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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, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization   Visit GALA on Facebook  
February 2015
In This Issue
GALA News & Events
Art Shows & Exhibits
Art Classes & Instruction
Call for Artists
Quick Links
Welcome New Members!

Bernadette Cohen
Holly Johnson

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
Art Center Events
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GALA reached another notable milestone in January 2015 - 100 Currently Active Members!!  With members from many area communities who have interests in a variety of medium or just appreciate and support the artistic endeavors, we have a promising future ahead! 

Not a member yet?  You can be!  Click here for the membership form.

A GALA Membership can make a nice gift for the artist in your life!
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Art Center Events    
GALA Coffee House 
A Night Out 
Acoustic Music & Song 
Friday, February 6, 7:30 pm

We are pleased to announce that the featured act on February 6th is Cosmic Moxa!

COSMIC MOXA combines traditional sounds stemming from Spanish gypsy, Nordic, Eastern European and Middle Eastern influences with electronic beats and soundscapes of the modern age. Cosmic Moxa is the dynamic duo of John Salonen maestro of the guitar, keys and fiddle, born in Finland and coming from a familial musical background, and Nancy Valois born in Leominster MA, awesome vocals and inspired keys. Visit their website and Facebook page.

$5 donation at the door. 
These are alcohol free events.
Refreshments will be available.
For more information, please contact Vicki Heidorn at

GALA Artists Critique Group
New Winter Sessions! 

February 21st, 2015 from 10 am to 12 Noon at the GALA Art Center 205 School Street, Gardner, MA (lower level). Join us for coffee and conversation. Please bring two pieces of your artwork, in any medium, finished or in progress, 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.

Please register by Feb. 20th. More Info and registration, click here:    Critique Group

Additional coming events and notices are listed below in the Member News, Call to Artists, Music and other Sections.   
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CM Judge - GALA Featured Artist - GALA Art Center, Gardner MA
GALA is proud to present our Featured Artist for February, C.M. Judge.  C.M. is an intermedia artist -- one who realizes work by utilizing a variety of materials, techniques and technologies.  Ms. Judge's work has been exhibited here in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Her work celebrates the multifaceted connections between body, spirit and environment. She lives and works in an 1889 granite and brick school building in Fitchburg, MA.

Ms. Judge states: "Art is spirit made visible--- my art making, whether drawing, painting, collage, video or installation involves "prayerful illumination" -- those moments where the veil of common understanding is swept away by beauty, goodness or truth revealing a sacred reality."

Her installation, Vessels, will be on display at the GALA Art Center through March 1.  Gallery Hours.  Read more about C. M. Judge on her website:

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Grey Beard Artists - GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA 
GALA is proud to present Grey Beard Artists, a show featuring veteran GALA members James O'Rourke, Gary Ruuska and Joe Smith.  Selected works by these award-winning artists will be shown at the GALA Art Center from March 7th through March 29th.  An artists' reception will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. 

All three artists are recent winners of Popular Choice Awards at GALA shows. James O'Rourke of Townsend, MA ( has been an artist for almost 40 years.  His work is primarily land and seascape, still life and object painting and drawing, and his preferred media are oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, colored pencil and pastel.

James O'Rourke "Visual Optimism"  (charcoal)
Gary Ruuska of Gardner (, who for many years produced stunning colored pencil art of still life, landscapes and cityscapes, as well as ink and graphite drawings, has now turned his attention to acrylics.  

Gary Ruuska "Rock Garden"  (acrylic)
Joe Smith of Phillipston, MA (, has been drawing and sketching since he was a lad back in the 60's.  He expresses his love for trees, forests and special places he's known in detailed scratchboard art, but occasionally loosens up with oils, watercolor, and pen & ink. 
Joe Smith "Englishman's Bay"  (scratchboard)
These three grey beard artists bring a fresh vision and energy to their art born of years of experience and they look forward to showing their latest works to you.  

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  Brad Willard & Gary Ruuska - Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Congratulations to GALA Members Brad Willard & Gary Ruuska!

Brad Willard  "Bass Harbor Light"
Gary and Brad both had their artwork accepted into the Post Road Art Center juried exhibit "Local Inspiration".  The exhibit runs through February 4th and can be viewed at the Post Road Art Center during their open hours or online.

Please support our GALA members by liking their work on the Post Road Center Facebook page.

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Rd. East,
Marlborough, MA 01752       
Tel: (508) 485-2580

Gary Ruuska  "White Pine and Laurel"
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  Joe Smith Exhibit, The Copley Society, Boston, MA

Joe Smith will have two pieces showing at the Copley Society's New Members' Show, which will run from January 10, 2015 to February 24, 2015.  The opening reception will be Saturday, January 10th at 3:30 pm.

Visit Joe online at:
For More on The Copley Society, click here:
 Experimental Mark-making Display, GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA

Now through February 6th at the GALA Art Center, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA (Lower Level)  you can check out some of the marvelously fun artistic results from the recent one day workshop:  Experimental Mark-making Display led by Joanne Holtje. 

For more images from this event and the items currently on exhibit, click here.

Have you bookmarked the site for the Events at the Art Center?  Don't miss out on the fun!

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"Drawings" Exhibit - Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Susan Tripp "Still Life With Grapes"

Princeton Arts Society
Mountainside Market Show
January 13 - February 23, 2015

A new show "Drawings" is now at the Mountainside Market, 23 Hubbardston Road, Princeton. The show feature 20-some drawings in various media priced from $35 to $375.

Stop by the Market for coffee, tea and a nibble while you enjoy the newest show which runs from January 13th through February 23rd.

Viewing hours are M/T/W 6 am - 7 pm, Th/F 6 am to 8 pm, Saturday 7 am to 7 pm and Sunday 7 am to 6 pm.

For more info, email:

"Date Night for the Arts" - GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA

You are invited to a great evening of viewing wonderful artwork, enjoying decadent desserts, a piano performance and a raffle! Join us for the opening reception on Valentine's Day of the GALA themed show "Passions", Saturday, February 14th from 5 to 7 pm.  

Bring your sweetheart to "Date Night for the Arts" on Valentine's Day and enjoy a performance by accomplished pianist, Deb Colageo from 5:30-6:00 pm!  Buy chances to win a gift basket & other prizes. Raffle winners will be announced at 7 pm.

Be sure to vote for your favorite artwork. The Popular Choice winners will be announced
at the close of the show on Sunday, March 1st at 4 pm.

Visit the Art Shop where you will find small artworks & crafts perfect as gifts for yourself or others!

Admission is always free & all are welcome (Donations are encouraged)

Show Location
GALA Art Center
205 School Street (Lower Level)
Gardner, MA 01440
This location is wheelchair accessible

Gallery Hours
Wednesdays: 11 am - 1 pm
Fridays: 7 - 9 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1 - 4 pm

GALA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization   (click here for the show flyer)
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"Harmony/wa" - Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Harmony/和 with Mihoko, Sumiyo and Tomo

Japanese artists living in Worcester, working in 3 different mediums, will show their work together in a group show entitled "Harmony/wa" at the Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, Massachusetts from January 15 - February 28, 2015. The opening reception will be from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, January 15, 2015; there will be an artists talk at 6pm.

All of the artists - Mihoko Wakabayashi, Sumiyo Toribe and Tomo Sakai - make work that relates to their life in America, and their connection to Japan. They all strive for a condition of 'wa', a Japanese word meaning harmony. They have created a piece together for the show to express this yearning.

Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Road
Worcester, MA  01605
gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm

To visit their official Facebook page, click here. 
To visit their Facebook exhibition invitation page, click here
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Acrylics Workshop with Lori MacDonald, School Street Studio, Gardner, MA
Lori MacDonald Acrylics Workshop

Learn the steps to translating this photo reference to a painting!  "Winter Haven Hydrangeas"
Lori's easy to follow instruction will show you how!

Saturday, February 28th 9am-3pm at the NEW Lori MacDonald Fine Art CLASSROOM, 205 School Street  (with a Noon break for lunch).

Cost $65 includes a frame and canvas panel
(Class paints and brushes may be used for an additional fee of $10)

Contact Lori to reserve your place:  978-410-4446

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Acrylics Workshop with Kate Shaffer
Kate Shaffer of Outside the Lines is taking registrations for a 3 day "Textures in Acrylic" workshop. Mar 20 - 22, 2015. Friday 7 - 9 pm. Sat and Sun 9 - 4. Cost is $125 for 16 hours of instruction.

Friday small demo and canvas prep for Saturday's class.  On Sat you will have guided experimentation and play to discover what all the textures mediums do and how they react with various viscosities of acrylic paints. At the end of the day you will prepare your final canvas using the mediums you have chosen from your experiments. Sunday you will work on your final piece.

Texture mediums are included. You will need to bring the paints, brushes and various common tools like pallet knives. Supply list will be emailed upon registration.

For more info, location and the link for paypal payment, please email Kate Shaffer at  Come join the fun!
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2015 Workshops: Pastels, Oils, Drawing - Monadnock Area Artists Association
Monadnock Area Artists Association Presents its 2015 Workshops:

Jeannie Rosier Smith - pastels - "Loosen Up Your Landscape"  March 21
Collette Lucas- "Yes You CAN Draw!" - May 2
Monique Sakellirous-oils-Sunday, June 7
Robert Carsten - pastels -September 12

All workshops are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted.
Registration forms will not be available until mid-January. 

Please check our website: or write Carol at
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More Exhibits & Classes
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"Passion" a Themed Exhibit, GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA
Call For Artists:  2015 February Themed Show at the GALA Art Center.
February 14 - March 1, 2015

The theme is "PASSION" with a special "Date Night for the Arts" opening reception on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015, 7-9 pm!  Call for Entries  Entry Deadline is Friday, Feb. 6
Popular Choice Awards presented at 3:45 pm on Sunday, March 1.

The goal of the show is to raise money to support GALA's Art Center through a
PASSION-themed Valentine's Day event featuring member artwork, some chocolate, some wine, and a raffle of romantic gifts. Help set the mood with your most passionate work.

Entry and payment should be completed online at this link.

If you are not able to submit an entry online, then please email
or call 978-630-2340 to make other arrangements for entry.

Entry Deadline:                  Friday, February 6
Art Drop-off at Art Center:  Wed., February 11, 4:30--6:30 pm
Art Pick-up at Art Center:   Sun., March 1, 4:15-5:15 pm
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Birds of a Feather - MultiArtist Exhibit - Hudson, MA 

Call for Artists:  Sponsored by River's Edge Art Alliance, "Birds of a Feather" a multi-artist exhibit part of the  Art in the Hall Exhibits (Hudson Town Hall). 
Register by February 26th, Drop off of Art is March 1st, 2 to 4 pm  Pickup  May 2nd, 10 - 12 pm. 

Opening Reception:  Sat., April 11th, 6 to 7 pm  Exhibit on display March and April 2015.

Click Here for Registration form.  Forms can be submitted online, mailed or hand-delivered to their office at 155 Apsley Street, Hudson, MA 01749. 

Limited Space available. Open to all artists medium.   

Addition Themes coming up for Art in the Hall:  June - August "Summer Flowers"  more info at  Questions, please email:   or call ph:978-562-1646    
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GALA Members - Featured Artist - GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA  

Call For Artists - Featured Artist - GALA Art Center

Beginning in 2015 GALA Art Center will be offering space to GALA's Featured Artist to be selected by the GALA Art Center Committee (ACC) from applications submitted by GALA members. What an exciting opportunity for both new and established artists!!  Will YOU be Artist of the Month??

 Click here for guidelines. 
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Coming Shows, Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
It's in the Bag Exhibit 2015- call for submissions

The bags are here!  It's in the Bag has quickly become an artist favorite, and the 2014 bags are sure to be a hit. For those unfamiliar with this show, each participant receives an identical bag containing a variety of supplies.  Using only the supplies in the bag, each artist creates a unique piece showcasing his or her creativity and ingenuity. The price of the bag is $30 which includes the supplies and entry fee for one finished piece. You may choose to create and enter more than one piece of artwork using what's in the bag. The entry fee for each additional piece is $10, with a limit of three pieces entered per artist.

This makes a fantastically fun holiday gift!  But hurry - only 100 bags are available!

This is a great show for both seasoned and emerging artists.  

Submissions will be accepted Jan. 29th to Feb. 5th until 7:00 pm.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be Feb 12th 5:30-8:00 pm.

for more information, visit
Wachusett Reservoir Art Path 2015
The Wachusett Reservoir Art Path - WRAP 2015 
Seeking Artists & Artisans for Self-Guided Artist Studio Tour 

The Wachusett Reservoir Art Path (WRAP) 2015, a self-guided tour of artists' open studios, homes, and galleries around the reservoir, has something for every art lover. Area arts include pottery, woodwork, African art, Russian icons,watercolors, oils & acrylics, fashion accessories, and antiques. This year will also feature artist sales space at The Mill Restaurant in West Boylston, where you can also enjoy a bite or refreshment on your tour of the Wachusett Reservoir Art Path.

WRAP 2014 is happening on Saturday, March 14, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm. If you are an artist in the towns of West Boylston, Boylston, Clinton, and Sterling who would like to participate in WRAP 2015, please contact Lynn Babineau at
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2015 GALA Annual Spring Show, PACC, Gardner, MA
Call for Entries - 2015 Annual Spring Show with Live Music!

March 27-29, 2015 at the PACC in Gardner, MA

Save the dates for our always well attended annual Spring Show.  Read about our distinguished judges for this show, Stephen Jareckie & Jill Pottle.  


Join us at the Opening Reception on Friday, March 27 from 6-9 pm with announcement of the judges' awards at 7 pm. Non-members are welcome to join at time of entry.

Entry Deadline:               Friday, Feb. 27
Art Drop-off at PACC:  Wed., March 25, 4-6 pm (artwork arriving after 6 pm cannot be included in the judging.)
Art Pick-up at PACC:     Sun., March 29, 4:15-5:15 pm


Popular Choice Awards presented on Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm.

More Information and entry forms can be found here:  Call for Entries
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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  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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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 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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MusicMusic & Performing Arts Opportunities

Mark Frederick Fisher and his Trio

Mark Frederick Fisher and his Trio, featuring Kris Lucander & Donna Fisher Russo will be performing Saturday Feb.7th 8:00 PM, at JK Crossroads Restaurant in E. Templeton MA. Come visit for Big Harmony vocals, wholesome food & lively libations.

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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:

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
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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