Top 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
GALA Annual Meeting
Thanks to The Gardner News
Lori MacDonald Exhibit
Joe Smith New Featured Artist
Princeton Art Society
3 Painters Art Exhibit
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney
Arlene Ferrier Exhibit
Exhibit Opportunities at the Gardner Library
Agawam Juried Show Call for Artists
Winter Holiday Art Showcase Call for Artists
GALA Members Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center
Barbara Chapman Exhibit
Call for Poetry-Gardner News
Joe Smith's Contribution to WGBH Fine Art Auction
Lisa Regopoulos Exhibits & Awards
C. M. Judge Exhibit at the Revival Gallery in Fitchburg
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Newsletter Submissions
Send Us Feedback!
[email protected]
Welcome New Members!
Iphigenia Burg
Emily Royal
Confirm Dates & Times
For shows/events, please contact the facility to confirm dates and times.
GALA Board Members
Kevin Bird, President
Mike Williams, Chairperson
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn, Secretary
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Chuck Heidorn 
Forward to a Friend

The GALA 2013 Artists Market
Find unique artistic creations as gifts for the holidays!
Observe artists demonstrating their skills.
Purchase items directly from the artists.
Listen to the sounds of local musicians while you shop.
Music CDs will be available for purchase.
Try your luck at our popular Art Raffle Table!
Admission is free. 

Please Help Publicize Our Artists Market
Invite your family & friends to visit the Artists Market.
Post event info on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or website.
Download 8x11 or 8x5 flyers to display & distribute.
For more info, email [email protected].

Gardner Senior Center at  294 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA
 This location is wheelchair accessible 

Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gardner Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Go to top
GALA Annual Member Meeting
GALA Members: After the Artists Market on Nov. 9th,
please join us for the Annual Member Meeting.
Let's shape the future of GALA together!
4:30-5 pm
: Informal social meet & greet with food
& beverages served.
5-6 pm: Keynote address by Dawn Evans Scaltreto from the
Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Dawn will speak and answer questions about the process of
getting an art center off the ground.
6-7 pm: Other presentations including GALA's Year in Review,
an update on our own quest for an art center,
and results of the 2013 Member Survey.
The survey drawing winner will be announced at the meeting and
you must be present (and a current GALA member) to win.

Members are encouraged to invite a guest.
Read the invitation letter from Kevin Bird, GALA President.
Questions? Email [email protected].
Go to top
Thank you to The Gardner News!
As part of GALA's multi-faceted promotional campaign for the 2013 Artists Market, Kevin Bird, the President of our Board of Directors, was interviewed by Melissa Sanford of The Gardner News.
The resulting article was featured on the front page of the newspaper on Friday, Oct. 18th!  We thank Mrs. Alberta Bell and The Gardner News for its support of the arts in the local community as well as Melissa for the wonderful job she did on the article.

Lori MacDonald Exhibit
Acrylic Art Exhibit 
A Passing Storm
by Lori MacDonald  

October - December 2013

at Princeton Branch
of Barre Savings Bank
P. O. Place, 206 Worcester Road
Hours: Mon: 8:30-4, Tue-Wed: 9-4
Thur: 9-5, Fri: 8:30-6, Sat: 8:30-12 
Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall)
6 Town Hall Drive
Hours: Mon-Thur: 8-4, closed Fri-Sun. 







Go to top
Joe Smith is GALA's New Featured Artist

By the Pasture's Edge
Joe is GALA's most recent Featured Artist. 
Joe is a prolific artist and works in a
variety of mediums.  Lately he has
been using oils, scratchboard, watercolor,
and pen & ink.  He tends to be drawn
to natural landscapes.  His favorite
pastime is long hikes through the woods
with his sketchbook, stopping to draw
whatever catches his eye.  Check out
Joe's work and his full artist's statement
at  You can also see
more of his work on his
website at
Princeton Art Society Call for Entries: Small Works 2013!

Princeton Art Society Call for Entries: Small Works 2013!
Our annual Small Works Show and Holiday Sale will be held December 6-8, 2013 at the Princeton Center Building. All entries must be submitted by paid-up PAS members, and must be ready to submit by November 30.  For an entry form and additional information, follow the links below.

 Entry Form



"3 Painters" Art Exhibit

"3 Painters" Art Exhibit thru November 20th @ Stevens Memorial Library Ashburnham Ma featuring artist Justin McGonigle Richard Membrino and Elaine Membrino.




Go to top
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney
Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney will be performing all your favorite Irish tune on Friday, November 15, at the Drawbridge Puppet Theater on Route 2A in Lunenburg.
The performance is from 7-9 PM and tickets are $8.
You can go the  Drawbridge Puppet Theater site to make reservations.
This group will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face.

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].




Go to top
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].

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.

Go to top
Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery

Winter Holiday Art Showcase    

November 5 - December 7, 2013

 Entries and exhibits are inspired by the winter holidays. 
Stop by and view your fellow artist's work at the Gallery.
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.
The show runs until November 16th, so it's not too late to see the art work on display.
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
Go to top
Barbara Chapman Exhibit
Barbara Chapman, a member of GALA, has two weavings in the Mount Wachusett Community College 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibit at the college.  The exhibit goes through Nov.8, 2013.   
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
Go to top
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
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 through 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 through 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.
Go to top
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.
713 Main St., Fitchburg, MA. (508) 320-8452.

Through November 15th. Join us on Facebook. 
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.
Go to top
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 at [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
Go to top
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 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.
Go to top
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.