October 2017
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 James Blackmore

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Kevin Bird
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis

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

Newsletter Editor
Dana Armstrong

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Send Us Feedback!

President's Note

Dear Friends,

Fall is favorite season! Our carpenter will start work on the ceiling in a week or so. Soon we will start to see major changes being accomplished inside the gallery.

Mark your 2018 calendar! Our 2018 GALA Spring Show will be April 27-29 at the Winchendon American Legion.

GALA is working on the design details to paint a wall mural in Winchendon in the Spring. We are working with the art department at MWCC that did the mural in Gardner. If you are seriously interested in taking part and would like to help please send me an email with samples of your artwork. Please note that we are looking for artists that know they are capable to paint in large scale. There will be a small stipend for each artist. Send your interest and artwork samples to


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
Boot Drive   

Our Boot Drive was very successful on the 23rd. We would like to thank and appreciate those that sacrificed a beautiful fall day to come out and help raise funds to support the arts. We raised money and had fun at the same time. We would like to thank the drivers for stopping and supporting the arts. We want to thank the town of Winchendon for supporting GALA and allowing us to have our Boot Drive. We thank the Winchendon History and Culture Center for helping in setting up and had the use of their cones and t-shirts. We want to give a huge thank you to Mary Varone (Ashburnham), Latrice Cooper (Gardner), Keila Ploof (Orange), Nowell Francis (Templeton), Susan Ellis (Ashburnham), and Delilah (Gardner).

GALA Renovations Update     

Our carpenter will start work this month on the inside. He will be installing insulation and shiplap boards on the ceiling and gables. We are getting really excited and have been eagerly waiting for this stage.
GALA Artist Critique   
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

The next GALA Artists Critique meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 7. Join us for coffee and conversation. 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.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 am-12 noon

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475

Register by Oct. 5 ( click here)

Current GALA members: bring one guest to a meeting for free!

Canon PIXMA Printer for Sale   

GALA is selling a Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer for $200. Hardly used, perfect for photographers. If interested, please call 978-407-1419.

Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer

Volunteer Request  

GALA Color Logo Volunteer Coordinator

Do you have good organization skills? Do you love helping people and enjoy putting events together?

GALA is growing and we need help in this area. We need someone with fun energy to join our team and help coordinate our events. This is a volunteer position about six hours per week with training. If you are interested in helping with the Arts, email your letter of interest to or mail to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner MA 01440.

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.

These wines 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
Latrice Cooper          

It has come to our attention that GALA member, Latrice Cooper, will be heading for California to develop her art on the West Coast. Having had a rich exposure to studio art - painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography throughout high school in Syracuse, New York, Latrice has created art in many media, but she chose photography as her favorite medium of expression. She continued her art studies at Syracuse University. She credits the Worcester Center for Crafts for her lessons in photography, where she learned Ansel Adam's Zone System technique taught by Peter Faulkner. GALA offered the opportunity to exhibit her art photography. Her art photography was recognized at GALA art shows and at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Danforth Museum, the Women's Caucus for Arts, and many other other places. Working as a freelance photographer for The Gardner News allowed Latrice to develop commercial accounts along the way. Permanent exhibits can be seen in meeting rooms and public spaces at Williams Restaurant, the GFA Credit Union, the Gardner VNA, Planet Fitness, and at Montachusett Regional Technical School. Always interested in promoting community beauty, by working with Square two and the Mayor's Office, Latrice shared her vision of the potential of Gardner and stimulated efforts to enhance the attractiveness of the downtown business district. We will miss you, Latrice!
Sally Sargent   
Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA          

The art of Sally Sargent is available for view and for sale at the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital during October and November, 2017. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

There is an Open House & Smoothie Event at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 4:30 to 5:30pm. The public is invited. Contact the Wound Care office at (978) 669-5690 for more information.
Len Haug: The Scenes and Seasons of a Small New England Village    
Princeton, MA          

Over the last three years, GALA member, Len Haug, has been working on a collaborative work of art, poetry, and writings. The final publication including original works of over 40 contributors including a number of GALA artists is due to be released in November.

This limited edition fine arts case bound oversized coffee table book is now available at advance purchase discount prices. Offer ends October 31. Please download a flyer for all of the details including book content description, critic reviews, contributor listing, and prices along with order forms and instructions.

For more information contact:
Alicia Drakiotes   
Marlborough, NH          

Alicia Drakiotes will hold an Open Studio as part of the Dublin Art Tour #22 on Oct 7, 8, & 9, from 10:00am - 4:00pm each day. Location is 16 Church St, Marlborough, NH. Look for the Tour signs. I look forward to seeing you!

For further information email:
Doreen LaScola 
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA           

An exhibit of oil "plein air" paintings by Doreen LaScola will be on display at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA for the month of October, 2017. Opening Reception will be held Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2-5 pm and is curated by Gallery Sitka East. The Bull Run is located at 215 Great Road, Shirley, MA. Call 978-425-4311 for more information.
Doreen LaScola
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Art Shows & Exhibits
NH Women Artists Exhibit                     
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Sept. 28-Oct. 12
Auditorium Gallery

In honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit in which 20 percent of proceeds from sales of the show will go toward breast cancer research. The exhibit, NH Women's Artists Give Back, will feature contributing New Hampshire artists: Alberta Geyer, Paula Guhse, Jennifer McCalmont, Chris Reid, and Marci Tripp Graham. Proceeds from sales from this exhibit will be donated for breast cancer research. The exhibit runs from Thursday, Sept. 28th through Thursday, October 12th. Free and open to the public.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear.  We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and 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.
Paintings by Louise Parmenter Hammerman                    
The Bagel Mill, Peterborough, NH

Louise Parmenter Hammerman has her paintings on display at The Bagel Mill. Louise's exhibit will be up until November 1st.

The Bagel Mill
145 Grove St.
Peterborough, NH

Store hours:
Monday-Friday, 6:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, 6:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday, 7:00am - 1:00pm
October Openings at ArtsWorcester                     
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

Aula Alayoubi, Fruit of Heaven
John Hayes-Nikas, The Return
Susan Swinand, All Together Now
Artists' reception: October 6, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
660 Main Street

Images, from left to right:
Aula Alayoubi: A Nymph with Pomegranate, acrylic on canvas, 25 x 29"
John Hayes-Nika: The Alsatian ou Eisassich, graphite and ink on paper 30 x 22", 2017
Susan Swinand: Truth, ink on clayborad, 18 x 14"

Join us to celebrate the opening of three solo exhibitions, unified by strong linear mark-making.

Aula Alayoubi's mysterious acrylic paintings use two forms, the female body and the pomegranate, to explore ideas of earthly loss and heavenly reward. With map-lines and traditional engravings marking their faces and limbs, the gorgeous female figures dominating these canvases represent Damascus, Alayoubi's native city. Pomegranates traditionally signify love, fertility, and knowledge, but also invoke the heavenly rewards promised in death to radicalized soldiers. This fruit, and the distorted, mournful figures holding it, tell a cautionary tale of beauty, loss, and memory.

John Hayes-Nikas' series of large graphite drawings are rendered with elegant abstract formalism. With their subtle contrast between clearly-delineated negative space and more gestural strokes, the works invoke aspects of early Cubism, while the mysterious push and pull of the dark forms reference pre-Christian sacred spaces.

Susan Swinand's series of whimsical drawings take a line of for a walk through the subconscious. Ordinary objects and abstract shapes bubble and bounce around each other, producing a jolly stream-of-conscious effect. The small scale and precision of these drawings, however, belie the complex, if merry, universes they contain, in which all things are interrelated and interdependent.
The opening reception and gallery hours are free to the public. Refreshments are sponsored by Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Market, and music by Jose Castillo. The exhibit runs through November 4, with gallery hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, and by appointment at other times. Free parking for the opening is available in the lots belonging to the Freemasons, at Ionic and Beacon Street.

660 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Mixed Media Exhibit by Maureen Ahern                   
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Gilson Pond by Maureen Ahern
The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit of paintings by New Hampshire artist, Maureen Ahern from September 8th-October 7th, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Most of Maureen Ahern's latest work uses interference paint, along with other media.  Interference paint has the property of reflecting just half of the light spectrum. For instance, blue paint looks blue, but depending on the light source and where the viewer stands, will instead appear yellow (its opposite color on the light spectrum). The effect this has had on such pieces can be seen in this video [] where light is shown moving across the painting surface, causing the colors to change to their opposite. In addition to interference paint, many of Ahern's works utilize pieces of compact disc. The reflective surface of the disc amplifies the variable nature of the interference paint. Other media may include oil sticks, pencil, wax, nails, feathers, and other materials. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Maureen lives in New Hampshire where she works full-time in her studio.

"I grew up and lived by the coast of Massachusetts for many years. My fascination with the beauty and the power of the ocean continues to influence my work. Since coming to the Monadnock region of New Hampshire in 1981, I have explored the ever-changing aspects of water, the variables of light, air, color, and motion in nature; and the human spirit."

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 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. 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.
Annual Show and Sale                   
Hollis Arts Society, Hollis, NH

Join our party! The Hollis Arts Society will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of our November Holiday Show! November 4th & 5th from 9:30 to 4:00 at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Rd., Hollis, NH. 26 local area artists will be exhibiting their engaging work which includes fine art & crafts. A variety of media on display will include; paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, fused glass and jewelry. Chat with the artists on site and enjoy some refreshments in the beautiful historic barn! Admission is FREE.

For more information contact Martha at 978-502-3932.
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Art Classes & Instruction
Three October Classes               
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

Petersham Art Center is pleased to announce that Traditional Rug Hooking, Quilt a Runner, and Oil Painting 101 will be presented for their October schedule of classes. Participants will be able to create gifts in time for the holidays or to keep as heirlooms for themselves and their families.

 Karen Healey will teach the Traditional Rug Hooking class on five Saturdays, running from October 7th, 14, 21, 28, to November 4th, from 9AM to 12 Noon. Ms. Healey pursues her passion for the art of hand-hooked rugs at her studio, The Dappled Ewe, in West Brookfield. She will teach participants basic dying, cutting, and hooking techniques. The design created will be a folk-art star and sheep motif on a 12" hand-hooked round rug.  Students need to bring their own 14" hoop and embroidery scissors.

Quilt-a-Runner will return with Diana Cooley of Petersham on Sunday, October 15, from 10AM-4PM. This is a beginner's class. Attendees will bring their own materials, thread, and sewing machines. A list of what is needed is available by calling PAC. Mrs. Cooley is well known in the area as an expert in creating beautiful, hand-quilted masterpieces. She will teach about designing the runner in the Hobo Rails pattern and how to sew the quilting pieces. She invites students to bring Halloween or Christmas design materials, if they wish, to make holidays runners. This class will be held in the Petersham Town Hall to allow room for the tables and sewing machines.

Jeannette Martin will be the instructor for Oil Painting 101. Ms. Martin studied at Bennington College, CUNY, and the Arts Student League of New York. She displays her work locally at The Petersham Country Store and the Petersham Art Center, as well as regionally, including her favorite studios in Rockland and Port Clyde, Maine. This class will take place on consecutive Wednesday evenings, October 18th, 25th, and November 1st, 8th, and 15th, 6:30-8:30pm. Both beginners and intermediates will be taught how to refine techniques for a still life oil painting, then be guided in their work on their own creations. Students will bring their own oil paints, brushes, and canvases. A list of supplies may be obtained by calling Petersham Art Center.

Call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415 for more information on these classes. Each  class involves a student fee and may have charges for material fees. The Petersham Art Center is a nonprofit venue for art and craft in the Quabbin region, featuring instructional classes, art exhibits, and a shop to display unique items created by local artists, including fine artworks and photographs, books by local authors, handmade clothing and jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and more.

Petersham Art Center
P.O. Box 235
Route 32 North Main Street
Linoleum Block & Monotype Printing with Liz Winchester Larson              
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

The Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to announce the following workshop:
Linoleum Block & Monotype Printing without a press 
Liz Winchester Larson 
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 - 4:00 
Keene, NH

This workshop is designed to be an introduction to print-making. Each participant will be able to complete a linoleum block print and a monotype. Supplies (linoleum block, cutters, Japanese printmaking papers, and water-base print-making inks) are included in the fee.

For each participant, please bring an idea sketch on tracing paper for the 6" X 8" block to be transferred to the linoleum block. Note, a drawing can be done directly on the linoleum block, but the image is reversed when printed.

For more information, please visit:  MAAA Workshops 

Registration forms are available at:
Wood Carving Classes              
Marcia Berkall, Athol, MA

Tuesday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm

Classes on other days may be possible. Marcia Berkall welcomes all skill levels. Once basic techniques are learned she encourages students to express their own visions. Marcia stresses safety, creativity and fun! Marcia has over 20 years of experience teaching carving and now offers classes in her home studio in Athol. Wood carving is relaxing and addictive!

To see Marcia's work, visit:

Marcia Berkall
116 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 830-0293
Life Drawing Classes              
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Every Tuesday through October 24 
Join a talented artist for a life drawing class using a live model. Students will bring their own supplies and draw or paint independently of the instructor. The model will be set up for different lengths of time for various poses. The instructor will be available if help is needed. Completed work will be shown during the last session. Space is very limited. Model fees are included in the cost of the course.

Instructor: Jesse Connor


No Waivers accepted for this class.

Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner Main Campus
444 Green St
Gardner, MA
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Public Call-of-Entry: Annual Autumn Art Exhibit                    
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking artwork from the public to be included in our Annual Autumn Art Exhibit. We are looking for all types of media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paperworks, pottery pieces, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. The show will run from Friday, November 17th through Saturday, December 16th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 18th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink. Dates to drop off artwork are Monday, November 6th through Saturday, November 11th.

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website at or at the center. Please call or email us at if you have any questions.

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 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. 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.
Call to Artists: Fall Arts Festival
Saxtons River Art Guild

The Saxtons River Art Guild is looking for fine art photographers and artists to participate in their annual Fall Arts Festival. This years event will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th from 10:00 to 4:00 at the picturesque Walpole Town Hall in Walpole NH. Cost of a 8x10 space will be $25 for both days. Exhibitors must provide their own displays and stands. To sign up or get more information please contact Donna at 603 835 2387. The Saxtons River Art Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of the fine arts with membership throughout the southern Conn. River Valley.

Download the entry form

For more information contact:
Liz Winchester-Larson

Call for Vendors: Holiday Craft Fair                     
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Saturday, December 9th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking vendors for our Holiday Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 9 am to 2 pm. The Fair will be held in our beautiful gallery rooms on the ground floor and second floor. We are seeking handmade items, pottery, art, jewelry, gourmet foods and other items which would make desirable holiday gifts. The fee for space is $25. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact us at or call us at 532-6527. The Jaffrey Civic Center is located in beautiful downtown Jaffrey on Main Street next to the Public Library. Space is limited so please reserve your table early.

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 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. 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.
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
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 Organiz ations, 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
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 a  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 following 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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award All Star Award

GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 8 years in a row (2009-2016) 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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