September 2016
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Kate Zebrowski

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
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 
Gardner, MA 01440
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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Dana Armstrong

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President's Note

Dear Friends,

We continue to make progress on the Arts Gallery. The new banner is hung on the front of the gallery.

We are having a Membership Pot Luck Meeting scheduled for Sunday, October 30th at 2 PM. Details will be available soon. Save this date! You will see all the progress we have made on the Arts Gallery and have great food and conversation. Thank you to those who came to help with the boot drive. It was very successful.

We are having another open poetry event on Sunday, October 16th; save this date.

We are having a toy workshop for children, on Sunday, October 16th. Children will get a tour of the antique toys in the museum, and then they will make and decorate their own drum. We will have musicians that will work with the children so they can play along with their new drums.

Coffeehouse and critique sessions will be starting up in September. We will soon be having a photography class and exhibit, more information and date soon.

If you are a member and do not have a membership card please let me know. Everyone should have a card. We will soon be having you use your membership card for discount cover charges so make sure you keep your card with you.


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
 eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA Plein Air
2016 Schedule
Saturday, September 24 (Rain Date Oct. 1)
Location: Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 287 Oak St., Uxbridge, MA 01569

We will meet at 10 am at the visitor's center. The park includes a restored section of the Blackstone River Canal and Towpath and a 1000 acre natural area offering walking and hiking paths, canoe access, picnic areas and a broad expanse of the Blackstone River known as Rice City Pond, which is a great area for watching wildlife. Carpooling will be arranged.

Register by Wed., Sept. 21st

For more information please contact Joe Smith

GALA Artist Critiques 
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA Color Logo Did you spend the summer creating new artwork?

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

Artist critiques are held on the second Saturday of each month.
September 10th, October 8th, and November 12th
10:00 AM, 2016 10am-12noon
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA.

Contact Deb Giordano for more information

Volunteer/Donation Request  

GALA Urgently Needs Your Support for Arts & Culture in Central New England!

We haGALA Color Logove been searching for the right place to call our home, and we have finally found it for YOU. A place where we can share our passion for all of the arts. The Winchendon History and Cultural Center purchased the house next door to their museum and has invited GALA to bring the talent of our membership to Winchendon at this location at 135 Front Street. Our office and Gift Shop will be in the main house, but there is also a carriage house on the property with a tall ceiling and large wooden barn beams. We will be renovating this carriage house to be used for art exhibits and other activities. Until this new space is ready, we will have use of a few rooms inside the main house. Besides art exhibits, we will offer classes, coffeehouses, music jams, poetry events, critiques and much more! We plan to continue holding our Annual Spring Show and other events in the Greater Gardner area. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

In order for our new Arts Gallery to be successful, we urgently need you to donate and volunteer.

Click here to Donate and Volunteer

You may also mail your check to
GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440

Thank you for your gift!

GALA Musician Survey 

We are working on new plans to help our musicians. We have produced a survey to help us identify what you are looking for, so we are better able to support you as an artist. If you are a musician, please take a few minutes and fill out our survey. Click on this link that will direct you to the survey:

You may also find the survey on GALA's Events Website,

Thank You!

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Whether you love art or love wine 
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They make very creative 
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Get all the info about the wines & order today here and enjoy a toast to art!

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
GALA Needle Felting Workshop
Our Needle Felting Workshop, held on Saturday, August 27 was lots of fun! Thank you to our instructor Karen Sugalski. Due to popular demand, an advanced class will be scheduled in the near future.

Rusted Remnants
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
On Sept 9th the Jaffrey Civic Center will be celebrating the opening of "Rusted Remnants" a collaborative exhibit honoring vintage North America. GALA artists Guy Biechele, Alicia Drakiotes, Susan Ellis, Louise Parmenter-Hammerman, and Brad Willard will present works in fine art, fine art photography and sculpture. Works will honor the history of the iron horse, shipping vessels, early farming sheds and many more subjects that have influenced North American life and lifestyles. This exhibit in the Cunningham Gallery runs through Oct 1, 2016 during regular business hours. The public is invited to attend at their leisure during open hours. All work is available for purchase. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 9 from  5-7 PM.

Monday - Friday: 10-Noon, 1 pm to 5 pm
Saturday: 10-2
Sunday: Closed

William C. Turner
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
William C. Turner will be the featured artist at Jaffrey Civic Center, October 14 through November 12. A reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. Bill will also be exhibiting in a group show at Monadnock Hospital, Peterborough, NH from September 22 through December 6. Opening reception is free and open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 22nd from 5-7 p.m.

An Afternoon of GALA Poetry
The Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA
Ann Marie Meltzer Join us for an autumn afternoon of GALA poetry on
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Our featured poet, Ann Marie Meltzer of Greenfield, will share works from her evocative book of poems titled "Coming of Age." An open mic will follow and we invite you to share your own words, a favorite poem by another, or simply sit back and enjoy.
A sign-up sheet will be available for anyone wishing to participate in the open mic. Time allotted to each poet will be approximately 5 minutes and will depend on how many sign up to read.
Light refreshments will be available.
Coming of AgeLocation will be the elegant and historical Murdock-Whitney House, 151 Front Street, Winchendon, Massachusetts.
Cost for GALA members is $2.00 (please bring your GALA membership card);
for non-members $3.00.

Please contact Paula J. Botch at 978-575-0863 (home) or email for more information.
Naida Knox
Mountain Market, Princeton, MA
The abstract watercolors of Naida Knox are on display at Mountain Market located on Route 62 West, Princeton, MA, right out of Princeton center. The show will run from July 13th through Sept. 13th and the opening will be on August 4th from 4 to 6 pm.

For more information contact Naida Knox at
Rebecca Nichols
Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA
Rebecca Nichols will be exhibiting her art at the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital beginning September 12, 2017. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at Heywood Hospital, 242 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440.

Martha Webster
Lakes Region Art Association of New Hampshire
Martha Webster's acrylic painting, "Beckoning Light", received a second place ribbon at the annual members' exhibit of the Lakes Region Art Association of New Hampshire.
Alicia Drakiotes
The Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA
Artist Alicia Drakiotes, will be exhibiting her oil paintings during regular business hours at the Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, 242 Green St., Gardner, MA from July 11th through September 9, 2016.

Alicia paints in oil on canvas and linen surfaces to create unique works of art. Her subject matter is varied; from wildlife figures to landscapes. Her painterly qualities and colorist applications  enhance her works in new and exciting ways. A must see in person!

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Hollis Arts Society Annual Show and Sale     
Hollis, NH

The Hollis Arts Society will present its 9th annual Holiday Show November 5-6 in support of developing and promoting local artists. The public event will return to its longtime home, the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Rd., Hollis, and the hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Admission is free.  Exhibits will include fine art and crafts created by about three dozen local artists. Artwork created in a wide variety of media will be on display-including photography, oil, watercolor, alcohol ink, colored pencil, sculpture, textile, fused glass, and jewelry.

The Hollis Arts Society was formed in 2007 as a nonprofit organization to support artists in the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire area. The society hosts a number of exhibits and an annual juried show each year.

Hollis Arts Society of New Hampshire  
Place: Image and Emotion      
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host an upcoming photography and poetry exhibit, PLACE: Image and Emotion by Kathleen Williams beginning Monday, August 29th through Sept. 22. The exhibit will be held in the first floor Display Case gallery and there will be an Opening Reception on Friday, September 2, from 5 to 7 pm. According to Ms. Williams, "my introduction to serious photography came nearly forty years ago when I purchased a Pentax Spotmatic and started looking at life in a whole new way. For the past 25 years, my career in marketing and communication has allowed me to continue that exploration of photography and writing more deeply. I studied photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and professional writing at New England College. I have lived in Jaffrey for the past 15 years."

Artist's Statement

"There are many places, both natural and created, that inspire us for their beauty, magnitude, and complexity. For me, the connection to the physical environment often evokes a strong emotional response. I imagine that we all have our special places that resonate deeply in our memories. These places inspire us, energize us, and contribute to our sense of understanding and belonging in the world. For the past several years, I have been fascinated by the relationship between words and images and have explored ways to combine the two. In this selection of work, I looked for pieces that focused on emotions and their relation to place. In some cases, the words attempt to illuminate the image. In others, the image suggests an element present in the writing. Neither is expected to be a literal translation of the other, but to inform the other in subtle ways. Together, the words and images created a deeper understanding for me than either could have alone. My hope is that the examples here will allow visitors to experience their own association with emotion and place."    -Kathleen Williams

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to the Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday -Friday from 10 am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at, visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.

Watercolor Exhibit by Susan Bull Riley    
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Milkweed and Tree Sparrow by Susan Bull Riley
The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to host a watercolor exhibit by Vermont artist, Susan Bull Riley. The exhibit will run from September 10th to October 8th and will be held in the first floor Auditorium Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 10th from 5 to 7 pm. Susan lives in East Montpelier, less than an hour away from her South Burlington roots. Her subject matter ranges from delicate botanical watercolors to large oil landscapes. Her work has a classical feel to it and according to the artist is "perhaps a reflection of my training in music of earlier centuries. Art has also led me to collaborate with a number of institutions that seek to protect the natural world" which she considers her "primary muse".  A graduate from Dartmouth College with a degree in music, Susan subsequently earned a masters degree in flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Susan's work in the realm of natural history has received honors in galleries and institutions where there is national and international representation; it has been used by organizations such as The New York State Museum, The National Science Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and local land trusts.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to the Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday -Friday from 10 am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at, visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.
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Art Classes & Instruction
Plein Air Painting Workshop with Barbara Danser     
New Mexico

Taos, Chimayo, Ghost Ranch, and Santa Fe, New Mexico

September 17-30, 2016

14 days / 13 nights
Painting- Photography - Writing

For more Information contact Susan Ellis at

Printmaking with Corinne Rhodes   
Cherry Press
Upcoming Workshops at Cherry Press in Rutland:

Non-toxic Century Plate Lithography: One-day Workshops
  • Introduction: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Combined Introduction & Continuation: Monday, September 19, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monotype on the Century Plate:  Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 2-5 p.m.

Romancing the Stone - Traditional Stone Lithography: Saturday, September 24, 2016,
11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For class prices and more details, please visit

Cherry Press on the Road: Fall Printmaking Workshops at Worcester Art Museum

Corinne will be teaching two classes and two weekend workshops at Worcester Art Museum this fall. WAM has a bright, airy printmaking studio and scholarships are available for tuition.  Follow the links below to find out more and sign up.

Fabulous Five: A Non-toxic, Multi-plate Mash Up
Wednesday Afternoons, September 14 - November 16, 2016, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Woodcut
Wednesday Evenings   September 14 - November 16, 2016   6:00-9:00 p.m.

Try Non-Toxic Lithography Part 1
Saturdays October 8 & 15

Try Non-Toxic Lithography Part 2
Saturdays November 12 & 19   9:30 a.m -4
For class prices and more details, please visit


Material Needs

Corinne will have some lithographs on display in this show highlighting the work of last year's ArtsWorcester Material Needs grant recipients. Hope to see you on opening night!

Opening Reception: Friday Sept. 9,  7 p.m.
On view September 9 - October 1, 2016
Arts Worcester, 660 Main Street Worcester, MA 01610

Art Fairs:

Corinne/Cherry Press will have a table at Print Fair North - part of Printworks 2016: a printmaking festival taking place in downtown Northampton on October 2nd.

Corinne Rhodes
Cherry Press

Realistic Still Life in Pastel with Lisa Ober  
Stone Arch Village Community Room, Keene, NH
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 17th & 18th, 2016

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

For more information on Lisa Ober click the following link:

The registration form should have all the information you need, but please feel free to contact Carol at

Please visit our website for forms & more info:

Upcoming Classes

Jeanne Carbonetti: Watercolor

November 5, 2016
To see Jeanne's work go to:

Liz Haywood Sullivan coming in 2017

For more information contact:

Fall 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 eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees. Call 978-630-9270.

The Art Department at Mount Wachusett Community College invites you to remind your art students to consider our program this fall. We have an Art degree for students considering transfer to an art school or a four year institution majoring in Art. We also recently added a Liberal Arts Degree with a Concentration in Art for students who want to minor in Art and pursue other studies, or pursue related fields such as museum studies, art education, art therapy, art administration, and art history.

The Associate Degree in Fine Art is a cost effective way to begin a college degree and minimize debt after graduation. We assist students in creating a strong portfolio and application for transfer and potential scholarships. Our students have successfully transferred to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Maine College of Art, Boston University, Hartford Art School, Pratt Institute, and others.

Visit our website to learn more about our program, facilities, and student work.

Contact Thomas Matsuda 
for more information.

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Call for Entries: Friends 8th Open Juried Art Show
Friends of the Agawam Public Library
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are looking for entries for their 8th Open Juried Art Object Show to take place November 1 - 25, 2016.

Submission Due Date: October 29, 2016
Submission Fees: $25 per entry before October 15; $30 after

Download the brochure with more information.

For more information or to have the prospectus-brochure and entry form emailed to you, please contact Bob Kadis at or 413-789-4814.
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 or call Heidi at 879-248-9995 or 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. 
Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information
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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
The Creative Underground

It's time to reveal your hidden talent and show your work!

The Creative Underground is now accepting new members to their artisan gallery. Located at the Hudson Mill, 43 Broad Street in Hudson, TCU offers artists the opportunity to display their work for a low monthly membership fee with an extremely high commission rate back to you!

We are looking for a mix of works - fine art, hand-crafted, glass, wood, metal, and reclaimed, jewelry and out-of-box works.

Applications are now being accepted for new memberships.

Email us at

Provide us with a little info to start: 
  • Contact info
  • 4-6 sample (low-resolution jpeg preferred/zip larger files)
  • Short description and motivation
  • Materials used
  • Price range
  • Quantity of inventory available (small-moderate amount is need to start, but replenishing is needed through the year).

TCU mission is to reveal the hidden talent of artists in your communities to both encourage and support the arts. 

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

The Arts Alliance has quarterly exhibits at the Hudson Town Hall, so if you are interested in a solo exhibit of your work, contact Danielle Moskowitz at (978) 562-1646 or
Falmouth Artists Guild  Falmouth, MA

Post Road Art Center  Marlborough, 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 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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More Exhibits & Classes
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We Need Your Help! 
There are many ways to volunteer! Please email 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
2015 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 7 years in a row (2009-2015) 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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