January 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Mandy Engelmann

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

 Happy New Year!

This year will be a very exciting year for GALA. We are planning to have an open house this year in our new Arts Gallery.  We continue to work on the inside. We have applied for a few grants to help with construction materials and for programs throughout the year.

Congratulations to Arlene Ferrier! We have chosen Arlene's artwork, "Wyoming Backyard View" to be on our 2018 membership cards. Each year we take the 1st place winner from all the media categories from our Spring Show and decide which piece will be chosen for the membership card.

Wyoming Backyard View by Arlene Ferrier

The highlight of our exhibition year is the GALA Spring Art Show. We are looking forward to seeing your work in our 2018 GALA Spring Show! This show will again be held at the Winchendon American Legion. We received many positive comments that the Legion had great lighting and people loved the layout, and our musicians liked being on the stage. The dates for the show are May 4th-6th. The show is open, which means that artists of all levels may participate. A panel of outside judges will award ribbons in various media and a ribbon for Best in Show. We invite musicians to perform during the artist reception and at other times during the weekend. For art lovers and participating artists, the weekend is a highlight of the art show season in North Central Massachusetts. The Call for Artists will be available about 6 weeks before the show. Guests can participate with popular choice voting, the raffle, and by purchasing original art.

We are looking forward to seeing your work in our 2018 GALA Spring Show! This show will again be at the Winchendon American Legion. We had received many positive comments that the Legion had great lighting and people loved the layout, and our musicians liked being on the stage.

On July 27th, GALA and Gallery Sitka are collaborating on a themed show called, "Paint the Town!" We will be accepting all media including photography. The challenge is to paint or shoot anywhere or anything in Fitchburg. There will be awards and the exhibit will be held at Gallery Sitka West, 454 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA. Watch for a Call for Entries for this event soon. We look forward to seeing what artists create and how the community responds!

If you would like to give us a New Years gift towards finishing our Arts Gallery you may donate at Your donation is tax deductible.

This year we are looking for talented people to give classes and workshops. If you are interested in teaching let me know. We are also looking for a volunteer event coordinator to help schedule these classes and art exhibits. I will be working alongside of you, so come and join our fun team. We do provide unlimited coffee.


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
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Your Tax Return Can Help GALA  

Help  GALA raise money by getting your taxes prepared by H&R Block or Block Advisors. Get a referral code from us or H&R Block in Gardner and present it at your appointment. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution. Thanks in advance!

Vera Coupal
Office Manager
Gardner, MA # 20103
Our GALA Christmas Tree    

Our GALA Christmas Tree at the Winchendon History & Culture's "Holiday Tour" came out fabulous! Thank you everyone who participated in giving. You can call for a private tour and receive a tour of all the decorated trees. These trees will stay up till the end of February. Here are a few closeups of our tree. Can you find your ornament?



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

Mark Your Calendars with the 2018 Artists Critique Dates!

The spring meetings will be held on April 7, May 5 & June 2 and the fall meetings on September 1, October 6, & November 3. The time and location will continue to be 10 am-Noon at the GALA Arts Gallery. Have a great winter creating art!

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475

Current GALA members: bring one guest to a meeting for free!

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Denise Jacques    
Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA          

Amateur photographer, Denise A. Jacques of Phillipston, will be exhibiting her photos at the The Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital in Gardner for the months of December and January. Her subject matter varies from flowers to scenic venues and will include photos from her recent visit to the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours Monday through Friday at the Clinic.
Doreen LaScola              

A Promise of Things to Come by Doreen LaScola
A Promise of Things to Come...

All new work by Doreen LaScola. Hosted by Gallery Sitka West, 454 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA. Opening reception is Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1-4:00pm. The show runs February and March, 2018. For more information contact Doreen LaScola at

Gallery Sitka West
454 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA


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Art Shows & Exhibits
January Exhibits                         
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA

Three Encaustics Artists Will Be "Waxing into Winter" with Stunning Colors and Textures at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg

Reverie by Kellie Weeks
Three fascinating local artists will present works all in the waxy medium of encaustic, yet each approaching it by way of her own distinctive aesthetic. Each artist has a different take on the possibilities of this remarkable medium.

"Waxing into Winter" will run through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Art lovers can access the artists' work on Jeanne Borofsky's, Kellie Weeks', and Darcy Schultz's

Gallery Sitka
454 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA
Yes, Comics are ART II

Join us for the 2nd Edition of our Comics show! This year both gallery show walls will be curated by Jerry Beck of Fitchburg's Revolving Museum.
For more information please contact Tamar Russell Brown at

Saturday, January 13th, 2-4 PM
Gallery Sitka West
454 Main Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420

Join Gallery Sitka at the Liberty Hotel in Boston for a one night Art Pop-Up 

This pop-up will include work by Dug and Dawn Morton, as well as work by Thomas W. Bradley, Luann Hume, Colette and David Smith, Darcy Schultz, Jeanne Borofsky, Kellie Weeks, James Spinelli, Sharon Thompson, Darcie Lee Hanaway, Beth Barry and Ylenia Mino!

Join us for some amazing nibbles, drinks (at the bar) and art in a wonderful atmosphere!
For more information please contact Tamar Russell Brown at

Tuesday, January 16th, 6-8 PM
Libery Hotel Boston
215 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Meet the Artist: Colette Shumate-Smith

Join us for nibbles and art! Meet local artist Colette Shumate-Smith, then stay for dinner at The Bull Run.
For more information please contact Tamar Russell Brown at

Saturday, January 27th, 1-3 PM
Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Rd, Shirley, Massachusetts 01464
An Exhibition of Student Work: Painting II and Drawing III                        
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Allyson Bois, Untitled 2017
The Art Department is pleased to announce the final exhibition of the semester:

An Exhibition of Student Work: Painting II and Drawing III
Now through January 26, 2018.
Exhibitions and gallery events are free and open to the public.

For more information:
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Art Classes & Instruction
Watercolor: Design and the Creative Process                  
The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA

The New England Watercolor Society proudly presents a workshop with Frederick C. Graff
Watercolor: Design and the Creative Process (Intermediate - Advanced)
February 2 - 4, 2018
The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Gate E
by Frederick C. Graff
Reserve your spot now to avoid being disappointed.

Register online here
Or print and mail this registration form

Students will enjoy exploring both innovative and traditional watercolor approaches that will further develop and enhance their own personal style of painting. Fred will provide the students with a series of exercises, lectures and demonstrations that will enable each individual to fully understand how to develop a painting that reinforces the elements and principles of design. Emphasis will also be placed on expressing yourself in an artistic and uninhibited manner. The introduced painting approaches and concepts will enlighten both the traditional and contemporary watercolor artists. Some of the different topics that will be presented will include: abstract underglazes, negative painting, understanding how to maintain natural whites, exploring different types of painting surfaces including Yupo, wet-in-wet painting approaches and most importantly, composition and design.

Frederick C. Graff is a signature member of A.W.S. (Dolphin Fellow), N.W.S., and T.W.S.A. (Master Status). His award winning paintings have been featured in numerous publications including Watercolor Techniques For Releasing the Creative Spirit; Creative Watercolor Workshop; International Artist Magazine; and Watercolor Artist Magazine. He received his BS in Education degree from Miami University and has been conducting watercolor workshops throughout the United States and abroad for the past 46 years.

Learn more about Frederick, his work and approach to art.

Tuition for the 3 day workshop is $375 for members, $425 for non-members. A $100 deposit holds your space, with full payment due by January 1st.

This workshop will be limited to 16 participants
Reserve your space via online registration

2018 Workshops                   
River Valley Artisans, Keene, NH

River Valley Artisans is pleased to be sponsoring 2 workshops in 2018

The first will be a Marketing workshop on April 7th with Bruce Baker and the second will be a pastel workshop with Christine Ivers on June 23 & 24.

For more information please visit our website after the 1st of the year. These workshops will take place in Keene, NH.

Marketing You & Your Art with Bruce Baker - April 7, 2018
Nationally recognized arts marketing authority, Craft's Report columnist, artist, and juror will be in Keene to assist artists and crafts professionals to create better businesses.

This workshop is designed for art/craft professionals who want to compete successfully in today's art field. The purpose is to help artists identify and overcome barriers that keep their businesses from running at peak performance.

NightScapes in Pastel with Christine Ivers - June 23 & 24, 2018
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.

Registration will start in mid-January. Please email and you will be notified when the registration form is ready.

River Valley Artisans

Pet Portraits in Pastel                 
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

The Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to welcome back Lisa Ober for a Pet Portraits in Pastel workshop September 15 & 16, 2018. Registration will begin in mid January. If enough people are interested the workshop may be expanded to 3 days.

If you are interested in taking this workshop, please contact Carol at A registration form will be sent to you. Please indicate whether you would prefer a 2 or 3 day workshop.
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Wood Carving Classes              
Marcia Berkall, Athol, MA

Tuesday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm

Classes on other days may be possible. Marcia Berkall welcomes all skill levels. Once basic techniques are learned she encourages students to express their own visions. Marcia stresses safety, creativity and fun! Marcia has over 20 years of experience teaching carving and now offers classes in her home studio in Athol. Wood carving is relaxing and addictive!

To see Marcia's work, visit:

Marcia Berkall
116 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 830-0293
Spring Art Courses at MWCC               
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Spring Art Courses at MWCC

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 at for more information.

Life Drawing
January 17 through February 21, 2018      
5:30 - 8pm

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. This is an opportunity to practice drawing from a nude model without formal instruction. Register

Instructor: Corrine Goodrich

Gardner Main Campus
444 Green St, Gardner, MA
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Call for Artists: All Around Monadnock Art Exhibition                     
Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH

June 1-September 7, 2018

The Monadnock Region means many things to many people. It is recognized for its natural beauty. It is known as the "Currier & Ives Corner" of New Hampshire because of its remarkably intact early New England historical record and built environment. It is known for its quintessential New England festivals and cultural events. And it is known for its people, from old-time New England characters to those who have come to love the region's heritage, culture and landscape. Our region illustrates the story of New England history, culture and natural environment.

What does the Monadnock Region mean to you? The Historical Society of Cheshire County and the region's artists are collaborating on an exhibit that will allow the artists to answer this question. The people, places, heritage, and culture of the Monadnock area will be recognized and celebrated in this collaborative exhibit. Artists are encouraged to create works that illustrate what the region means to them and how it impacts their own lives. The 40 towns of the Monadnock Region are recognized for their natural beauty and cultural heritage. This exhibit is paying homage to those characteristics of "our" region.

For more information:
Juried Call of Entry: 2018 Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit                     
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center announces a Call for Entry for a Quilt and Fiber Arts exhibit in 2018! We are looking for work that explores color relationships. The entry fee is $25 per person, for up to four entries. (Checks are payable to the: Jaffrey Civic Center and mail to: 40 Main Street Jaffrey, NH 03452). Please submit 4 jpeg images ONLY (images should be under 640 x 320 pixels) to: Include Quilt and Fiber in the subject line as well as your contact information and artwork dimensions.  Important Show Facts: JPEG Submissions will be accepted from Oct. 20th-Dec. 16th, 2017. (Do not drop off actual work). Not all entries will be exhibited in the show, but we will attempt to include work from each artist. Work must be ready to hang. Artwork does not have to be for sale.  Sales commission is 30%.  

Artists will be notified via email by Friday, December 22, 2017. DROP OFF will be from Tuesday, January 2nd- Monday, January 8th, 2018. Drop off is during normal business hours.

PICK UP: Saturday, February 10th-Tuesday, February 9th, 2018, during normal business hours.

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.
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 2018-2019 (July 2018-June 2019.) 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, 2018. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2018.

Applications may be completed online

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
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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