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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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TopMay, 2014
In This Issue
GALA News & Events
Art Shows & Exhibits
Art Classes & Instruction
Call for Artists
MWCC Events
Quick Links
Welcome New Members!

Cindy Beaudin

Deborah Giordano

Lisa A. Hoff

Send Us Feedback!

GALA Board of Directors

Kevin Bird, President
Mike Williams, Chairperson
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn, Secretary
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Chuck Heidorn 

Doreen LaScola
Confirm Dates & Times
For shows/events, please contact the facility to confirm dates and times.
Art Thought
"All Great Artists
draw from the same
resource:  the human heart,
which tells us that
we are all
more alike
we are unalike."

Maya Angelou
The Board of directors wishes to express our sincere thanks to Sue Weber for her efforts on the GALA Newsletter and welcome to Kim Beckham as the new editor. The whole membership benefits from the efforts of dedicated volunteers like these. Also, we are working to build our relationship with Mount Wachusett Community College through multitude of ways. In this newsletter you'll find links to activities at the college and we are working with a student to develop a new look for the GALA website. The Board looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the school and plan to expand the opportunities for our membership.

Mike Williams, GALA Board of Directors Chairperson


ARTISTS CIRCLE:  Still time to join us for the last Artists Circle until fall! 
Have you been spending the winter months working on your artwork? Would you like to get some feedback on and insight into what you've created? Join us for coffee, tea and conversation. Please bring two pieces of your artwork to present to the group. Whether you are a novice or a master, it's always a fascinating conversation when creative minds come together to talk about color, composition, and technique.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 am
Greenwood Meeting Room

FREE for GALA members!   Not a member yet? Join now

Register by May 1 (today!) (click here)

Look for our next Artists Circle on September 6, 2014

Questions? email

EN PLEIN AIR:  The first 2014 meeting of "En Plein Air with GALA" will be Saturday, June 21 at 10 am at the Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area in Royalston, MA. Come and join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air. GALA member and local artist, Joe Smith will lead the group for an informal day of being creative. In the event of rain we will try again on June 28. 
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. 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10 am 
Birch Hill Wildlife Area, Royalston 
Register by June 18, 2014 (click here)  
FREE for GALA Members!  Not a member yet? Join now 
Questions? email 
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Doreen LaScola at Davis Art Gallery - Worcester, MA
Davis Art Gallery Show "All About Wood"
"Love's Debris"

Doreen LaScola's piece entitled "Love's Debris" was juried into the Davis Art Gallery Show "All About Wood" which runs from May 1st - August 15, 2014. Opening reception will be May 1st from 5-7 pm.
Davis Art Gallery
44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Dan Mortell at Jaffrey Civic Center - Jaffrey, NH
Dan Mortell's Encaustic Paintings will be displayed at the Jaffrey Civic Center from May 30th - June 25th (Hours:  Tues.  10 - 6, Wed. through Fri. 1 - 5 and Sat. 10 - 2) 

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main St.
Jaffrey NH

Curious about the encaustic painting technique?  Read more here.
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Joanne Holtje at Imagine Gallery - Northampton, MA - FIRST SOLO SHOW!!
"My Cup Runs Over"
Imagine Gallery presents:
"Expression, Abstraction, and the Meta-landscape"

Please Congratulate Joanne on her first solo show!!  Paintings by Joanne Holtje will be presented May 9 - 31, 2014 with an Opening reception with free refreshments Friday,  May 9th from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Imagine Gallery
2nd floor, 70 Main Street
Northampton, MA

Gallery hours:
Fridays 6-9 pm. & Saturdays 3-9 pm. and by appointment 413-585-5830
Lori MacDonald at Denault Studios Gallery - Maynard, MA
"Annisquam Charm"

Lori MacDonald, will have a collection of her acrylic paintings and fine art prints on display at the Denault Studios Gallery with an Opening Reception on Saturday, May 3rd from 5-7 pm. The evening of art and music is in conjunction with Maynard's "Spring ArtWalk" (Sponsored by the Maynard Business Alliance). Lori's paintings will be on display until the end of June.


Denault Studios Gallery

35 Nason Street

Maynard, MA   


Visit Lori's website:   

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Emily Royal at Gardner Ale House - Gardner, MA
GALA artist and photographer, Emily Royal, will have her photography and small selection of limited edition drawings hanging at the Gardner Ale House until Memorial Day. 



Gardner Ale House  

74 Parker St.  

Gardner, MA   


 To see more of Emily's 2014/365 project click this link:    

Marion Knoll at Gardner Museum - Gardner, MA
Spring Exhibition
"Made in the Greater Gardner Area" Past & Present

Marion Knoll hand-painted silk will be on display at the spring exhibit from March 12th through May 31st, Wednesdays through Sundays 1 - 4 pm.

Gardner Museum
28 Pearl Street
Gardner, MA 01440
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Open Studio Night - School Street Art Studios - Gardner, MA

Open Studio Night  


Friday, May 23 from 6-9 pm

The School Street Art Studios

Visit the artist studios in Building 24, enjoy the live acoustic folk music of Hal Pederson and Nate Smith from 6:30-8:30, with refreshments provided by the artists.


School Street Art Studios

205 School Street

Gardner, MA (in the New England Wooden Ware complex)


Enter through the 205 entrance, pass through the lobby, down the steps and follow the signs. Look to enjoy Open Studio Nights every 3rd Friday throughout the year!


Questions? Contact Lori MacDonald   978-410-4446 or 978-407-9333 

Monadnock Area Artists Association Fine Art Gallery - Keene, NH
Grand Opening of the Monadnock Area Artists Association Fine Art Gallery at Syd's Carpet & Snooze Room on Friday, May 2, 2014   5-7 pm.

Syd's Carpet & Snooze Room
St. James Street
Keene, NH

Keene Art Walk also currently running through May 11th. 

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Lisa Regopoulos at Vose Gallery - Boston
IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) 24th Exhibition
"Sound of Winter"

Lisa Regopoulos's painting "Sound of Winter" was juried into the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) 24th Exhibition at the Vose Gallery of Boston.  The public is invited to opening festivities on May 10th from 2 - 5:00 pm.  This IAPS exhibition will feature soft pastel paintings by 76 contemporary artists, selected from over 850 entries hailing from 29 states, British Columbia, Alberta Canada and Queensland Australia.  The exhibition will be viewable on all five floors of the Vose Galleries' Newbury Street brownstone, and online at

Vose Gallery
238 Newbury Street
Boston, MA

Visit Lisa's Website here:
Princeton Art Society Spring Show - Princeton, MA



23rd Annual Spring Art Exhibit & Sale, "Springtime on the Mountain," will be held May 16-18 on the first floor of the Princeton Center Building, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton. The Opening Reception is Friday, May 16, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm with refreshments, live music by Dawn Gardetto and the presentation of Judge's Awards. Gallery hours are Saturday, May 17, 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday, May 18, 12 noon - 4 pm with Popular Choice Awards to be presented Sunday afternoon.


Support your local artists! Entry is free and open to all. Donations are appreciated. A portion of all art sales will benefit local artists and community arts events. PAS is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. For more info, visit the blog:  (SEE ALSO CALL FOR ARTISTS SECTION). 


For More Information: 
  Petersham Art Center - Petersham, MA
"It's in the Cards: Paintings by Gary Lippincott" 

An opening reception for the exhibit will be celebrated on Sunday, May 18th, from 4-6 pm, at the Petersham Art Center. The exhibit will continue through June 26. Lippincott, a nationally known artist from Petersham, creates fantasy artworks that are known the world over for their intricate renderings of the world of the Golden Age of wizardry, fairy and folk tales. His Victorian Tarot Card prints will be featured in this exhibit.

8 North Street (off Route 32, just north of the Petersham Common)
Petersham, MA

The shop and exhibit area are open from Wed-Sunday, 12 Noon-4 pm. Please call 978-724-3415 for more information.

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Basket Making - Petersham Art Center - Petersham, MA 
The Petersham Art Center is pleased to announce that Susan Morello of Barre will present a basket making class on Saturday, May 3, from 9 am-12 Noon. The class will learn to make a flower gathering basket that can be used to harvest flowers and herbs out of the garden and to display springtime bouquets.

The class is $15 for members and $30 for non-members. There is a $15 materials fee which is paid to the instructor. Teens to adults are invited to attend. Call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415 for more information and to register.  


The Petersham Art Center

8 North Street (off Route 32, near the Petersham Common)

Petersham, MA 

Creative Flower Photography with Guy Biechele - Sharon Arts Center - Sharon, NH 
Hardly anyone can resist photographing flowers. They are everywhere and they present an endless array of colors, shapes and patterns. In this workshop we will explore new ways of seeing and photographing flowers to create beautiful images that go beyond the usual record shot of a flower. We will experiment with light, focus and backgrounds to achieve truly unique images. Capturing images that express beauty and our own personal vision will be the object of this workshop.  


Participants are asked to bring their camera and whatever lenses they have (especially macro, and prime lenses if they have them, in addition to the usual zoom lenses). Also, people are asked to bring a bouquet of flowers in a vase to photograph and share.


This class will be held at the  Sharon Arts Center on Saturday May 17, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

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Pastel & Oil - Monadnock Area Artists Association - Keene, NH 
Monadnock Area Artists Association presents a workshop with Aline Ordman: Figures in the Landscape, pastel & oil on Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 am to 4 pm. Only TWO Spaces Left!

Stone Arch Village Community Room
835 Court Street
Keene, NH   

For more info or a form:
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The Princeton Arts Society's 23rd Annual Spring Art Exhibit & Sale
"Springtime on the Mountain"

May 16-18 on the first floor of the Princeton Center Building, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton. The Opening Reception is Friday, May 16, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm with refreshments, live music by Dawn Gardetto and the presentation of Judge's Awards. Gallery hours are Saturday, May 17, 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday, May 18, 12 noon - 4 pm with Popular Choice Awards to be presented Sunday afternoon.


Entry is free and open to all. Donations are appreciated. A portion of all art sales will benefit local artists and community arts events. PAS is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. 

For more information:

For an Entry Form:  



 2nd Annual Blackstone Valley Plein Air Competition

Open Painting and Quick Draw Competition    

September 26, 27, 28, 2014


Alternatives is delighted to announce the 2nd Annual Blackstone Valley Plein Air Arts Competition. The three-day event will take place in the historic Blackstone Valley, around the village of Whitinsville and the town of Uxbridge, Massachusetts.   


During the contest periods Saturday and Sunday morning, artists will have the opportunity to
2013 Winner
Michael Rogan
paint in various locations as they choose. On Sunday, after the main contest concludes and artists submit their work, there will be a 'Quick Draw Contest' where artists will have only 3 hours to complete a plein air painting on site. Entry into the competition is vetted.


This year's Juror is T.M Nicholas.  T. M. Nicholas is considered by many to be among the most prominent painters of his generation and specifically of the Rockport School of Art


Work will be displayed in Alternatives' Aldrich Heritage Gallery and auctioned on October 5th.

For more information or to register please visit our website: 




Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibition


 FAM 79th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft
Exhibit Dates: June 22 - August 31, 2014
Entry Deadline: May 16.  Details & Entry Form  
Cash prizes and a solo exhibit for the First Place Winner.

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 email to 
or mail them to The Gardner News 
Attn: Melissa Sandford 
309 Central Street 
Gardner, MA 01440
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ExhibitOppsExhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists - Ongoing
Exhibit Opportunities
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center  Gardner, MA  (GALA Sponsored Venue)
Contact Vicki Heidorn at or 978-630-2340

The Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery  Townsend, MA
Contact Alice Struthers at or 978-597-2057

River's Edge Arts Alliance  Hudson, MA

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


Falmouth Artists Guild  Falmouth, MA

Post Road Art Center  Marlborough, MA

Levi Heywood Memorial Library Gardner, MA 

The Library is always looking for exhibitors to show their work in the Art Gallery.
If you are interested in exhibiting as an individual or a group,
please see the guidelines and other pertinent information here.

You can contact the Library Director, Kathleen D. Leslie at 978-632-5298 or


Workers' Credit Union  Gardner, MA
The bank offers the opportunity for a small display of artwork at the 171 Main St. branch in Gardner. For more info, contact Monica Whitehouse at 978-632-9207.
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
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MWCC Annual Student Exhibit
 Annual MWCC Art Student Exhibition
May 7 through May 21 in the East Wing Gallery
Student artwork created in MWCC current courses will be on display.
All are invited to a reception on Tuesday, May 13, 4-6:30 pm

Corinne Goodrich - Oil Painting Demonstration
WEDNESDAY 12:30-1:30 pm
MAY 7, 2014 Studio II Room 175
Plein Air Wet on Wet Technique with Oils.

Demonstration of on-site landscape painting techniques using wet on wet oil paints to be able to finish a painting in one sitting. Corinne will show how to blend colors and shade without using black.
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ResourcesResources for Artists
The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art
The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (CMWCA) is accepting new memberships.   We are a national organization that supports, develops and celebrates art making by women.  We create exhibition opportunities; network with artists regionally, nationally and internationally;  and offer educational programs locally. We are organized as an artists' collective where each member contributes to our vision and works as needed to carry our mission forward.

For more information, see our websites: and

Art Support

Art Support 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.    

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.
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10th Anniversary Theme Basket Extravaganza in support of Gardner's Music Program 

Gardner Music Boosters, a non-profit organization supporting music programs and music students in all of Gardner's public schools presents the 10th annual "Theme Basket Extravaganza!" on May 10, 2014 from 9 am to 1 pm.  View the 100 baskets in the raffle while enjoying the showcase of talent from Gardner's music students (elementary through high school)!  Raffle, Bake Sale, Entertainment.  Performances begin at 10 am.

Location:  Gardner High School Cafeteria

Questions? Please contact  Marion Knoll at 978-855-2434. 

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Have news about exhibits, awards, events, classes, Call for Artists or other art info?

Please send your news "publication ready" to
See previous newsletters 
for example formats and the type of info to provide.

We strongly recommend that you include a digital image related to the news
as well as your website address & links to any venues.  

Please post your press releases online and submit a link.  


Submission deadline is generally the 23rd of each month for publication on the 1st.
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 won Constant Contact's All Star Award 5 years in a row (2008-2013) 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 its efforts to put out an informational, entertaining newsletter every month to inform its members of recent, current and future art news.
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