April 2020
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Gail Huntley

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele  
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis
Christopher Guerra

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
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President's Note

Hello friends,

I hope we all stay well and safe during this challenging time. Try to keep busy with your artwork, as for me it is very comforting. Since our Spring Show has been rescheduled for September, we thought we would put together a Virtual Art Tour in place of the Spring Show. We received great responses and soon we will let you know when the virtual tour will ready to be seen. This way we can still share our artwork to the world, enjoy watching a wonderful video of our colleague's artwork, and maybe buyers will buy your work. Once you watch this video, let us know what you think. This is our first experimental video and we may do something like this again with all our musicians and writers.

Currently, we are not sure if we will be opening in May for our first Theme Art Show. The theme is "Chasing the Light". We will have to wait and see what Governor Baker says. So, in the meantime keep working on your pieces for this Theme show. It sounds like it may be held for the month of June. This will give you more time to be able to attend and finish your pieces for this show in our gallery. We will keep you posted.

GALA will attend the Fitchburg Open Studios this year. We have already dedicated a space in Fitchburg at the church. Since we all have missed opportunities this year to show and sell our artwork, this will be another avenue for you to participate in. We will be transporting the artwork from our themes shows "Food" and "My Favorite Places" to take to the church.

This year, we will be renting the gallery out for private functions. Would you like to have an event in a space with beautiful artwork on the wall? If you are interested let me know. We are now taking proposals for 2020 Group Shows. Would you like to have a Group Art Show at the Gallery, or do you want to join a Group Art Show? Click here for more detailed information and fill out a Group Show Proposal: 
Take care and God bless you.

Deb Giordano
GALA President


  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA Theme Shows 2020       

We are planning 3 theme shows this years so start thinking about what you would like to create!

May: Chasing the Light
July: Food
September: My Favorite Place

Ribbons will be awarded at the Food show. Watch for the call for entries!
Take a Selfie!        

We would like to know who you are. We are updating our website with your selfies. This will help everyone to identify members at our events. Send selfie and 100 words (max) to express yourself to
GALA Annual Spring Art Show        

We've been monitoring the COVID-19 developments on a daily basis and relying on state recommendations and projections for the coming weeks. Based on the current situation we feel it is best for the organization to reschedule our Spring Art Show.  We are working with the American Legion to secure an open date for September. This will be our big Fall Art Show. Once we finalize a Fall date we will send out a "Call for Entries".
For those of you that have already registered for the show, we will keep your information on file and payment. If you wish to change any of your entries or information, email Deb so she can update the database.

We know you were looking forward to the upcoming show as much as we were, but both the logistical and financial inconveniences of rescheduling will be far outweighed by holding the event at a safer time for both you and the artists. We will of course make huge efforts to re-publicize the show, through additional advertising, social media, email communications and our website. We hope, as the new dates get closer, you'll help us spread the word.

Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Warm regards,

GALA Board of Directors
MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
C.M. Judge           

FemLink-Art: FEMALE video art screening, introduced by C.M. Judge

Monday, April 20 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Featuring 30 artists from 30 countries, the FemLink-Art composition FEMALE utilizes a simple structure - one woman video artist per country who contributes a two minute video based this common theme. Each artist reflects on ideas related to the female experience. Ms. Judge will answer questions after the screening.

Museum of the White Mountains
34 Highland Street
Plymouth, NH
(603) 535-3210

Denise A. Jacques          

Denise A. Jacques will be displaying her photography through May in the Heywood Hospital Center for Wound Care. Ms. Jacques's interests in landscapes and nature are highlighted in her photographs. Please stop into the Wound Clinic during regular business hours to view this display.

Denise A. Jacques photography
Center for Wound Care
Heywood Hospital
242 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440

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Shows & Exhibits
Annual Spring Art Exhibit  
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Annual Spring Exhibit
Exhibit runs through April 24th

Due to the corona virus, we are canceling the Opening Reception. Please visit the exhibit during normal open hours.

One of our largest exhibits of the year, the exhibit will include all types of mixed media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paper works, pottery, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. A great place to purchase original art at reasonable prices for gifts for the. The exhibit will run through April 24th. The exhibit is 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, 1 to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at Find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook

EarthSong Artists Group Exhibit   
Hancock Town Library, Hancock, NH

Blythe Spirit by Carol Doleac
EarthSong Artists Group Exhibit
Recent Paintings at the Hancock Town Library
25 Main St, Hancock NH

Nine local artists, who are members of the EarthSong Artists group, will showcase their recent paintings in the Daniels Room of the Hancock Library, through May 6th. The exhibit includes new works, featuring creative expressions of individual connections with nature, including landscape, floral and animal subjects. Work in this exhibit has been painted in a studio environment during the winter. Local participating artists are Tamara Benaquist, Barbara Danser, Carol Doleac, Bill Gill, Mary Kirk, Ilona Kwiecien, Arlene Laurenitis, Christy Meinke and Anne Marie Warren.

The exhibit runs through May 6. Due to health concerns with the Coronavirus, an Artists' Reception is not scheduled to be held at this time. Viewing hours at the Library are Monday and Wednesday, 2-6 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am-7 pm; and Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Before visiting, call the Hancock Library to check room accessibility at (603) 525-4411.

Earth Day at 50 
Gallery Sitka East, Shirley, MA

Earth Day at 50!

An art event to celebrate the earth! Curated by fine artist, illustrator & educator, Melissa Richard on Manchester, NH.

Join us as we host the work of a variety of artists from all over the world for our annual earth day show. The opening is Saturday, April 25th from 1-3 PM. The work will be on display until Friday, May 29th.

Opening Saturday, April 25
1-3:00 PM

Gallery Sitka East
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464

Contact Gallery Sitka with Questions:
Phone: 978.425.6290

The Healing Arts Gallery, Peterborough NH


Barbara Danser & other selected artists

The Healing Arts Gallery, Monadnock Hospital, Peterborough NH.
Through April 30th

For more information contact Barbara Danser at

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Classes & Instruction
Needle Felting Workshop                      
Beals Library, Winchendon, MA

Needle Felting Workshop 
Taught by Nicol Wander
April 18th 2020 
Saturday 9:30 - !2:30 AM 
At Beals Library in Winchendon

Create a felted Bluebi rd 
This 3 hour workshop is an easy project for beginners. Using a Felting Needle and pre-dyed merino wool, participants will create a felted bluebird. Learn needle felting technique to create a unique one-of-a-kind bluebird to take home. 
Novice & experienced welcome! Adult or mature teens only (sharp needle used in creative process)

LIMIT 20 participants
$15.00 Material Fee
Pre-register at Beals Library

MAAA 2020 Workshops                     
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Spring Flowers with Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
Kendra Ferreira
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9:00 - 4:00                
First Baptist Church, Keene, NH

Class description: In this fun and informative workshop students will learn to create vibrant and colorful drawings with the simple tool of colored pencils by layering, blending, burnishing and creating rich darks. Colored pencils are an easy transported medium and can be used for simple sketches to complex layered drawings. We will also be combining and learning about mixing dry colored pencils with watercolor pencils and how this mixed media approach allows for a quicker build up of color and tone. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of this versatile colored pencil medium.

In this workshop we will be drawing cheerful spring flowers, studying the form and curves and creating colorful drawings. I like to begin the work- shop with a short discussion about materials and a short demo about using colored pencils and different techniques. Students will work from floral still life set ups to their own abilities with my assistance. I like to work a little with each person individually and guide each student to obtain his or her goals.

$65 for members and $90 for non-members.

Please visit our website for a registration form:

Intuitive Painting-mixed media Workshop
Jane Davies
Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:30 - 4:30            
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH

Class description: Connect directly to your intuition and express yourself with paint, drawing, and collage. Discover new tools and techniques that get you out of a rut and into a more spontaneous way of work-ing. We will paint to music, paint without brushes, draw with crayons, play painting games, make collaborative collages, make our own collage papers, create spontaneous mono prints, and more. All techniques are accessible, so those with less experience can jump right in. Experienced painters will find this a refresh-ing way to re-energize their art practice. If you have never painted before, this is a great way to start!

The registration fee for this workshop is $130 for members and $155 for non-members

Please visit our website for a registration form:

Capturing the Light in Pastel
Rita Kirkman
October 31, Nov. 1 & 2, 2020, 9:00 - 4:00
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH

Rita's classic Pastel Workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light and loosen up with Rita's innovative under-painting technique. Instruction emphasizes composition and techniques for a small format (8x10), value and temperature control, how to creatively interpret your photos and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of values, temperature, color and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! For beginner to advanced.

The registration fee for this 3 day workshop is $275 for members and $300 for non-members

Registration will begin in the next few months. Please contact to be put on a waiting list for a form.

Monadnock Area Artists Association
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Call to Artists: Art in the City
Presented by Family Health Center of Worcester, MA

Family Health Center of Worcester is pleased to invite artists to participate in our 22nd annual Art in the City fundraising gala. Art in the City raises funds to directly support critical health services for over 35,000 low-income, culturally diverse individuals cared for by Family Health Center. Dozens of local artists donate original works of art which are available for auction at the gala. Art in the City's silent art auction is the pinnacle of the event. This year, we hope you will consider joining our family of artists by donating an original piece of your artwork.

For 47 years, Family Health Center has been providing comprehensive medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, and social services in Greater Worcester and South Worcester County regardless of patients' ability to pay. Your donation will help us achieve our vision of compassionate, quality care where every person matters.

Art in the City will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Washburn Hall at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester. Donating artists are invited to attend the gala as our guest for the evening. We will feature your artwork in an online gallery of donated works at The website and event program book will also include your artist statement and a link to your website or online gallery.

You may submit the Call to Artists form online. We hope you will participate in Art in the City. If you have any questions, please contact Development Associate, Lindsay MacPhail, at 508-860-7951. Your talent helps create a healthier community and we appreciate your support.

Lindsay MacPhail
Development Associate
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
26 Queen Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Telephone: 508-860-7951
The Little Gallery at Town Hall
Westminster, MA

Westminster now has a public art gallery open for showings by Westminster artists.  "The Little Gallery at Town Hall" is now accepting applications from artists or artist groups who would like to exhibit 2-D work for a month-long show. For more information, visit the Town of Westminster website.

"The Little Gallery at Town Hall" is sponsored by the Westminster Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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 2020-2021 (July 2020-June 2021.) 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 19, 2020. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 9, 2020

Applications may be completed online

Please send questions to 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.

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

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.

Princeton Arts Society Blog

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.

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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
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 has achieved Constant Contact's All Star Award for 10 years in a row (2009-2018) 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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