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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
Happy New Year!!
GALA's Featured Artist
Len Haug's News
Guy Biechele's Exhibit
Alicia Drakiotes' Art Class
Class with Lisa Regopoulos
MCC Call for Artists
Sharon Arts Center
Worcester Art Museum Class
Call for Poetry
Exhibitors Needed
Custom Canvas Stretching
More Artist's Info
Exhibit Opportunities
Newsletter Submissions
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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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GALA 2014 Spring Art Show with Live Music  March 21 - 23, 2014 at the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) in Gardner, MA

Opening Reception Fri., 6-9:30 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)


Ways to PROMOTE YOURSELF & benefit GALA at the show:

  • Participate in the Silent Auction. Can't be in this spring show? No problem. You only need to be a current GALA member (or join) to participate in the auction.
  • Advertise in the GALA Spring Show Program Guide. For more info about ads, email
  • Donate artwork to the GALA Art Raffle. 
  • Demonstrate your creative process at the show. We have received very positive feedback from both demonstrators and show visitors about their experiences.  

Who would you like to see judge the next GALA show?
Email suggestions to .


Look for the Call for Entries around January 17th!   

Expect the entry and ad deadline to be mid-February. 


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council, which is a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




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GALA's Featured Artist
My Sweet Lady

GALA's featured artist beginning January 1st will be Paula J. Botch. You can read her artist's statement and see her amazing photography on the GALA website.
Len Haug's News

Len Haug's paper mosaic painting titled "
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail" (right) created in 2013 was only one of 12 entries out of 301 works of art entered by 155 artists to be awarded a cash or gift certificate prize at the Attleboro Art Museum Members' Exhibition Reception held on Saturday, December 14th. The Exhibition runs through January 31 st. 
The juror, Kathleen Hancock, is the Gallery Director of the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery in Fall River, MA. The Attleboro Art Museum is located at 86 Park Street in downtown Attleboro.

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Guy Biechele's Exhibition at Levi Heywood Memorial Library
Fading Places - Infrared Photographs of Abandoned Buildings 
and Machines in Rural New England
Guy Biechele's photographs will be on display at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library
The exhibit will be on display January 2 -
Too Much Stillness
January 31, 2014 
Long Term Parking
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Alicia Drakiotes' Upcoming Art Class at Sharon Arts Center
COMING APRIL 1st to Sharon Arts Center:
(formerly Out of the Rut)
As artists, we all dream of special projects. "Creating a Series"
reminds us that we need more than one work of art to explore an idea
or technique. In this discussion-based and critique-oriented class,
students will identify their artistic longings, formulate realistic
goals for a series of paintings or drawings which express these
longings and push their creativity to a new level.These goals will be
accomplished in a supportive group environment. All members of this
class will complete at least five pieces outside of class. Students
who need studio time are welcome to create during class. All levels
and all media are welcome. Prerequisite: Some drawing and painting
                                          skills. Limit: 12          To register go to Sharon Arts Center.
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Pastel Class with Lisa Regopoulos
 How many resolutions will you keep?
If one of them is to be more creative in the New Year, this workshop is for you!
Pastel Workshop with Lisa Regopoulos
Where: Inspirations Salon
Park Hill Plaza, Fitchburg, Ma
When: Monday, January 20th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00
Cost: $35.00, which includes everything you need to complete a 5 x 7 pastel in
2 hours! All you need to do is show up! No prior experience required.
Explore the creative possibilities of working in pastel. Learn how to combine pastel with
rubbing alcohol to create a dramatic under painting that will give your painting immediate depth.
Space is limited to 10 people. Preregistration and payment are required to hold your place. Please visit for more information on registration, upcoming workshops or to sign up to receive my monthly newsletter.
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Massachusetts Cultural Council Call for Artists
heart image courtesy of sweber

Call for Art The Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville invites artists to participate in the juried exhibition Love Shack, opening Feb. 14, 2014. The exhibition will feature artists exploring themes related specifically to Valentine's Day and/or more broadly, love. Open to all artists. Deadline  for submissions is January 20th.  
For additional information go to Love Shack-Nave Gallery.
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Sharon Arts Center's Upcoming Classes and Workshops 
Sharon Arts Center's Winter/Spring 2014 Catalog of Workshops and Classes is available on their website to review or download. 
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Worcester Art Museum Upcoming Classes
Visit Worcester Art Museum's Calendar of upcoming events, exhibits and classes.  WAM has a wide variety of classes for adult or children, from novice to advanced.  They even offer classes online!  Check out their calendar and events, perhaps there is something to interest you or someone you know.  WAM is located at 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA. 
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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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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
Levi Heywood Memorial Library.
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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Custom Canvas Stretching
image courtesy of winnond/

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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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.

River's Edge Art Alliance
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.

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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, 
to Sue Weber at or the GALA mailing address..
If able, please include a digital image to include in the newsletter.  
The image should be no larger than 300 MB for easier publication.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month to be included in 
the newsletter sent out on the 1st.
Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA,
and inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to
information deemed to be of benefit to GALA members.
All Star Award
2012 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 4 years in a row (2008-2012) 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.  
GALA continues it's efforts to put out an informational, entertaining newsletter every month to inform it's members of recent, current and future art news.