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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  
October , 2014
In This Issue
GALA News & Events
Art Shows & Exhibits
Art Classes & Instruction
MWCC Events
Call for Artists
Quick Links
Welcome New Members!
Thomas Mulrey
Sonja Olbert
Diane Ulmer Pedersen 
website:  Visit Diane on Facebook:

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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Art Center Events
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For shows/events, please contact the facility to confirm dates and times.
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Massachusetts Cultural Council
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Thanks for reading the Newsletter.  Lots of great area events and GALA News this month!

For items that come up during the month, keep an eye on the GALA Facebook page.  That is where we will add things that miss the newsletter deadline. Please remember to like, comment and share those items with your profile friends so that more people learn about GALA and our Artists! 

Kimberly Beckham, Editor

GALA Artists Circle 
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 10 a.m.


Join us at the GALA Artists Circle &
see the new GALA Art Center!

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.
GALA Art Center
205 School St. Lower Level, Gardner, MA 01440

FREE for GALA members!

Not a member yet?  Join now


Register by Oct. 2 at this link (that's tomorrow folks, so click now, fill out the form)  

Artists Circle Registration


Questions? email [email protected]

The last Artists Circle of the year will be November 1, 2014  
Art Center Committee Meeting   
Learn How You can Help  
Make the GALA Art Center a Success!

The development of the GALA Art Center is a great opportunity for the organization and its members.  Help make it a reality by lending your ideas, skills and energy.  Please join us at the next meeting of the Art Center Committee to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Center.

All are welcome.  The GALA Art Center is located at 205 School Street (Lower Level), Gardner, MA 01440. 
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SAVE THE DATE - 2014 GALA Fall Juried Show  
2014 GALA Fall Juried Show
November 14-30, 2014
Look for details coming soon!

Only digital images will be accepted for jurying. Expect the deadline for submission of digital images to be October 24. We hope to schedule another GALA Artworks Photo Shoot  before the submission deadline.


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Art Center Events   
You don't want to miss out on any of the great events at the new GALA Art Center at School Street.  Click on this link and bookmark it so that you have the current events list close at hand:   Art Center Events


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 Ann Howe, Peterborough Town Library, Peterborough, NH

A Collection of Original Artwork by Ann Howe entitled "Inspirations, Past and Present" will be on display at the Peterborough Town Library from October 2nd to 30th. 


M/W/F  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
T/Th  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun  12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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Joanne Holtje, News & Exhibits
"Recurring Thoughts"

 Joanne Holtje has a solo exhibit called "A Place in Mind,
paintings by Joanne Holtje" at The Center at Eagle Hill from
October 18, 2014 - January 31, 2015.
"Autumn Sugar Maple"

Opening Reception:
October 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
complimentary refreshments
Gallery Hours:  Weekdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The Center at Eagle Hill
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037


Joanne will also have a series of paintings on display at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608  from early October through early February, 2015.   They will be hanging in the front windows, so stroll by any time to enjoy them.

"Land Beyond the Clouds"

Land Beyond the Clouds, a painting by Joanne Holtje, has been accepted in the Francis Roddy Open Competition at Concord Art Association,  37 Lexington Road, Concord MA 01742.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Free Admission.

Meg White of Gallery NAGA, Boston served as this years juror. 

This Show will be up until October 17, 2014, and is also viewable online.

Visit Joanne's website here:

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 Len Haug, 2014 Falmouth Artists Guild Center, Falmouth, MA
Len Haug's collage titled "The Path" was juried into the 2014 Falmouth Artists Guild Art Exhibit by artist Jonathan McPhillips.

Len's work with be on exhibit at the Falmouth Artists Guild Center at 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA through October 13th.   Hours open to the public:  Monday - Friday:  9am - 4pm,
Saturday:  9am - 1pm, Sunday:  1pm - 4pm

Visit Len's website at:

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 David Wornham, Snowy Owl 2015
David Wornham has established a Kickstarter campaign for his Snowy Owl 2015 calendar which will be concluding around October 12th.  

"This project is a culmination of many weeks of traveling to the seacoast and taking thousands of photos of these majestic raptors. My inspiration for creating a calendar was to share the images I captured and the beauty of the Snowy Owl with many who may never see one themselves."

The link to the kickstarter project is

Visit David Wornham Photography online:

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 Alicia Drakiotes, News & Events
Alicia Drakiotes  was elected President of Saxton's River Art Guild at their annual meeting Sept. 10th.  Congratulations Alicia!

She will be participating in the 2014 Monadnock Art Tour Saturday and Sunday October 11 & 12  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Alicia will be at location #38 on the tour map found here.  She will be at Harvest Thyme Herbs on Dooe Rd in Dublin, NH.  The tour is free and open to the public.

Alicia will also be a featured artist at Ramunto's, 176 Main St, Keene, NH from October 29th through December 28th. An opening Meet and Greet will be held November 8th from 3 to 6 p.m., all are invited.

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Hey Day 2014, Princeton Arts Society - Princeton, MA
Hey Day 2014, October 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Mass Audubon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, the Princeton Arts Society, and the Princeton Agricultural Commission.

Princeton Arts Society members and fellow artists will be demonstrating and displaying nature- and farm-related artwork at Hey Day on Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Mass Audubon's Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd.  Over  30 artists and well over 100 pieces of art will be on exhibit and for sale. Come enjoy this wonderful fall tradition.  Admission: Mass Audubon members: $6, Non members: $8, Children age three and under are free, for a full day of activities for the whole family! For more information email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Visit the Princeton Arts Society online here.
West Boylston Fall Festival - West Boylston, MA
West Boylston Fall Festival & Scarecrow Contest
On the Town Common
October 4, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
A Day of Community & Family Fun - Artists, Crafters, Vendors and more!  Click here for flyer. 

Visit for more information.
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Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour - Monadnock Region, NH
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Princeton Arts Society Exhibit - Mountainside Market - Princeton, MA
A new exhibit by the Princeton Arts Society will be on display at the Mountainside Market, 23 Hubbardston Road in Princeton, MA. 
Credit: Joanne Talbot Quinn

The exhibit is up until October 20th.

Viewing hours are:
     M/T/W 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
     Th/F 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
     Sat 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
     Sun 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

For More Info: Princeton Arts Society
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Pamela Druhen Quilt Show, Princeton Arts Society Exhibit - Princeton, MA
Pamela Druhen Quilt Show

Pamela Druhan, a Vermont artist with Princeton roots creates intricate realistic quilted landscapes using fabric and painted thread.

October 25-26, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. both days.

Reception Saturday at 2 p.m.

About the Artist:  Click Here

Contact Princeton Arts Society for additional info. 
Circle of Artists, Annual Art Show - Westminster, MA
The Circle of Artists will hold its annual art show on Saturday, October 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The show will be held at the American Legion Hall, 127 Main Street, Westminster.

Regional artists, as well as community high school students, display their artwork in this annual event. On Saturday, musical entertainment includes the Renaissance Trio (with Laurie Strubbs on cello, and Sister Irene and Virginia Krul on violin) from 12pm to 1pm. Harpist Rosemary Reynolds will play from 2pm to 4pm.  Part of the exhibit will be dedicated to this year's "Water Lily Challenge," where artists interpret the same subject in their own style.

Visit the Circle of Artist's Facebook page at Circle of Artists
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Textures in Acrylics, Kate Shaffer  - GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA   
Join us for a 3 day workshop in using the different texture materials with acrylics.

The workshop begins with a short demo and examples of the different textures mediums. We finish up the night by doing hands on using the texture mediums you have chosen from the materials list. Saturday is spent experimenting with the way acrylic paints react on the texture materials. Sunday you will work on your finished piece. At the end of the workshop you will have a much better understanding of texture mediums and how you can make them work in your art.

Dates: October 17-19, 2014
Times: Fri. 7-9 pm; Sat. &Sun. 9 am - 4 pm
Location: GALA Art Center, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440
Cost: $130

Materials list will be sent upon receipt of registration.
Read about Kate Shaffer, the instructor  
Register Now (Deadline is Wed., Oct. 15, 2014) 

There will be a preview demo at the Greater Gardner Artists Association (GGAA) meeting on October 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Senior Center; 294 Pleasant St. Gardner.

For questions about the workshop or demo, please email Kate at [email protected]

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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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Photography Class, John Burk - Petersham, MA 
Falling Leaves & Waterfalls: Autumn Photography Class at Petersham Art Center.

"Roaring Brook" John Burk
John Burk, well-known photographer and author of pictorial and historical books about the Quabbin area and beyond, will teach a class at the Petersham Art Center on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., on how to get the best photo opportunities during the upcoming New England foliage season.

This indoor/outdoor workshop will feature classroom discussion, followed by travel to area waterfalls, waterscapes,  and favorite autumn foliage vantage points to capture the stunning autumn scenes. Burk will teach about strategies and techniques to create flowing water images and how to capture the brilliant and subtle colors of the season.

John Burk has travelled extensively throughout the New England region. His books include  "Wildlife of New England: Where to Find, Appreciate and Photograph Animals of the Northeast," "Quabbin Reservoir Through Time," and "New England's Natural Wonders: An Explorer's Guide". 

The class is $40 for non-members and $20 for members.  Teenagers to adults are invited to participate.  Participants must bring their own camera and tripod. Call the Petersham Art Center for more information at 978-724-3415.

For examples of Burk's work online, see

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More Exhibits & Classes
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Artist Fellowships, Massachusetts Cultural Council
MCC has announced that the 2015 Artist Fellowships guidelines, dates, and deadlines are now available at this link:  Guidelines.  MCC's Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously-judged grants for Massachusetts individual artists, with awards based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the original work submitted.

This cycle, applications are accepted in the following categories:

Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
Online applications available NOW
Application deadline: October 6, 2014

Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography
Online applications available: December 15, 2014 
Application deadline: January 26, 2015

Read tips on applying.

Changes this cycle:

The finalist award is increased from $500 to $1000; the fellowship award remains $10,000.  MCC has changed "Sculpture/Installation" to "Sculpture/Installation/New Genres," reflecting the category's inclusion of visual art work that is conceptually-driven, experimental, hybrid, community-based, and other interdisciplinary forms.

Visual arts disciplines (this year, that includes Crafts, Photography, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres) will now be accepted through

Program Guidelines 

Visit the MCC online at:

Grants for Schools from Massachusetts Cultural Council
MCC's STARS Residencies online application opens at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, October 8. STARS provides grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support residences of three days or more with artists, scientists, and scholars. Any Massachusetts K-12 school is eligible to apply. Schools are eligible for one grant per school year.

STARS Residencies applications are reviewed on a "first received, first reviewed" basis. Please understand that there is a huge demand for these funds - it's important to get your application in immediately. Thanks to your advocacy, MCC is able to increase the STARS budget again for 2014-2015, but we expect funds to go quickly again this year.

More information? Contact Raquel Jimenez [email protected](Big Yellow) or Diane Daily [email protected](STARS).


Visit the MCC online at:

Multi-Artist, Hudson Town Hall, Hudson, MA

For More Information and Registration form, visit

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Multi-Artist, Photography, Citizens Bank, Hudson, MA

For More Information and Registration form,

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Treasured Places, Protected Spaces - Keene, NH
The Historical Society of Cheshire County has just released the prospectus & registration form for their exciting new art exhibit "Treasured Places, Protected Spaces" scheduled for May- Sept 2015.

The exhibit will consist of artwork depicting historic, conservation, or other protected properties in a widespread area under the rather loose canopy of "Monadnock Region" (it covers areas as far north as Hillsborough and as far east as Milford and all the way out to the VT and MA borders on west and south).

Click here to read additional information in their brochure. 

For further information contact event chair:  Alicia Drakiotes at [email protected]  or Alan Rumrill at HSCC, 246 Main St, Keene,NH

For more info on the Historical Society of Cheshire County's Exhibits, click here.
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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

Young Artist Band Competition - Hudson, MA
The River's Edge Arts Alliance and River's Edge Community Band announce a Young Artist Band Competition. Young Artist Band Competition for students who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.  Auditions by appointment on Dec. 6, 2014.  Winner will perform a solo with the River's Edge Community Band at an evening concert on March 29, 2015.  First Runner up will have the opportunity to perform in the lobby before the concert. 

Students must be in Grade 12 or younger at date of performance, reside in Hudson or one of its surrounding towns or be a student or child of a River's Edge Arts Alliance member. Present a letter of application signed by a parent or guardian; Present a letter of recommendation from a private instructor or school band/orchestra director.  Submit $25 fee with application.  Submit  application by Nov. 29, 2014.  Audition time will be arranged upon receipt of application.
Click Here for an application

Visit their website at for more info. 

River's Edge Arts Alliance
155 Apsley Street
Hudson MA  01749



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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

Leominster Art Cener has launched a new website: 
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.  

Image filenames should include the name of the artist and the work.   

Please post your press releases online whenever possible 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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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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