Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
April 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Call for Entries: GALA Art & Music Festival
Art & Music Festival
May 20 - 22, 2022
Red Apple Farm (Brew Barn)
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, May 8th
Opening Reception: Fri. May 20, 6:00 - 9:00pm (art awards at 7:00)

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. Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline.

With either option, your entry is due by Sunday, MAY 8th

Live music all three days by many talented local musicians. The Big Random will be there on Saturday. Music will be outside under the big tent.

Please support GALA by participating in the ART RAFFLE TABLE

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show, or teach art classes outside under a tent for children and adults. Please indicate your interest on your entry form.

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

* Important Note *
Please be sure to drop-off your artwork on May 17 between 4 - 6:00pm. If we do not receive your artwork by 6:00pm, we may not be able to include it in the judging.

Please Forward this email to others who might be interested in exhibiting or performing music at the GALA Art & Music Festival.

Entry Deadline Sunday, May 8
Art Drop-Off at Red Apple Farm Tuesday, May 17 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Opening Reception Friday, May 20 6:00 - 9:00 Awards 7 PM
Art Pick-Up at Red Apple Farm Sunday, May 22 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Seeking Artist Vendors for our GALA Art & Music Festival

Fill out the Vendor Application to be juried into the festival. All the details are listed on the application form. Vendor dates are Saturday 21 & Sunday 22.

For help with any questions, contact Vicki at

GALA Art & Music Festival Music Lineup
May 20-22, 2022

Fri, May 20th: 6p Sweet Euphoria
7p Derek Drowne
8p Ron Morey

Sat, May 21st: 11a Ian Galipeau
12p Faceless Hobos
1p Kilroy
3p the BIG RanDom

Sun, May 22nd: 12p Val Newman & Cara Keane
1p Roberta Lamb
2p Kenny Selcer
3p Bob Schuchard

Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA

3 Days of Peace, Love, Art and Music!

Art Critiques
Next Critique scheduled
Saturday, April 9th
10:00 - 12:00

April's Art Critique will be held at the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon in the Trustee's room on the 3rd floor. Go into the side building and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. We will be in the Trustees Board Room
50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon

Free to all GALA Members. New artists, first class is free

Saturday, May 7th
Saturday, June 11th
10:00 - 12:00

May and June Critiques will be held in GALA's Art Gallery at 135 Front Street in Winchendon. A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork to share with the group.

You may bring a treat to eat, we will serve coffee & tea
Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together.
Mark your calendar!

Email Janet to let her know that you will be joining us at

Come join us with coffee, tea, cookies and laughs. Together we can achieve our goals.

Member News & Exhibits
Chuck Heidorn
The art of Chuck Heidorn is currently on display during regular business hours at

Heywood Hospital
Center for Wound Care
242 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440

Alicia Drakiotes
Alicia Drakiotes is the featured artist at Prime Roast Coffee Co., 16 Main Street, Keene, NH for the month of April.

Her works consist of energetic spring landscapes and new colorful small works starting at $75 and up each. All work is available for purchase on the spot at this location.

Alicia Drakiotes will be teaching art classes at The Keene Senior Center, Court St, Keene, NH on Tuesdays, March 22-April 26th.

6 weeks - $150 tuition
10-11:30 AM

Students should bring their own materials in their preferred medium and will receive one on one attention to increase their creativity and learn new techniques. A lending art reference library is on site.

To register, please call (603) 352-5037.

Coffee and Critiques
Coffee and Critiques sessions resume once monthly on the THIRD THURSDAY from 10-11:30AM, weather permitting. These gatherings will be held at the Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., Keene, NH. Host is Alicia Drakiotes for the KSC. Bring your in progress work or come for inspiration!

For further information email:

Center for Wound Care
As a service to the patients of the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital, GALA has been displaying member art in the waiting room for more than 15 years. We will be contacting artists for the following schedule: May-June; July-August; September-October, and November-December. Three to 12 pieces can be accommodated in this space. Multiple artists may join together to create a theme or display at the same time. Please contact Vicki at Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing, 978-630-2340.

Doreen LaScola
BREAKTHROUGH, transitional works by Doreen LaScola will be on exhibit from through April 24th in the back gallery at the Oxbow Gallery, 40 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA.
This show features the artist’s recent discoveries unifying the energy & spontaneity of her plein air work with the abstraction & concept of her studio work as well as the meditations she began during Covid time.

The artist will be available at the opening reception on Friday, April 1, 5-8 pm. to discuss her processes, discoveries and challenges. The exhibit will also be open to the public every Thursday through Sunday from 12-5 pm.

Fran Kidder’s “Sacred Encounters” will be on exhibit in the front gallery.
Shows & Exhibits
Annual Spring Show
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Surround yourself with art. The Princeton Arts Society’s Annual Spring Show & Sale is the perfect opportunity to view inspiring works of art and perhaps add a piece to your personal collection.

The Annual Spring Show is free and open to the public:
Friday, May 13, 6 to 8 PM – Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 15, 10 AM to 4 PM
Princeton Senior & Community Center, 206 Worcester Rd. (Post Office Place) Princeton MA

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, watercolors, pastels, photography, and more, including three-dimensional works, with subject matter as varied as our artists.

The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization encouraging and supporting area visual, literary and performing artists.

Facebook: Princeton Arts Society

Three in Conversation
Inner Space Fine Arts, North Reading, MA
Three In Conversation
Opening Reception Saturday, April 2, 5—7 pm 
Show runs April 2—May 14

Carolyn Latanision has been recognized for her efforts with multiple awards and by achieving Signature Membership in both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society along with Signature Membership in numerous national societies including Rocky Mountain, Hudson Valley, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies. In 2017, her painting was chosen as the top award-winning painting in the National Watercolor Society International Exhibition. A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Carolyn now calls Winchester, Massachusetts home and works out of her studio in Woburn.

Juni Van Dyke’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts and in numerous galleries and private collections. Juni is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the St. Botolph Foundation Award, Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants; and an Honorary Citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her outstanding contribution to the arts. Her work was selected by Room & Board for inclusion in its limited edition art series and is on view throughout the US in Room & Board locations. Juni maintains a studio in Manchester, Massachusetts.

Paul J. Noël is a master representational painter living in Wells, Maine. Paul exhibits throughout New England and enjoys an extensive private collector audience. His interior design background taught him the power of color and composition and he imagines his canvases as rooms to explore. Light, form, texture and elements of surprise are all part of designing a beautiful room and creating a captivating painting that the viewer can feel part of.

Spring Art Show
Greater Gardner Artists Association, Gardner, MA
The Greater Gardner Artists Association
Spring Art Show

Boland Room
Heywood Place
61 Lake St.
Gardner, MA 01440

April 22, April 23, April 24
Open to the public

The Other Gardner Museum
Gardner Museum, Gardner, MA
The Gardner Museum is excited to present the spring exhibit “The Other Gardner Museum” with artwork by Keith Cormier. He reimagined the 13 stolen paintings from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Aside from the artwork, the exhibit features some details of the still unsolved 1990 heist. The exhibit will run from March 2 to May 29 during regular museum opening hours—Wednesday-Sunday, from 1-4 pm.

Stories to Share with Jeanne Duval
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
The Jaffrey Civic Center’s first season of “Stories to Share” has been gaining popularity since it began in October 2021. The eight-part series has introduced attendees to some incredible people from the Monadnock region with unique and interesting stories. At 5PM on April 1, the program will continue with Jaffrey native and realist artist, Jeanne Duval.

Jeanne Duval is a nationally recognized artist. Her works have brought her recognition and acclaim including three MacDowell Colony Fellowships, two pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, a grant from the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her work is in several esteemed collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The NY Art Space, and the Bayly Art Museum. Jeanne has had several solo exhibitions in addition to participating in several group exhibitions.

Jeanne’s talk is titled “Experiences that Shaped my Life as a Painter.”

The program will be available as an in-person event at the Jaffrey Civic Center in the Auditorium Gallery as well as via Zoom. Pre-registration is required, and for this event, the center is requiring proof of COVID19 vaccination. These programs are free of charge, but to help support this event and others like it, donations are appreciated. The series is supported by Exclusive Platinum Sponsor, Belletetes, Inc.

To register for zoom please email:

The Jaffrey Civic Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural facility founded in 1966. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens, residents, and visitors of the Monadnock region can pursue artistic, educational, and civic activities. The Center’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment and enlightenment of the community. There is no admission fee to the Civic Center and all art shows and receptions are FREE and open to the public. The Center also hosts fee-based educational and other programs, as well as serving as the home to the Jaffrey Historical Society. The Jaffrey Civic Center, located at 40 Main Street in Jaffrey, is open Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. For more information about other events and opportunities at the center please go to our website:
Us Them We
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Supporters & Members Tour: Us Them We
at the Worcester Art Museum

Saturday, April 9
10:00 AM
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street

Join fellow ArtsWorcester members--both artist and supporting members--for a private curators' tour of Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity at the Worcester Art Museum.

The tour and admission to the museum that day is free for registrants, and and you must register in advance online. The tour's capacity is limited to the first thirty members who register. A wait-list will be held.

Co-curated by Nancy Kathryn Burns, Stoddard Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at WAM, and Toby Sisson, Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Art at Clark University, Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity features over 50 objects across a broad spectrum of media including photography, prints, painting, and sculpture. Presented across two galleries, the exhibition features significant loans and some rarely-seen objects from the Worcester Art Museum's permanent collection. Highlights include works by nationally-recognized figures Byron Kim, Roberto Lugo, María Magdelena Campos-Pons, and Lorna Simpson, alongside important New England artists like Nafis White, James "Ari" Montford, Laylah Ali, and Rania Matar.

Registered participants will gather in the Lancaster lobby in advance of the tour. Museum parking is free on a first-come, first-served basis; street parking is also available. For more information about the Worcester Art Museum, visit

44 Portland Street /// Worcester, MA 01608
508.755.5142 ///

April at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
New Work — Dug Morton Solo Show
A series of 50+ paintings, all new works by this Lunenburg artist!
Friday, April 1
4:30-7:30 PM
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464

"A is for Alice" by Colette Shumate Smith
Join us for the 2022 Alice in Wonderland Show by artist, Colette Shumate Smith, now of Maine! This is her recent group of work!
Sunday, April 10
3:00–5:00 PM
Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464

Earth Day — in Newport, RI
Join us for a 2 month pop-up in Newport, RI. Our first opening is on Earth Day.
Friday, April 22
4:30-7:30 PM
227 Spring Street
Newport, RI 02840

Belated Earth Day — in Shirley, MA
Join us for our annual Earth Day Art Opening!
Friday, May 6
4:30-6:30 PM
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464
Classes & Instruction
2022 Needle Felting
Gardner, MA
3 hour workshops
By Nicol Wander
Location: 205 School Street
Gardner, MA

April: Needle Felt a Owl
April 7, 9:30-12:30
April 14, 9:30-12:30
April 30th, 9:00-12:00


Includes all materials & individual instruction to create your own felted art piece
Class size limited to 6 people

More information available at

Watercolor Art Workshop with Charlie Gray
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Are you ready to brush up on your watercolor painting skills, or is now the time to start or continue this creative and rewarding journey. These sessions, sponsored by the Princeton Arts Society and the Princeton Council on Aging, are great for first timers or those eager to improve their skill in this relaxed environment. We'll concentrate on the basics: washes, brush handling, composition, color...and a good time. Our instructor is Charles Gray, a widely recognized oil and watercolor artist and PAS member.

When? 6 sessions from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. on the following Thursdays at 1pm - March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5
Where? Princeton Senior & Community Center in Post Office Place, 206 Worcester Road, Princeton.
Who? Open to everyone over age 16.
Cost for all six sessions? PAS members and Princeton seniors $8; all others $20. Payment due at first session. Cash or check (payable to Princeton Arts Society). Or join PAS for $30 and pay $8 for the class.

Preregistration STRONGLY encouraged (limited class size) by email or phone: or 508-736-4175. Bring what supplies you have (paper, brushes, paints) or call Jean for guidance; some supplies available during the first session.

Call for Artists
Spring Show
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
The Princeton Arts Society invites members and new members to submit two and three-dimensional art (any medium) to our annual Spring Show. There will be cash prizes; preregistration is not required. The show is open to the public on May 13, 14 and 15. Please go to for more information.

The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization encouraging and supporting area visual, literary and performing artists.

Call for Entries: Keene Art Walk
Keene, NH
June 3-12, 2022
Downtown Keene, NH

Each June, art in mediums such as oil, pastel, photography, watercolor, quilting, mixed media and more take over storefront windows to connect artists of all ages with the community of Keene. Live painting, music events, and more are available for the whole family during Art Walk everywhere you look in downtown Keene, New Hampshire!

ArtWalk Keene is an annual celebration of local artists. Every year, Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire comes alive with art. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour around town as artists partner with local shops and storefronts to set up a personal gallery for their creations.

Entry Deadline: Friday April 1, 2022
There is a non-refundable $36 entry fee.

Contact Molly Fletcher at for more information

Call for Entries: Man and Nature
Keene, NH
Man and Nature in the Monadnock Region

Artists are encouraged to enter 2 original pieces of art created within the last 18 months which convey the relationship between mankind and nature in the Monadnock Region. When appropriate, “gallery edge” is acceptable. 2D artwork must be properly framed and wired for hanging and not exceed 18×24 in. 3D art is accepted, but artists must supply a base. 3D art not to exceed 432 sq. inches. Please contact the exhibit committee with specifics about 3D art.

$25 registration fee. For more information:
Artist compensation: Artists agree to contribute 25% of sale proceeds to the Historical Society of Cheshire County, but artists may designate more.

All proceeds contributed to the Society are tax deductible.

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.

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.

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.
Ongoing Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
Exhibit Opportunities
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center  Gardner, MA  (GALA Sponsored Venue)
Contact Vicki Heidorn at  or 978-630-2340

Contact Alice Struthers at 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

More Classes & Exhibits
Volunteer Opportunities
We Need Your Help!
There are many ways to volunteer! Please email to express your interest in helping out with our organization.
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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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.