JULY 2015
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Member!
Eleanor Gamarsh
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 at Winchendon Summer Solstice
Clark Memorial YMCA, Winchendon, MA
GALA booth at Summer Solstice
We were at the Clark Memorial YMCA Fair on
Saturday, June 
20th, 2015 promoting our organization! 

A good time was had by all with two raffle baskets, our custom wine, art for sale and an activity table creating a summer solstice collage.

art sale and raffle baskets
adding squares to the solstice collage


summer solstice collage
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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:


MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Joe Smith
Scratchboard Artist
At the Beach by Joe Smith
Joe Smith ( has had his scratchboard painting, At the Beach, accepted in the Cape Cod Museum of Art's Structures and Remnants show to be held August 22 to October 15 at the museum in Dennis. The artist's reception will be held August 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Another of Joe's scratchboard works, Beech, has been accepted into the Copley Society of Art's summer members' show, Expected, to be held July 1 to August 19 at the Society's Gallery at 158 Newbury St. in Boston, with an artist's reception on July 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Pam Short
Greenbelt's 26th Annual "Art in the Barn" Benefit
Last Light on Millbrook by Pam Short
Pam's piece, "Last Light on Millbrook", has been chosen to be part of the "Art in the Loft" exhibit at the Millbrook Winery in Millbrook, NY. The exhibit runs from May 18th through November 7 where the People's Choice Wine Label winner will be announced at the November 7 closing reception. 

The Hudson River Valley is rich in the arts and history. If you want to learn more visit Pam's website, for links on the area.

For more information on the show visit: 

For hours and directions visit: 

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Cool Cats at Nina's Nook
Turners Falls, MA
"Cool Cats" comes to Nina's Nook
Winkie and Pipsie on Yellow Bed by Christine Mero
June 11-July 18.
Highlighting the work of Montague painter Christine Mero, the show also includes paintings by Donna Estabrook and N. S. Koenings, with sculpture, toys, and other items by Nina Rossi, Peggy Hart, Edite Cunha, Belinda Lyons Zucker and others. The artists honor and celebrate all things feline for this special show. 

Nina's Nook is located next to the Black Cow Burger Bar at 125A Avenue A Turners Falls. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-5 p.m. and by appointment 413.834.8800.
Details at

A Closer Look a Photography Exhibit by Melissa Gentle
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Blue by Melissa Gentle
The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present Melissa Gentle's in-depth photographs in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, July 3 
through Thursday, July 30

Inspiration can bloom from many things, in my case it was family. Two grandmothers with an admirable amount of creativity have motivated me to explore and interpret the world in my own way. I began drawing as a child, and learned the techniques of painting from my grandmothers. I eventually realized photography was my true calling and became devoted to it. New Hampshire reveals many photographic opportunities, and more often than not, I find myself mesmerized by a single subject for hours at a time.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Tues: 10-6, Wed-Fri 1-5, Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. 

For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at, find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook.

Unique Photo Processes by Robert Santangelo
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Robert Santangelo
The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce a very unique exhibit of photographs
by Robert Santangelo beginning with an opening to the public from 5-7 pm on Friday, July 3 in the first floor Auditorium Gallery and run until Saturday, August 1.

This showing of photographs are in the unusual form of Metal Prints, Hand Prints using chemicals and Digital Prints using quality photolustre paper. The Metal Prints were processed with compliments by Adorama, Inc of New York. All of these processes lend unusual visual appreciations. The stunning images range from New York City's Central Park to Jaffrey and some islands of Maine. Architecture, flora, fauna and the people who live in and among it all are the subjects for you to enjoy.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library,
parking in rear. Hours are Tues: 10-6, Wed-Fri 1-5, Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. 

For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at, find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook.

Robert Carsten Pastel Workshop
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Robert Carsten Night Scenes in Pastel
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Paint the night and all that shines, glows and glitters. From a bustling city or town street to a serene, moonlit townscape or country scene, create a mood-filled nocturnal scene that explores a high contrast palette of colors from rich, gorgeous darks to luminous lights. 

Work from your photos or sketches. The instructor will have some photos as well. Demonstration, critique and lots of painting time. Materials list, all levels from beginner through advanced welcome.

For more information, please go click here

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Art Classes & Instruction
**Tentative Workshop** Lisa Ober - Pastel
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Blue Vases by Lisa Ober
The Workshop Committee is considering a pastel workshop with Lisa Ober.

It would be a 2-day workshop (weekend) in either 2016 or 2017. The tentative fee would be $250. 

If you would be interested in this workshop (no commitment now), please let us know so we can see if there is enough interest to pursue this workshop.

For more information contact:

For more information on Lisa Ober click the following link

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

Click here for more information

2015 Workshops: Drawing, Oils, Pastels
Monadnock Area Artists Association

Mark Your Calendar!

Robert Carsten - Pastels - Saturday, September 12, 2015

All workshops are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted. 

Please check our website: or write Carol at

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2015 New England Photography Biennial
Danforth Art Museum/School, Framingham, MA
K. Tyler Untitled: Dust Storm Near Cemetery Road & Hwy 23
Emerging and established photographers who live or work in New England are invited to submit work to the New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Art's highly-selective exhibition of innovative, contemporary photography.

The New England Photography Biennial is will be on view at Danforth Art September 9 - December 6, 2015. Submissions are accepted through July 13, 2015.

Click here to begin your application

Photographers may submit up to 5 works for a $45 submission fee.

IMAGE: K. Tyler, Untitled: Dust Storm Near Cemetery Road and HWY 23 (detail), Photograph, 40" x 40," Collection Danforth Art, 2013.113. New England Photography Biennial 2013 Purchase Prize.

Figure/Portrait Exhibit 2015
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
The Post Road Art Center is calling all artists! We will be hosting the juried Figure/Portrait
Carrying the load by Elizabeth Ricketson
Themed Exhibit 2015 in August. Submissions will be accepted during our normal business hours from July 23rd until Thursday, July 30th at 7:00pm

The opening reception will be on Thursday August 6th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and the exhibit will be hanging in our gallery until August 26th. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, People's Choice, and Facebook Fan Page winners. For more submission details and the registration form please visit the gallery section of our website.

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

STARS Residencies Application Change
Northampton, MA
STARS Residency
MCC-s STARS Residencies 
is making a few changes to the application for the 2015-2016 school year to help applicants better describe their proposed projects. A 2015-2016 STARS sample application will be available on the MCC website on July 30.

The STARS application opening date will be Tuesday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m. Residencies may start November 10 and after. Applications will be reviewed in the order received and funding notifications made by November 6

Contact Program Manager, Diane Daily (mailto: for more information or help developing your application.

The Oxbow Gallery
Northampton, MA
The Oxbow Gallery of Northampton, MA is currently accepting applications for new members.

Oxbow is an artist owned and operated gallery with 39 members showcasing a variety of fine art techniques and mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation.

The next review of applications will be on 
July 12, 2015.

For more information about the gallery and complete information about the requirements for the application process, please visit their website or visit the gallery Thursdays through Sundays noon - 5 p.m., 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060  

For more information follow the links below:
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

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

The committee will review work for one person shows on an ongoing basis.

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:

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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:
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 or 978-630-2340

Contact Alice Struthers 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 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 or call 978-630-2340.


There are many ways to volunteer! Please contact Vicki Heidorn 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  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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