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
GALA's En Plein Air Meeting
Call for Artists PAS
Photography Workshop With Guy Biechele
Call for Poetry
Lori MacDonald's Upcoming Exhibit
Alicia Drakiotes' Upcoming Exhibit
MAAA Fine Art Exhibit
Lisa Regopoulos' Awards
Mary Dunn's Recent Awards
Petersham Art Center Presents...
The Boulder Coffeehouse
Sholan Farms Upcoming Performances
64 Miles, Ashuelot River Exhibit
Chuck Heidorn's Exhibit Extension
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
Post Road Art Center Annual Show
More Shows, Classes, Etc
Art Exhibit Opportunites
Newsletter Submissions
GALA Named Email Marketing All Star
Send Us Feedback!
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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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Save the Date!
GALA Artist Market
and Annual Meeting
November 9, 2013
Save The Date!
This Fall, we are excited to introduce a new event to showcase our members' artistic talent, just in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, we will be holding our Annual Meeting during the same weekend. Be sure to mark your calendars now and look for additional details coming up later this month.

GALA's En Plein Air Meeting
The next meeting of "En Plein Air with GALA" will be Saturday, September 21 at 10 am at the Gardner Heritage State Park Visitor's Center on Lake St.  The downtown Gardner location will provide us the opportunity to work on some architectural or urban scenes.  Come and join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air.  In the event of rain we will try again on October 5.
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 September 14th (click here). Directions will be sent upon receipt of your registration.
Questions? email [email protected].
 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.
As an added courtesy and convenience for GALA members participating in the Hey Day event, you may drop off your art work at Surroundings Gallery before October 3rd during regular business hours, which is between 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday.  The art work will be returned to Surroundings Gallery after the Hey Day event.  Art should be packaged and properly labeled with artist name, title, media, and price.

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I'm Smarter than My Camera!
Taking Charge
Photography Workshop by Guy Biechele
 Your interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or new Mirrorlesstype) is a powerful photographic tool.
It is easy to feel over-whelmed by all the choices they offer - metering and exposure modes, lens choices, flash options, JPEG vs. RAW,etc. Learn how to take advantage of the flexibility of your
interchangeable lens camera to become a better photographer.  This workshop will help you to make the most of you interchangeable lens camera whether you use your camera for family portraits, landscapes, or other subjects.  Participants should bring their camera, camera manual, and any accessories such as lenses, flash attachments, filters, etc for discussion.
Golden Hour New Harbor

Where:  At the Sharon Arts Center
When:  Sat, Sept. 28 / 10 am - 4:30 pm / 1 Day.

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Call for Poetry
The Gardner News is looking for poetry submissions from area writers for potential publication in their Monday editions.  It could be a great opportunity to showcase your talents.
For consideration, please submit your works via e-mail to [email protected]
or mail them to
The Gardner News
Attn: Dan Kittredge
309 Central Street
Gardner, MA 0144
Lori MacDonald's Upcoming Exhibit

Agawam's Riverside by Lori MacDonald
Lori MacDonald will have a collection of her acrylic paintings and fine art prints on display at the Agawam Public Library from September 4th through September 27th.  The exhibit will include scenes from Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont on the first level gallery walls,
and a collection of Lori's impasto work on the lower level gallery wall.
For directions to the library use this link:
Library Hours:  Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10-5
Visit Lori's website:

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Alicia Drakiotes' Cunningham Gallery Exhibit
Alicia Drakiotes' Exhibit at the Cunningham Gallery at the Jaffery Civic Center, Jaffery, NH. 
The opening is Friday, September 6th from 5-7 PM
and it runs through October 5th. 
The exhibit is titled, Reverence: A passionate Tribute to Local Agriculture.   

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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
Raining by Robert Carsten

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Lisa Regopoulos' Awards
Denali, the Great One by Lisa Regopoulos
Lisa Regopoulos' painting Denali, the Great One, was juried into the Connecticut Pastel Society's National Exhibition at the Slater Museum in Norwich, Connecticut. 
The show runs from October 10th - November 17th, 2013.
Her painting Urban Awakening was also juried into the Pastel Society of New Hampshire 2013 National juried show "It's Pastel" to be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth New Hampshire which runs from Oct. 24 - November 30th
Lisa also participated in the New Hampshire Art Association's  2nd annual Plein Air Event and her painting Dappled Light garnered the Purchase Prize award.
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Mary Dunn's Recent Awards
 In the "Merchant's Showcase Exhibit" which was held as part of the Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine, Mary Dunn's pastel "Autumn Brook" received the "Betty Kinney Award" for the best representation of Maine. Her still life oil painting, "Apples and Jug" won the first place prize in the professional division in the same show.  Congratulations Mary!
Petersham Art Center
Petersham Art Center presents
Transformation: Upcycled / Found / Readymade
Art & Craft, A Group Exhibition
The exhibit runs from August 18- September 26th
All welcome!
The Petersham Art Center is enjoying its 101st year as a home for fine art and craft of the region.
The work of dozens of artists who have made north central Massachusetts their home
is on display and for sale at the Center Shop and Gallery.
Wednesday - Sunday
12 noon - 4 pm
Petersham Art Center
8 North Street, Petersham, Massachusetts
 Visit us on Facebook and the web
Greg Barry of Ashburnham
From jewelers and fashion, to woodworkers and paper workers, artists with a variety of interests comprise the 'Rejuvenation' exhibition.  Greg Barry of Ashburnham (above) is one of a dozen artists on exhibit who are enjoying the distinct pleasure of creatively reusing existing materials to give them a new life -- a rejuvenation of existing materials for completely new purposes.  Greg's large scale sculptures emerged out of the December 2008 Ice Storm which heavily impacted the region (including Petersham and the Art Center).  He creates delightful light sculptures out of heavy industrial materials recovered from that difficult event.  The materials -- which were headed to the landfill and freely given to Greg 
are as sturdy as can be for his work.  Rather than end up taking up valuable space buried in a landfill, taking forever to breakdown, the materials in Greg's work add unexpected beauty to a landscape setting.

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The Boulder Coffeehouse
Open Mike and Folk Duo
The Boulder Coffeehouse, 923 Main St., Fitchburg
Saturday, September 14th, 7:30pm
Featured Act:  Ergo Canto!!

Ergo Canto ("Therefore We Sing") is Paul Beck and Leslie Bryant, a folk duo from Boston's Metro West, performing their own original songs as well as traditional songs and covers.

The Boulder Coffeehouse is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, fair-trade
coffee, candlelit venue for folk and other musical genres, located at
the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Fitchburg, MA, 923
Main Street on the Upper Common.  Note that parking in the Post Office
lot is no longer allowed.  The show begins at 7:30.
Suggested freewill donation is $5 at the door.
Sholan Farms Performances
Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant Street, Leominster MA is a large 169 acre family oriented, recreational, and educational farm making full use of natural resources with an integrated ecosystem that is practical and environmentally friendly.  The farm has some entertainment this month that you may want to catch!  The concerts scheduled this month are as follows:
Ragged Heroes is an eclectic folk group that plays many folk and popular standards. The band is comprised of Darlene Gaudet, John Sullivan & Paul Luria and sometimes Steve Brown. Ragged Heroes has been in existence for over ten years.--- Today, Sunday, September 1, 1-3 PM
Vinny Prendergast & the Sons Of Blarney---is a traditional Irish band that plays all the popular  favorites. They will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face.
The group is comprised of Vinny Prendergast, Steve Brown, John Sullivan, Paul & Paula Luria. Sunday, September 15, 1-3PM
Paul & Paula-- Paul and Paula Luria play a wide range of material on guitar, harmonica, ukulele and various percussion with vocals.--- Sunday, September 29 1-3 PM
Admission is $5.

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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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
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.

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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.  This late Summer art show runs from
September 7th through the 25th. 
Click here for additional information.
More Shows, Classes, Exhibits, Resources, Etc

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.