July 2019
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Gail Robinson
Paul Gaj
Mark Lore
Lawrence Libby

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

Newsletter Editor
Dana Armstrong

Massachusetts Cultural Council
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President's Note

Hello my dear friends,

Our next art show in our gallery is "Art of the Animals." The Gallery is now packed filled with wonderful and unusual animal-related art pieces! You can't miss this show, especially if you are an animal lover. Ahimsa Haven will be there to help promote the animals in need with their raffles. See you there!

Open Reception is this Saturday, July 13th, 12 NOON - 5:00 PM.

Art critiques have started and our first meeting was great!  Many artists came and had a good time. See you at our next critique in July!

Music & Arts Festival-Bring your Lawn Chairs!
Calling all artists, artisans, and crafters to rent tent space for our July Music & Arts Festival. Vendor Applications can be found at our website: There is NO deadline to register, but space is limited, so register now! We already have 3 food trucks coming, and a local brewery. The music lineup is looking sweet! Great art show in the gallery! Mark your calendars for this event!

Calling all artists for "Art of the Animals" July's art show! The link to register for the art show can be found at our website.

We still have the month of October available for GROUP SHOWS! If you would like to do a group show or be a part of one, register online on our website.

Would you like to teach a class? Contact me with what you would like to do.

Upcoming Events:
More information, applications and deadlines can be obtained on our website.

July- Theme Show: "Art of the Animals"
July- Music & Arts Festival: artist and craft vendors, food trucks, art show and more
September- Group Show: Theme "Rust"
October- Group Show
November- Theme Show: "Small Works"

We are looking to fill the following positions:
  • Marketing
  • Website maintenance
  • Treasurer

Deb Giordano
GALA President


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Notice to Volunteers 

The GALA Gallery Volunteer Sitters should be aware that email communications will be primarily from Louise Hammerman, email:, with the subject title beginning with "GALA". Weekly emails will include a link and directions to view the GALA Gallery Calendar.

GALA's New Road Sign is Up!  

Our sign is finally installed and looks great! Thank you to the volunteers you came out on a rainy day to help clear brush, dig holes, and assemble the sign. A thunderstorm came but we persevered in getting the sign installed. Now we just need to put the letters on to announce our next art show. We will also plant some nice flowers to make this sign pop. You can easily find us now!

Call for Artists: Art of the Animals  

"Art of the Animals" Theme Art Show - Call for Artists
Show runs July 6th-Aug 2nd
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13th
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

Register online or download an entry form.

GALA's artists are teaming up with Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue for a theme art show to benefit both artists and the animals. Proceeds will be split between the artists and Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue.

The theme is Animals, which includes all media, photography, and 3D. Animals can be pets, nature, wildlife, birds, farm, and other small or large creatures.

Join us in supporting a wonderful cause. GALA's art sales will raise funds to help pay medical bills for animals in need. This is your chance to help local animals and do what you love to do...create!
Call For Artists & Artisans

Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, July 20th  1:00 - 6:30pm

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

GALA is seeking applications from New England craft artists and Fine Art artists making original work. Festival is a one-day outdoor show featuring work of artists from the area.

Booth, one side open - $25
Booth, corner two sides open - $40
Free Wi-Fi

If you are interested in selling your art, please see the Application Form for more details.

This is a hard copy Artist Application Form that you print & mail with payment to
GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440

** Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline. **

Applications are Due by May 12th

You do not have to be a member of GALA.
Questions? Call 978-407-1419

Rust and More: Call for Entries 

RUST, a proposed group show in September at the GALA Gallery, 135 Front St., Winchendon, has openings for more artist members to join in exhibiting their presentations of rust in art forms. Currently the exhibitors are Alicia Drakiotes, Susan Ellis, Louise Parmenter Hammerman, and Brad Willard who have previously exhibited their rust creations as a group at the Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH, and the Heywood Library in Gardner.

We are seeking other members who find the beauty in rust, the abandoned, lost, and disintegrated, and thus create photographs, paintings, sculpture and innovative art works from these intriguing remnants of civilization. Please keep in mind the limitations of the gallery space.

For more information please call the "Rust" group coordinator: Louise Parmenter Hammerman at 978-874-2660 or email

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Martha Webster  

A selection of acrylic landscape and still life paintings by Martha Webster will be on display at Heywood Hospital's Wound Care Center through the end of July.

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Shows & Exhibits
Signs: New and Vintage Photographic Prints by Peter Alan Monroe                 
The Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield, MA

Photographer Peter Alan Monroe opens his vault to reveal a treasure trove of vintage images

Signs [Volume I, 1977 to 2015]: New and vintage photographic prints by Peter Alan Monroe, curated by Kate Hunter, on view at The Greenfield Gallery, June 21 through August 10. Artist reception Friday, June 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Turners Falls photographer Peter Alan Monroe is an old-school darkroom photographer. He loves the technical side of printing-experimenting with darkroom chemicals and perfecting the tonal qualities of prints-almost more than he likes taking pictures. These days, with the advent of digital photography, he doesn't take many pictures at all.

Luckily-for Monroe and for us-he has decades worth of black and white and color negatives taken from the 1970s on that he has begun to explore with the help of photographer and master printer, Kate Hunter.

Monroe's new exhibit, Signs [Volume I, 1977 to 2015], treats the viewer to a collection of new and vintage prints gathered under the theme of signage. Curated, and in many cases digitally printed by Hunter, the exhibit offers a glimpse into Monroe's vault, bringing to life images that have never been printed before. Some vintage prints Monroe made when he still had a working darkroom will be included as well.

The exhibit runs Friday, June 21 through Saturday, August 10, with an artist's reception Friday, June 28, 6 to 8 p.m. at The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main Street.

For more info:

The Greenfield Gallery
231 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gathering My Wits               
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

Nina's Nook is pleased to present the work of Linda Baker-Cimini in her new show, "Gathering My Wits" through July 10. Linda's pen and ink drawings continue to find their way into the hearts and minds of many, where they create smiles and a little more laughter. Her most recent musings, ponderings, and miscellaneous tangents spring from imaginary worlds far beyond Franklin County.

Nina's Nook is at 125A Avenue A in Turners Falls, next to the Black Cow Burger Bar. Online at and 413-834-8800.

Upcoming Events at Gallery Sitka           
Gallery Sitka

El Rulo 2 by Susy Gomez Victorica

Susy Gomez Victorica (1965-2018) at the Bull Run Restaurant

Opening Saturday, July 6th
from 12-2 PM
Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA

Join us at the Bull Run Restaurant and view colorful and abstract work by artist Susy Gomez Victorica (1965-2018), on display until August 1st!

Susy Gomez Victorica (1965-2018)
"El Rulo 2" Acrylic, 28x21", $550


Meagan St Laurent at the Bull Run Restaurant

Opening Saturday, August 3rd
from 12-2 PM
Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA

Join us at the Bull Run Restaurant and view new work by artist Meagan St Laurent, on display until September.

The Hoopers at Gallery Sitka East

Opening Saturday, August 17th
from 3-5 PM
Gallery Sitka East
2 Shaker Rd. Suite D101, Shirley, MA

Join us at Gallery Sitka East and view new work by photographers Stephanie and Chester Hooper!

Phone: 978.425.6290
Fax: 978.425.6280

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Classes & Instruction
Watercolor in the Wild                  
Paul Gaj Design, Gardner, MA

You are Invited to Join a Truly Inspirational Watercolor Class

Friday, August 23, 2019                   
9:AM - 12:PM [RAIN DATE: Aug. 24]

Instructor: Paul Gaj

  • 1 hr. Introduction to color, materials, and methods including a demonstration of techniques and visual observation.
  • 2 hr. hands-on painting exercise at one of the classic views in southern New Hampshire. Tips and tricks along with individual coaching.
  • 1/2 hr. lunch in the wild.
Skill levels: Beginner or basic working knowledge of watercolor painting to intermediate skill. Limited drawing skill to intermediate skills, but not necessary.

Class fee: $35.00 [15 Student Limit]
Includes 10% discount off an afternoon kayak on Scott Brook

Class registration and additional information: Contact Paul Gaj at or 978-807-9422

Registration deadline: Friday August 9, 2019

Special thanks to Kev at Kev's Kayaks LLC, Fitzwilliam, NH
Paul Gaj
Paul Gaj Design
40 Montvale Road
Gardner, MA 01440

978. 807. 9422
Summer Art Classes and Workshops                  
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

  Make your summer more colorful at Fitchburg Art Museum! We offer creative programs for all ages and skill levels. Members receive a discount.

Youth Art Classes
Registration Deadline: July 31

Build It, Shape It! - For ages 5-8 | 9-10:30 am  | August 5-9
Build with clay, paper pulp, recycled materials and more to make imaginary animals, fantasy houses, slinky undersea creatures, and other creations. Finish your creations with paint, colored papers, and wire.

Drawing and Painting Party - For ages 5-8 | 10:30 am-noon | August 5-9
Experiment with unusual techniques for making pictures with unique drawing materials and water-based paints.

Butterfly Wings and Growing Things - For ages 5-8 | 12:30-3:30 pm | August 5-9
Be inspired by the beauty of nature! We'll explore nature's structures and patterns through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, and sculpture.

Drawing and Painting Like the Masters - For ages 9-12 | 9 am-noon | August 5-9
We'll look at art in the galleries for examples of composition, shading with color, and expressiveness. In the studio you'll apply your new knowledge to creating a portrait, landscape, and abstract artwork.

Off the Wall and In the Round - For ages 9-12 | 12:30-3:30 pm | August 5-9
Do you prefer making three-dimensional art? Build and sculpt with clay, wire, papier maché, and untraditional materials in this creative class.

Youth Art Workshop
Registration Deadline: July 29

Making Comics Workshop - For ages 11-14 | 12:30-3:30 pm | August 5
Learn the basics of developing your own characters and story. You'll examine examples of narrative art forms, from ancient Egyptian art to manga. By the end of the workshop you'll have created your own 4-page illustrated story!

Adult Art Class
Registration Deadline: July 11

Watercolor Painting (Beginner/Intermediate) - Adults | 1-4 pm | July 14 and July 21
Spend two Sunday afternoons expanding your skills with watercolor paints. Explore brush techniques, color studies, the power of white, and more. If the weather is good during the second class, we'll take our easels outside for inspiration.

Learn more or register for classes

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA
Upcoming 2019 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

July 20 - Susan Rock - Beginner Watercolor

This will be a one day workshop at Susan's studio in Marlow, NH. All painters are welcome. It will be a fun day of painting our surroundings, water, landscape and flowers. In case of rain, we will be indoors.

This class is especially for beginners. We will discuss how to make the paint and water behave. Some say that watercolor is the most difficult medium there is, but in this class, you will be ex-posed to the ways the paint behaves to obtain a loose or controlled edge, thus demystifying much about watercolor painting. In the afternoon, we will discuss paint mixing both on the pallet and on your watercolor paper and end by exploring painting on wet and dry paper. You are encouraged to bring photos to paint.

November 2 & 3 - Lisa Ober - Realistic Still Life

Artist Lisa Ober, PSA, will teach a color-filled workshop on how to create beautifully detailed still life paintings in pastel. Lisa will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference (provided). Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time will ignite a passion for still life painting as students see their colorful paintings take shape. Participants will learn the skills needed to create believable and realistic still life paintings that are loaded with impressive details. Lisa will discuss developing keen observation skills, color selection, pastel application, and she will disclose her secrets for handling difficult surfaces such as glass or metal-giving special attention to this area.

Students will get plenty of personal attention, and Lisa's enthusiasm for still life painting is as contagious for the beginner as it is for the experienced painter. Regardless of favorite subject matter, students will leave with some hot tips for making their future paintings stand out in a crowd. If those in the class aren't already in love with still life painting, they will be by the end of this one!

Registration form

For more more information contact
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Keene, NH
Summer and Fall Art Courses                 
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

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.

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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Fitchburg Open Studios                              
Fitchburg, MA

The 2019 Application is Out!

Now is the time to sign up for this year's Fitchburg Open Studios! Share your art and your workspace/studio with the public in the greater Fitchburg area! This is a unique opportunity to meet people who share your passion for art and interact with them in your own studio and work space.

Visit our website for future updates and to download and fill out the application form.

SAVE THE DATE for this year's FOS Weekend: October 19 & 20, 2019.

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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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 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.
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