December 2016
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Laurie Hayward
Marcia Berkall

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

Dear Friends,

We still need more items for our auction before it starts. Please help us, we need track lighting! We need gift certificates from stores and services, sports tickets (do you know of any season ticket holders?), tickets to plays, and gift baskets. Reach out to your friends and local businesses. I am waiting for your call at 978-407-1419.

Starting January 1st 2017, our membership dues will be increasing by five dollars. With our new Arts Gallery in Winchendon, we need Insurance coverage and the increase will help pay for that.

Our Annual Spring Show 2017, will be held at the Winchendon American Legion. We were not able to book our normal dates at the PACC for the spring because of a large number of weddings. The American Legion is a nice big place and we will be able to have it in May with warmer weather and budding flowers!

Soon we will be announcing our Themed Art Show that will be in July. Watch for more information.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked on the new Arts Gallery this year. We have made a lot of progress this summer. I would especially like to thank Rick Flematti, who has donated so much of his time to help with the inside. The first level has been insulated and sheetrocked. We have closed it all up for the winter and will get back to work again in the spring.

Don't forget to purchase some of our custom GALA wine for the holidays!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA 2017 Spring Art Show: Save the Date   

GALA 2017 Spring Art Show with Live Music
May 19-21, 2017

We are excited to announce our new show location at the Winchendon American Legion, 295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475

Art Drop-off: Wednesday, May 17, 4-6 pm
Opening Reception & Art Awards: Friday, May 19, 6-9 pm

Look for the Call for Entries in early February.

Expect the entry deadline to be the third week of April.

GALA Online Auction  

GALA Needs Item Donations for its Online Auction Fundraiser!

Raise Funds for Our Track Lighting System!
GALA will hold an ONLINE AUCTION to raise money for the purchase of a track lighting system which is needed in order to begin holding art exhibits and workshops in our Arts Gallery. So let's get this done!
We need donated items for this auction such as paintings, prints, sculpture, crafts, jewelry, tickets, services, music CDs, tools, toys, furniture, camping supplies...pretty much anything you can give us. We especially need gift certificates.
Reach out to your local businesses, we need your help!  
Please call 978-407-1419 to make arrangements to drop-off your donations.
Print the Donor Item Form
Please fill out this form for each item donated and attach it to the item.  
The auction will begin as soon as we get enough items.

Volunteer/Donation Request  

GALA Urgently Needs Your Support for Arts & Culture in Central New England!

We ha GALA Color Logove been searching for the right place to call our home, and we have finally found it for YOU. A place where we can share our passion for all of the arts. The Winchendon History and Cultural Center purchased the house next door to their museum and has invited GALA to bring the talent of our membership to Winchendon at this location at 135 Front Street. Our office and Gift Shop will be in the main house, but there is also a carriage house on the property with a tall ceiling and large wooden barn beams. We will be renovating this carriage house to be used for art exhibits and other activities. Until this new space is ready, we will have use of a few rooms inside the main house. Besides art exhibits, we will offer classes, coffeehouses, music jams, poetry events, critiques and much more! We plan to continue holding our Annual Spring Show and other events in the Greater Gardner area. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

In order for our new Arts Gallery to be successful, we urgently need you to donate and volunteer.

Click here to Donate and Volunteer

You may also mail your check to
GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440

Thank you for your gift!

GALA Musician Survey 

We are working on new plans to help our musicians. We have produced a survey to help us identify what you are looking for, so we are better able to support you as an artist. If you are a musician, please take a few minutes and fill out our survey. Click on this link that will direct you to the survey: .

You may also find the survey on GALA's Events Website,

Thank You!

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.

They 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
Donna Eaton
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Donna Eaton will be displaying two watercolor paintings in the Jaffrey Civic Center (Jaffrey, New Hampshire) art show. The show runs from November 18th through December 16th.

Donna Eaton

William C. Turner
The Frame Depot, Milford, NH
William C. Turner will be the Featured Artist at The Frame Depot, Milford, NH during the month of December. Opening reception will be December 3rd during their Holiday Exhibition.

Bill will also be exhibiting in a group show at Monadnock Hospital, Peterborough, NH from September 22 through December 6. Opening reception is free and open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 22nd from 5-7 p.m.
Joe Smith
Amherst, Town Hall, Amherst, MA
Branches by Joe Smith
Scratchboard Trees and Landscapes, an exhibit of scratchboard work by Joe Smith, will be held at the Amherst, MA Town Hall, November 3 through December 30, 2016. The town hall is located at 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, MA 01002. The exhibit is open during regular working hours (M-F 8-4:30) and 5-8 pm during the Amherst Art Walks on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Thursday, December 1. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 5 to 8 pm.

Joe Smith

Alicia Drakiotes
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, NH
Fairy Dust by Alicia Drakiotes
Alicia Drakiotes, an award winning artist located in Marlborough, NH. is the featured artist at the Society for the Protection of NH Forests in Concord, NH. Her exhibit is comprised of oil paintings which honor the forests and joining properties in NH. The exhibit is in the Conference room and runs from October 31 through December 30 at 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301, 603-224-9945.

Rick Flematti
Petersham Christmas Art & Craft Show, Petersham, MA
Rick Flematti will have his Fine Art Nature and Landscape photographs on display and for sale at the Petersham Christmas Art & Craft Show on Dec 3rd and 4th at the Petersham Town Hall.

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Art Shows & Exhibits
A Series Study by Chris Reid         
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce A Series Study by Chris Reid in the first floor Gallery Display Cases from now through December 22nd. A native of Jaffrey, Ms. Reid is an internationally respected New England Artist known for her pastel and oil landscapes. Chris received a B.S. in Art Education at Suny College in Buffalo, and trained at the University of Sienna (Sienna, Italy), the American School of Crafts, the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), and NY State Colleges at Brockport and Buffalo. Chris has taken numerous master classes with: Wolf Kahn, George Thompson, Christina DeBarry (PSA), Betsey Apgar Smith (PSA), Elizabeth Mowry (PSA), Frank Zuccarelli (PSA); and has studied under Alexander Farquharson and Jeanne Duval. Her painting, "Spectra" was recently awarded the Ampersand/Pastel Journal Award in the 8th Annual National Juried Pastel Society of New Hampshire's Show, It's Pastel!

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 10 am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10-2. 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.

Wee the People          
Nina's Nook, Turner's Falls, MA

"Wee the People" presents little people, pets, and creatures during the month of December in the Valley's oddest gallery space located in Turners Falls. Come be stared at by dozens of tiny eyeballs in a ridiculously narrow store. Adopt a garden slug figurine, a Frida Kahlo doll, a felted Kibosh creature, a paper robot, or a flying death angel. Located next to the Black Cow Burger Bar at 125A Avenue A Turners Falls. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12 to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Sunday 1 to 4 in December until Christmas. Closed in January.

Nina's Nook, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls, next to the Black Cow Burger Bar. For more information: and 413.834.8800.

The Village Art Show: December Opening          
Zeda's Village Grill & Bar, Lunenburg, MA

Join us, meet with the artists, grab refreshments or a drink, or even have dinner while enjoying live music and conversation. Music will be provided by rock guitarist Clayton Phelps.

The show is curated by Iphie (Iphigenia) Burg; it represents 12 local artists, displaying about 40 pieces of art work, including photography, paintings, and glasswork.

The show will be up for the whole month of December.

Participating artists are: Linda Widstrand, John Collins, David L. Smith, Colette Shumate Smith, Nancy E. Nelson, Doreen LaScola, Aleca Smpraos-Voliotis, Helen Obenmayer Simmons, Dennis Knecht, Iphigenia Burg, John Nault, and Miche Milcendeau

For more information please contact Iphie Burg at

Fall 2016 Exhibitions & Gallery Talks     
East Wing Gallery, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Breakout Plate by Isabella Bourque Dixson
Exhibition of Student Work 
Painting II & Drawing III
December 12-January 20, 2017

Isabella Bourque Dixson
December 12-January 20, 2017
Gallery Talk: January 27, 12:30-1:30pm

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
For more information contact Joyce Miller, Gallery Director, at

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Art Classes & Instruction
Holiday Classes         
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

The Petersham Art Center will host early winter classes to greet the upcoming holiday season. Artist Jen Niles will present a class on making Perfect Pet Ornaments on Sunday, December 11, from 1 - 3PM. The participants will make three colorful and fanciful pet ornaments. You can decorate your tree with them or display them on small easels. These ornaments make unique personal gifts for pet-lovers, or to treasure your own pet.

People may call the Art Center at 978-724-3415 for more information about the classes and to register. There is a fee for each class.

The Petersham Art Center is a non-profit center for the arts dedicated to offering opportunities for education to the public, as well as a venue for local artists and crafters to exhibit their works. The shop at Petersham Art Center is ready for the holiday season, with original artwork, hand-crafted jewelry, fine art photographic prints, books by local authors, pottery, woodcraft, leatherworks, knitted woolens, antiques and collectibles, and more. The Art Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4PM, at 8 North Street, just off Route 32 North, not far from Petersham Common.

How To Write an Artist Statement           
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

Led by Toby Sisson
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This workshop will address an important part of every artist's practice: writing a successful artist statement. Together we will examine compelling statements from a range of artists and explore what makes them effective. Through a series of guided exercises, you will learn how to develop your own statement, one that reveals the deeply-held meaning your work contains. This method is meant to provide you with the beginnings of a new draft and the tools to refine subsequent statements as your artwork evolves.     
To prepare for the workshop exercises, participants will email a copy of their current statement to the facilitator by January 1, 2017, along with a list of at least 25 words (not sentences) that describe the form and content of your current body of work. Create the list while looking at your artwork and bring that list to the workshop. We'll send you her email address after you register.

The workshop is free, but limited to the first fifteen members to sign up. Please use SignUp Genius to register. A wait-list will be held.

660 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Accounting for Artists          
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

December 17
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tax season is approaching and handling the financial aspects of a creative career can be daunting. This workshop, led by Anna Koon, will cover topics like deductions for artists, year-round bookkeeping, creating a budget, taxes and accounting tools. Participants will walk away with a confident understanding of how to effectively handle their finances, no matter how big or small their business aspirations.

Participation is limited to twenty, and registration is first come, first served.  You must be a current member of ArtsWorcester to register.  Please register using Sign Up Genius. A wait list will be held.

660 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Life Drawing        
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Wednesdays, January 18 through February 22, 6 - 8:30pm

Join a talented artist for a life drawing class using a live model. Students will bring their own supplies and draw or paint independently of the instructor. The model will be set up for different lengths of time for various poses. The instructor will be available if help is needed.  Completed work will be shown during the last session. Space is very limited. Model fees are included in the cost of the course.

No waivers accepted for this class.

Visit our website to learn more about our program, facilities, and student work.

Contact Thomas Matsuda at for more information.

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Public Call-of-Entry: Encaustic Art Exhibit
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is currently seeking artwork from the public to be included in an Encaustic Art Exhibit in February 2017! The show will run from Tuesday, February 13th through Tuesday, March 14th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public scheduled on Friday, February 17th, from 5-7 pm. Details to enter are included on the Call of Entry form, available either on our website or at the Civic Center. The entry fee is $25 per person, with no limit on entries. (If writing a check, please make it out to the Jaffrey Civic Center and mail to: 40 Main Street Jaffrey, NH 03452). Please submit jpeg images ONLY to: include Encaustic Show in the subject line as well as your contact information and artwork dimensions. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 2nd, 2016. Not all entries will be exhibited in the show, but we will include work from each artist. Work needs to hang with a wire.  Artwork does not have to be for sale. Sales commission is 30%.  Wall pieces may not exceed 30" including frame in either direction. Artists will be notified via email by December 9,, 2016.

DROP OFF will be from Tuesday, February 7th through Saturday, February 11th 2017 and during normal business hours. Unsold pieces can be picked up Wednesday March 15th- Saturday March 18th.

Please call or email us at if you have any questions.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1 pm 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.
Call for Vendors: Holiday Craft Fair
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking vendors for our Holiday Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. The Fair will be held in our beautiful gallery rooms on the ground floor and second floor. We are seeking handmade items, pottery, art, jewelry, gourmet foods and other items which would make desirable holiday gifts. The fee for space is $25. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact us at or call us at 532-6527. The Jaffrey Civic Center is located in beautiful downtown Jaffrey on Main Street next to the Public Library. Space is limited so please reserve your table early.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1 pm 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.
Material Needs Grants 2017: Call for Proposals

ArtsWorcester's Material Needs Grants, funded by an anonymous donor, support the expenses of supplies and materials for the creation of new art in Worcester County.  We will award $10,000 in grants ranging from $500 and $1,500 this winter.

The deadline is midnight on Monday, January 30, 2017. Applications made after this date and time will not be considered. These grants are restricted to expenses incurred for the supplies, material, and equipment (purchased or rented) needed to make new art. Proposals for any and all kinds of visual art are welcome.

Artists who have been members of ArtsWorcester for one calendar year and are residents of Worcester County are eligible. If you have received a Material Needs Grant previously, you must wait three years before applying again.

For more information and to submit your proposal, visit the ArtsWorcester website.

660 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Call to Artists: Bulfinch 200 Art Show & Competition
First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster, MA
Lancaster's historic Bulfinch Meetinghouse is turning 200 years old in 2016. To celebrate the milestone anniversary of this historic landmark and architectural gem, the Bulfinch 200 Committee is holding a series of events in 2016 and 2017, including an Art Show & Competition.

Art Show Theme: A Sense of Place
To discover your own sense of place and find inspiration for your artwork we welcome you to experience the Bulfinch Meetinghouse and the Lancaster Town Green. Here you can explore the historic buildings and the town common where governance, education, prayer, ritual, and community celebrations all come together in the town center

Artwork can include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture/3-D artwork. For paintings/prints/framed artwork, please limit the size to no larger than 18" x 24" unframed, or a 2'x4' limit to other media/3D, with the exception of quilts, where there is no size limitation.

Exhibition dates:
April 23 - May 30, 2017

Submission deadline:
March 15, 2017

Download the entry form, fill it out and mail it in with your check.
Download the full brochure with entry form.
More information.

First Church of Christ Unitarian
725 Main Street
Lancaster, MA 01523

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 2017-2018. 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 December 31, 2016. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by January 31, 2017.
Applications may be completed online at
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
Custom Canvas Stretching
Doreen LaScola is offering services for stretching custom sized blank canvases. You supply the materials, and she will do the work. 

Please call 978-297-3427 for a labor-only quote and to arrange an appointment.  
Contact Doreen by email at:
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

Leominster Art Center has launched a new website: 
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 proceeding 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
2015 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 7 years in a row (2009-2015) 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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