August 2017
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Susan Nickerson
Stephen Nickerson
Sharon MacNeil

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
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President's Note

Dear Friends,

Hello there! It sure has been a very busy summer for everyone and the weather has not let us down at all.

We have started work on our Arts Gallery. We have scheduled a carpenter to start work. We had a large delivery of shiplap (barn board) that needs to be stained before it can be installed on the ceiling and gables. We are looking for volunteers to help with some staining and we have other small jobs that need attention. We are also doing a Boot Drive. If you would like to help and have some fun give me a call. We are getting more excited and hoping to be open by next summer.

Staining party - Saturday, August 19th, 9:30am - whenever
Hamburgers, hotdogs and cold drinks will be provided.

Boot Drive - Saturday, September 23rd, 9:00am - 1:00pm

My number is 978-407-1419


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
Naida Knox 

We are very sad to share that one of our GALA artists, Naida Knox, unexpectedly passed away this past Sunday, July 23rd. Naida was extremely talented, fun-loving and ready for any adventure! A GALA member for 18 years, Naida loved participating in our En Plein Air outings with her artist friends. She will be dearly missed.

Her husband and family would like everyone to know that there will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life at the Old Mill Restaurant in Westminster, MA on August 6, 2017 from 1 - 5 pm. Please come with fond memories and funny stories to share. Her family has no doubt that she would have wanted it this way.                              

GALA Needs Your Help

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Arts Gallery. There are a few things you can help with. Come join us-we have lots of fun when we are together! Mark your calendars. Please contact Deb to let her know you are able to help: or 978-407-1419.
Saturday, August 19th, 9:30am to whenever

STAINING PARTY  Help stain shiplap boards before they are installed on ceiling and gables. Help tape the drywall on the walls. Need experienced people for the drywall. We will provide the hamburgers, hotdogs and cold drinks. Need help with cooking on the grill and food table.

Saturday, September 23rd, 9:00am to 1:00pm

BOOT DRIVE  We need volunteers to stand out in the road and collect money to help support the renovation project and the Arts. If you want to help please SIGN this form and email/mail it back to us by Sept 18th. Contact Deb what times you want volunteer: or 978-407-1419. We will provide a safe area with cones and neon t-shirts.

En Plein Air

These activities are free benefits for GALA members.
Not a member? Join Now
August 18-20 - Savoy, MA

Once again, Doreen LaScola's niece, Taryn LaScola and her sweetheart Peter Miner have offered to host us for a weekend of outdoor art and camaraderie in the beautiful Berkshires. The main event will be Saturday, but we are welcome to bring our tents and/or campers (they have a really big yard) to stay from Friday to Sunday. We'll have art during the day and s'mores by the camp fire at night. Bring your own food, camping stuff, spouses etc. (not necessarily in that order!), and, of course, your art supplies.

Register online. Deadline is Friday, August 11

Location: Peter Miner & Taryn LaScola's
53 Hawley Rd.
Savoy MA

Email for your membership status.

GALA Renovations Update     

We are now scheduling carpenters to start work on the ceiling and gables. We will be using shiplap for the ceiling and gables to look like barn board to keep the beautiful look of a barn. We are looking for volunteers to help stain 1600 LF of boards. The boards need to be stained before they go up. If you want to help give us a call at 978-407-1419.

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

Bring your work to share-paintings, photos, all mediums accepted.

The GALA Artists Critiques will return in the fall on the following dates:

Saturdays: Sept 2, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4 from 10 am to 12 pm

Get feedback on and insight into what you create during the summer!

Register for the Sept 2 Critique
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

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
Alicia Drakiotes           

Alicia Drakiotes is one of 44 artists juried into the 2017 Thorne Sagendorph Gallery Biennial Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs at the TS Gallery June 3 through September 3rd and is located on Wyman Way on the Keene State College campus. Summer hours (June-August) for viewing this exhibition are: noon to 4 pm, Wednesday thru Sunday. All exhibits, receptions, and programs are free and open to the public.

The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the gallery at least two weeks before your visit. For more information, call 603-358-2720.

On Saturday, September 2, noon - 1 PM  a gallery walk-through with exhibition juror Allie Foradas and closing reception and peoples' choice award for the artists (organized with the day-long Keene Music Festival).


Alicia Drakiotes has been selected one of 16 recipients of a 2017 Ewing Arts Award-an annual event which celebrates and focuses attention on the excellence and myriad of artists in this region. The award recognizes the work Drakiotes has done, in partnership with the Historical Society of Cheshire County, to establish and curate some incredible shows celebrating our sense of place in the Monadnock region. The award ceremony is on July 19th at the Redfern Arts Center in Keene.

For more information on attending the Award ceremony:
Arts Alive
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH 03431

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Avian Nature                  
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a mixed media exhibit titled, "Avian Nature", by Karena Ness from August 4th to September 1st in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception for the show on Friday, August 4th from 5pm to 7pm. Karena Ness grew up in a rural North Dakota surrounded by open sky and fields. She moved south to further explore her understanding of painting while earning her M.F.A. in Painting through Savannah College of Art and Design.  In 2006, Karena moved to New Hampshire where she has made her home and continues to discover, experiment and share her love of art forms through exhibiting and teaching.

"The creation of  'environment' in regards to my artistic practice has always relied upon an imaginary realm of exploration. I explore the reactive qualities of paint as layers are spilled, stamped, troweled, and hand-painted. The subtle effects created by 'paint being paint' spark and fascinate, leading my imagination down its own path, composing and directing the final character or identity of the painting. I articulate suggestions of the natural world, ambiguous silhouettes and most recently, bird imagery. These birds are not predetermined, rather they appear to land unintentionally. They entail no formal classification yet offer an identity within the spaces they inhabit. My paintings are not specific to or representative of any one of these ideas, instead they become a compilation, defined within ones own imagination." The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

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.
Jaffrey Historical Society Exhibits                 
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Historical Society presents two new exhibits at the Jaffrey Civic Center during the month of August. The Display Case Gallery will host an exhibit of W.W. Cross -The Rise and Fall of a Major Spoke in Jaffrey's Industrial Wheel. The Auditorium Gallery will host an exhibit of historic Jaffrey postcards titled, Dear friend...Jaffrey postcards to Here and There. Both exhibits will open on August 4th and run through the end of August. There will be an Opening Reception held on Friday, August 4th. Admission is free and open to the public.

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.
One-Liners | The Art of Irony - David L. Smith                
Gallery Sitka West, Fitchburg, MA

Gallery Sitka West is having an art opening on August 12. We will be featuring the artwork of David L. Smith of Fitchburg.

Join us for a truly guy show - Solo Wall will be David L. Smith and our South Wall will be Jonathan Route and Nick Nogueira. Our photographer Lawrence Libby will be on-hand to shoot images of the event. If you are interested in purchasing images after the event, message us!

One-Liners | The Art of Irony - an art opening for David L. Smith

Gallery Sitka
454 Main St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Gallery Landline: 978.342.1006
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Art Classes & Instruction
Upcoming MAAA Workshops             
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

The Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to announce the following workshops:

One-day watercolor painting workshop en plein air with Boston-based watercolorist Gary Tucker 
Walpole Mountain View Vineyard, Walpole, NH 
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 - 4:00 
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:00 - 4:00

If it is cancelled Sunday due to rain, your fee will be refunded.

One-day watercolor painting workshop en plein air with Boston-based watercolorist Gary Tucker.  Paint on location at the Walpole Mountain View Vineyard in Walpole, NH. Breathtaking views of rolling hills and grapevines bursting with grapes ready to be harvested. Morning demonstration and lots of painting time, followed by a critique.

Website for Gary Tucker, Fine Artist:

For more information, please visit: MAAA Workshops

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

Monadnock Area Artists Association
PO Box 864
Keene, NH

Summer and Fall Art Courses at MWCC             
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

All levels of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D and 3D Design. Classes are open to majors, non-majors, and seniors (tuition free). Students 60 years and older are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees. Call 978-630-9270.
Contact Thomas Matsuda  
for more information.
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Call to Artists: Summer Finale
Londonderry Arts Council, Londonderry, NH


The Londonderry Arts Council presents a one-day, free-admission, event that celebrates creativity and craftsmanship both visually and musically.

Fine artists and artisans and acoustic musical acts will entertain attendees. Activities will include children's fun. The event will take place on the spacious, green lawns of the Town Commons in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Musicians will perform all day on the stage. Artist tents and vendor tables will be clustered throughout the property, offering artwork, fine crafts, food, and information of local interest. We have invited food trucks and other food sellers to participate.

Event planners foresee this becoming a "Signature Event" for Londonderry and the Region. Summer Finale has a different and broader focus than the traditional Town Old Home Day. During the last weekend of summer, we will be filling a gap here in central Southern New Hampshire to recognize and appreciate fine artists, artisans, and musicians.

Show Date & Time: Saturday September 23, 2017 (Rain date: Sunday September 24) 10am - 4pm

Location: Outdoors at the Town Common on the corner of Mammoth & Pillsbury Roads in Londonderry, NH

Food vendors, artists, artisans, and select non-profit vendors as well as sponsor's tables will be intermixed throughout the property. Free nearby parking for all.

Music: Acoustic musicians (with the aid of sound equipment) will play the entire day on the stage. This location is perfect for attendees to bring a chair and stay for an hour or for the day. Note: This is not an open-mic event.

Promotion of Artists/Artisans: All artists & artisans will receive a FREE listing in the full-color program to be distributed to visitors, participants, and local businesses. You may also purchase a larger display ad in this program. This program image will be featured on the Arts Council Facebook Page and will remain on our web site for the year following Summer Finale.

All artists and artisans new to this event must be juried.

Eligibility: Vendors must be 18 years of age and accepted by the jury.

Susan E. Hanna
Chair, Summer Finale
Londonderry Arts Council

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

Art On The Line
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

Artists' Party for Art On The Line 
Thursday, September 14
5:30 to 7:30 PM
ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street

Our signature fall fundraiser, Art On The Line, needs you. And to thank you, we are holding an artists' party.
For our fundraiser, hundreds of artists across the area donate to ArtsWorcester 5"x7" two-dimensional artworks, or, if that size is just too small, 8"x10". We gather them up, organize them, and scan them into online catalogues. Then, in early November, we suspend them all from the ceiling in a very temporary installation for Art On The Line, a fast and furious art sale at which they are all sold for $20 or $30 each. Guests--including donating artists--shop the online catalogues in advance, and, when the doors are opened, dash in to grab the ones they want. Every cent of the proceeds keeps us in operation.

Your 5"x7" (or 8"x10") artwork is your ticket to the artists' party on Thursday, September 14 (and to Art On The Line itself).  Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for food, drinks, live music, and the chance to see old friends or meet new ones. Parking is free in the paved lots belonging to the Freemasons, at Ionic and Beacon Street (do not park in the gravel lot across the street).

Geography is not an obstacle: in previous years, we accepted works mailed in from states as far-flung as California and Florida.
How to participate: 
  • Membership is not required. All artists are welcome, at any age, level, or location.
  • Artwork must be sized precisely 5"x 7" or 8"x10"; artwork larger or smaller than those dimensions cannot be accepted.
  • All mediums, techniques, and level of experience accepted gratefully.
  • Artwork must be flat and light enough to be suspended from a bulldog clip.
  • We can accept up to four works per artist.
  • Clearly label your work with your name and medium, on the top right back of your work(s).
  • Please do not frame your work(s).
  • C.C. Lowell is donating 98-lb mixed-media paper for you to use if you like, available there.
  • Pre-registration is not required; just drop off your donations in person at the party or during gallery hours, or mail them to 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01610.
Your donated artworks keep our exhibits running and free to all. Thank you for your support and participation!

660 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
2017 Ellen DiGeronimo Plein Air Paint-In
Fitchburg, MA

Are you a Plein Air Painter? Then we hope you will sign up for the 2017 Ellen DiGeronimo Fitchburg Plein Air Paint-In. Painting starts on September 1! The Jury Day will be Saturday, September 16 at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, MA. The Artist's Reception, for winners, will be September 30th at Gallery Sitka on Main Street in Fitchburg, MA.

All the applications you will need to sign up can be found here: FORMS

For questions, write to:   
Call for Erotic Art
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

September will see the return of Triple S: Sensual, Sexual, Smut at Nina's Nook in Turners Falls. This will be the fourth Exhibit of Triple S at the little gallery, and the first Triple S to be held in September rather than February. Submit work along the continuum "from mild to wild." Please limit the size of works to no more than 20 by 30 inches. Sculpture welcome as well, but should either hang on the wall or fit on a small shelf. If it is weather-proof, larger sculpture may be permitted. Call for details: Nina's Nook, 413-834-8800.

Submission deadline is September 1. Send up to three jpegs of your submission pieces to Participants will be asked to make a ten dollar contribution towards expenses at drop off.  
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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