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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.
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Winter Holiday Art Show
Congratulations to Jim O'Rourke!
Congratulations to Len Haug
Arlene Ferrier Exhibit
Exhibit Opportunities at the Gardner Library
Call for Poetry-Gardner News
Lori MacDonald Exhibit
Joe Smith New Featured Artist
Doreen LaScola's Custom Canvas Stretching
More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Newsletter Submissions
Send Us Feedback!
Welcome New Member!
Bernice Lemay
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 
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Thank you to everyone who attended the Members Annual Meeting and the GALA Artists Market
at the Gardner Senior Center. 
We thank Dawn Evans Scaltreto from the Arsenal Center for the Arts for providing members with insight into the journey ahead of us in regards to creating a successful art center
for the Gardner Area. 
Now we will turn our attention and focus on preparing
for the 2014 Spring Art Show.  Let's make it bigger and better than 2013!!
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!
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.
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Congratulations to Jim O'Rourke!

Samuel Thorpe's Studio
Jim O'Rourke will be exhibiting some artwork at the Jaffrey Civic Center in the Annual Autumn Art Exhibit.  The dates are
Nov. 22nd thru Dec. 21st.  His most treasured piece is the above oil painting of Samuel Thorpes Studio and Gallery in Townsend, Ma.
This piece was exhibited last year along side
Sam's collected works in a memorial exhibit
at the Meeting Hall Gallery in Townsend.
He will also be hanging the pastel landscape below, entitled Willard Brook, along with two matted pictures for the floor portfolio.
Willard Brook
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Congratulations to Len Haug
Hanging Out
Len's collage "Morning Sunlight Knocking on My Cottage Door" was awarded 2nd Place in Other Media at the Friends of the Agawam Public Library 5th Annual Juried Show.



Len Haug's collage "Hanging Out" (left) was juried in to the Concord Art Association's Frances N. Roddy Open Competition Exhibit and was on display from mid September to late October.
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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




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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

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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
or mail them to
The Gardner News
Attn: Dan Kittredge
309 Central Street
Gardner, MA 0144
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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. 







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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
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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.
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Congratulations to Lisa Regopoulos
Lisa Regopoulos was presented with her Signature Membership status at the Pastel Society of New Hampshire national show "It's Pastel" at the Discover Portsmouth Museum. Lisa's painting "Urban Awakening" was also awarded a prize at the show.
She is now the newly elected Vice President of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. 
If you would like to receive her monthly newsletter advertising classes and workshops, upcoming events and other news, please log on to her website and add your email address and click submit.
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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

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 and her phone is 978-630-2340.
The Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery: contact Alice Struthers by email at 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.  The image should be no larger than 300 MB for easier publication.
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.