August 2015
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Brian Dickens
Bethany Price

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano President
Mike Williams Chairperson
Jeff Gallant Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Kevin Bird
Chuck Heidorn
Doreen LaScola
Bethany Price

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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President's Message

Dear Friends,


It's a special honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as your new President of GALA. I look forward to an exciting year working on your behalf as well as a chance to meet and partner with other nonprofits to help them and to promote the Arts.


Our outgoing President, Kevin Bird, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us.  Kevin's leadership, vision and dedication have played an important part in making GALA the strong, successful organization it is today.  Luckily for all of us,Kevin will continue to serve on the board and I can rely on his wise counsel.


As GALA embarks on its 15th year, I hope you share my pride in our organization andall that we have accomplished.  Without the effort, commitment and talent of the board members, GALA would not be a continually growing organization. I thank each and every one of them.  I would also like to thank all of the volunteers that have helped us withour events.


I welcome Bethany Price, a new member of GALA's board. Bethany is a musician and a business owner. We are fortunate that she will be serving as our musician coordinator. Bethany is apassionatesupporter of the Arts and she will be a great asset to our organization.


I would like to personally encourage you to get involved, to reach out and connect with us. I want to commit to you that GALA is here to represent you. We need your support, ideas, input, and initiative.  We currently have three board/volunteer positions open:  Secretary, Grant Writer andVolunteer Coordinator.If you are interested in being a part of our team, please email me your resume at



Deb Giordano

President of GALA


Membership Year Change

GALA's membership year has changed from 
July 1-June 30 to an individual 
anniversary date cycle. 

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:



Are you spending the summer creating new artwork? GALA will resume our Artists Critique Group meetings in September.
Plan now to join us for coffee and conversation. 

Get some feedback on and insight into what you've created.

Saturdays on September 19, October 17 
and November 21 10 am-12 noon
at the 
55 West Lynde Street, Gardner, MA 01440

GALA Call for Artists

Toy Town Fall Festival
Winchendon, MA
Participate at the GALA booth or with your own booth!

Saturday, September 26th 2015 10 am-3 pm

Custom Label Wines to Benefit GALA

Whether you love art or love wine (or both!), 
purchasing our wine is a super way to support the local arts community.

They make very creative and tasteful gifts as well. 

Get all the info about the wines & order today here and enjoy a toast to art!

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Anna Ruuska
Honorable Mention Award 
Midway Geyser Basin by Anna Ruuska
Anna Ruuska's photograph "Midway Geyser Basin" received an Honorable Mention award at this year's Fitchburg Art Museum 80th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft. 

A number of other GALA members also had their work accepted into this juried exhibit! 

The show will be on display at the museum until September 6th

Visit Anna's website:
Alicia Drakiotes
Feature Artist
Beyond the Fence II by Alicia Drakiotes
About the Artist:

I Paint - because my spirit calls me - to capture the site and senses that surround me.

Paint is the material that represents the world outside myself. In my efforts to capture the likeness, I am trying to find a way to reconcile the physical struggle with paint to a narrative impulse to represent the personal. Through working with observed imagery, all of my senses, and some other mysterious element, I am trying to create believable worlds on the canvas or surface. The culmination - I try to relay to the viewer the joy, wonder, color and force of nature which surrounds us in each of my art works. Utilizing color, painterly techniques and sensitivity to the subject matter allows me to portray the "sense of place" and emotions that I interpret from my subjects.

Alicia Drakiotes will be featured artist for the month of August at two locations:

and at

28 Washington Street, Keene, NH

Denise Jacques
Exhibit Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital
The photographic art of Denise Jacques is on display at the Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner during regular office hours, now through September 15. 

Denise lives in Gardner and is the Office Supervisor for Heywood Cardiology. She took up photography as a hobby about 3 years ago, has been a member of GALA for the past year and a half and have won 1st and 2nd place in recent GALA exhibits. 

For more information, contact Denise at [email protected]

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.
Stone Bridge by Joe Smith

Joe Smith will also have an exhibition of his landscapes at the Athol Public Library, titled, Places I Remember; pictures celebrating the special places in his life.  

The show runs Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 28 and is open during library hours, Monday - Friday, 9:30 - 5:30. 

For more information about Athol Public Library, visit:

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
Follow Me to the High Plateaus of Himalaya and the Corners of Central Park
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Bethesda at Night by Hue Way He
The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce a photography exhibit by Hue Way He of New York City in the first floor Auditorium Gallery beginning on Friday, August 7 and running until Saturday, August 29.

A violin playing kid; An engineering student; An advertising creative; and finally, A photographer!

"I try to capture the serene, and to a degree, surreal moments of our lives and environment. My subjects are mostly the cityscapes of New York City and lands1capes of China, Tibet and Nepal. I intentionally display them side-by-side to highlight the contrast between two equally beautiful environs: one developed, civilized, mechanized; the other, natural, wild, elemental.
All my works are photographed, processed, printed and finished by myself."

The Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Next to the Library, parking in rear. 
Hours 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 [email protected], 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

3 Painters Art Show
Levi Heywood Memorial Library, Gardner

Painters Art Show | Justin McGonigle, Elaine and Richard Membrino

Levi Heywood Library
Meet and Greet, August 12th from 5-6:30pm

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Art Classes & Instruction
Treasured Places: Protected Spaces
Historical Society of Cheshire County

"Once Upon A Time" by Jeanne Maguire Thieme

Featured Speaker: 
Charlotte Wharton, CM, PSA
Wednesday, August 5th 7 PM 
at Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street, Keene, NH 
as part of the "Treasured Places: Protected Spaces" program.
Ms. Wharton is a Copley Master and holds professional memberships in a dozen juried national art organizations including the Pastel Society of America in New York. She teaches workshops throughout New England and the British West Indies. She is also on the faculty of the Worcester Art Museum where she teaches master classes. Ms. Wharton has been instrumental in the development of her student's careers. In 2000, her former students formed the "New Worcester Art Museum Group" in her honor. Charlotte sat on the Cultural Advisory Board of the Worcester Bancroft School and has served as Chair of the Membership Committee of the Copley Society of Boston.

This lecture is open to the public. Attendees are invited to view the featured art exhibition at the conclusion of the speaker event.

Click here for more information on the exhibit and the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Fall Art Courses at MWCC
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

All levels of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D and 3D Design. 

Classes are open to majors, non-majors, and seniors (tuition free). 

Contact Thomas Matsuda [email protected] 
for more information.

September 2016 - Lisa Ober - Pastels
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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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

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
Carrying the load by Elizabeth Ricketson

The Post Road Art Center will be hosting the juried 
Figure/Portrait Themed Exhibit 2015 in August. 

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. All artword is for sale and on view in our gallery until August 26th. Stop by and cast your vote for the people's choice award. In voting, you will also be entered into a raffle for $25 to 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

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Call for Entries
Murdock-Whitney Museum Exhibit
151 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

It's not too late to get started.
 For artists that are still looking for inspiration, the gardens around the museum are almost in full bloom! Get to the museum soon before you miss it!

Bring your camera and/or sketch pads (no paints or messy mediums) & tour the museum & 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.  Join GALA now

Museum summer open hours: 
Wed 10-4 & Sun 1-4

We will hold an exhibit at the Museum displaying the results of your inspiration with an opening reception on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 5.

The opening will include music performances and refreshments.

Please review the details in the Call for Entries.The deadline to register is 
September 7th.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Call for Artists Toy Town Fall Festival
Winchendon, MA

Call for Artists Toy Town Fall Festival Winchendon, MA
Participate at the GALA booth or with your own booth!
Saturday, September 26th, 10 am-3 pm

GALA will participate as a vendor at the festival.
We need volunteers to take shifts at the GALA booth. Volunteers staffing the booth would talk to and offer informational material about GALA to visitors. Email [email protected] if you can help.

If you apply for your own booth, please consider displaying a sign identifying you as a GALA member
to help promote our organization. Email [email protected] to obtain a sign & thanks!

Not a GALA member? Join now

Click here to apply for your own booth at the festival. There is currently no set deadline but if it is within two weeks of the Festival date, please contact Pastor J. Lillie by emailing [email protected] or calling 978-297-3125 ext 105 to ensure that there is still space before you submit your application.

Inspiration Exhbit 2015: Call to Artists
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
"On the Way to the Cliffs"
by Patricia Stuckert

The Post Road Art Center will be having an inspiration themed art exhibit in September. 

Submissions for the show will be accepted from 
August 20-27th during our regular business hours and the opening reception will be Thursday, September 3rd 3:00-5:00 pm.

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: [email protected]) for more information or help developing your application.

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


Artists in North Central Massachusetts are invited to participate in the "Paint the Town" activity,
which is in conjunction with Ashburnham's 250th Anniversary. The purpose is to focus on the beautiful scenery and architecture of Ashburnham. One does not need to be a resident
of Ashburnham, but the painting MUST BE of a location in Ashburnham. There is no minimum or maximum size (within reason) and all mediums are acceptable. Photography is most welcomed. There will be an Art Show on October 9th and 10th in Ashburnham.

To register (one must register) and receive further information please e-mail me at [email protected] (note the letter "j" between my first and last name), or call me at 978-827-4005. 

Thanks so much,
Dottie Munroe

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: [email protected]

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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]
Special Message from the NH State Council on the Arts
Hi Everyone,

By now you've probably heard that due to a State appropriation cut we have had to suspend the deadline for the General Project Grants for Community Engagement category. We are devastated that we had to make this decision, but the loss of the Federal match for the cut State funds means that - unless the State funds are restored - we will not have the money to fund the program.

I'm writing to ask for your help. The State budget situation (a 6-month continuing resolution while the Legislature and Governor re-negotiate the budget) gives us an opening to tell our elected officials and the public about the positive impact of this grant program and what the cut will mean to your communities. Right now, in addition to contacting your State Senators and Representatives, there are a number of ways you can tell your stories:

1. Contact the media
2. Email me directly at [email protected]
3. Post your story on our Facebook page
Thank you in advance for your help on this issue. Please email me if you need talking points.

With gratitude,

Ginnie Lupi, Director
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
19 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH 03301
Please share your stories, and contact your representatives. We cannot let this program go!


Jessica Gelter
Arts Alive!
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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