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   
In This Issue
Name the Newsletter Contest
Call for Artists
Landscape Photography Workshop
Chuck Heidorn's Exhibit Extension
Lori MacDonald's Acrylic Workshop
Joan Sinatra Hathaway
Post Road Art Center Annual Show
MAAA Fine Art Exhibit
Joanne Holtje, Selected!
Len Haug Upcoming Event
64 Miles, Ashuelot River Exhibit
River's Edge Arts Alliance Events
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
FAM 78th Regional Exhibition
Sundays at Dunn Park
More Shows, Classes, Etc
Art Exhibit Opportunites
Newsletter Submissions
GALA Named Email Marketing All Star
Send Us Feedback!
[email protected]
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
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Mark Fisher
Nowell Francis
Chuck Heidorn
Mike Williams
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We hope you are having a great Summer! 
Whether it be a pair of dueling cardinals or an intensely colorful double rainbow, we hope that you are being inspired
by Summer's beauty to create something wonderful this year.
Speaking of something wonderful, we are updating our "Featured Artist" section of the GALA website.  We have added an artist, Doreen LaScola.  Doreen is a mixed media artist who is a member of Gardner Area League of Artists, as well as other area art organizations.  She studied Fine Art at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Please visit the Featured Artist section of the GALA website to check out Doreen's work.
Loves Debris
In addition to her visual art, Doreen currently offers custom-size canvas stretching and freelance graphic design services. For inquiry about a particular piece or to be added to her e-mail list for upcoming shows & exhibits, please e-mail her at [email protected].

We have decided that our newsletter is missing something.....  a name.  We would like our members to participate in naming the newsletter.  So, get your creative thinking cap on, and submit your suggestions for consideration.  All entries must be submitted via email to Sue Weber by September 1, her email address is [email protected]. The name will be chosen by the Board at their next meeting and will be announced in the October 1st newsletter. 
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 Call for Artists Princeton Art Society's Hey Day 
On Saturday, October 5th (Rain Date October 6th), the
Princeton Art Society (PAS) will be holding their annual HEY DAY event, cosponsored by the Mass Audubon Society, by the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary and the Princeton Agricultural Commission.  This is a non-judged art show for artists 18 years or older living in Central Massachusetts. 
It will be held at Mass Audubon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Goodnow Road, Princeton, MA.  An artist may participate as an Exhibitor or a Demonstrator.  This show is open to all media categories. Entries should comply with the theme of the event, which is focused on farming, farm animals,
landscapes, country living, conservation, nature and/or wildlife.  Applications MUST  be  received no later than September 15th.
For more info go to Princeton Art Society Blog or click here.
Landscape Photography with Guy Biechele
Better Landscape Photography with your Digital Camera - Two Day Workshop by Guy Biechele
Into the Light
In this two day workshop you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. You will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography techniques easier. After a discussion of the elements of good landscape photography, you will head into the field to practice at a couple of local sites. After a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, you will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photos made.
What to bring: Digital camera, camera manual, extra batteries, memory cards, and tripod. Optional Equipment: different camera lenses, circular polarizing filter and remote shutter release if you have them. Also recommended, appropriate clothing for the weather, insect repellent, and comfortable sturdy shoes.

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Chuck Heidorn's Exhibit Extension

Chuck Heidorn will be extending his exhibit of panoramic photo collages, watercolors, drawings, and prints at the Heywood Library, 55 W Lynde St, Gardner, through September 30th.  So, if you did not have the opportunity to see his work hanging at the library, then now's your chance!
Color Pencil 11-09
Summers Over Color Pencil
Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lori MacDonald
Acrylic Painting Workshops with Lori MacDonald
February Thaw Crooked River
The  landscape, "A February Thaw on Crooked River", is a scene from the woods of Maine.
With easy-to-follow instruction students will complete the painting in one session.  Cost is $25
 (or $20 if you purchase your own canvas).  Students who have painted with Lori before will have their own paints and brushes.  If you need to use class brushes and paints,
an additional $8 fee is charged.  Lori is offering this workshop in two locations:  at the Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main St., Fitchburg on Saturday, August 17th from  9am-3pm.  The workshop will also be offered at Lori's studio, 205 School St., Gardner on Saturday, August 24th from 9am-3pm.
Please call to register:  978-407-9333 or email:  [email protected]
Visit Lori's website:

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Joan Sinatra Hathaway's Exhibit at Petersham Art Center

Joan Sinatra Hathaway, a GALA member, has an exhibit entitled,
"Natural Connection: Clay and Landscape."  Her pottery will be on display at the Petersham Art Center through August 15th. 

Stop by the center to see her work!
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.  This late Summer art show runs from
September 7th through the 25th. 
The deadline for applying to this juried art show is  August 29th @ 7:00PM.  Drop off is from August 22-29th at the PRAC during regular business hours.
The Judge for this show will be Elizabeth Geller, Head of the Corporate Program at the
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. 
Click here for additional information and a registration form. 
 Visit their website for upcoming summer classes for adults and children!
Monadnock Area Artists Association

MAAA's Upcoming Workshops
 Photoshop Elements with Gyakyi Bonsu-Anane
on September 21, 2013, 10-4 p.m.
Although Photoshop Elements is sometimes thought of as a pared down version of Photoshop, once you can get the basics of it you will find that it too is a very powerful piece of software. You will not only learn the tools that allow you to make your photographs look better but, you will learn the fundamentals of how to create more than what you have.

Robert Carsten - It's Raining, It's Pouring- Pastel Painting Workshop
on October 5, 2013
Van Gogh, Monet, Whistler and other great masters utilized the visual drama of depicting fields, gardens, towns or people in rain, fog and mist. Learn how to create unique and beautiful tonal effects and atmosphere laden with moisture to soften colors and forms. Demonstration and discussion will include pastel painting rain, fog and mist. Materials list provided.  All levels welcome.
For more information and to register for a workshop go to

MAAA's Upcoming Exhibits

Art in the Park

Ashuelot River Park
Keene, NH
August 31 & September 1, 2013
Deadline for all applications for an exhibit booth is Friday, August 9th, 2013, no exceptions. Participation will be limited to 85 exhibitors.  For information and registration go to
Art in the Park
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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!
There isn't much time left, the exhibition continues through August 4, 2013. 
Visit the museum's website for hours, directions and additional details.

Image: "Sutured," oil on canvas
by Joanne Holtje
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!
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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 continue to run through Sept 30, 20113.  Check it out!
10x10 Oil Painting
"Frozen River" by Alicia Drakiotes
10 x 10 Oil Painting

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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. 
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.

   July's Colors

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

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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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 @  [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 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.