Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
June 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Spring Art Show
Just a few photos from the Spring Art Show. More photos can be found on GALA’s Facebook page.
GALA Spring Art Show - Best of Show
Fishing Gate, Autumn
By Susan Paju
Acrylic and Paper
Water: A Juried Art Exhibit
Water is a juried exhibition organized by GALA. The exhibition will be held at the Fitchburg Art Museum during the month of January 2022

Call for Artists Entry Form will be available in July 2021.

We are notifying you now so you may prepare for this exhibit. In July we will send out an email for you to register with more detailed information.

Awards and ribbons will be given, following a reception

All visual artists are invited to submit their best artworks on the theme for inclusion in the exhibition. All types of art styles may be submitted, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media.

The theme is Water. Intimately familiar to us all, we emerge from the womb clinging to it, and spend a lifetime wading through it at every turn. Even life forms that don't need oxygen for their survival absolutely need water, such is its preciousness. The visual representation of water, in any of its myriad forms, is acceptable for this exhibit. Artists are free to apply their own interpretation in representing the overall theme. Representational and abstract ideas based broadly on this theme, in any media, will be considered.
GALA Coffee House
Live Performances Streaming Monthly

HEAR the Music. FEEL the Beat. WATCH from Home.

Join us! Help support GALA's musicians by donating. Thank you!
Or mail check to: GALA PO Box 664, Gardner MA 01475

Contact GALA if you would like to be a part of our monthly Coffee House Live Performances.

Member News & Exhibits
Dina Gardner
June 5-July 4, 2021

Opening reception:
Saturday, June 5, 4-7:00PM

189 Main Street
North Reading, MA 01864

Shows & Exhibits
Keene Art Walk
Keene, NH
Keene Art Walk 2021 opens June 4 and runs through Sunday, June 13. Saturday, June 5 and 12 come to town for the art displays, artist demonstrations, music, a food festival, and more! Arts & culture are coming back in force - and we're thrilled! Check it out!

ArtWalk Keene is a week-long annual celebration of local artists. Each year, Main Street in downtown Keene comes alive with art in an array of mediums. Any time during the week, take a self-guided tour through charming downtown Keene and view the personal art galleries displayed in local shops and storefronts.

Visit the Keene Art Walk Facebook page or the Arts Alive website to learn more and stay informed of dates and events.
Mark Lore Solo Exhibit
Levi Heywood Memorial Library, Gardner, MA
The Levi Heywood Memorial Library will host a solo exhibit by award winning local artist Mark Lore beginning June 1st thru June 30th. The exhibit coincides with the reopening of the library and to the public.

The exhibit, titled “Treescapes,” is a series of oil and acrylic works from the last 2 years depicting seasonal New England scenes with a bold, tactile expressionist palette using a variety of tools and techniques, which blur and blend the lines between abstraction and realism.

All works are for sale and can be viewed online at or for prints on paper, canvas, phone cases and other products, as well as Instagram@marklorefineart and Mark Anyone interested in purchasing his work or has questions, can contact Mark directly at 508-331-9063 or make an appointment to visit his studio/gallery at The School Street Art Studios, Studio J, 205 School St, Gardner, MA.

The Levi Heywood Memorial Library is located at 55 West Lynde St, Gardner MA 01440. Due to COVID restrictions there will be no opening reception and all visits to the library/exhibit are subject to possible scheduled appointments.

Please check the Levi Heywood Memorial Library website for updates and information leading up to June 1st.
Biennial Block Party
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Biennial Block Party!
June 12, 11 AM - 3 PM

Join us for an outdoor event--our first public gathering in over a year! Enjoy food, music, and festivities, visit the galleries in small groups to see the Nineteenth Biennial and They Travel Together, and be there when we announce the Biennial prize winners. Get ready to celebrate with friends and artists at your favorite downtown art gallery!

For the health and safety of our visitors, strict maximum capacities for Portland Street and gallery visits will be enforced. Masks and social distancing, indoors and outdoors, are required. In case of inclement weather, this event will take place on Sunday, June 13.

See you there!
June Events at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA
Gallery Sitka is thrilled to host two of our represented artists, Linda Cuccurullo and Marston Clough in a summer show, “Martha’s Vineyard Summer”. We invite you to come by and get your summer Island vibe on! Martha’s Vineyard is a favorite for the gallery owner, Tamar Russell Brown and she wanted to bring a bit of the sea to mainland Massachusetts this summer.

Gallery Sitka invites guests to make an appointment to see this show. The selected works will be on display from June 7 to July 31, 2021, at Gallery Sitka in Shirley, MA, and on
Classes & Instruction
Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Create with us from home!

Art Projects Inspired by Our Permanent Collection

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.

Art Activities with Household Materials

These open-ended activities can be adapted for a wide range of ages, and require things found around the home as well as some common, inexpensive art supplies. Explore supplies lists and guidelines for creation.

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207
Call for Artists
Westminster Dog Show
Westminster, MA
The Westminster Dog Show will be a public art project where fiberglass dog forms are decorated with paint, mosaics, and other mixed media by area artists and displayed throughout the town.

We’re currently looking for artists! Download your application here

The dogs will be “unleashed” during a Dog Parade in June of 2021 and displayed for 2 summer and fall seasons, concluding with a grand event and live auction in the Fall of 2022.

Call for Exhibitors: Art in the Park
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH
Sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association, the Art in the Park outdoor art show is now accepting artists applications for its 62th Annual Show to be held in Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 4 & 5, 2021 from 10 am – 4 pm both days, rain or shine.

New this year, online registration for all artists! The deadline for applications for the same site as in 2019 is May 14, and for all other and new applications the deadline is: July 16, 2021

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 Art: Fitchburg Open Studios
Fitchburg, MA
Join us on Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26, 2021, for Fitchburg Open Studios for your chance to connect, network, and share your art and your workspace/studio with the public in the greater Fitchburg area! If you do not have a studio in Fitchburg we encourage you to pop-up at a location in downtown Fitchburg.

The cost to participate in the Studio Tour is $35.00 if paid before June 1, $50.00 if paid after June 1.

All registrations close June 15th, 2021, and no registrations will be accepted after this date.

Call for Artists
Townsend Artisan Market, Townsend, MA
Townsend Artisan Market is looking for artists, photographers, and crafters to exhibit and sell their work in their new shop on Route 119 in West Townsend (the former Settle Shop). Spaces are available for rent on a monthly basis for craft items and wall space for artists at a 30% commission on sales. Contact Melissa Wison at
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.
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 2020-2021 (July 2020-June 2021.) 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 19, 2020. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 9, 2020

Please send questions to Amy at
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.
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.