Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
June 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Art Critiques
Next Critique scheduled
Saturday, June 11th
10:00 - 12:00

Free to all GALA Members. New artists, first class is free

Saturday, June 11th
10:00 - 12:00

May and June Critiques will be held in GALA's Art Gallery at 135 Front Street in Winchendon. A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork to share with the group.

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 at

Come join us with coffee, tea, cookies and laughs. Together we can achieve our goals.

Member News & Exhibits
Chuck Heidorn
The art of Chuck Heidorn is currently on display during regular business hours at

Heywood Hospital
Center for Wound Care
242 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440

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:

Center for Wound Care
As a service to the patients of the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital, GALA has been displaying member art in the waiting room for more than 15 years. We will be contacting artists for the following schedule: May-June; July-August; September-October, and November-December. Three to 12 pieces can be accommodated in this space. Multiple artists may join together to create a theme or display at the same time. Please contact Vicki at Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing, 978-630-2340.
Shows & Exhibits
Our House Made of Dreams
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
“Our House Made of Dreams,” a collection of works by Sally Keller, is now on display in the display cases at the Jaffrey Civic Center. In addition to detailed drawings and paintings, the exhibit features prose, quotes from the artist, and artifacts from the home which inspired the display.

Here are some of Keller’s thoughts on the show: “In a way, this art with poetry show has been forty-six years in the making. This hand-built house started by taking two barns down and moving all that wood to a woodlot here in Jaffrey Center that had been in the family since 1903. Inspired by Carl Larsson’s house in Sweden, 13th-18th century Scandinavian and Swiss alpine architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas of relating a house to a landscape, we imagined and designed and built this “work of art”.

The exhibit will be on display until June 11 at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH.

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. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:
Hello Summer Outdoor Marketplace
Montague, MA
Aventurine Collective
Hello Summer Outdoor Marketplace
27 Center Street, Montague, Massachusetts
June 11, 2022, 11AM-6PM

Shop a curated array of unique woman, queer, and BIPOC owned small businesses from in and around the 413! Enjoy a massage, take a class, grab a bite to eat from Jamaican Jewelz and Ginger Love Cafe, listen to music, relax by the river, and lay in the sun in the company of your family, friends, and neighbors.

Aventurine Collective Events and Experiences promote collective health and sufficiency between our individual niches and passions. We are a growing network of people who care about our community and create spaces for ourselves and others to thrive.

A $10 entry fee includes a chance to win a small business basket, worth over $100 with goods from all our vendors! Kids under 12 come for free.

Visit our website for more about us and our mission. This event is sponsored by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation and Franklin Community Co-op.

Submerged: An Oceanic Arts Odyssey
Hawks & Reed, Greenfield, MA
Submerged: an oceanic arts odyssey, featuring metal and mixed media sculpture and paintings by mother and son artists Nina Rossi and Jon Bander, opened on April 15 at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield. This exhibit showcases welded sculpture by Bander, aka Notorious Weld, including an elaborate, glowing octopus coat rack, along with ammonite, jellyfish and seahorse wall sculptures. Bander produced the new Hawks & Reed sign and stage logo, and had his first art exhibit here with Rossi in April, 2017. Rossi’s work includes soft sculpture jellyfish and boxfish, a mosaic fish, lobster paintings, and a ceramic nautilus shell housing a metal creature made by Bander.

Turners Falls native Bander studied welding at Franklin County Tech and the Advanced Welding Institute in Burlington, VT and worked in the welding industry prior to pursuing art. Bander recently completed a commission for ModVic, Inc of a 14-foot-tall metal cherry tree with bottle lights and aluminum blossoms, that was installed in Alexandria, VA . Rossi assisted Bander as they worked together in the studio for more than a month crafting the trunk, branches and blossoms out of found objects and metal sheet, pipe, and rod. See this and other projects at or Instagram @notoriousweld.

Rossi is a long time member of the Shelburne Arts Coop and studied art and writing at GCC and Smith College. She was owner/artist at the former Nina’s Nook gallery in Turners Falls (closed during COVID) and is a member of the art performance group, Exploded View. Find her on Facebook and Instagram @ninasnook.

The exhibit will remain up through June 15.
Summer Solstice Saturday
Winchendon, MA

Summer Solstice Saturday, June 18th. This is a free community event, featuring music, vendors, kids games, a fun run and more!
May at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Kellie Weeks — Solo Show with New Works
Join us on the first Friday of June to see Kellie's new works!
Friday, June 3
4:30-6:30 PM
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464
Montague Summer Event Calendar
Montague, MA
RiverCulture, the creative economy program of the Town of Montague, announces the release of the 2022 Summer Event Calendar. The calendar is a full listing of cultural events happening in the five villages of Montague and the Turners Falls Cultural District including live music, outdoor movies, theater, family activities, and festivals. Summer highlights include the Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk featuring world renowned Taiko drummer Kaoru Wantanabe, the 8th annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, and the Shea Away Series curated by fever pop duo, HOME BODY. Paper copies of the calendar are available at local retail stores and restaurants, or download one here.

All events are open to the public, and most are FREE! The 2022 Summer Event Series is sponsored by RiverCulture, the Mass Cultural Council, Montague Parks and Recreation, and a $5000 donation by the Greenfield Cooperative Bank. RiverCulture takes this opportunity to sincerely thank our sponsors and programming partners for their talent and generosity.

Contact: Suzanne LoManto
Director of RiverCulture
413-835-3200 ext. 115
Classes & Instruction
Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
FAM at Home art activities and tips for creating art with children. Create with us from home!

Explore the artistic techniques, concepts, and themes behind Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collection artworks through these fun creative projects. Explore the full list of tutorials below. Click here for information on how to best use these resources.

Art Education at WAM
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Worcester Art Museum offers online, in-person, and off-site programs that cover a variety of subjects and media. In-person classes are held either in the galleries or WAM’s studios, and have reduced class sizes. WAM is following current CDC guidelines. Online classes are taught through Zoom and are encrypted and secure.

Call or email with questions, to register over the phone, or to request a print brochure!
Phone: 508.793.4333

Call for Artists
Call for Exhibitors
Art in the Park, Keene, NH
Sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association, the Art in the Park outdoor art show is now accepting artists applications for its 63rd Annual Show to be held in Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022 from 10 am – 4 pm both days, rain or shine.

New this year, online registrations for all artists! The Requirements and Application Form are available on the Monadnock Area Artists Association website or use the direct link to the application.

The deadline for applications for the same site as in 2021 is May 14, and for all other and new applications the deadline is: July 16, 2022

Fees: Monadnock Area Artists Association members, $100, non-members, $150. For artists interested in sharing a booth, fees are listed in the application. Payment now is through PayPal when you complete the online registration form. Please note: Fees are non-refundable.

All exhibitors are required to have their work on display for both days from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Artists or a representative must be present at their booth during show hours. Site dimensions are approximately 10' X 10'. Exhibitors provide: tents, weights, display systems, and original artwork. Your booth should be at least 75% framed fine art/photography, or sculpture and only 25% additional products such as note cards, calendars, or bins of matted prints/photographs, if applicable. No nudes due to the City of Keene regulations for Art in the Park.

Security will be provided in the park overnight on Saturday evening – Sunday morning, tents and furnishing may be left up, but all artworks on display should be taken home and re-installed Sunday morning before 10 am.

Media accepted for Display:

Water Media, Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Printmaking, Photography/Digital Art, Collage / Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

Judges will award Cash Prizes and Ribbons in Six Categories: (1)Water-Media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache), (2)Oil, (3)Pastel, Charcoal, (4)Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil, and Original Printmaking, (5)Photography/Digital Art, (6)Sculpture, Mixed Media and Collage.

Questions, Please contact:

Art in the Park Committee Member
Liz Winchester-Larson
Call for Makers
Unity Festival, Turners Falls, MA
Juried Show and Music Festival
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Contact: Peter Chilton
Nova Motorcycles, 147 Second Street, Turners Falls

Rain date 6/12/22

Nova Motorcycles is looking for creatives to participate in the June 11 event at Unity Park, Turners Falls. The second annual Unity Festival brings together the best local makers of useful art items to swap, sell, demonstrate, and learn. This free festival is for gear-heads, woodworkers, inventors, and tinkerers; people who find joy in repurposing, recycling, rebuilding, and reimaging. The day long outdoor event will also have plenty of music, food trucks, skateboarding and activities for families.

This is a juried show. To apply, please fill out this form


Unity Festival is made possible by Montague Parks and Recreation, RiverCulture, and a Festival Grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a State agency. Rain date 6/12.
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.

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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