January 2019
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Christopher Guerra
Maureen Sisco
John Sisco

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele  
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis
Georgia Griffin

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

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Dana Armstrong

Massachusetts Cultural Council
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President's Note

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year! Yes, it's a new year for GALA. The Board of Directors and the Arts Gallery Committee is working on plans for new ideas, procedures, and events for our membership and the community.

I think our first year for the gallery was great! A huge thanks to all the members that helped work the gallery in 2018. Without your help we would not have been able to stay open. GALA is a non-profit organization and run only by volunteers.

One of the changes this year is that our membership dues will change a bit. Soon an announcement will be made with the new prices and options. We will also be scheduling group art shows this year. A group is defined as 3 to 8 people. Our Group Show Application will be available soon. We will be having two theme shows this year, more info will be coming soon.

The Art Gallery is now closed for the winter. We will open in May and the fun will begin. Our Annual Spring Show is scheduled for April 26th - 28th. We look forward to seeing what everyone has been working on through the winter.

We are looking for a new Treasurer. If you or someone you know is interested in helping our organization, please let me know.


Deb Giordano
GALA President

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Thank You

New 2019 GALA Membership Cards

Congratulations to Andrew Niemi for being chosen to have his art piece on the back of our 2019 Membership Cards.

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Alicia Drakiotes: Creating a Series      
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sharon, NH

Alicia Drakiotes has been contracted to teach 'Creating A Series" at NHIA / Sharon Arts campus for the Spring session March 5- April 23 (8 weeks).

Registration is open currently. For more information please visit the NHIA website.

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Art Shows & Exhibits
New paintings by Paul Hoffman         
The Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield, MA

Forest Pool by Paul Hoffman
Paul Hoffman's bold narrative paintings return to The Greenfield Gallery

New paintings by Paul Hoffman on view at The Greenfield Gallery, November 17 through mid-January, 2018. Artist reception Friday, December 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

In his new collection of paintings up at The Greenfield Gallery through mid-January, Paul Hoffman is returning to one of his strengths - drawing. Hoffman's landscapes are boldly colored, intricate depictions that mix the familiar with the otherworldly. Hoffman's densely detailed surfaces call to mind Persian rugs or illuminated manuscripts, but the seemingly decorative quality of his work is oddly charged with a sense of hidden narrative, creating worlds that assert their claim to mystery.

For more information: or Trish Crapo at

Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Greenfield Gallery
231 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Exhibition of Student Work        
East Wing Gallery, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Exhibition of Student Work from Painting II & Drawing III
Through January 25, 2019

Camilo Almarales, Aiden Burns, David Caruso, Blake Denmark, Matt Gates, Jackie Lane, Tiffany LeBlanc, Nick Lutz, Aiman Mahmood, Ariah Miller, Kevin Oxford, Margot Parrot, Brittany Waseleski, Ben Yentz

The East Wing Gallery
Raymond LaFontaine Fine Art Center
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm & open during theatre events
Closed Sept. 3; Oct. 8; Nov 12, 22, 23; Dec. 24, 25

For more information contact:
Joyce Miller, Gallery Director:
Tom Matsuda, Dept. Chair:

Ruth Lague - January Zavo Artist         
Zavo, New York City

Join us for a selected group of abstract paintings by Boston artist Ruth Lague! The event will be at Zavo, a fine dining establishment in NYC. The restaurant is located at 1011 Third Ave. between 60 and 61st Avenues. We will be there to guide you through the work from 5:30-7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 8th.

Light refreshments will be provided. Cash bar.

For more information contact Meagan St. Laurent, Gallery Assistant
Gallery Sitka East at Sitka Creations
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464

Phone: 978.425.6290
Fax: 978.425.6280

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Art Classes & Instruction
NightScapes in Pastel                
River Valley Artisans, Keene, NH

NightScapes in Pastel
Christine Ivers
Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2019
10:00am - 4:30pm
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court St.
Keene, NH
This is a two-day workshop that explores texture, temperature and the medium of pure pigment. Students will have the opportunity to paint from their own photos or photos that will be available. They will also be able to purchase pre-prepared boards that incorporate the surface that I work on. All levels are invited.

The registration fee for this 2-day workshop is $250. Price will increase to $300 after March 20th, 2019. This fee is non-refundable unless the minimum number of students is not met or the class is cancelled by this art group or the instructor.

Please contact for more information or a registration form.
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Acorn - Level I Flameworking Class

No experience required
*Class size: 2-10
*Ages 12+ (at least one adult must sign up for class with students under age 16)
*All materials included
*Pre-registration for these classes is required, either through our website ( or via our office (603-593-5073). We do not accept registrations via Facebook.

In this class students will melt glass in a flame and use gravity and tools to shape into a cute acorn.  Add a hook to your piece to hang the acorn in your window, on the tree, or leave it without a hook if you prefer to keep it on the table as decoration! One hour class.

Cost is $40 per person for group class or $50 for a private lesson

Blow Your Own Pumpkin in the Hot Shop

*No experience required
*Class size 2+
*Ages 7+ (at least one adult must sign up for class with students under age 16)
*All materials included
*Pre-registration for these classes is required, either through our website ( or via our office (603-593-5073). We do not accept registrations via Facebook.

This class gives you the opportunity to participate in making your very own pumpkin. Each student will get to choose their own pumpkin and stem colors. In the hot shop you will stand right upfront while the instructor gathers clear glass out of our 2,075 degree furnace. After adding the color to our glass, the student will get to heat the glass and blow their bubble. Once the bubble has cooled down, the instructor then gathers out of the furnace again. Each student gets to blow two more times; one time in a pumpkin mold, and the last time to finish blowing out the final pumpkin shape. Watch as the instructors attach you pumpkin stem before it's off into our annealing oven for overnight cooling. Cost is:
Adults (16+) $55 per person
Ages 12-15 $60 per person
Ages 7-11 $65 per person

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
Spring Art Courses               
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Life Drawing
Wednesdays, April 3 through May 8, 6:30 - 9:00pm

Join a talented artist for a life drawing class using a live model. Bring your 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 limited. Model fees are included in the cost of the course.

Instructor: Corrine Goodrich

No waivers accepted for this class.

Spring Art Courses

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.

The Art Department at Mount Wachusett Community College invites you to remind your art students to consider our program this fall. We have an Art degree for students considering transfer to an art school or a four year institution majoring in Art. We also recently added a Liberal Arts Degree with a Concentration in Art for students who want to minor in Art and pursue other studies, or pursue related fields such as museum studies, art education, art therapy, art administration, and art history.

The Associate Degree in Fine Art is a cost effective way to begin a college degree and minimize debt after graduation. We assist students in creating a strong portfolio and application for transfer and potential scholarships. Our students have successfully transferred to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Maine College of Art, Boston University, Hartford Art School, Pratt Institute, and others.

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

Contact Thomas Matsuda at for more information.
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Call for Proposals: Material Needs Grants                         
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA

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. Submit your proposal here.

When is the deadline? Midnight on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Applications made after this date and time will not be considered.

660 Main Street
Worcester MA 01610

Call for Artists: Made in Mass                      
The Brick Room Gallery, Gardner, MA

Rome Furniture, at 562 Main St. in Gardner, MA, is looking for art to fill The Brick Room gallery. We are interested in any art and craft works "Made in Mass." For more information call Linda Ruscio at 978-632-0687, or email inquiries to This opportunity is in the beginning stages.

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 2019-2020 (July 2019-June 2020.) 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 January 20, 2019. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2019.

Applications may be completed online

Please send questions to 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
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.

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 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.

Princeton Arts Society Blog

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.

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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
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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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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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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