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

Russell Gaulin

Send Us Feedback!
[email protected]

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.
Member Achievement
Lisa Regopoulos has recently been elected as a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA).  The paintings she submitted for the jury process were pastel paintings of her waterfall series.  

Congratulations to Lisa!


Art News

The MA state Senate approved a budget May 22nd that would increase annual funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by $1 million.  Read the Press Release here. 


Welcome to the June Newsletter! What a great month to get out and take a class, view an exhibit or listen to some music. There are a lot of great events below to participate in or just attend - thank you to all who shared these with us. If you know of a resource or event that we have not listed that is coming up, please share it with us.  Coming in future newsletters:  interviews with some of our artist members! Will it be you?  Thank you for reading!

                         Your Editor, Kim Beckham

It's Membership Renewal Time 
Attention GALA Members!

It's time to renew your GALA membership!

Don't miss out on the great benefits that come with membership such as:
  • Multiple art shows/events each year
  • Member activities (e.g. En Plein Air group which meets to create art in outdoor settings & Artists Circle, where visual artists share insights about each other's work)
  • Option to list your info in the GALA website online Artists Directory
  • Opportunity to be the GALA website Featured Artist
  • Solo shows at a GALA sponsored venue
Memberships are valid from July 1 to June 30.

Join/renew today and your membership will be active immediately and remain active through June 30, 2015.
It's quick and easy to renew & pay online Just Click Here!

Please go to the GALA website for additional renewal information or to print a form if you prefer to pay by mail.

Did you know you can buy a membership for a friend as a gift?  What a great idea!!    
GALA Photography Show 
We are very pleased to announce

GALA's First Ever Photography Show  
July 18-20
, 2014

to be held at an exciting new location at New England Wooden Ware (NEWW), 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440

Opening Reception Friday, July 18, 2014 from  6-9 p.m.

We strongly recommend that you enter ahead of time, but for
this show, we are allowing entry at the drop-off as well.

For entry specifics and forms click here.

You need to be a current member of GALA to enter the show.

If you are not sure of the status of your membership, please email:  [email protected].
Questions?  Email [email protected]

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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  [email protected] 
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Joe Smith at International Society of Scratchboard Artists Exhibit - Cary, NC

A piece by Joe Smith entitled "Branches" has been accepted into the International Society of Scratchboard Artists 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, to be held June 27 to August 18 at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. 

The exhibition is an International art competition dedicated to presenting scratchboard art as a fine art medium.

For more about the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, click here for their website.

Visit Joe's website here:

Alicia Drakiotes at Passionate Pursuits Exhibitions - Keene, NH
Alicia Drakiotes has been accepted into the "Passionate Pursuits" exhibition to be held at the Thorne Sagendorph Gallery Beginning June 6, 2014.

Her exhibited works are among her painted "Vintage Americana" pieces which portray aged vehicles and structures.

Passionate Pursuits
June 6 - July 24, 2014
Reopens August 25 - September 18
Public Reception: June 4  4:30-7 PM

The  exhibit is comprised of works and artifacts of KSC alumni, faculty, staff and members of the Friends of the Thorne. On display will be items people have created, collected, or a visual expression of something that makes them passionate.

Visit the Gallery Site: Thorne Sagendorph Gallery

Visit Alice's website here:

Pam Short at Peterborough Town Library - Peterborough, NH
"Hay'in Around"

Pam Short
will be presenting her work in the upcoming show:  "A Few of My Favorite Things in Pastel" at the Peterborough Town Library, Peterborough, NH.  The show runs from June 2, 2014 through July 6, 2014. 

Visit Pam Short's website at

Jack Lucas at the Wound Care Center - Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA
The art of Jack Lucas is currently showing at the Wound Care Center, Heywood Hospital, and can be viewed during regular office hours, Monday through Friday.

  Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center  Gardner, MA  (GALA Sponsored Venue)

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:     


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.
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
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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   On exhibition May 10 to June 21, 2014

Vose Gallery
238 Newbury Street
Boston, MA

Visit Lisa's Website here:
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Accounting for Artists, Leominster Art Center & Gallery - Leominster, MA 
Leominster Art Center & Gallery and The Twin Cities CDC are presenting an accounting seminar for artists entitled  "I'm an Artist not an Accountant" on June 10, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Leominster Art Center & Gallery, 45 Main Street, Leominster, MA. 

For more information contact Ray Belanger, Twin Cities CDC 978-400-0169
For class flyer click here.

Creative Process Workshop with C. M. Judge 
Creative Process Workshop: Finding Your Next Step with C. M. Judge
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Fitchburg Art Museum, 978-345-4207

Creative process is just that a "process" that can be enhanced by delving into the principles of one's relationship to the arts. Artists often have a dynamic vision for where they want to go with their work -- the question is how? This workshop presents an opportunity for artists to examine their own creative process (including the highs and lows) in an effort to expand their creative efforts. Experience a toolbox of creative process exercises such as inner visualization and Paratore's design analysis that you'll take back to the studio with you.

Pastel Workshop with Lisa Regopoulos
Sharon Arts Center
Pastel Workshop with Lisa Regopoulos
Waterfalls - Cascades and Cataracts

Discover how this one day workshop will give you the knowledge and experience of creating a waterfall scene with drama, movement and light effect.  Learn to let the paper work for you as you acquire the technique to develop your own eye-opening pastel painting. Composition, application of pastel and surfaces will be discussed.  Work from your own photo or choose one from a variety that will be available.  The workshop will begin with a demo, followed by uninterrupted painting time with plenty of instruction in a supportive environment.

Saturday, September 27th 9:30 - 3:00
Tuition: $60.00
Space is limited to 12

To register, please email Lisa at [email protected] or call her at 978.400.1151

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More Exhibits & Classes
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Princeton Arts Society

Viewing hours: M/T/W 6am-7pm, Th/F 6am -8pm, Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 7am-6pm
"CELEBRATING SUMMER" June 17th - August 19th, 2014

ENTRY DROP OFF TIME: (Princeton Arts Society Room, Princeton Center)
Tuesday, June 17th 9 am - 12 pm
PICK UP TIMES: (also Princeton Arts Society Room)
Tuesday, August 19th 9 am - 12 pm
(for individual arrangements - call Mary Trostel at 978-464-2469)

Please join the "Celebration" with an art work for our first group show at the Mountainside Market gallery. And have a wonderful summer!

Click here for flyer and additional details!

Click here for Princeton Arts Society website.

Summer Recreation Exhibit
River's Edge Arts Alliance
155 Appsley Street, Hudson, MA

Just a reminder that River's Edge Arts Alliance is accepting registrations for this exhibit until June 5th.  If you plan to register, don't wait! Space is limited.  Register by 6/5, Drop off 6/7, Reception 6/14 10 to Noon, pick up 9/6    More info and registration form at this link   Summer Recreation Exhibit  

Arts in the Park
Visual Arts Exhibit at River's Edge Arts Alliance Concerts
Wood Park, 65 Park Street, Hudson, MA
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

River's Edge Arts Alliance members are invited to participate in a visual arts exhibit at our Concert by the River's Edge.  This is a free concert beginning at 6:30 and featuring the River's Edge Community Band, Chorale and Youth Chorus as well as a tribute to our 2014 Artist Appreciation Award Recipient.  Arts in the Park is an opportunity for artists to share their work in a natural setting. Easels will be provided and the exhibit area will be tented and staffed by a volunteer. All artists will be asked to register to be part of this exhibit.  There will be no charge to register.  All artists will be asked to drop off art by 6pm and return for pick up by 9pm.  Should it rain on the night of the concert, we will be moving the concert and exhibit to Hudson High School, 69 Brigham Street, where all art work will be in the cafeteria outside of the auditorium for viewing.     If you or someone you know would like to register to enter art in this exhibit or for more information, please email Danielle Moskowitz at  [email protected]
or call 978-562-1646. Please RSVP by June 16th.



 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: 




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 [email protected] 
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
[email protected] or 978-630-2340

The Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery  Townsend, MA
Contact Alice Struthers at [email protected] 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 [email protected].


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 [email protected]


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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Summer Art Programs for Kids and Teens at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Registration begins April 7, 2014 for our Summer Adventure Academy that couples academic learning with hands on projects - the fun way!

All activities will take place in a caring environment, while our professional teachers lead your children through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based curriculum. Besides participation in the daily program, children will get to spend time outdoors in curriculum related games, crafts and sports.

For more information please visit the MWCC website here:

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The 4th Annual Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival
When: June 21 & 22, 10:00am-6:00pm
Where: 210 Turners Falls Rd, Montague, MA 01351
Details:  $15 for adults, $10 children & seniors, Children under 6 are free. Parking $5/car Rain or shine!

The 4th Annual Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 21st  and 22nd , 2014 in Turners Falls, MA.  A benefit for the Food Bank of Western Mass and the Montague Common Hall, the festival transports fair goers to the adventurous days of Robin Hood with two full days of fun for all ages.

The Mutton & Mead Festival gathers over 65 artisans and 40 hours of entertainment ranging from knights jousting on horseback, whimsical stage shows, dancers, jesters and fairies, and unique musical acts not seen anywhere else. The Festival also features a children's area which hosts activities for kids throughout the day as well as puppeteers and medieval characters.

The Festival brings the medieval world to life with re-enactors demonstrating skills such as cooking, textile arts, blacksmithing, and sword play. People also have a chance to feast on delicacies including, turkey legs, roasted lamb, meads, beers, and ales.

The festival offers patrons the realm's finest entertainers and merchants as the legend of Robin Hood unfolds around them as well as an opportunity to witness the daring spectacle of knights jousting, encounters with enchanted fairies, and opportunities to experience old England in New England.

Contact: David Agro
Phone: 413-992-6572
Email: [email protected]


Saturday    7th: LiL Bee Dee & the Doo-Rites - rockabilly, rhythm & blues to do ya right

Sunday      8th: Sarah Clay - lyrical,soulful, playful jazz

Thursday  12th: Barrett Anderson - hypno boogie blues

Saturday  14th: Heather Maloney - multi-dimensional adventurous folk

Sunday    15th: Elizabeth Chang - marathon Bach solo violin sonatas and partitas

Thursday 19th: Brother Sun - explosion of musical diversity and harmony

Saturday  21st: Winterpills - lush, haunting pop/indie rock

Sunday    22nd: Quabbin Valley Pro Musica - classical/choral group

Thursday  26th: Tumbling Bones - gritty traditional American music

Saturday 28th: Ashley Jordan - sweet & sultry country/Americana

Sunday    29th: Nicol Wander - puppetry - The Princess and the Pea - bring the kids!

GALA member Linq is a board member of the 1794 Meetinghouse and also chairs the Program and Publicity Committees for the organization. Recently-deceased GALA member Jean Stabell was also intimately involved with the Meetinghouse in earlier years.

"We have another terrific season of diverse performances  to entice those of you who also enjoy music. Hope to see some of you there."  Visit their website for more specific information about times and ticket prices:

FemLink Video Screening
ArtsWorcester, Saturday, June 14th at 1:30 pm

"Yo Carolina" Sara Malinarich
ArtsWorcester will screen the FemLink collage, AGGRESSION ( which deals with attitudes around the topic of violence, forcefulness and assertiveness. From a variety of moving works that memorialize the fallen, the college offers glimpses into this all too familiar topic -- except this time, one experiences a wide range of diverse, deeply thoughtful reactions through the eyes of 23 women artists from around the world. Q&A to follow the screening with co-curator, C. M. Judge.  

ArtWorcester is located at 660 Main St, Worcester, MA  (508) 755-5142 Free Admission.

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ResourcesResources for Artists
A.R.T. Resource Trust

August 1 Deadline for Artist's Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund

Grants available in painting, sculpture, printmaking, or mixed media to mid-career artists with financial need in New England and Columbia and Northeast Dutchess counties, NY. Non-profit organizations wishing to show, commission, or purchase work by mature artists living in New England may also apply. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. Applications and artwork must be submitted through our online grant portal at Deadline August 1.

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

Please send your news "publication ready" to [email protected]
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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2013 Winner

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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