's Acrylic Workshop
Joanne Holtje, Selected!
Len Haug Upcoming Event
64 Miles, Ashuelot River Exhibit
Post Road Art Center Annual Show
River's Edge Arts Alliance Events
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
FAM 78th Regional Exhibition
Artists' Circle Group
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" was held in June at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner and it turned out to be a wonderful, creative outing for our GALA members.
 It was so successful that Joe Smith has agreed to hold another group on Saturday, JULY 20th starting at 10:00 AM.  The only difference will be that the group will meet up at the sign on the right hand side of the parking lot.
Come and join your fellow artists at beautiful Dunn Pond for painting, drawing, photography,
or any portable medium that expresses your creativity
in the fresh air.  It will be a relaxing, informal, creative day in the park with Joe leading the group.
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 July 15th (click here). Directions will be sent upon receipt of your registration. Questions? Email
Louise at Dunn Pond

Attention GALA Members!
Just another quick reminder that
it's time to renew your GALA membership! 
Memberships are valid from
July 1 to June 30 of the following year. 
Please go to the GALA website for renewal information.
 While you're there, check out the images
from GALA's Spring Art Show and GALA's Featured Artists!
Monadnock Area Artists Association
MAAA's Upcoming Workshops 
 Photoshop Elements with Gyakyi Bonsu-Anane
 on Sept. 21, 2013
Robert Carsten - It's Raining, It's Pouring- Pastel Painting Workshop - October 5, 2013
For more information and to register for a workshop go to
Monadnock Area Artist Association
MAAA's Upcoming Exhibits
Art in the Park
Ashuelot River Park
Keene, NH
August 31 & September 1, 2013
for information and registration go to
Art in the Park
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Alicia Drakiotes' Upcoming Exhibits & Events

Descending Hike
Alicia Drakiote's oil painting "Descending Hike" has been juried into
the Monadnock Area Artists Association's
Annual Juried Exhibition.  It will be on display in the Cunningham Gallery
of the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St, Jaffrey, NH through July 27th, so go check it out! 

Alicia has also 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 distinguished paint out event.
For more info on Castine's Plein Air Festival

Chuck Heidorn's Upcoming Exhibit
Panorama by Chuck Heidorn

Chuck Heidorn will exhibit panoramic photo collages, watercolors, drawings, and prints at the Heywood Library,
55 W Lynde St, Gardner, July 2-30. 
The public is invited to a reception on Wednesday,
July 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the library.
At 7 p.m. GALA members and guests are invited to continue festivities with a pot-luck summer bash at the Heidorn residence.  RSVP to Chuck at to discuss food and to get directions.

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Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lori MacDonald
Vermont Landscape
Lori MacDonald will be holding a Step-by-Step Painting Workshop 
on Saturday, July 13th 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.  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. 
 This class will fill up quickly, so register early.  If you miss the class at the Boulder Art Gallery, the workshop will be offered again on Saturday, July 20th at Lori's studio located in Gardner.
Please call to register:  978-407-9333 or email:
Visit Lori's website:

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
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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 opened 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!
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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Post Road Art Center's Upcoming Art Show
2013 Post Road Art Center's Annual Landscape and Seascape Show September 2013
 at the Post Road Art Center
The Next Opportunity to show your work here at the Post Road Art Center is in September with our Annual Landscape/Seascape Show. The judge will be announced soon.  Drop-off will be August 22nd-29th. 
Visit their website for upcoming summer classes for adults and children!
River's Edge Arts Alliance Upcoming Events
The River's Edge Arts Alliance is having an exhibit entitled, Summer Gardens at the Citizens Bank,17 Pope Street in Hudson, MA.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the summer,
so when your are in the area, check it out!
Their summer theater program is underway and there are multiple programs going on throughout the summer, visit their website (link above) for dates and times. 
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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.

  Summer Colors

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 this summer, visit their website

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!

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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.

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