Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
February 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Juried Water Exhibition Winners
Congratulations! These are the winners of the Juried Water Exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum. This exhibit will be showing until February 5th. Most artwork is for sale; price list is at the museum.

Thank you to the juried judges, Peter and Ann Capodagli, owners of the Boulder Gallery in Fitchburg. Thank you to the Fitchburg Art Museum for allowing us to have the exhibit and helping us hang the show. Thank you to all who attended the Open Reception.

1st place: Mark Lore, Gardner, MA - “Impact” - $150
2nd place: Scott Niemi, Fitzwilliam, NH - “Snowy Stream II” - $75
3rd place: Susan Roston, Jaffrey, NH - “Swept Away” - $50
1st Honorable: Jan Puccelli, Hubbardston, MA - “I Can See Clearly Now” - $25 + 1 yr GALA Membership
2nd Honorable: Janet Dupuis, Gardner, MA - “Aqueous Passages” - $25 + 1 yr GALA Membership
3rd Honorable: Jo-Ann Denehy, Whately, MA - “Last Light” - $25 + 1 yr GALA Membership

The following artists were chosen and juried into the exhibit. Congratulations to you all!

Bill Ayadi - Sterling, MA
Guy Biechele - Athol, MA
Thelma Brideau - West Townsend, MA
Krista Bunnell - Gardner, MA
Elena Crowley - Templeton, MA
Carrin Culotta - Townsend, MA
Christine Regan Davi - Ashburnham, MA
Alicia Drakiotes - Marlborough, NH
Norman Eggert - Phillipston, MA
Paul Gai - Gardner, MA
Deborah Giordano - Winchendon, MA
Corinne Goodrich - Winchendon, MA
Christopher Guerra - Winchendon, MA
Leonard Haug - Princeton, MA
Lesley Heathcote - Brattleboro, VT
Ginny Newton - Erving, MA
Andrew Niemi - Fitzwilliam, NH
Jonathan Niemi - Fitzwilliam, NH
Renee Place - Fitchburg, MA
Chris Reid - Jaffrey, NH
Sandra Richard - Gardner, MA
Helen Obermeyer Simmons - Northfield, MA
Colette Shumate Smith - Montville, ME
Joe Smith - Phillipston, MA
How to Name Your Artwork
We all have some difficulty on naming our artwork. This article may help you. Just click on the link below which covers the following material. Written by Dan Scott.

  • Simple and Descriptive
  • Hints About the Subject
  • Symbolism
  • Story
  • Feelings, Emotions, and Ideas
  • Artistic Elements
  • Conditions
  • Mystery
  • Making a Statement
  • You Don’t Always Need a Clever Title

President's Announcement
Dear GALA members and art supporters,

After serious consideration I have decided to step down as president. I have been president for such a long time now and feel this is a good time for me to step down and find new replacements on the board. GALA has come a long way to becoming a very strong and supportive organization, and I am proud to be a part of.

I have new goals in my life and one of them is to find more time to do what I love to do, and that is to create and paint. I have faith that the board will continue to be strong and active with help from our membership. Please consider being more active in GALA and join the board or committee. If you are interested, please email me with a letter of interest for the following available positions.

GALA will need to fill my position as President as soon as possible. We never had a Vice President, so this position is also now open. We need a secretary as we lost ours last year, so we need to fill that position on the board as well. I also feel we need a GALA Committee to help with all the various events. We are switching a few positions around so we will need the following.

You do not have to be an artist or musician to fill these open and new positions, as long as you love and support the arts. Come join our fun team. If you need more information on these positions, call 978-407-1419 or email

Open Positions:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Grant Writer (new)
  • Membership
  • Music Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator (new)
Art Critiques
Saturday, February 12th
Saturday, March 5th

Last Saturday’s Art Critique was wonderful. Please attend the next one on Saturday, February 12th and Saturday, March 5th, 10:00-Noon. Members may bring a guest. For new artists, the first class is free. Bring up to 3 pieces of art artwork to talk about.

For the Winter, we will hold our critiques 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.
50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon

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.

A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your art work to share with the group.

Come join us with coffee, tea, cookies and laughs. Together we can achieve our goals!
Member News & Exhibits
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:
Joe Smith & Scott Niemi
Through February 19, the Jaffrey Civic Center will host a collaborative exhibit of the works of Joe Smith and Scott Niemi titled “Joe & Scott's New England Landscapes.” The show will feature paintings and scratchboard works inspired by the region.

Joe Smith (b. 1954) is a Massachusetts artist who best known for his scratchboard works featuring trees and forests. His art connects his lifelong enjoyment of drawing with his career as a forester and conservationist. This career has brought him to places off the beaten path, and his art has allowed him to preserve and honor the beauty he has found there.

Joe draws and paints in a variety of mediums, but he is best known for his scratchboard work. He began producing scratchboards in 2010 and they immediately earned rave reviews and awards. On the strength of this work, he was accepted as an artist member of the Copley Society of Art, The International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and the Rockport Art Association and Museum. His piece, Branches, was awarded the Best in Show Award at the 2015 ISSA Annual Exhibition and he has been honored as a Copley Artist by the Copley Society of Art.

Joe’s favorite subjects are trees and forests, and his work is mostly drawn from the varied landscapes of his beloved New England home. His finely detailed work captures the unique character and spirit of the wild places that exist all around us, but just out of sight.

Scott Niemi is an award-winning fine artist/illustrator was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He completed his formal education at Florida Atlantic University where he earned a M.F.A. in Visual Art with a concentration in painting. Currently, he is a professor of Interactive Media at Becker College in Worcester, MA. In the past, he worked as a part-time art lecturer at Franklin Pierce University, at Florida Atlantic University as an adjunct art professor, and as an art handler/installer for the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art.

Scott has participated in many shows both on the national as well as the local level. His work can be seen, among others, in the corporate collections of the Oak Brook Bank (Oak Brook, IL), the Essex Inn (downtown Chicago), and in the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts (Plantation, FL), UMass Ambulatory Center (Worcester, MA) and Clinton Hospital (Clinton, MA). He has work in hundreds of private collections, ranging from Beverly Hills to Australia. Scott’s artwork is carried by the following galleries: The Boulder Art Gallery (Fitchburg, MA) and Collins Artworks (Clinton, MA). He resides in Fitzwilliam, NH.
Shows & Exhibits
Art On The Line
Art On The Line 2022
February 12, 4:00-6:00 PM
44 Portland Street

Get your free ticket for this fast, fun, and off-the-wall art sale to benefit ArtsWorcester! Art On The Line, a beloved fundraiser and flash sale, is back by popular demand. All proceeds benefit our youth and community outreach programs.

How it works: artists donate hundreds of small-scale, two dimensional artworks, all of which get suspended from the gallery ceiling and priced at $20 each. You line up in advance for the doors to open at 4:00 PM, dive head-first into them, and find art you love.

Whether you've never bought original art before or you're hoping to find work by a particular artist, Art On The Line is a fast-paced, fun way to start or expand a collection--and support living artists.

Ready to mix it up with other people? Check out our safety protocols below and get your free ticket.

All visitors to ArtsWorcester must be masked and provide proof of full vaccination, and, when possible, a booster shot. Hard or digital copies of CDC cards, vaccination records from your health-care provider, and digital credentials from other states are all acceptable. Thank you for keeping everyone healthy and safe!
Water: A Juried Art Exhibit
Through February 7, 2022

Fitchburg Art Museum
Closed on Mondays
Check FAM Website for more info

Water is intimately familiar to us all: we are born clinging to it and spend a lifetime wading through it at every turn. Water is so precious that even life forms that don’t need oxygen for their survival absolutely need water. The artists have interpreted their art in any type of art style and material.

Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street
Come celebrate the new year with us & support local artists and musicians

Most art pieces are for sale

Info contact: 978-407-1419

Virtual Exhibition of Student Work
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
From Painting II & Drawing III

In these second-year courses, art students are challenged to find their own voice with chosen subjects or themes, approach, medium, and content as well as gain traditional skills and a new understanding of how the figure can be represented in both drawings and paintings.

For more information contact the Gallery Director at
Classes & Instruction
2022 Needle Felting
Gardner, MA
3 hour Tuesday Workshops
By Nicol Wander
Location 205 School Street
Gardner, MA

March: Needle Felt a BlueBird
April: Needle Felt a Owl 


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

More information available at

Stories to Share
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce that Martha and Jeff Crocker will be the next speakers in “Our Stories to Share Series”.

Martha was the Assistant Cheshire County Attorney for five years (1980-1985) prior to being appointed to the District Court Bench. During her time in the Cheshire County Attorney’s office dealing with all male members of the Cheshire County Bar, Town and County police departments, and members of the judiciary, Martha was the sole practicing female attorney in the County. Martha will recount her experience during those years. Spoiler alert...somehow, they all survived.

Jeff is a practicing attorney in the Peterborough office of Upton& Hatfield, LLP. Prior to joining Upton & Hatfield, Jeff practiced law for 39 years as a partner in the firm of Tower & Crocker, P.A. in his hometown of Jaffrey.

Jeff’s parents, Joe, and Esther Crocker, moved to Jaffrey in 1950 becoming the first Jewish family domiciled in the Town. Jeff was born on Yom Kippur in 1953 at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough and grew up in Jaffrey attending Jaffrey public schools through the ninth grade. Following his graduation from law school and passing the NH bar exam, Jeff returned to Town in 1979. Please join Jeff as he tells his story and shares reflections about his childhood in Jaffrey as a member of Jaffrey’s only Jewish family.
Jeff’s and Martha’s talks are the fifth in the Center’s monthly speaker series, which is held on the first Friday of each month, October to May. Joe Steinfield, who writes monthly columns for the Keene Sentinel and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, is the moderator for the series.

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. Masks will also be required. 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:

Call for Artists
Call for Art: Art on the Line
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Art on the Line returns!
February 12, 2022

You’ve been asking and asking, so we’re delivering! This February, we’re bringing back Art on the Line, a beloved ArtsWorcester fundraiser.

How it works:

Artists donate small-scale, two dimensional artworks. We hang them from the ceiling with old fashioned binder clips and string. On February 12, attendees will line up at a ticketed event for their chance to grab artworks, all priced at $20. It’s fast-paced, fun, and a great way to add to your collection while also supporting ArtsWorcester.

How to participate:

  • Membership to ArtsWorcester is not required. Any and all artists may contribute.
  • Artworks must be no larger than 5” x 7”.
  • Artworks must be flat and light enough to be suspended from a binder clip. We suggest works on paper.
  • Artists may contribute up to four works.
  • Clearly label your work on the back with your name, medium, and social media and/or website.
  • Please do not frame your work(s).

How to deliver your work(s):

All donated works must be delivered to ArtsWorcester by Thursday, February 10 at 5:00 PM. We will gratefully accept works in person or by mail.

Artist Drop Off Party: Friday, February 4, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Come meet with your fellow artists and drop off your work at the same time.

If you can’t make it to the party, you may drop off your works at any point during gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM, or by appointment. Please check our website for holiday hours and closings.

You may mail your work(s) to ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA, 01608. Please include a piece of cardboard or paperboard to keep your envelope from bending. If mailing your work, please include your email address so we can thank you!

Unsold donated works will be available for purchase in-gallery following the February 12 event. Artworks will not be returned to artists.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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.

Call for Artists
Townsend Artisan Market, Townsend, MA
Townsend Artisan Market is looking for artists, photographers, and crafters to exhibit and sell their work in their new shop on Route 119 in West Townsend (the former Settle Shop). Spaces are available for rent on a monthly basis for craft items and wall space for artists at a 30% commission on sales. Contact Melissa Wison at
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.