June 2017
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Janet Lawson
Sonjia McNear
Desmond Johnson
Myra MacLeod
Bobbye Samdah
Robert Walker
Susan Roston
Rebecca Colgate
Renee Tambling
Kathryn Costello
Georgia Griffin

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

Dear Friends,

I can't believe it is already June; all we need is some sunny warm days to enjoy the outside. We had a wonderful Spring Art Show at the Winchendon American Legion this year. Great artwork and great music as always! It was a lot of work, but at the end it was well worth it. Thank you to all the artists and musicians that participated. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who worked the show. If it wasn't for everyone we would not have had such a successful show.

Also, a warm thank you to all our art supporters, friends and residents of the area for coming to the show.

The new "5x7 Off the Wall" art work was very successful. We will definitely do it again next year. This was a GALA fundraiser so thank you all for your generous donations to the wall! Thanks to Surroundings Gallery for framing most of them. The new Judge Critiques went well too. The written critiques have been mailed to all the artists that paid for three professional critiques for each of their paintings. I have read the judges' critiques and I am certain those artists will learn from the judges' analysis of the elements such as line quality, composition, value, color, balance, contrast, etc. Also notes about future development.

I can start working in my yard now that the show is over. I just put in my veggie garden and the garlic is up. Now I'm working in my flower beds. I hung up my new hummingbird feeder that I got at the Boston Flower Show and was sitting outside and saw my first visitor! I purchased a few perennial flowers to plant that they like, so I better get to work so they will stick around.

We are currently posting photos of the Spring Show on our website. Check often at

We've decided to have a combined YARD SALE & ART SALE. We will be having it inside the Art Gallery's barn. All the yard sale items and artwork items have been donated. It will be held on Saturday, June 3rd. If you have items for the Yard Sale or Art Sale to donate let me know. We are also looking for help during the yard sale.

We will soon be starting to work on our renovations of the Art Gallery. Waiting for it to get a bit warmer. If anyone can find a few hours here and there to help with the gallery let me know.

YARD & ART SALE: Inside Art Gallery's barn, Saturday, June 3rd, 7:30am - 2:00pm.

GALA Art Critique: Saturday, June 3rd, upstairs in main house, 135 Front Street

We have a special Collage Workshop by Jill Pottle on June 11th. Register Now!

GALA Songwriter's Café, Inside Art Gallery's barn, June 25th, 4-7:00pm.

My number is 978-407-1419.


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
Buy Bags in June to Help the Arts & the Planet!

GALA has been selected again to participate in the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!

Throughout the month of June, GALA will receive $1 for each blue bag with the "good karma" message that you purchase at the Gardner Hannaford at 21 Timpany Blvd. Tell your friends and family about how they can reduce waste and support the Arts. Post the news on your website, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media. Bring this 8x11 poster to local businesses and ask them to help publicize our fundraiser.
Part-Time Event Coordinator

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) is a growing organization of artists and musicians headquartered at 135 Front Street in Winchendon. We are seeking a part-time volunteer willing to commit an average of four to eight hours a week as our Events Coordinator for our new Arts Gallery. We are looking for a dynamic individual who works well with people, computer literate, good organization and communication skills. We will train the right person to join our group. Interested candidates should submit a resume to:

Gardner Area League of Artists
P.O. Box 664
Gardner, MA 01440

En Plein Air

These activities are free benefits for GALA members.
Not a member? Join Now

Saturday, June 10, 10 am to whenever - Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam, NH

Rhododendron State Park is named after its unusual 16-acre grove of wild rhododendron.  The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove and a wildflower trail winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the park. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by song birds which live in the grove.

Rain date: June 17

Register online. Deadline is Wednesday, June 7

Rhododendron State Park
424 Rockwood Pond Rd
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447

August 18-20 - Savoy, MA

Once again, Doreen LaScola's niece, Taryn LaScola and her sweetheart Peter Miner have offered to host us for a weekend of outdoor art and camaraderie in the beautiful Berkshires. The main event will be Saturday, but we are welcome to bring our tents and/or campers (they have a really big yard) to stay from Friday to Sunday. We'll have art during the day and s'mores by the camp fire at night. Bring your own food, camping stuff, spouses etc. (not necessarily in that order!), and, of course, your art supplies.

Location: Peter Miner & Taryn LaScola's
53 Hawley Rd.
Savoy MA

The July 8th Plein Air will be at Joe Smith's home in Phillipston, MA. Stay tuned for more details.

For more info, please contact Joe Smith 978-249-2306, or [email protected].

Email [email protected] for your membership status.

GALA Yard Sale & Art Sale      

Saturday, June 3rd at 7:30am

In the Art Gallery Barn
135 Front Street, Winchendon

GALA will have lots of yard sale items and art work items-all have been donated. If you have items to donate call Deb at 978-407-1419.

GALA Renovations Update     

We are starting up again on working in the Art Gallery, trying to get it done so we can open this year. We are still looking for funds to help with the cost of the materials. So far, we have Raised $460 in our GoFundMe. Our goal to reach is $5000. Let's reach our goal! If you haven't already, please give now so we can open this year and have artist exhibits to help sell your work and get your name out there. We are counting on you to help support all the arts in the North Central area. Show Your Support Now!

Artist's Collage Workshop
GALA Arts Gallery, Winchendon, MA

Instructor: Jill Pottle

Sunday, June 11,
10 am - 2 pm

GALA Members: $45  per person
Not a member? Join Now!
Non-Members: $55 per person

To be held at the GALA Arts Gallery at
135 Front Street, Winchendon MA 01475

For Workshop Details

To enroll and pay online with a credit/debit card
or PayPal account, click here

GALA Songwriters Café   

Theme: "Independence"
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4-7 pm

Please bring a song in the works or completed to share.
We will once again host a round robin of talent, with chairs set up for a listening audience.
We are excited to meet in the GALA Arts Gallery Barn at 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475
We look forward to seeing you all!
Bring family & friends.
Refreshments will be available.


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

Bring your work to share-paintings, photos, all mediums accepted.

Get some feedback on and insight into what you've created. Please bring two pieces of your artwork, in any medium, finished or in progress, to present to the group. Whether you are a novice or a master, it's always a fascinating conversation when creative minds come together to talk about color, composition, and technique.

The final GALA Artists Critique of 2017 will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 10am-12noon

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Register by June 1 for the June 3 critique

Canon PIXMA Printer for Sale   

GALA is selling a Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer for $200. Hardly used, perfect for photographers. Will be in our Yard Sale on Saturday, June 3rd. If interested, call 978-407-1419 or come to the yard sale.

Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer

Volunteer Request  

GALA Color Logo Volunteer Coordinator

Do you have good organization skills? Do you love helping people and enjoy putting events together?

GALA is growing and we need help in this area. We need someone with fun energy to join our team and help coordinate our events. This is a volunteer position about six hours per week with training. If you are interested in helping with the Arts, email your letter of interest to [email protected] or mail to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner MA 01440.

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.

These wines 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
Nicole La Chance          
Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA

Nicole LaChance Photography will be exhibiting her Fine Art Photography works in the Heywood Hospital Center for Wound Care/Hyperbaric Medicine from June 5th through August 14th. All pieces will be on display and for sale throughout the exhibit.

Nicole La Chance
[email protected]

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Center for Wound Care should contact Vicki Heidorn, [email protected].

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Art Shows & Exhibits
The Time Tunnel               
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

Nina's Nook is pleased to present an installation by Wendell artist Adrian Montegano called The Time Tunnel. Visitors to the Nook will become engulfed in a plethora of ticking, shimmering, glittering clocks made by Montegano from a variety of found objects, especially vintage kitchen ware. Dozens of working timepieces will line the walls of the tiny gallery, making a trip through the Time Tunnel quite a unique audio and visual treat. May 13 to June 24 at Nina's Nook, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls. Info at or 413.834.8800.
Mixed Media exhibit: A Retrospective by Barbara Alden Campbell              
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Loire Valley Tour by Barbara Alden Campbell
The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit by Barbara Alden Campbell beginning Friday, May 26th -June 27th, in the first floor Auditorium Gallery. The title of the exhibit is A Retrospective by Barbara Campbell. Ms. Campbell began painting at the age of four, when she created her first watercolor painting. She majored in Art & Art History at Beaver Country Day School and after high school attended the Museum School in Boston concentrating on drawing and Art History. Marriage and children interrupted her studies for a substantial time and then she moved to Hancock, NH in1968. Here she was able to resume her painting.

She studied with NH artist Sydney Willis for eleven years and later with Numael Pulido, Richard Whitney and Maine artist Sharon Yates. Ms. Campbell enjoys painting and continues to do so with oils as her preferred medium and "en plein air" as her first choice. Her style is "Impressionist". The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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 [email protected], visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.
Solo Show: Darcie Lee Hanaway               
Gallery Sitka West, Fitchburg, MA

Solo Show: Darcie Lee Hanaway
Saturday, June 3 at 4 PM - 6 PM

Join us as we host Martha's Vineyard painter, Darcie Lee Hanaway on our Solo wall! She will be accompanied by NH painter Melissa Richard and Angelique Ward.

Ms. Hanaway is a whimsical, mixed-media artist who takes inspiration from time, nature, and their cycles and patterns. When Ms. Hanaway makes art, she uses "an intuitive process," she says. "There's no end-product in mind." Her art is typically nonrepresentational and about community, family, and love, and what those things mean to her. Her adventures - from having a baby to living in an Airstream trailer - take on meaning and significance that seem to change continually as life goes on.

The show will also feature the works of two New Hampshire artists whose artwork complements Ms. Hanaway's work, Melissa Richard and Angelique Ward. Ms. Richard's new work, created this past winter, is an "exploration of emotion through color and texture," using mixed media, mostly acrylic and collage. Much of her work examines relationships. It also explores emotions "that don't necessarily have words." Inspired by abstract expressionism, her art has helped her work through many of her own internal struggles. Ms. Richard is an art teacher and participates in art shows throughout New England. She is represented by Gallery Z in Providence, R.I.

Angelique Ward is a self-taught artist who hails from Hudson, N.H. She says that her passion for the arts has ranged from "performing onstage as a singer and in theater pieces, to writing poetry, to creating two-dimensional artworks in acrylic and mixed media." She enjoys blending different art forms, particularly in assemblage, a three-dimensional medium that employs one or more boxes rather than a flat canvas. This method of storytelling is a deeply personal medium that "sets the stage" for her unique poetic mystery.

The show is expected to present big, bold, edgy artwork that will inspire thought about the subjective world within us and the objective world outside of us. Ms. Hanaway and her colleagues are excited to bring a fun, gypsy-like spirit to Fitchburg this summer and invite all to enjoy the exhibition, which will run from June 3 through August 1 at Gallery Sitka, 454 Main Street in Fitchburg. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception on Saturday, June 3, 4 - 6pm. General gallery hours are 10am - 4pm, Thursday through Saturday.

Gallery Sitka West
454 Main St., Fitchburg, MA
Contact: Tamar Brown
Photography Exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm by Rich Damboise               
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a photography exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm by wildlife and portrait photographer, Rich Damboise from May 13th  through June 19th in the ground floor Display Case Gallery. The subjects of the exhibit are the Newfoundland ponies who have been rescued by The Villi Pony Farm in Jaffrey. Mr. Damboise is a native of New Hampshire and grew up exploring nature all his life and now captures the beauty of New England from behind the lens. His love of animals and the outdoors has brought him from his backyard to the edge of the Grand Canyon, shooting from hiking trails, helicopters, kayaks, and drones. He has donated his time to help endangered animals such as the Newfoundland Pony and Kerry Cattle. His work has been featured in publications and magazines throughout Canada and New England and his artwork was also used for the movie poster for "Where Once They Mattered", a documentary about the plight of the Newfoundland Pony. Rich lives in Goffstown, NH with his wife Jody and their 2 dogs, Mikki and Reese. Once a champion motocross racer, Rich still loves action sports. He has done national shoots for the Ironman competitions, snowboarding and BMX.

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 [email protected], visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.
Solo Exhibit - Jessica Meuse             
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

We are so excited and honored to have Jessica Meuse's one woman show coming this June.  Jessica has been showing her pioneering work all over Boston and Brooklyn and has just received an Artist in Residence appointment this summer at Otis College in CA! She will be working with other professional artists from all over the world. Please join us for the opening reception June 1st from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Jessica will be showing an array of her subjects, from her abstract trikes to landscapes, portraits and more. If you are unable to make it to the opening, don't worry! Her work will be hanging in our gallery for the entire month of June.
Kira Cline
Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA  01752

Archer Mayor Book Signing              
Beals Memorial Library, Winchendon, MA

BEST SELLING MYSTERY WRITER Archer Mayor is coming to the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon on Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm for an author's talk and book signing. The New York Times has called his police procedural series featuring detective Joe Gunther, "dazzling," and Booklist has said that they are "among the best cop stories being written today". Call 978-297-0300 for more information or to reserve your spot in the audience. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Beals Memorial Library.

Contact Person: Manuel King, 978-297-0300

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Art Classes & Instruction
Summer Landscape Workshop with Jill Pottle            
Orr's and Bailey Islands, ME

June 25 - June 29, 2017

This will be Jill's 6th year taking a group of artists to paint on the lovely coast of Maine. Workshop fee includes a lesson each day, most of the meals, and time to connect with other artists. Sure to be a great experience.

If interested please contact Jill Pottle at [email protected] or 978-582-0985.

Summer and Fall Art Courses at MWCC             
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.
Contact Thomas Matsuda [email protected]  
for more information.
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Call for Artists: The Ellen DiGeronimo Plein Air Paint-In
Fitchburg, MA

New this year! 
Cash prizes and expanded opportunities for exhibiting work.

We invite the artists to set up their easels around rural areas of Fitchburg to capture the beauty and sense of place!

When: During the weeks of September 1-15th, 2017
Where: Rural areas of Fitchburg including conservation land, farms, fields, hills, orchards, and agricultural areas.

The entry fee is $10.00 made payable to the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance. To waive your entry fee we ask you to secure a $25.00 sponsor.

Guidelines and application forms available at:
For questions, contact: [email protected]

Deadline for applications: August 1, 2017 
Art in the Park
Keene, NH

September 2nd and 3rd, 2017; 10 AM - 4 PM

Annual Labor Day event with over 80 artists at Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene, NH. Music provided by Keene Music Festival.

Food, music, raffles; free and open to the public.

Deadline: If you want the same space you had last year, your application must be received by April 30th, 2017. Thereafter, all applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. No exceptions! Deadline for all applications is Friday, July 7th, 2017. Participation will be limited to 85 exhibitors.

Entry Fee: MAAA members: $100 Non-members: $150. Fees are Non-Refundable.

Download the application or visit our website for more information

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: [email protected]
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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:  [email protected]
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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]  or 978-630-2340

Contact Alice Struthers a[email protected]  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 [email protected].
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  [email protected] 
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  [email protected]  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  [email protected] . 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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