Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
August 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Art Critiques
Next Critique scheduled
Saturday, August 27th
10:00 - 12:00

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

The next critique will be held in Ashburnham, at the home of Susan Ellis. Details will be announced soon.

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
Russ Gaulin
The art of Russ Gaulin is currently on display during regular business hours at Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner for the entire month of August 2022.

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
5 West Lynde St.
Gardner, MA
Coffee and Critiques
Coffee and Critiques sessions are held 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.
Shows & Exhibits
The Tenth Annual One: A Members' Exhibition
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
This is one wild show! Join us to celebrate the one hundred sixty exhibiting artists of The Tenth Annual One, our latest members' show. The One is an artists' favorite for a reason: we invited all artist members to bring us the one artwork they most want to exhibit in our galleries, regardless of medium or theme. Come see what they chose!

Gallery hours run Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00-5:00 PM, and are always free.

Parking is available at the Worcester Public Library (McGrath) Lot, Federal Plaza Garage, Worcester Common Garage, and Pearl-Elm Garage. Metered street parking is also available. Please do not park in the lot across the street from the Printers Building; you will be immediately towed.

We ask that visitors please wear a mask in accordance with the City of Worcester Health Advisory. Thank you for ensuring the safety of this community and the full enjoyment of our exhibitions for all.

About this exhibition

On view through August 21, 2022

An annual favorite turns ten! For The Tenth Annual One, all ArtsWorcester members were invited to exhibit one artwork they want to exhibit most, regardless of medium or theme. One hundred sixty works by ArtsWorcester artist members will be on display, showcasing a diverse range of media, technique, and subject matter. The Tenth Annual One has drawn participating artists from Worcester and across New England.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
August Events at Great Falls Discovery Center
Turners Falls, MA
All programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Wheelchair accessible. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Visitor Center Hours
Open 6 days a week
  • Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibits. Next to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible.

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Let Food Be Your Medicine
Ongoing, July 30 — August 31

Hippocrates’ timeless maxim implies that the food we ingest can strengthen or weaken us, cure and prevent illness. This exhibit features Leonore Alaniz’ imprints that capture the anatomy and life force of edible plants. They grow wild and are cultivated in local farms. Includes works by other artists and poets.

Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Trio Mambo
Friday, August 12, 7:00—9:00 p.m.

The Coffeehouse is back! Join us this summer season for music in the Great Hall featuring local talent to support the Great Falls Discovery Center. Trio Mambo plays high energy Latin Jazz and Mambo magic with piano, bass, and congas. Refreshments available. Sliding scale suggested donations all support educational programming at the Center. Discovery Center and store open during intermission. Additional concerts are September 9 and October 14.

Great Hall Art Reception: Let Food Be Your Medicine
Saturday, August 13, 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Join artist Leonore Alaniz in the Great Hall for a reception in celebration of the exhibit, Let Food Be Your Medicine, including medicinal treats.
Wandering: A Group Exhibition
Inner Space Fine Arts, North Reading, MA
A group exhibition
Through Aug 28

John Chadis
Margi Smith
Barry Berman

Inner Space Fine Arts
189 Main Street
North Reading, MA 01864

Open: Wednesday 1-5:00, Thursday & Friday 1-6:00, Saturday & Sunday 12-4:00

John Chadis brings his lifelong work in printing to his practice in photography. His forty-year career afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with designers, photographers, artists, and dreamers to create the best visual expressions possible on paper. His personal photographic journey has always been a more deliberate affair. For John, being able to spend time wandering, observing, and capturing light is a gratifying way of slowing the world down a moment in time. Featured: Provincetown Beach Grass

Painting is an intuitive process for Margi Smith. Color and form appear and take shape as the process unfolds. Her work takes on a history and story that is told and shared through the many layers of paint and marks made. Margi’s latest series is influenced by her walks through beautiful small town country roads with dear friends. Margi believes art changes how we see and experience life, it changes our perspectives and makes us feel at a very deep level, sparking our brain so that we pay a little more attention to the world around us as we experience it in richer ways. Featured: Sparking like hot Wires

Barry Berman’s art is inspired by poet Mary Oliver. “Pay attention. Be Astonished. Tell about it.” The lens is Barry’s tool to find beauty, tell stories, and inspire action. You can find him on the beaches, in the mountains, in the forest or on the streets. Everything he sees, you can see too, with eyes and hearts wide open. As Barry’s style and voice evolve, his method of purposeful wandering brings him in touch with life’s beauties, wonders and struggles. Featured: Great Blue Heron
Classes & Instruction
Classes at Great Falls Discovery Center
Turners Falls, MA
All programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Wheelchair accessible. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Visitor Center Hours
Open 6 days a week
  • Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibits. Next to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible.

Story Walk® Series: Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
Ongoing, August 5—August 30

Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE series of self-guided StoryWalks® featuring children’s picture books. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. Wonderful stories await! Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope for ages 2-6, and anyone who loves butterflies! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Story Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalk® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

This free two-day celebration at Unity Park in Turners Falls is sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and RiverCulture. On Saturday August 6, 10 a.m.—5 p.m., families may visit the Northfield Mountain and Great Falls Discovery Center tent at Unity Park on First Street to create a fun make and take nature-themed craft. This festival is the perfect combination of live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, native crafts and food. For more information on the entire event visit

Kidleidoscope Story Hour
Fridays, August 19 (Snakes) and August 26 (Butterflies), 10:30—11:30 a.m.

For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Discover more about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Activities are indoors and outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall courtyard or the Great Hall during inclement weather.

Art Demonstration: Nature Printing with Vegetables
Saturday, August 20, 1:00—4:30 p.m.

Leonore Alaniz demonstrates a technique that makes visible the anatomy of plant parts in the Great Hall. She covers them with printing ink and presses them onto paper or fabric. The resulting images inspire a deeper relationship with the life force of plants, also known as prana. For adults interested in this creative process an intergenerational hands-on activity is held Saturday, August 27.

Art Naturally Series
Saturday, August 27, 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Discover nature through story, poetry, and art in our series of FREE Art Naturally programs. Using words and images, instruction and techniques help you create an art piece inspired by the natural world to take home. For adults, teens, and children ages 6 and up (accompanied by an adult). All materials are free. Meet in the Great Hall.

Printing with Edible Plants: An Intergenerational Activity
Saturday, August 27, 2:00—4:30 p.m.

All ages are invited to print up to one hour and design a personal Veggie Mandala on fabric with vegetable parts or medicinal weeds. The resulting flag is yours to take home. Printing inks are non-toxic. All materials are provided. Free. Registration recommended, space is limited. Reserve your spot, call (413) 863-3221. Meet in the Great Hall.

Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
FAM at Home art activities and tips for creating art with children. Create with us from home!

Explore the artistic techniques, concepts, and themes behind Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collection artworks through these fun creative projects. Explore the full list of tutorials below. Click here for information on how to best use these resources.

Art Education at WAM
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Worcester Art Museum offers online, in-person, and off-site programs that cover a variety of subjects and media. In-person classes are held either in the galleries or WAM’s studios, and have reduced class sizes. WAM is following current CDC guidelines. Online classes are taught through Zoom and are encrypted and secure.

Call or email with questions, to register over the phone, or to request a print brochure!
Phone: 508.793.4333
Call for Artists
Call for Craft Vendors
Turners Falls, MA
Second Annual Turners Falls Summer Bazaar
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Peskeompskut Park, Avenue A/Seventh St., Turners Falls
A benefit for the Franklin Regional Dog Shelter
Contact: Dawn Fisher Hubbard 413-824-2031

The Second Annual Turners Falls Summer Bazaar is looking for vendors to participate in the August 27 craft fair, scheduled from 9am-4pm at Peskeompskut Park, on the corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street. This is a juried show. Only accept one vendor from each direct sales company will be permitted. $35 for 10x10’ tent or $60 for a 10x20’ tent. Proceeds benefit the Franklin County Dog Shelter. To apply visit
Call for Poetry
Beals Library, Winchendon, MA
The Third Annual Beals Prize for Poetry Call for Entries

The Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon, Massachusetts has extended its call for entries into the third annual Beals Prize for Poetry until Sunday, August 6th. Prize money of $150, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the top three competition finalists on Thursday, September 1st.

Entrants may submit only one, original and unpublished poem. Submissions must be emailed to (Word docs preferred). Notification of receipt of entry will be via return email, and competition finalists will be notified on or before August 19th.

The Beals Prize for Poetry is funded in part by the Winchendon Cultural Council and by the Friends of the Beals Memorial Library. Please call the Library at 978-297-0300 or visit the website for more information.
Call for Artists
Montague, MA
The Montague Reporter, a weekly community newspaper serving Montague, Gill Wendell, Leverett and Erving, invites local artists to submit designs for a special Wrapping Paper Edition. This special issue of the paper will be printed and sold to be used exclusively as recyclable and unique wrapping paper. The project is also a fundraiser for this independent, non-profit newspaper.

The paper will select seven artists from the Western Mass region to design wrapping paper pages this summer, based on their proposals and samples submitted by September 1. Each artist will be given the space of two full adjacent pages for their design, making a double page measuring approximately 20 by 22 inches. You may design in full color, black and white, or fifty shades of (G-rated) gray. Tattoo artists, comic illustrators, graffiti specialists, painters, street sketchers, kids, photographers, geometry nerds, type designers – all are encouraged to send in ideas for a wrapping paper!

The Wrapping Paper Edition will be printed during Thanksgiving week and sold throughout November and December, online and in stores. Each artist will receive a stipend of $200, thanks to cultural council funding from the towns of Montague, Wendell, and Gill, and the generosity of an anonymous donor. Artists will each receive ten copies of the Wrapping Paper Edition.

Send your contact information and a proposal for a unique wrapping paper design, along with up to three samples of finished work that represents your style (.jpegs please), to with “Wrap” in the subject line. Proposals are due by September 1, and selected artists will be contacted on Monday, September 12. Finished designs would be due at the end of October.

For more information about the project, contact features editor Nina Rossi at (413) 834-8800 or
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
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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.