December 2015
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Craig Roscoe
Jeannette Lemire
Laurie Thompson
Susan Ellis
Paul Colombo
Oisin Muldowney
Corinne Rhodes
Dalila Rodrigues
Donna Fairbanks

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.

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Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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Emily Royal

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GALA 2016 Spring Art Show 
with Live Music April 1-3, 2016
at the Polish American Citizens Club 
(PACC) in Gardner, MA

Art Drop-off: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Opening Reception & Art Awards: Friday, April 1, 2016
Look for the Call for Entries around mid-January.

Expect the entry deadline to be the first week of March.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council, which is a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
GALA T-shirt Competition
Call for Entries 
T-Shirt Competition!

The goal of this competition is to produce a design which promotes the Arts. Show off your creativity and provide GALA with a T-shirt that people can wear to show they love and support the Arts!
There are no entry fees for this contest, but you must be a current GALA member.
   Please review the details in the Official Rules.
Remember you must email & mail the Entry Form.

The entry deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016.

Murdock-Whitney Popular Choice Awards

Congratulations to the GALA Murdock-Whitney Museum Exhibit Popular Choice Award Winners

1st Place Popular Choice: 
 Deb Giordano "The Nest" Acrylic
2nd Place Popular Choice: 
 Susan Ellis "Blizzard Warning" Acrylic/Mixed Media
3rd Place Popular Choice: 
 Doreen LaScola "The Back Garden" Oil

Membership Year Change

GALA's membership year has changed from a July 1-June 30
to an individual anniversary date cycle. 
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
Doreen LaScola
Exhibiting Work in Gardner & Princeton and Art In The Mill, Colony Mill, Keene, NH

Doreen LaScola currently has works on display at the Workers Credit Union, 171 Main Street, Gardner, MA for the month of December as well as the Plein Air Show at Mountainside Market in Princeton, MA.
Doreen is also participating in  "Art In The Mill" show at
 Colony Mill Marketplace, 222 West Street, Keene, NH onSaturday, December 5, 2015, 10-4 & Sunday, December 6, 2015 11-4. There will be many artists & authors on site offering a variety of items for your holiday gift giving! 

Support local artists & local

Spirit Dwells by Doreen LaScola

Donna Eaton
Jaffrey Art Show
Depiction of Owl's Head Maine

Donna Eaton will be exhibiting two watercolors in the upcoming Jaffrey Art Show in Jaffrey, NewHampshire 

The show runs from 
November 20, 2015 to December 18, 2015

 For more information on Donna and her artwork, 
visit her website here.

David Varone
Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA

The photography of David Varone will be on display during regular business hours at the Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, 250 Green St., Gardner, MA, for the months of December and January.

David learned photography while in the service. He enjoys bringing home images from trips and has exhibited in GALA art shows with good results. 

His photography is for sale by contacting David at [email protected].
Sharon Thompson & Melissa James
Esther Dezines/MLJ Life Designs

Two local artists have jointly opened Esther Dezines/MLJ Life Designs, a working art studio/gallery,
located in the Johnson Carter Building in Leominster. Sharon Thompson and Melissa James offer fine 
custom made jewelry as well as art work from other local artists. Ray Wallace and Jim McKnight have 
joined the studio and other local artists are expected. At present, the studio is open on Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. A grand opening is scheduled for December 19th. The Johnson Carter Building is located at the intersection of Johnson and Carter streets. 

Interested artists should contact Sharon Thompson at (978) 549-1366.

C.M. Judge
Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State University, NH
Video Still Acqua Vitale by C.M. Judge

C. M. Judge at Karl Drerup Gallery Plymouth State University, NH

Moment  - A video Exploration of contemporary video-based art practices. Digital and time based media have opened up seemingly limitless possibilities in how artists communicate their worlds.  

Featured artists include Anne Beal, Zack Bent, Kent Anderson Butler, Jacob Galle, Ron Hollingshead, and C.M. Judge who will be premiering her meditative video installation, Acqua Vitale. 

Opening reception: November 10, 2015 4-6 p.m. 
Running through December 10, 2015

To learn more about the exhibition, visithere

Corinne Rhodes
Cherry Press, Rutland, MA

Corinne Rhodes now has her website up and running for her printmaking studio, Cherry Press in Rutland, MA at:

Printmaking classes will be available for artists who are new to printmaking or those who are experienced and want to learn a new/touch up on a technique. The studio is open for workshop time rental, for those artists already experienced in printmaking. Please explore the website to find out all about it!

Corinne will be selling prints and promoting Cherry Press at Art Walk Easthampton on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. Come by for a chat!

Corinne has a print featured in InVision 2D & 3D Landscape at Davis Art Gallery in Worcester, along with several GALA artists. The exhibition is up until January 8, 2016.

Lisa Regopoulos
Pastel Classes at School Street Studio in Gardner

After a summer break, Lisa's pastel classes are beginning 
at her School Street Studio in Gardner, MA on Monday mornings 
and afternoons.  

Please contact Lisa at or 978-400-1151 for information on signing up.  

The classes are 2 1/2 hours long and are $100.00 for five weeks.

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Open Exhibit: Opening Reception
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Join us for the Open Show wine and cheese opening reception on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5:30-8:00pm. The show will be up to view until December 30, 2015. All artwork is for sale.

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 7:00 p.m.

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Art Classes & Instruction
Spring Art Courses at MWCC
MWCC Gardner


All levels of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D and 3D Design. Classes are open to majors, non-majors, and seniors (tuition free). Students 60 years and older are eligbile for a waiver of tuition and fees. Call 978-630-9270.

Contact Thomas Matsuda [email protected] 
for more information.

Art Classes
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
We offer a great selection of art classes for adults and kids.

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 New England Photography Biennial
Danforth Art Museum/School, Framingham, MA
K. Tyler Untitled: Dust Storm Near Cemetery Road & Hwy 23

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.

**NEW WORKSHOP** Realistic Still Life in Pastel with Lisa Ober
Stone Arch Village Community Room, Keene, NH
Blue Vases by Lisa Ober

Artist Lisa Ober, PSA, will teach a color-filled workshop on how to create beautifully detailed still life paintings in pastel. Lisa will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference (provided). 

Students will get plenty of personal attention, and Lisa's enthusiasm for still life painting is as contagious for the beginner as it is for the experienced painter. 

September 16th & 17th, 2016
10:00am-4:00pm (tentatively)

Stone Arch Village Community Room
835 Court Street, Keene, NH

For more information on Lisa Ober click the following link

Registration for this workshop is happening now to ensure we have the minimum and to make Lisa's reservations etc. If you are interested, please send in your form & check as soon as possible.
The registration form should have all the information you need, but please feel free to contact Carol at [email protected]

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Abstract Exhibit: Call To Artists
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

The Post Road Art Center will be having an abstract themed art exhibit in January. If you would like to submit artwork to this show, the drop-off dates are December 28 - January 7th during our normal business hours. The opening reception will be Thursday, January 14th from 5:30-8:00pm. For more information and the registration form please visit the following link. Post Road Art Center Exhibits

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 7:00 p.m.

Click here for more information

2016 Lilac Sunday T-shirt Design Contest
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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]
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 [email protected] 


There are many ways to volunteer! Please email [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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