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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
Joe Smith's Contribution to WGBH Fine Art Auction
Linq Releases Sixth CD
Arlene Ferrier Exhibit at Heywood Hospital
Winter Holiday Art Showcase Call for Artists
GALA Members Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Martha Munroe in Merrimack Valley Artisans Exhibit
C. M. Judge Exhibit at the Revival Gallery in Fitchburg
GALA Artists' Circle-Oct. 5
Exhibit Opportunities at the Gardner Library
Agawam Juried Show Call for Artists
Lisa Regopoulos Exhibits & Awards
PAS Hey Day in Princeton
Alicia Drakiotes Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Call for Poetry-Gardner News
Robert Carsten Workshop
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Newsletter Submissions
Welcome New Members!

Donna Allen

Claudia & Doug Best

Norm Eggert

Matthew Gwinn

Kevin McCarthy

Martha Munroe
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GALA Board of Directors
Kevin Bird, President
Mike Williams, Chairperson
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn, Secretary 
Guy Biechele 
Ashley Bird
Chuck Heidorn
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Announcing the 2013 GALA Artists Market!
The holidays are quickly approaching! Get a jump start on your shopping list while also supporting the local economy and community artists. Join us for the 2013 GALA Artists Market, Saturday, November 9th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Gardner Senior Center, 294 Pleasant Street, Gardner. Find truly unique, thoughtful, and creative gifts. Purchase items directly from the artists that created them. Observe artists demonstrating their skills. Listen to the sounds of local musicians' Music CDs while you shop which will be available for purchase as well. Try your luck at our popular Raffle table which will also be filled with GALA artists' creations. So, be sure to mark your calendars, grab your friends and family, and join us for a festive day!
Reminder to GALA members: The Annual Meeting will immediately follow the Artists Market at the Gardner Senior Center. Please email [email protected] if you would like more information regarding the member meeting.
Joe Smith's Contribution to WGBH Fine Art Auction

Joe Smith's painting Sagamore Beach was accepted into the

2013 WGBH Fine Art Auction, which was held on air and on-line
on June 30.  The high bid for the painting was $748.00,
all of which goes to WGBH for support of public broadcasting.

The painting was displayed at Newbury Fine Arts in Boston
for the week prior to the auction.
Sagamore Beach by Joe Smith
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Linq Releases "DISCONNECT", Her Sixth CD!
Royalston-based singer-songwriter Linq is pleased to announce her sixth full-length CD, DISCONNECT, to be released at a CD Release Party in "the back corner" at Bruce's Browser in Athol on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 7 PM. With threads of connection and disconnection ghosting throughout, the eleven-song disc features her trademark original political folk as well as a fitting Tom Petty cover. Linq will perform some of the songs, discuss the inspiration for their creation, and field questions and comments from the audience. Refreshments will be served and she'll be happy to autograph copies for anyone interested.
Arlene Ferrier Exhibit at Heywood Hospital

The paintings of Arlene Ferrier are currently on display 

at the Heywood Hospital Chronic Wound Care Center. 


GALA celebrates a long-standing tradition of exhibiting in the waiting room and the patients appreciate the different displays.  There is an excellent hanging system for up to 11 pieces and good light.  Artwork can be offered for sale. GALA artists who wish to exhibit there may contact Vicki at [email protected].
Call for Artists - Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery

Winter Holiday Art Showcase   November 5 - December 7, 2013

Applications due by Saturday, Oct. 26.  There is no fee to enter.

Entries should portray theme of being inspired by winter holidays.

For more info & application form
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Upcoming Art Exhibit Featuring GALA Members!
Gail Bloom, Yvonne Hemingway, Len Haug, Lori MacDonald, and Lisa Regopoulos
     present "Different Strokes!" at the Jaffrey Civic Center's Cunningham Gallery with an
Opening Reception Friday, October 18th from 6 - 8 PM.  The show runs until November 16th.
The show features the unique styles of the 5 artists, with more than 150 pieces of art including acrylics, oil, watercolors, pastels, and paper mosaic and collage paintings.
The exhibit will occupy the entire second floor of the Civic Center,
divided into 3 galleries which will include one room devoted just to award-winning pieces,
a second completely filled with new pieces never before shown, and an art shop room
to house other originals, limited edition high resolution fine art reproductions,
as well as gift-suitable art items at affordable prices.  For more info
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Martha Munroe in Merrimack Valley Artisans Exhibit


C. M.  Judge Exhibit at the Revival Gallery in Fitchburg

Revival Gallery presents work by C. M. Judge including her newest video installation, CHERUB, a meditation on the sacred beauty of new life. The exhibition will also feature Judge's large charcoal drawings from the series Coiled Sweat: static memories of dynamic moments. A special screening of her latest meditative video created with Paula Rendino Zaentz will take place during the opening on Tuesday, October 15th from 5 - 8 pm, 713 Main St., Fitchburg, MA. (508) 320-8452.

Through November 15th. Join us on Facebook. 
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Join the GALA Artists' Circle!

GALA Artists' Circle There's still time to register

for the GALA Artists' Circle!


Share your work and insight in an

energetic and supportive group.

Coffee, tea, and conversation.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 10 am

Levi Heywood Memorial Library

Greenwood Meeting Room

FREE for GALA members!

Register by Oct. 3 (click here)


Our final event of the year will be

November 2, 2013

Questions? email i[email protected].
Levi Heywood Memorial Library Exhibitors Needed

The Library is always looking for exhibitors to show their work in the Art Gallery there.
If you are interested in exhibiting as an individual or a group,
please see the guidelines and other pertinent information at
You can contact Kathleen D. Leslie, Director of the Levi Heywood Memorial Library
in Gardner at 978-632-5298, or email her at [email protected]

Call for Artists - Agawam Juried Show

Friends of the Agawam Public Library 5th Open Juried Art Show

November 4 - 29, 2013   Agawam Public Library 750 Cooper St., Agawam, MA
Judges: Robert K. Carsten, PSA-M, IAPS-MC, CPS and Steve Wilda
Get the prospectus.

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Lisa Regopoulos' Awards and Exhibits
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 October 24th - 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.
Princeton Arts Society Hey Day
Princeton Arts Society members and fellow artists will be displaying nature and landscape related artwork in the Crocker House at Hey Day Saturday, October 5, 10 am - 4 pm at Mass. Audubon's Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd, Princeton. Artists will also be located throughout the grounds demonstrating their artwork.  See the poster.
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Not Too Late to Catch Alicia Drakiotes' Cunningham Gallery Exhibit
Alicia Drakiotes' Exhibit at the Cunningham Gallery at the Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH. 
It runs through October 5th.
The exhibit is titled, Reverence: A passionate Tribute to Local Agriculture.   
Call for Poetry
Attention Poets! 
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
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Monadnock Area Artists Association Workshop
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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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.
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
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Vicki Heidorn by email or phone.  Email address is [email protected] and her phone is 978-630-2340.
The Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery: contact Alice Struthers by email at [email protected] or call her at 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 [email protected].com 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.