April 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Carolyn Todd
Sandra Richard
Beverly Fratoni
Miranda Jennings

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

Hello Friends,

Our Annual Spring Show is just around the corner! Boy, did that sneak up on us. Hope you are making progress on your art work. Reminder, the deadline to enter is Friday, April 6th! I can be a little lenient, so if you need more time please let me know so I know to plan for it.

Please do think about donating a 5x7 piece of art work for GALA's Off the Wall. Proceeds will go towards opening our gallery this year. Also, consider donating something for our Raffle Table. Bring all donated pieces to the Drop Off.

Remember that we will have live music during all three days of our show and we will have three art demonstrations, so come back and enjoy all this wonderful talent!

We are always looking for help during the show, help with setup and take down, so get in touch with me.

I hope you will also enter our Paint the Town art show with Gallery Sitka in July.

We plan to open the new art gallery in August with an art show. So, we are asking for you to register and chose only two pieces of your best work for our Grand Opening. Watch for Call for Entries soon! We are also planning a photography show and a felting workshop in the Fall. All these events will be in our new gallery space. We are getting excited!

Do you want to be a part of the gallery and join our Art Gallery Committee? We need a few key people to help with deciding what days the art gallery should be open, what the hours will be, maintaining a volunteer schedule of who will help in the gallery, and help with scheduling artists to do solo shows, classes, and workshops. We will also have a children's corner where children will be able to do hands-on activities.  It's going to be fun so give me a call at 978-407-1419 if you'd like to help.

I want to thank those who became new clients of H&R Block and mentioned GALA as your non-profit organization. So far we have earned $240. There is still time for us to earn additional funds simply by referring a new client to H&R Block to complete and file their 2017 tax return between now and April 17, 2018.

Lastly, I would like to give a warm thank you to the Massachusetts Cultural Council this year! We applied for grants to help support our Spring Show and for materials to plan children workshops in our new gallery. Thank you to the LCCs of Gardner, Winchendon, Templeton, and Ashburnham. Without the LCCs it would be difficult to do these free events for the public. Thank you for supporting our arts and culture. You rock!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
Your Tax Return Can Help GALA  

We are working with H&R Block and Block Advisors this tax season! Get a referral code from H&R Block Gardner (978-632-0104) and take it to any H&R Block office when you have your tax return prepared. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution. Thank you.

Vera Coupal
Office Manager
Gardner, MA # 20103
GALA Spring 2018 Art Show     
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA Spring 2018 Art Show  
May 4, 5, & 6
Call for Entries
Entry deadline is April 6! 

GALA 2018 Spring Art Show with Live Music!
May 4 - 6, 2018 at the Winchendon American Legion
295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475

Opening Reception Fri., 6-9 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)

Our Distinguished Judges:
  • Peter Laytin, Photography Professor, Fitchburg State University
  • Tamar Russell Brown, Owner of Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA
  • Ann Capodagli, Owner of Boulder Gallery,
    Fitchburg MA
Two options for entering the show:
  • Option 1: Online entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
  • Option 2: Paper entry form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440. **Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline.**
With either option, your entry is due by April 6.

Please support GALA by donating to the "Off the Wall Art Sale" and/or Artwork Raffle. See the Call for Entries for details on these important fundraising events.

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. Indicate your interest on your entry form.

You will need to renew your GALA membership on your
entry form unless you are a current member.
If in doubt, please email

See the  Call for Entries for more information.

GALA Spring Show Donations of 5x7's and Raffle Table Items     

Please donate a 5x7 piece of artwork for our Off the Wall. You may donate more than one. Artwork does not need to be framed. Also, you may donate something for our Raffle Table. Donations really help GALA towards paying all the expenses we put into the show. Bring donated items to Drop Off on Wednesday, May 2, 4-6 pm.

If you want to give Deb the 5x7's earlier, call 978-407-1419 to make arrangements. Chuck is donating his time and frames for the 5x7's, so if he could get them earlier it would give him more time to frame them. Or you may drop them off at Surroundings Gallery in Gardner. Thank You!

First 2018 GALA Artists Critique Meeting    
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

The first 2018 GALA Artists Critique meeting will be Saturday April 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, April 7, 10 am-12 noon

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

Register - Registration deadline is April 5

This activity is FREE for current GALA members and you can bring a guest to one meeting!

Not a member yet? Join/Renew Now

Check your membership status by emailing Deb Giordano

GALA "Paint the Town" Art Show     
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA "Paint the Town" 2018 Art Show
Call for Entries
July 27 - September 27, 2018
454 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA

Opening Reception Friday, July 27, 6-9 pm
Art Awards at 7 pm

Our Distinguished Judges:
  • Jennifer Jones, Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
  • Susan Navarre, Fitchburg Historical Society
  • Susan Wadsworth, FSU Art History Professor
  • Kledia Spiro, Marketing at The Fitchburg Art Museum (and an artist)
Two options for entering the show:
  • Option 1: Online entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
  • Option 2: Paper entry form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440. **Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline.**
With either option, your entry is due by July 16.

Please support GALA by donating a Town of Fitchburg artwork to the show raffle.

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. Indicate your interest on your entry form.

You will need to renew your GALA membership on your entry form unless you are a current member for the duration of the show. If in doubt, please email

See the  Call for Entries for more information.

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Rick Flematti              

Nature photographer Rick Flematti is currently exhibiting a collection of his nature and landscape images at the Heywood Wound Care Center at Henry Heywood Hospital. He is a freelance photographer who works in the North Quabbin region. His images have been published in several books and calendars. He was recently honored with the coveted calendar cover picture for the Nature Conservancy 2018 calendar. Rick is also a part time staff photographer for Uniquely Quabbin Magazine. His work can seen by visiting his website: Anyone interested in purchasing his work or has questions is encouraged to contact him at 413-695-0789 or you may order directly through his website.

The hospital is located 242 Green St, Gardner, Massachusetts. Across from Mount Wachusett Community College
Doreen LaScola              

More plein air work by Doreen LaScola will be on view at the Mountainside Market, located at 23 Hubbardston Road in Princeton, MA. Hosted by the Princeton Art Society, the show will be up until May 15. Stop in, treat yourself to a coffee, sandwich and/or goodies and enjoy the show!

Doreen LaScola is an award winning, mixed media and multi-disciplined artist whose work resides in private collections along the east coast. Doreen works out of her studio at the School Street Art Studios, 205/213 School Street in Gardner, MA. For more information contact Doreen LaScola at
Liz Winchester-Larson and Harriet Winchester              

Art in the Family
Liz Winchester-Larson and Harriet Winchester

The Bagel Mill - Cafe and Bakery
145 Grove Street Extension
Peterborough, NH

March 2 - April 29, 2018

The Winchester sisters, Liz Winchester-Larson and Harriet Winchester, are pleased to exhibit their artwork at The Bagel Mill - Cafe and Bakery, 145 Grove Street Extension, Peterborough, NH March 2 - April 29, 2018.

Growing up in New Hampshire, Elizabeth and Harriet Winchester began drawing and painting as youngsters. By the early '70s, each had earned BFA degrees, Liz from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and Harriet from Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, RI. Since 1995 they have enjoyed showing their art together again. Liz Winchester-Larson has a tiny studio in Keene, NH filled with the objects and plants that inspire her still-life paintings. An artist and print-maker for more than forty years, she especially enjoys the medium of colored pencil. Harriet Winchester settled in Nashua, NH with her engineer husband, Jim Kuzdrall. Working in a realistic style with oils, she enjoys both still-life subjects and New England landscapes, including a recent interest in portraying old trees.

Artists Contact:

Liz Winchester-Larson

Harriet Winchester
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Art Shows & Exhibits
Monadnock Match Cover Display                        
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Pastel Society of New Hampshire exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a group pastel exhibit by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire beginning Sunday, March 25 through April 20th. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The mission of the Pastel Society of NH is "to set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of soft pastels; to unite pastelists through membership in the society; to establish pastel as a separate category in major art exhibitions; to focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and to educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the medium; to offer workshops, critiques, classes, demonstrations and scholarships as part of our educational program; to offer a vehicle of communication for the exchange of news and ideas through our web site and our publications; to hold member's shows at appropriate gallery locations; to culminate the year's activities with a national annual juried exhibition open to members and non-members." For more information about the Pastel Society of NH, check out their website at:

Photography Exhibits at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host 2 photography exhibits in April; both exhibits will run through April 20th. Free and open to the public.

Les Fleur: the Photography of Tom Doane

Tom moved to Jaffrey in 2001. He is a self-taught photographer. Tom's areas of expertise are: nature, equestrian and bridal photography. Tom is the owner of Catpawfoto which deals in current and antique cameras and lens. Tom's exhibit will be in the Display Case Gallery.

Monadnock Camera Club

The Monadnock Camera Club is a small group of people interested in the art of photography. Active for over forty years, the club gives members the opportunity to show their work, participate in exhibits, enter competitions, view the work of other photographers, get critiqued by experienced photographers, learn from each other and participate in field trips. The mission of the club is to learn and expand photographic skills. The exhibit will be shown in the Auditorium Gallery.

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.

Art Events at Gallery Sitka                         
Gallery Sitka

Ylenia Mino - Edward Jones Art Opening
Wednesday, April 4th, 5-7 PM.
Edward Jones - James Normington
225 A Groton Rd, Westford, MA 01886

Join us at the Edward Jones Office of James Normington for a Spring Open House and Art Opening for Ylenia Mino. The work to be shown is a mixed group of 2017 work by Ms. Mino and some older pieces. All Ylenia's work is oil on canvas.

Join us for snacks and networking and some lovely, bright, Italian art!

Ylenia Mino

Join Gallery Sitka West for our Earth Day Show with Featured Artist: Colette Shumate Smith
Saturday, April 7th, 2-4 PM.
Gallery Sitka West
454 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Join us for our 2nd. Earth Day Show! This year the show will feature Colette Shumate Smith. The show is also open to all our other artists as well as those not associated with the gallery who may also submit work.
Colette Shumate Smith
Priscilla Levesque - April 2018 Bull Run Artist
Sunday, April 15th, 1-3 PM.
The Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA 01464

Join us, at The Bull Run in Shirley, MA, for lunch, brunch, dinner or all of the above, at an Artist's Reception for painter Priscilla Levesque of Lowell, MA.

This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the Artist's Walkway. Snacks will be provided. Cash bar.

Priscilla Levesque

Gallery Sitka
Studio Landline: 978.342.1006

Eric Grab: Speaking Figuratively                          
The Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield, MA

"Speaking Figuratively," by Eric Grab, on view at The Greenfield Gallery, April 6 through May 30, 2018, with a life drawing demo and artist reception Friday, April 27.

The Greenfield Gallery is proud to present Millers Falls artist Eric Grab's debut headliner show, "Speaking Figuratively." Grab explores the human figure through spontaneous, bright pastel drawings as well as deeply layered, enigmatic paintings that reach back towards archetypal forms and symbols.

The exhibit will run Friday, April 6 through Wednesday, May 30. On Friday, April 27, a life drawing demonstration from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will be followed by an artist's reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Grab says it will be fun for people to watch him work. "I work really quickly and energetically," he says. "I use bright colors. The dust is flying around."

Check out Eric Grab's website at

The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information:

Contact The Greenfield Gallery at 413-772-9334
or Trish Crapo at

Exploring the Myths of James Dye                           
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Temple of the Burdened Host by James Dye
When James Dye won the Sally Bishop Prize at our 2017 Biennial, part of his award was a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum. That exhibition, Exploring the Myths of James Dye, opens on April 7, featuring 21 dip pen, India ink drawings, whose meticulously rendered works blend themes from ancient myths with iconography that refers to alchemy, cosmology and the Apocalypse.
An opening reception for James Dye will take place on Thursday, April 19, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The reception will be free to WAM members. Otherwise it is included with regular admission for non-members.

The exhibition remains on view through September 2, 2018. The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, MA, is open Wednesday Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every third Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $6 for children 4-17, $14 for seniors 65+, and $14 for college students with ID. Members and children under four are free. Museum parking is free on a first-come, first-served basis; street parking is also available. More information about the exhibit.

Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA

East Wing Gallery Talks & Events                         
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

35th Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition Competition
April 2-19
Reception & Awards: Thursday, April 12 at 6-8 pm

47th Annual MWCC Student Art Exhibition
Work from foundation & advanced art courses
May 7 - 23
Reception: Wednesday, May 9 at 3:30-6:00pm

For more information:
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Art Classes & Instruction
27th Annual May Gallery Show                       
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA

Princeton Arts Society's "Annual May Gallery Show" is free and open to the public:
Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM Opening Reception
Saturday, May 12, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 13, 10 AM to 4 PM
Princeton Arts Society Room
206 Worcester Rd. (Post Office Place - lower back level)
Princeton MA 01451

All work is by the Society's members, many of whom are award winning artists widely recognized in their fields. The show includes works in oils, acrylics, pastels, and two and three-dimensional media, with subject matter as varied as our artists.

Come and surround yourself with art. Our 27th Annual May Gallery Show is the perfect opportunity to view inspiring works of art and perhaps add a piece to your personal collection.
The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization encouraging and supporting area visual, literary and performing artists.
Spring Artist to Artist Workshops                        
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH

Telling your Story: Connecting in an Isolating World

A key to selling your work, getting a grant, or landing a residency is knowing how to talk about your art, how to share it, and how to make it personal and irresistible. It can also inspire and connect you to others!

This spring Arts Alive! in partnership with the Hannah Grimes Center to present FOUR workshops that help artists "Tell Their Stories"

The Fine Art of Telling Your Story: A Hands-on Workshop for Artists
Focusing on Artist statements & Artist Talks!
Saturday, April 14th, 10am-4pm

Tell Your Story with Social Media
Focusing on translating your artist statement to social media platforms
Wednesday, April 25th, 5-6:30pm

Tell Your Story through your Brand
Focusing on how your story is your brand - and how to use it
Thursday, May 10th, 5:30-7pm

Tell Your Story Through Photos of Your Work
Focusing on how to best represent your work through photography
Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20th, midday

Learn more and register now!

Arts Alive!
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH 03431
Eight Week Woodcarving Class                      
Stone Cow Brewery, Barre, MA

Starting Saturday May 5, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 PM

This course is designed as an 8-week introduction to woodcarving. The first project, a carved pretzel, teaches all the basic cuts, working with grain in all directions, the beginnings of 3-dimensional carving, and rounding. At the end of the course students will have completed a 5" in-the-round, snowman.

I will provide all wood blanks and carving knives for students to use during classes. Safety is always stressed, so I insist on all new students wearing protective gloves on the hand that holds the carving, not the knife. I will have some available, but to ensure proper fit students are encouraged to purchase Kevlar gloves. They are available from carving suppliers or fish fillet gloves available at sporting goods stores and department stores will also work. I will also provide protective tape for carving hand (holding the knife) thumbs.

For more information contact Marcia Berkall at

See Marcia's Whittlins 'n Wood web page at:
Art Classes at Gallery Sitka                     
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA

Make an Earth Day Mosaic Frame with Colette Shumate Smith
Saturday, April 14th, 2-4:00pm

Join Leominster artist Colette Shumate Smith in front of the gallery from 2-4 pm on Saturday, April 14th for a mini mosaic class! End the class with a take-home picture frame! $5 Each guest for materials. Family Friendly - All Ages Welcome!
Colette Shumate Smith
Beadwork Class with James Spinelli Jewelry
Friday, April 16th, 6-8:00pm

Join us for a 2-hour class with Melissa James Spinelli of James Spinelli Jewelry. She will teach us how to creatively make jewelry with beads. The class is $25 per person and all supplies are included. Come relax on a Friday night at our gallery, enjoy some snacks and chill tunes and take home some awesome fun jewelry that you will learn to make!

RSVP required

Gallery Sitka
Studio Landline: 978.342.1006
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Introduction to Glassblowing

Class size 3-8 students, approximately 2 hour session
Adults (16+) - $60 per person
Ages 12-15 - $70 per person
Ages 7-11 - $75 per person

If you've ever been interested in glassblowing this is the class for you! In this hands-on class you will begin learn the foundations of glassblowing, including the tools, equipment and safety. This class is fast-paced and packed full of information. Make four of your own pieces of glass art to show off to your friends and family! Each student from the class will make their own clear flower, colorful flower, paperweight, and clear blown ornament.

Blow your own Ornament

Class size 4-20 people
Adults (16+) - $25 per person
Ages 12-15 - $30 per person
Ages 7-11 - $35 per person

This class gives you the opportunity to experience glassblowing first-hand without taking a full class. Each person will assist the instructor gathering glass out of our 2,075 degree furnace, choose two colors to swirl into your ornament and blow into the liquid glass. Sound exciting? It is! Give this a try for a brief introduction to this ancient art and make your very own piece of glass art!

Level 2 ~ Egg Paperweights or 'Eggweights'

This class is an hour-long private lesson for 1 or 2 people focusing only on egg shaped paperweights. Without rushing, a total of 5 or more paperweights will easily be made in this class colors, or purchase additional colors to add to your design. The prerequisite for this class is that all individuals must that have taken our 2-hour Intro to Glassblowing Class. When signing up, in the box for "leave us a message", please put the approximate date you took the Intro class! Cost = $85 (split cost if 2 people) ~ Price includes a rough grind on the bottom of your paperweights, or you can schedule to learn to grind on another date. +$5 Ages 12-15 +$10 Ages 7-11

Flameworking 1

Check flameworking off your bucket list! Our goal for this class is to make you feel comfortable and competent enough at the torch to practice these skills on your own. After the instructor demonstrates a swirly pendant and a turtle, students take over to create their own! There is plenty of time for each student to make between 3-5 pieces. For those who wish to pursue work on the torch further, these are great projects to start a solid foundation of skills. For those who just want the experience, you will have your own glass items to take home with you once they have been annealed. 2 hour class, 2+ students, $80 per person, all materials included

Decorate your own Egg Pendant

2-9 people
No experience necessary, ages 12+
$40/person for this hour group class

Experience flameworking first-hand by decorating your very own glass egg pendant! In this one hour class, you will learn about safety, tools and equipment in the flameworking shop. After everyone is comfortable, Your instructor will do a quick demonstration on the steps it takes to decorate one of these beautiful egg pendants. Students will then have the rest of the class-time to sit at their own torch and decorate a glass creation!

Level 2 ~ Build Your Own Bunny

2-9 people
Any Flameworking class is required prior to taking this class
$80 per person for this 2 hour class

Have you already taken an intro or seasonal flameworking class? Great! You're ready to create your own adorable bunny just in time for the Spring. This two hour class will cover techniques such as heating and manipulating colored glass, drawing with stringers, and shaping using gravity, heat, and tools.

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
2018 Workshops                   
River Valley Artisans, Keene, NH

River Valley Artisans is pleased to be sponsoring the following workshops in 2018

The first will be a Marketing workshop on April 7th with Bruce Baker and the second will be a pastel workshop with Christine Ivers on June 23 & 24.

For more information please visit our website. These workshops will take place in Keene, NH.

Marketing You & Your Art with Bruce Baker - April 7, 2018
Nationally recognized arts marketing authority, Craft's Report columnist, artist, and juror will be in Keene to assist artists and crafts professionals to create better businesses.

This workshop is designed for art/craft professionals who want to compete successfully in today's art field. The purpose is to help artists identify and overcome barriers that keep their businesses from running at peak performance. The registration fee for this workshop is $60.

Registration form

Photographing Your Art - May 19 & 20

Get tips on how to photograph your art and creations with an experienced professional commercial photographer! Quality photographs can be taken in your own studio and used for National and International Museums and galleries, online and offline product catalogues, grant and residency applications, advertising, etc. Participants will learn about lighting, camera settings, and setting up your own photo studio at home in this two-part workshop. Sign up for one or both!

Workshop lengths may extend beyond 2pm-this presenter loves questions, interactions, and group participation.

For more information visit our website or Facebook page

NightScapes in Pastel with Christine Ivers - June 23 & 24, 2018
This is a two-day workshop that explores texture, temperature and the medium of pure pigment. Students will have the opportunity to paint from their own photos or photos that will be available. The registration fee for this 2-day workshop is $230.

Registration form

Please email and you will be notified when the registration form is ready.

River Valley Artisans

2018 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Playing with Light & Color with Mary Iselin
April 2018

In this workshop, we will explore color and light as they add joy and personal voice to our paintings. Students will learn techniques to help them see color, and to make individual choices about how to express the colors they see. We will also discuss how the type of light in which an object is viewed is what allows us to see the colors we wish to express.

On day one, we will first watch a short demo, then create a painting of our own using back-lighting.  

On day two, we will watch a short landscape demo, then work on a landscape painting of our own, using the techniques demonstrated. In case of heavenly weather, we might even go outside! Registration form

The Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to welcome back Lisa Ober for a Pet Portraits in Pastel workshop September 15 & 16, 2018. Lisa's step-by-step approach to teaching pastel pet portraiture insures that when this workshop is complete you will know how to develop a realistic pet portrait from the first sketch through signing the finished painting.

The registration fee for this workshop is $230 for MAAA members and $255 for non-members. Your dues must be paid for the current membership year in order to receive the member rate.

This fee is non-refundable unless the minimum number of students is not met.

Please make your check payable to: Monadnock Area Artists Association. Please mail your registration form and check before March 1, 2018 to:

Monadnock Area Artists Association
c/o C. Corliss
161 Streeter Hill Road
West Chesterfield, NH 03466

A confirmation will be sent via email, so please print clearly.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol at or 603-363-4205, or visit our website.

Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira
November 2018

In this fun and informative workshop students will learn to create vibrant drawings with the simple tool of colored pencils by layering colors, blending, burnishing, and creating rich darks and vibrant colors. Colored pencils are an easy transported medium and can be used for simple sketches to complex layered drawings. In this workshop we will be combining and learning about dry colored pencils with watercolor pencils and how this mixed media approach allows for a quicker build up of color and value. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of this versatile colored pencil medium. Registration form
Monadnock Area Artists Association
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
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Call for Artists: Lunenburg's First Annual Arts Festival                        
Lunenburg, MA

The Lunenburg Arts Festival is Saturday, June 9, from 10am - 3pm, and is a celebration of the creative community of Lunenburg, MA and the surrounding area. It is a free event and will take place in the center of town; we'll be shutting down Memorial Drive. The Festival will feature artist vendors, music, craft activities, food for sale from the Lions Club, a Kids Craft Tent with family craft activities, collaborative community art projects, and more. It's a great chance to see art, shop local & handmade product. Above all, it's an opportunity to gather, have fun, and celebrate in our community!

There is parking at the Lunenburg Middle High School, either the upper lot to the west of the building, or the lower student parking. There is also limited parking behind the Brooks House, through the library parking lot. Please leave the library parking lot available for library patrons before 2pm. Memorial Drive is the road that runs next to the library and then alongside the Kid's Kingdom Playground and the Eagle House Senior Center.

If you are an artist and are interested to participate, we are now accepting applications for artisan vendors! It's a juried event, so you apply and then our committee will make a decision to give the festival the best possible balance of artists and products for sale. The application deadline is April 20, you will be notified via email within two weeks after that date as you apply.

For registration go to

The Lunenburg Arts Festival is put on by the Lunenburg Cultural Council, with the help of the Lunenburg Public Library and the Eagle House Senior Center.

For more information contact Iphigenia Gossios Burg at or call 978-793-2643

Call for Entries: Warmth and Wonder                       
Petersham Cultural Council, Petersham, MA

Petersham Cultural Council Art Show
Open Call: Warmth and Wonder
April 13-15, 2018 at the Petersham Town Hall
1 South Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366

Winter got you down? The Petersham Cultural Council invites you to participate in Warmth and Wonder, the 2018 Petersham Art Show. Share your art and new awakenings with us at the Petersham Town Hall!

Opening Reception - Friday, April 13, 7 to 9:00pm
Wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live music!

Preregistration and payment is required by Monday, April 2. Mail completed registration form to:
PCC, PO Box 486, Petersham, MA 01366

For more information email us at

Call for Artists: Made in Mass                      
The Brick Room Gallery, Gardner, MA

Rome Furniture, at 562 Main St. in Gardner, MA, is looking for art to fill The Brick Room gallery. We are interested in any art and craft works "Made in Mass." For more information call Linda Ruscio at 978-632-0687, or email inquiries to This opportunity is in the beginning stages.

Call for Artists: All Around Monadnock Art Exhibition                     
Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH

June 1-September 7, 2018

The Monadnock Region means many things to many people. It is recognized for its natural beauty. It is known as the "Currier & Ives Corner" of New Hampshire because of its remarkably intact early New England historical record and built environment. It is known for its quintessential New England festivals and cultural events. And it is known for its people, from old-time New England characters to those who have come to love the region's heritage, culture and landscape. Our region illustrates the story of New England history, culture and natural environment.

What does the Monadnock Region mean to you? The Historical Society of Cheshire County and the region's artists are collaborating on an exhibit that will allow the artists to answer this question. The people, places, heritage, and culture of the Monadnock area will be recognized and celebrated in this collaborative exhibit. Artists are encouraged to create works that illustrate what the region means to them and how it impacts their own lives. The 40 towns of the Monadnock Region are recognized for their natural beauty and cultural heritage. This exhibit is paying homage to those characteristics of "our" region.

For more information:
Amherst Town Hall Gallery
Amherst Public Art Commission, Amherst, MA

The Amherst Public Art Commission invites area artists or groups of artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the Amherst Town Hall Gallery in 2018-2019 (July 2018-June 2019.) Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Exhibitions are on display for two months, and artists are asked to participate in the monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus (first Thursday of the month) during their show.

Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered.

Submission requirements: Completed application, artist statement and/or resume, and 5 digital images. A $20 entry fee is payable upon acceptance to exhibit. Applications must be received no later than January 20, 2018. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2018.

Applications may be completed online

To request a paper application or ask additional questions, contact Amy at
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 Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
Go to our website to sign up for our newsletter and check out our calendar of events in the North Central region.

  A vibrant force advancing arts and culture in the Fitchburg community and in the North Central Massachusetts region. 
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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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 9 years in a row (2009-2017) 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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