MAY 2015
In This Issue
Welcome New Members!
Susan Ellis
Dorothy J. Munroe
Charlene Noel
GALA Board of Directors
Kevin Bird President
Mike Williams Chairperson
Jeff Gallant Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn Secretary
Guy Biechele 
Ashley Bird

Chuck Heidorn 

Doreen LaScola

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.

PO Box 664 (mail)
 205 School Street (no mail)
Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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Emily Royal
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GALA Murdock-Whitney Museum Exhibit
Winchendon Historical Society, Winchendon, MA
Winchendon Historical Society
151 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475
Bring your camera and/or sketch pads (no paints or messy mediums) and
tour the museum and grounds. 

Create one or two 2-D pieces of art over the summer months inspired by the 22 room mansion or gardens.


Visit the museum as many times as you wish during the museum's regular tour times. Museum tour fees are $5, but GALA members may tour free for an entire year by becoming a member of the Museum at a discounted rate of $15 (normally $25). Just let the Museum staff know you are a GALA member when you join. 


GALA will hold an exhibit at the museum displaying the results of your inspiration with an opening reception on Saturday, September 19th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The opening will include music performances and refreshments.


Watch for the Call for Entries with further details!

Pre-registration and GALA membership will be required to participate in the show.


For more historical background of the Murdock-Whitney House visit their website at:


GALA Coffee House
GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA
A Night Out Acoustic Music & Song
Royalston Singer-Songwriter
Diane Lincoln (Linq)

Featuring: Linq

Two opening acts: 

$5 donation at the door

These are alcohol free events. Refreshments will be available.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: GALA Art Center
205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440

GALA Artists Critique Group
GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: GALA Art Center, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440

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

Current GALA members: bring guests to one meeting for free!

Please register by Thursday, May 7, 2015

GALA En Plein Air
GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA
First GALA En Plein Air of 2015!

Date & Time: Saturday, June 20, 2015 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Templeton Common

This is a typical New England town common with a bandstand and several historic buildings nearby.

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

Please register by Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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School Street Art Studios
GALA Art Center, Gardner, MA

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MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Judy Fava
Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery
GALA member, Judy Fava, is displaying her artwork along with that of friends, Carrin Culotta and Lee Muir, in the Townsend Meeting Hall Gallery. Judy's and Lee's works are in watercolor. Carrin's works are in watercolor and oils.   

For information and directions please visit 

Exhibiting: June 4, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Artist's Reception: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marion Knoll - Gardner Music Boosters
Theme Basket Extravaganza!
Gardner High School

Guy Bichele - Creative Flower Photography
Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
Last Dance by Guy Bichele
Hardly anyone can resist photographing flowers. They are everywhere and they present an endless array of colors, shapes and patterns. 

In this workshop we will explore new ways of seeing and photographing flowers to create beautiful images that go beyond the usual record shot of a flower. We will experiment with light, focus and backgrounds to achieve truly unique images. Capturing images that express beauty and our own personal vision will be the object of this workshop.

Participants are asked to bring their camera, camera manual and whatever lenses they have (especially macro, and prime lenses if they have them, in addition to the usual zoom lenses). 

Also, people are asked to bring a bouquet of flowers in a vase to photograph and share.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Sharon Arts Center
20 Depot St Unit 40, Peterborough, NH 03458
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tracie Pouliot
Chair City Oral History Series & Community Art Center
Help Tracie Open The Doors To 
The Community Letterpress Shop! 

Between now and May 8, 2015, Tracie is raising funds to purchase a letterpress for the Chair City Community Art Center. 

Click below to see a video, learn more about the project and donate!

Even if you are not able to provide substantial resources, know that just $5 makes a difference and spreading the word can be equally powerful. And there are perks for each donation level, including a hand printed, hand bound book.

By donating and sharing this project, you are supporting the idea that the things we make with our hands and hearts - whether it be a chair, a piece of writing, or something to hang on the wall - are important to individuals and to a community.

Please let me know if you have questions or want to get involved in any way: [email protected]

Performances This Month by Royalston Singer-Songwriter 
By Linq (Diane Lincoln)
Gardner - Orange - Rindge
Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

Linq is the featured artist at GALA's own own coffee house. 
Location: GALA Art Center, 
205 School Street, Gardner, MA

Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Collaborative at Butterfield Park on East River Street in Orange, MA. 

Crafts and other wares available at booths circling the bandstand, where musicians perform throughout the day. May Pole Dance. 

Linq's set starts at 2 p.m.

Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.

Linq is the featured performer this month. 

The Historic Rindge Meeting House, 6 Payson Hill Road, Rindge, NH

Joanne Holtje
Buddhas Over Worcester - Worcester, MA
Joanne Holtje will have a sculpture on exhibit at the third annual "Buddhas Over Worcester" outdoor sculpture event held at the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester.

Come experience contemporary interpretations of what it means to be awake and present in today's world.

Opening day celebration:
Sunday, May 3, 2015 2- 5 p.m.

Location: 1030 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA

Show will remain open to the public through July 11th.
Lisa Regopoulos - Resident Artist & Other News
Lisa Regopoulos is one of a group of 8 pastel artists known as 80 Dusty Fingers chosen to be the Resident Artists at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA this year. 

This is the first time in Fruitland's History that a group was chosen instead of an individual from applicants nation wide. As part of this residency, Lisa will be doing formal demo on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. She will also be doing plein air demos, gallery talks, and will be part of two exhibitions, one of which is currently hung at the Wayside Visitors Center gallery. Lisa is also scheduled to teach a workshop on September 18, 2015

For more information please visit

Refuge by Lisa Regopoulos
Her pastel Refuge, was juried into the Academic Artists Association 65th Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Vernon, Connecticut. Lisa has now been accepted as a juried Member of the Academic Artists Association.

Tired of over crowded workshops and not enough individual attention?
Then this Workshop is for you! 
Join Lisa for a one day pastel workshop and acquire the techniques to create your own sand dune painting filled with depth, movement and light. In a fun and relaxed environment learn to create blowing grass and sand that looks warm and inviting. This workshop begins with a one hour demo followed by individual instruction at your easel. To allow optimal instruction for each person, the class limit is 6. To register, contact Lisa at or [email protected]

Painting Sand Dunes in Pastel
Location: East Colony Fine Art
55 South Commercial Street, #2
Manchester, NH
Date & Time: Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Tuition: $80.00. 

Classes: Lisa has openings in her Monday classes at School Street Studios, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA. Beginner pastel classes: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Pastel Painting classes on 
Monday afternoon from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. 

 To register, please contact Lisa at

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Art Shows & Exhibits
"Beliefs" May Exhibit Opening Reception
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Please join us at the Post Road Art Center for the free opening reception of the "Beliefs" Exhibit.

"Galaxies" by Lindsey Payson


There will be plenty of great artwork, refreshments, and good company. The show will be judged by David Glaser of the Harvard Art Museums.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

Location: The Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA 01752

Young People's Show
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The walls of the 2nd floor Cunningham Gallery once again explode from ceiling to floor at the Jaffrey Civic Center. It's that time of year again when we get to see the artwork of the children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This year we have artwork from the classes taught by:

Mary Giandalone classes Jaffrey Grade School
Sam Pikcilingis classes Rindge Memorial School
Zelda Alibozek classes Conant Middle School
Kerry Mitschmyer classes Conant High School
Anna Fairbanks classes Conant High School
Heather Stirnweis classes St Patrick's School
Amanda Bastoni classes Conval High School


There is guaranteed a treat for every age, so come see the talents of your fellow citizens in our area and you'll not walk away disappointed. This show will run through Saturday, May 23, 2015.

The gallery will also be open on a special evening, Founder's Day, on May 7, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. This evening commemorates the woman, Marion Mack Johnson, who built the Jaffrey Civic Center. Musical students who represent each of the schools will perform with their voices or instruments. The evening is open to the public.

Admission is always FREE.


The Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 

(next to Library, parking in rear) 


Hours: Tues 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wed-Fri 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 


For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at [email protected], find our website,, or Like us on Facebook


Five Fantastic Frogs - an original story and unique prints
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present an exhibit of prints by Joyce Collier Fearnside in the first floor Display Cases until May 7, 2015.


These monotype, monoprint and collagraph prints are affordably for sale as well as the small book, "Five Fantastic Frogs" in which the illustrations are found.


"By age twelve, I made my first woodcut. Printmaking has become my main focus, because of its versatility by using painting, drawing, and texture.  I include dry point or collagraph with monotype or monoprint to help keep the artwork new. I continue to sketch from my kayak while visiting ponds and lakes."


"My challenge was to create a small book inspired by the artist Beatrix Potter. Growing up my family would read her little books at bedtime. Not long ago, I visited her home to see what gave her the vision to write and illustrate her little books."


Admission is always FREE.


The Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 

(next to Library, parking in rear) 


Hours: Tues 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wed-Fri 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 


For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at [email protected], find our website,, or Like us on Facebook


24th Annual Exhibit & Sale
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Arts Alive! Annual ArtWalk
Main Street, Keene, NH


Join over 60 New Hampshire Artists as the downtown businesses of Keene turn it's streets into a walking outdoor gallery. 


For 10 days, starting Friday, May 29, 2015 work in mediums such as oil, pastel, photography, watercolor, mixed media and more will take over storefront windows to connect artists of all ages with the community of Keene.


 Live painting and music events, scavenger hunts and more are available for the whole family during Art Walk.

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Art Classes & Instruction
Weave a Scarf in a Day
The Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA
Jen Baum, returns with her popular class to teach the art of the scarf.
Jen Baum teaches the previous weaving class at Petersham Art Center. The upcoming class members will learn how to create their own waffle weave design scarf from luxurious alpaca fiber.


Ms. Baum is the owner of Sunny Knoll farm, where she raises alpacas and uses their luxurious wool in her textile designs. She  is also the owner of the Weaving Shed, where she teaches and facilitates classes in textile art, basket weaving, and other craft designs. She has been competing in juried competitions for years and is recognized as a talented artist in her field.


Novice and returning class members alike will enjoy learning new skills as Ms. Baum teaches how to create a beautiful scarf from homegrown alpaca fiber in a creative 5-thread waffle weave design. With the use of a rigid heddle style loom, a pick up stick, and an experienced instructor, anyone can learn to weave with this lovely technique. Participants will leave with their own hand-created scarf by the end of the day.


Date: May 9, 2015
Alpaca from Sunny Knoll Farm

Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: The Petersham Art Center

8 North Street (just off Rte. 32/North Main Street)

Petersham, MA

Member Cost: $27.50

Non-Members: $47.50

Materials Fee for Alpaca wool (payable to the instructor): $50.00

Open to all age groups, teenagers to adults.


Call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415 for information.


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Spring & Summer Art Classes
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
We offer a great selection of art classes for adults and kids. The
 schedule for spring and summer is now up! 

To explore and sign up for classes, please visit the following link:

The Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA 01752

Tel: (508) 485-2580
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday until 7:00pm

A Spring Sampler
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

The Petersham Art Center welcomes Sue Morello, of Sheldon Farm in Barre, as she presents a free program on the history of antique samplers. She will display and discuss her own fine collection, which includes samplers from the 1750's to the early 1800's.


Ms. Morello began collecting samplers over 40 years ago and her collection has grown to include many excellent and unique examples of the homemade artworks. During the 18th and 19th centuries, it was expected that young girls would learn homemaking skills, like sewing and needlework, as well as perfect their reading and writing abilities, by working on handsewn and embroidered samplers with themes of the alphabet, biblical sayings, and even family trees of their genealogy.


Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Petersham Art Center

8 North Street (just off Rte. 32/North Main Street)

Petersham, MA


There is no need to register for the free Spring Sampler program, but people may call the Art Center at 978-724-3415 for information.


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West African Dance Class
WBArts Foundation
2015 Workshops: Drawing, Oils, Pastels
Monadnock Area Artists Association

Nashua Winter by Monique Sakelliros

Mark Your Calendar!

Monique Sakellirous - Oils - Sunday, June 7, 2015
Robert Carsten - Pastels - Saturday, September 12, 2015

All workshops are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted. 

Please check our website: 
or write Carol at [email protected]

Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)
New England Foundation for the Arts
The CCX is a peer-to-peer exchange of the strategies used in successful
creative economy initiatives around New England. CCX professional development workshops are for New England leaders who are engaged in creative economy and creative placemaking projects that leverage their local creative sector for the revitalization and growth of their broader community.


CCX 2015 will take place in Keene, New Hampshire, a community that demonstrates strong cross-sector partnerships between the arts and local 

Local Host

business, local government, the local colleges, the broader Monadnock region, and Arts Alive, this year's local host. The event will take place in various locations, including Keene State College and downtown Keene.


Dates: June 2-3, 2015

Registration: $100  Click here to Register


We hope you can join us!


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Budding Artists
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
Call to Artists - Ages 15 and under
The Post Road Art Center will be having a beliefs themed art exhibit in June. Submissions for the show will be accepted from May 21-28, 2015 and the opening reception will be Saturday, June 6,2015 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in submitting work, please follow the link below for more information and the registration form.

Westminster Cracker Festival
Westminster, MA
October 24, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Arts & Crafts Juried Show

- 5K Race
- Music
- Food Vendors
- Beer & Wine Garden

Accepting applications for vendors. 

PO Box 446, Westminster, MA 01473  978.870.2361
Ashburnham 250th Anniversary Celebration
Ashburnham, MA

Art Exhibit Committee
Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
The newly formed Art Exhibit Committee of the Athol Public Library invites area artists to submit artwork for consideration for exhibition in the library's conference room.

The committee will review work for one person shows and will set an initial exhibition schedule for May through October 2015.

Various hanging media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, photography, textiles and mixed media are eligible.

Application forms with submission requirements are available at the library circulation desk and online at: and

For more information please email: [email protected]

Art Swap/Sale
Hollis Arts Society, Hollis, NH

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Resources for Artists
Custom Canvas Stretching
Doreen LaScola is offering 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 & Other
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 Center 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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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists
Exhibit Opportunities
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center Gardner, MA  (GALA Sponsored Venue)
Contact Vicki Heidorn a[email protected] or 978-630-2340

Contact Alice Struthers a[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 hereYou can contact the Library Director, Kathleen D. Leslie at 978-632-5298



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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More Exhibits & Classes

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Meeting Minutes & Note Taking
The Art Center Committee and the GALA Board of Directors is in need of someone who might be willing to sit in on meetings and take notes and write up minutes and transmit them electronically. Board Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and other meetings are usually on a week night, monthly or as needed, negotiated with the members.

If you are interested, please send a message introducing yourself and your experience with this type of activity to Vicki Heidorn [email protected] or call 978-630-2340.


There are many ways to volunteer! Please contact Vicki Heidorn [email protected] to express your interest in helping out with our organization.

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NewsletterSubmissions Newsletter 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 the 23rd of each month 
for publication on the 1st of the proceeding month.

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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All Star Award
2014 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 6 years in a row (2008-2014) 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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