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

David Alexander
Alan Bohne
Meredith  Bohne
Fran Champlin
Robert Champlin
Ginny Newton
Tracy Shackett
Michael J. Theriault
David Wornham

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

Newsletter Editor
Kimberly Beckham
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Massachusetts Cultural Council
Wow, what a busy month August is going to be!  Lots of great activities for artists, as well as exhibits and events for those who appreciate art.  There is something for everyone this month!

Thanks to all who came to the Photography show - what a great success!  Read more about it and check out the Popular Choice Award Winner images here -  2014 Photography Show.

And keep an eye on your email for a special bulletin with
exciting news about our new home for GALA at 205 School Street, Gardner.

Kimberly Beckham, Editor

En Plein Air with GALA  
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm 
The next meeting of "En Plein Air with GALA" will be Saturday, August 16th at 10 am at the home of Joe Smith in Phillipston, MA. The site offers some nice flower and vegetable gardens (with lots of sunflowers) as well as woods, fields and stone walls if that is more to your taste. Cookies and lemonade will be provided. Come and join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air. In the event of rain we will try again on Aug. 23.

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, August 16 at 10 am 
(Rain date: August 23) 
Joe Smith's Backyard 
1035 Willis Rd 
Phillipston, MA 01331 
Directions will be sent in the registration confirmation.

  Register by Aug. 13 at this link: 
FREE for GALA Members! 
Not a member yet?  Join now

Questions? email [email protected]    
GALA Artists Circle Returns 
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at 10 am


Have you been spending the last few months working on your artwork? Would you like to get some feedback on and insight into what you've created?  Join us for coffee 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.

Greenwood Meeting Room


FREE for GALA members!

Not a member yet?  Join now


Register by Sept. 4 at this link  

Artists Circle Registration 


Questions? email  [email protected] 
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One of the great benefits of GALA membership is the option to be listed in the GALA website Member Artists Directory.

Our members have received sales and publicity opportunities as a direct result of their listing in the directory. As this is a benefit only offered to current members, we will once again be updating the directory to remove the listing of artists that are no longer current. This update will begin on September 1, 2014.

We urge you to retain this valuable promotion vehicle by renewing your membership via this link: by August 31st. If you are a member and are not yet taking advantage of this important benefit, we urge you to do so by submitting a request to be listed. If you are currently listed, you should review your information and request an update if necessary.

To make it easier than ever, we now offer the option to submit your info for the directory via an online form. You may also fill in the form online and then print it for mailing to GALA at PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440. Click on this link to go to the directory and access the form:

Joe Smith at Int'l Society of Scratchboard Artists Exhibit - Cary, NC
Joe Smith's scratchboard piece, "Branches", received the Best in Show award at the 2014 International Society of Scratchboard Artists International Exhibit. 

In addition to that honor, his scratchboard piece, "Tobago Sunset", has received an Award of Merit from the Copley Society of Art.  The Award of Merit was recently established for small works that are of exceptional quality and skill. Chosen by the Copley Society Art Committee, outstanding small works are acknowledged based on the professionalism of presentation, technique, composition and style. 

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

Visit Joe's website here:
 Lisa Regopoulos at Pastel Society of America - New York, NY
"Sound of Winter"

Lisa Regopoulos was notified that her painting Sound of Winter has been juried into the Pastel Society of America Forty-Second Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! held at The National Arts Club, Grand Gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY.

The exhibition had 1222 entries and 180 pieces were chosen for this exhibition which runs from September 2 - September 27, 2014. 

For more information, please visit

Visit Lisa's Website here:
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Scott Niemi & Sons at Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery - Townsend, MA
GALA member, and Fitzwilliam artist, Scott Niemi is participating in a show with his two sons, Andrew and Jonathan Niemi at the Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery located in Townsend, MA. The show is entitled,  "Three Niemis: ART"  with oil, acrylic, and digital paintings on display.
Scott Niemi with his works "Fall Train" & "Firefighter"

The exhibition continues until August 26, with an "Opening" is scheduled for August 2 from 12-2 in the Meeting Hall Gallery space. 

Works of Andrew Niemi
Works of Jonathan Niemi
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 C.M. Judge at the Bedford Public Library - Bedford, NH
C.M. Judge's painting "Five" is being shown in the
New Hampshire Women's Caucus for Art  exhibition entitled Summer Bounty at the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford, NH. The show features work by 22 women artists and will run until August 28th. Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Click here to visit the  Women's Caucus for Art site.

Click here to visit C. M. Judge's site.

Linda Dessaint & Carol Corliss at Jeffrey Civic Center - Jaffrey, NH
Linda Dessaint & Carol Corliss  will be exhibiting works from their trip to Italy & France in the exhibit  "Ciao Bella"  at the Jaffrey Civic Center. 
Enjoy an evening stroll through Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Paris & Giverny.

Carol Corliss "Venice Rain"
Opening Reception is Friday, August 22, 2014 from 5-7 p.m.  They'll be serving nibbles & sips you won't want to miss.

Linda Dessaint
The show runs through September 20th. 

For more information please go to the Jaffrey Civic Center site at
Visit Linda's Website here:

Visit Carol's Website here:

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 First Friday at the Leominster Art Center & Gallery - Leominster, MA
The Leominster Art Center and Gallery, are happy to announce the Artist of the Month of August for our First Friday Event:  Sim�ne Alexia. This event takes place at 45 Main Street, in Leominster on August 1st from 6 pm-8 pm.

Sim�ne is a young artist that is  developing her amazing style of illustration and pop art as well as surreal paintings. She also is a Henna Tattoo Artist, (What is Henna Tatto - Click Here to read more). 

During the event Sim�ne will demonstrate the henna art and process and will be available to create a henna design on you for a small fee. The event is free - refreshments and live music will be provided.

Below are samples of Sim�ne's art work, including henna tattoos.

Click the thumbnails above to view larger images.

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"Rust Buckets" Exhibit at Levi Heywood Memorial Library - Gardner. MA

an exhibit by 3 GALA members Alicia Drakiotes, Louise Parmenter Hammerman and Brad Willard featuring paintings and photographs of rusted transportation in the landscape from August 1- 29 at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library.

The artists will be available to answer questions and discuss their works on Wednesday evening August 13 from 5-7 pm.
Brad Willard's "Big Red"

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde St.
Gardner, MA.

Library summer hours are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9-5, Wednesday 10-7, Friday 9-1, closed Saturday and Sunday.
Louise Paramenter Hammerman's "Caged"

Alicia Drakiotes' "Bunked in a Back Field"
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Len Haug in and around the Commonwealth
Len Haug has various works showing at venues across the Commonwealth. 

"Autumn Arrives in Town"  is now on exhibit through August 28th at the Morse Institute Library at 18 E. Central Street in Natick, MA.

"The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail" is on exhibit through August 2nd at the Community of Artists Show at the Danforth Art Museum at 130 Union Street in Framingham, MA 

"The Love Bug" has been juried into the Fitchburg Art Museum 79th Annual Regional Arts and Craft Exhibit at 25 Merriam Parkway in Fitchburg, MA. through September 2.

 Visit Len's website at

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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.

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

Passionate Pursuits
August 25 - September 18

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

Alicia Drakiotes will also be participating in the Adirondacks Plein Air Festival  Aug 21-24 at Saranac Lake, NY.

Visit the Festival Site:

Visit Alice's website here:

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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.
Davis Art Gallery
44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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Photographing Summer Landscapes with Guy Biechele - Sharon, NH  
"Photographing the Summer Landscape"

August 2 & 3, 2014 - Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and Sunday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

In this intensive two day long workshop you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. Starting in the classroom on Saturday we will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography easier. Following a discussion of creative approaches to landscape photography, we will head into the field to photograph at several local sites. After a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made. On Sunday we will continue with our field photography.  After lunch we will return to the classroom to review and discuss our photographs and progress made.

What to bring: Digital camera, camera manual, extra batteries, memory cards, and tripod. Optional Equipment: different camera lenses, circular polarizing filter and remote shutter release. Also recommended, appropriate clothing for the weather, insect repellent, and comfortable sturdy shoes.

Click here for more info and registration or call (603) 924-7256 x1.

Educators Workshop with C.M. Judge - Meredith, NH  
C. M. Judge is presenting Together We Create: Inflatable Sculpture workshop for educators at the 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Conference on August 5th and 6th at Church Landing, Mill Falls, 312 Daniel Webster Hwy, Meredith, NH.  

This year's conference, "Weaving the Fabric of Education", has a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) theme.

Click Here for Conference Registration Info

MWCCFall Semester Art Courses at Mount Wachusett Community College 
Art Courses at Mount Wachusett Community College are now open for Fall semester enrollment.  A wide variety of courses in Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art History are being offered.

Click Here for Course Descriptions.

Click Here for Art Courses offered this Fall

MWCC Art Department Information

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Watercolor & Collage, Ann Sawyer - Keene, NH  
Monadnock Area Artists Association presents
"Gentle Touch"

Ann Sawyer instructing on Watercolor & Collage
Saturday, September 22, 2014
10 to 3 p.m.
Keene, NH

For more info:
or write to [email protected]

"Thus Sings My Soul"

Pastel, Oil & Acrylic, Michael Chesley Johnson - Westmoreland, NH  
Monadnock Area Artists Association presents

Michael Chesley Johnson teaching
Pastel, oil & acrylic taught en Plein Air
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5, 2014 - 9-4 p.m.
Westmoreland, NH

For more info:
or write to [email protected]

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 Building Your Creativity with Alicia Drakiotes - Sharon, NH  
"Creating a Series: Building Your Creativity" (formerly known as 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. This is a 10 week series.  Limit: 12

For More Information on Offerings from the Sharon Arts Center at NH Institute of Art  See Continuing Ed on NHIA.EDU  or  Sharon Arts

Click here to download a registration form to submit by fax or mail.

457 NH Route 123, Sharon, NH 03458
Phone: (603) 924-7256  Fax: (603) 924-6074   
Email:  [email protected]

Pastel Workshop with Lisa Regopoulos - Sharon Arts Center, NH
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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Profundo Journeys Artists Escapes - Williamstown/North Adams, MA   
Autumn Light:  A Photographic Retreat in the  the Berkshire Mountains

Join Cindy and Eileen in their fall adventure to Williamstown and North Adams, Massachusetts.  This region of New England is an ideal location for photographing the splendor of nature and strength of  the industrial past in a fine American mill town.  We have many scenic destinations planned for morning and evening excursions and afternoon jaunts into town for architectural and mill based photography.

Level: Working knowledge of your camera and basic digital photography.

Dates: Sunday, September 28 - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Visit their website for the pricing and full details about this and other excursions or contact directly either   Eileen: [email protected] or 401 423-0384 or
Cindy: [email protected] or 401 714-4039

More Exhibits & Classes
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Art in the Park - Keene, NH
Art in the Park: An outdoor exhibit of over 85 fine artists at Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene NH, sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association.  August 30th and 31st, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The deadline for applications is Friday, August 8th.
Go to to find more information. 

Click here to download a registration form. 
Annual Photography Show - Jaffrey, NH
The Jaffrey Civic Center announces the ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW. The entry fee is $25 per person.  Each photographer may submit 3 photos for the WALL (maximum size is 36" x 36"), and 3 FLOOR PORTFOLIO pieces (no size limit).

Work does not have to be for sale.  Please note the sales commission is 30%.  (Click here for entry form & information)

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street
Jaffrey, New Hampshire 03452
[email protected]
Tues 10-6, Wed-Fri 1-5, Sat 10-2

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 14th Biennial North American Open Exhibition - New England Watercolor Society
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Biennial National Juried Exhibition of the New England Watercolor Society. "We're excited to be joining with other prestigious art organizations in using an online digital entry process. To help ensure as smooth and trouble-free a submission procedure as possible, we've engaged the services of SmarterEntry - a well-respected art show submission service. As always, though, you'll be able to turn to us for assistance if you do run into a problem."

October 15 - November 8, 2014

Hosted by Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street Plymouth, MA 02360

You can visit the submissions page and download the prospectus directly by following this link:

New England Watercolor Society

NOTE TO READERS - Even if you aren't a watercolor painter, go to the helpful links below provided by their site and have a look at how to prepare images of your work for submission to shows.  These how-to documents and tips are amazing!!! 

Preparing your image for submission using Picasa
Photoshop Elements - Digital Entry Instructions
Tips for taking a good photo of your artwork
 "Sweet Tea Picnic" at Keene Music Festival - Keene, NH
"Sweet Tea Picnic" Artists Opportunity.  This event will take place over two days, Saturday, August 9th and Sunday August 10th. Artists will have the opportunity to paint all day on Saturday, August 9th at or around the Sumner Knight Chapel or other parks and areas around Keene, NH. Art will be displayed on Sunday, August 10th. Artists will be provided with water, a bag lunch and snacks at the Sumner Knight Chapel, which will be the check in point for the event.

Click here for Application & Information

Registration deadline: Aug 5th.  
 Petersham Art Center Exhibit - "Gardening, Farming & Food" - Petersham, MA
The summer days are fleeting and the next exhibition at the Petersham Art Center is coming up. Would you like to have a piece or two in the upcoming exhibition? They'd love to have your work in the show.

The theme is fine art and craft related to gardening, farming, food - all medium is accepted from fine paintings, photography, textiles, prints, pottery, sculpture and more; to the practical arts such as woven baskets, iron works, and beyond. Fresh flower arrangements, canned foods, and the kitchen arts are welcome. Let us know your ideas!

This exhibition is presented by the Art Center and co-sponsored with the Petersham Grange.

If you are interested in submitting 1-3 pieces it is easy to do so so -- please:

1.) Leave a message at the Art Center - 978-724-3415.

2.) Plan to drop your work at the Art Center between August 1-7.

3.) Wall work should be ready for hanging. Framed work is ideal, but not mandatory.

3.) Provide a written description of your piece(s) with your name, medium, and retail sale price. All or most of your pieces should be for sale.

4.) Your prices should allow for 70% to the artist/30% to the Art Center

5.) Attend the Artists Reception on Sunday Aug. 10, 4 - 6 pm

Petersham Art Center
8 North St., Petersham, MA
(978) 724-3415

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 6th Open Juried Art Show, Agawam Public Library - Agawam, MA
Friends of the Agawam Public Library (FAPL) 6th Open Juried Art Show

Show Dates: November 3 - 28, 2014

Start of two week drop off of art:  Begins Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 and continues any day during library hours (Mon-Thu 9-9, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5) and on Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 from 10-1
Last Day to Enter & Last Day to Drop off art at Library:  Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 from 10 am-1 pm

Judging:  Sat. 2pm, Nov. 1, 2014 Closed to public

Pick up art not accepted in the Show:  Nov. 3-5, 2014 Mon. 10-9, Tue. 10-9, Wed. 10-9
Reception & Awards:  Fri. 7pm - 9pm, Nov. 14, 2014

Pick up art at end of show:  Sat. 10am - 3pm, Nov. 29, 2014.  If can't come, call 413-789-1550 x8855 or email [email protected]

Fees:  Early-bird registration fee $25 per entry, if mail entry form & check by Sat. Oct. 18, 2014; otherwise, $30 after Oct. 18

Entry:  Multiple Entries per Category Allowed of original art only.  Fee applies to each entry.

Five Categories:  Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Other Media (pencil drawing, charcoals, pen and inks, block prints, collage, encaustics)

90% Category rule:  90% in one medium to be considered in that category

Awards:  Total $1,250 - Best in Show ($250) and 1st ($100), 2nd ($60), 3rd ($40) in each Category plus Honorable Mentions for a total of 26 awards.  On the night of the Reception the Artists will be given an opportunity to choose an Artist's Choice Award, thus, making the 27th award.

A category must have five or more submitted and accepted entries to qualify for awards.  Friends of the Agawam Public Library reserves the right to eliminate a category, if there are not at least five entries submitted and accepted.  Art entry fee will be refunded.

Location:  Agawam Public Library
Street: 750 Cooper Street
City: Agawam
State & Zip: MA 01001

Download Prospectus/Entry form: and print it.
If you are unable to download the entry form, please call contact below and request email or snail mail form direct to you; indicate how many entry forms and address.

More Information:
Jury selections will be based on the review of the original artworks, rather than on slides or jpegs.  Artwork must be wired for hanging with frame.  Wrap around frame acceptable.  Wired Frame edge-to-edge maximum is 20x24.  No saw-tooth/clip hangers.  5% contribution from artist for art sold. (Art may be marked NFS.)

Selection & Awards Jurors/Judges: Robert J. O'Brien and Robert K. Carsten
Contact name: Bob Kadis
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 413-789-4814
Benefits:  The Art Show is to benefit the Agawam Public Library and to help recognize and encourage artists.
Unclaimed Item(s):  After 45 days becomes the property of the Friends

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Mass Cultural Council - ArtSake Calls for Artists - Various Locations
ArtSake, the Massachusetts Cultural Council blog, contains a page, updated periodically of many Call to Artist opportunities for all media and performing artists around the Commonwealth.  Find it at this link:

Great link to bookmark and visit often.
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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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MusicMusic & Performing Arts Opportunities

 Linq & Sonya Heller - Gardner, MA & Southern NH
Meet Sonya Heller, touring singer,songwriter,composer of urban ballads and native New Yorker as she joins GALA member Linq for three area shows on her way through New England.

Here's their schedule:

Thursday August 7th, Gardner Ale House: Thursdays are "Big Music and Ladies Night" in the pub at the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker Street, Gardner, MA 01440. "Audio Wasabi" hosted by Brian Chaffee brings music to the stage. Sonya and Linq are featured as a co-bill at 10 PM. This Gardner hotspot has a terrific restaurant menu and plenty of drink choices to satisfy your palate, so come over early and enjoy the evening.

Friday August 8th, Fitzwilliam Inn, 7 to 10 PM: Sonya and Linq are providing entertainment for the evening at the Fitzwilliam Inn, your source for old world charm in southern New Hampshire. Take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy a relaxing evening at the Inn.

Saturday August 9th, Gardner Polish American Citizen's Club (PACC), 8 PM: Sonya and Linq are the featured performers at the Open Mic hosted by Joe Bourgeois.

Visit Linq's website here:

 Templeton Arts & Craft Festival - Templeton, MA
The 40th Annual Templeton Arts & Crafts Festival opens with the band, Tropical Sensations sponsored by the The Templeton Cultural Council on August 16 at 10am at the Templeton Center Gazebo. The Festival continues all weekend long: Saturday, August 16, 10am-5pm and Sunday, August 17, 10am-4pm. The Festival has developed a reputation in New England and the surrounding states for having genuine crafts as it is a juried show. Thousands of annual visitors view more than 100 vendors. Free admission and free parking.

Note: Deadline has passed for exhibitors, but it should be a great event to attend.

Show Website:

Show Location:  1 South Rd. Templeton, MA 01468

1794 Meetinghouse - New Salem, MA
The concert season for the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem is in full swing.

Half of the mission to bring top musicians to our region is accomplished.  The other half of the mission is to bring the AUDIENCE to the event.  Support live music and treat yourself to a great evening.
For tickets and more information for all concerts, visit   


Be sure to scroll down at their website to see the performance schedule.  Thanks to GALA member Diane Lincoln "Linq" for her support of the arts!  


1794 Meetinghouse 

26 South Main Street

New Salem, MA



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ResourcesResources for Artists
Custom Canvas Stretching - Service Offered

Doreen LaScola offers services for stretching custom sized blank 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.  Contact Doreen by email at: [email protected]

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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PhotoShow2014 GALA Photography Show

GALA 2014 Photography Show Followup  

"Hummingbird Moth" & "Incognito"
We are pleased to report that our first ever all photography show was well received!


The room was filled to capacity during the opening reception. Throughout the show, many artists and visitors gave us very positive feedback about the quality of the photographs and the installation. We had at least 32 first time visitors. On Saturday, our members enjoyed capturing the scenery and architecture during the GALA En Plein Air event on the grounds of the show location. Also on Saturday, our Board of Directors Chair, Mike Williams offered digital camera tips and techniques  under a tent on the front lawn.

"Star Island Sunrise"

Once more, our volunteers generously donated their time and effort to make the show possible. As always, we are especially grateful to the members of the Art Show Committee for their talent and tireless dedication: Guy Biechele, Ashley Bird, Kevin Bird, Chuck Heidorn, Vicki Heidorn, Doreen LaScola, Anna Ruuska, and Mike Williams. Our gratitude to the following people who were responsible for specific aspects of the show: Kevin & Ashley Bird-Installation, Vicki Heidorn-Volunteers, Ashley Bird & Anna Ruuska-Opening Reception refreshments; Jeff Gallant-Financials; Anna Ruuska-Art drop-off.

Our thanks to Sandy Urquhart for supporting the arts and accommodating GALA's exhibit space needs.


Please patronize our local Gardner supermarkets, Hannaford, Price Chopper and Stop & Shop. Their gift card donations made it possible to offer refreshments at the opening reception. Tell them that you appreciate their support of the arts.

And of course, we want to express our appreciation to our photographers who shared their marvelous artwork and talent with the community!

Congratulations to the winners of the Popular Choice Awards which are determined by public voting:


1st: Denise Jacques-Richard, Incognito 

2nd: Guy Biechele, Star Island Sunrise   

3rd: Guy Biechele, Suspended  

HM: Michael J. Theriault, Hummingbird Moth


If you would like to know the votes for your photographs, please email Anna at [email protected].


We value your feedback about the show. Please send your comments and suggestions to [email protected] 



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



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