March 2017
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Marie MacDonald
Cindy Markevich

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
Send Us Feedback!

President's Note

Dear Friends,

Hello March! February was a tough month for many. A lot of sickness was in the air. For those of you that caught it I hope you are now on the road to recovery and doing well. We are preparing for the upcoming shows and hope you will enter your work and come support your local artists.

It's Time To Renew Your Membership!

Photography Exhibit Saturday April 22nd. Deadline to Register April 2nd

Spring May Basket Workshop Saturday, April 8th

Annual Spring Show May 19th

Special Collage Workshop by Jill Pottle on June 11th


This year's Spring Show we are eliminating the Silent Auction. We will be replacing it with "OFF THE WALL ART SALE." You may donate one or more pieces of art. Pieces must be exactly 5"x7" in size, and do not have to be framed. Put your name and title on the back of the piece. If not framed, GALA will then frame the pieces and all pieces will be $60 to purchase. The artist & GALA will each receive 50% of the sale proceeds. Please create some pieces to donate for THE WALL and you may bring them during drop off. This will be fun!

PROFFESSIONAL CRITIQUES (OPTION): At the Spring Show we are allowing you to purchase a professional art critique of your entries in the show. On the Entry Form it will ask if you would like a critique. It will cost $20 per piece. You will receive a critique from all three judges and it will be mailed to you in 10 business days. This is an option and is not mandatory, only if you would like some professional feedback.

We are always looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with the shows. We are also looking for someone to be our Event Coordinator. Would you like to serve on the board? Please call me if you want to join our fun crew at 978-407-1419!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA 2017 Spring Photography Exhibit

April 22-27, 2017 (Please note the date/time changes)
Exhibit Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm

Old Murdock Senior Center
2nd Floor Auditorium
52 Murdock Ave.
Winchendon, MA 01475

Entry Deadline: Sun., April 2, 2017
Opening Reception & Judges' Awards: Sat., April 22, 2-5 pm
Exhibit Viewing & People's Choice Award: Sun, April 23, 2-5 pm
Art Drop-off at Old Murdock Senior Center: Thu., April 20, 4-6 pm
Art Pick-up at Old Murdock Senior Center: Fri., April 28, 3-5 pm

Paul Goodwin: Instructor, President of Worcester County Camera Club
Winchendon Town Manager
COA Director
GALA President

Enter online

GALA 2017 Spring Art Show: Call for Entries 
May 19, 20, & 21

GALA 2017 Spring Art Show with Live Music!
May 19 - 21, 2017 at the Winchendon American Legion
295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475

Opening Reception Fri., 6-9 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)
We are very pleased to welcome our distinguished judges
Barbara Danser, Paul Goodwin & Earl Schofield
Read about our judges.

Two options for entering the show:
  • Option 1: Online entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
  • Option 2: Paper entry form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a 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. **
With either option, your entry is due by April 21.
Please support GALA by participating in an exciting new event called the "Off the Wall Art Sale" and/or donating items to the Artwork Raffle. See the Call for Entries for details on these important fundraising events.

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. Indicate your interest on your entry form.
You will need to renew your GALA membership on your entry form unless you are a current member. If in doubt, please email
Advice on how to write an artist statement.

Important Dates to Remember
  • Entry deadline: Fri., April 21  
  • Art drop-off at Legion: Wed., May 17,  4-6 pm
  • Opening Reception: Fri., May 19,  6-9 pm
  • Art pick-up at Legion: Sun., May 21,  4:15-5:15 pm
Show Location & hours

Winchendon American Legion  
295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475
Friday   May 19   6 - 9 pm
** Judges' Awards announced at 7:00 pm **
Saturday   May 20   11 am - 5 pm
Sunday   May 21   Noon - 4 pm

GALA Renovations Update     

In March the weather will be warming so that we can continue renovations at the Arts Gallery at 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA.  

In response to the February GALA newsletter, we were delighted to see some participation in the GoFundMe campaign. Thanks! We will use these funds to make GALA's space truly special: lighting system, flooring, artwork hanging supplies, and sound equipment for our musicians.  

A boost now would enable us to finance the improvements in time for our good weather open season. If 100 people donate $10, that gets us $1,000 closer. Any amount helps! For this campaign, use this link, GoFundMe, or if you prefer, mail a check to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA  01440, with GALA Arts Gallery Project in the subject line.

See a photo gallery of our project. Spread the word and help us reach this goal for 2017! 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 Presents May Basket Workshop 
GALA Arts Gallery, Winchendon, MA

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 am - 12 pm
Free & Open to the Public!

Keep the Tradition Going!

May Day Baskets in the 19th and 20th Centuries was a springtime tradition in America and other countries. Having but disappeared from our culture, this spring ritual of making and giving little floral baskets filled with candies, nuts, flowers, or little presents, people today know little or nothing about. Traditionally secretly given to someone you love to receive a special surprise. Participants in the workshop will learn of the custom and create May Baskets using traditional colorful crepe paper floral techniques. Originality will be encouraged for future creations. Open to all age levels.

Registration Required

Register online or call 978-874-2660
Saturday,  April 8,  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Located at the GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon MA 01475
Art Instructor: Louise Parmenter-Hammerman

Funded by Winchendon Cultural Council

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

 GALA Art Critiques start up again in the Spring!

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.

Artist critiques are held on the first Saturday of each month during April, May, and June

April 1st, 2017 10am-12noon
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA.
Register for the next critique on April 1

GALA Online Auction  

We sure could use more items for our Online Auction.

It is spring cleaning time-do you have quality items that you would like to donate to help us out?

Gift certificates are great for our auction. Reach out to your local businesses; we still need your help!  
Please call 978-407-1419 to make arrangements to drop-off your donations. We will also make arrangements to pick up because we need our track lighting system.
Print the Donor Item Form
Please fill out this form for each item donated and attach it to the item.  
The auction will begin as soon as we get enough items.

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 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.

They 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
Royalston singer-songwriter Linq released a new single about climate change on January 24th, and she's currently receiving airplay in the US, Canada, and Europe. Royalston author-illustrator Gordon Morrison provided two great sketches used on the CD cover and disc.
Linq will be dusting off some familiar cover songs to share at the Friday March 10th Soup and Song fundraising event hosted by North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy at the American Legion, 40 Daniel Shays Highway, Orange, MA, at 5:30 PM. Call (978) 544-7794 for more information. Attendees are encouraged to sing along!
Linq will also provide entertainment at the Monthly Community Meal to be held at the Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut Street, on Friday March 31st at 5 PM. Call Bonnie at (978) 249-8295 for reservations.

Rick Flematti
The Nature Conservancy   
Fox and Kit by Rick Flematti
Rick Flematti is very pleased to announce that The Nature Conservancy, (a national non-profit organization for the promotion of wildlife and the environment) will be using his photographic image "Fox and Kit" for the month of February in their 2018 Calendar.
William C. Turner
Wild Salamander Art Center, Hollis, NH  
William C. Turner will have an exhibit at Wild Salamander Art Center, Hollis NH from Feb. 10 through March 17, 2017.
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Art Shows & Exhibits
Of Thee We Sing            
Lunenburg Middle High School Auditorium, Lunenburg, MA

Lunenburg - Life Long Learning Series and the Camera Club of Central New England Presents
Of Thee We Sing

This spirited audio visual presentation is a collaboration of several of the member photographers of the Camera Club of New England. It is a visual feast focused on eight regions of our country where contributors have captured beautiful images of the landscapes and local color. These have been integrated with music into a 45 minute presentation that should not be missed. Mark your calendars and join us!

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30pm
Lunenburg Middle High School Auditorium
1079 Mass Ave, Lunenburg, MA

This program is free and open to the public
Donations accepted to support the club
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA

Stories of the artistic spirit: Landscape | Cityscape | Mindscape & Reality

Panel Discussion/Lunch & Learn:
Saturday, March 4th, 1-3 PM
Gallery Sitka West
454 Main St.,
Fitchburg, MA

We will be having a discussion panel with all of our "Realities" artists. The artists will be responding to about 5 questions each from our set of 8 questions below. The questions' subject matter regards what reality is to each artist and how they express that through their art.

The event has a suggested donation of $8, as lunch is provided.

Closing Party/Art Hop:
Wednesday, March 8, 5-8 PM
Gallery Sitka East
2 Shaker Rd., D101, Shirley, MA

Start the night with us at Gallery Sitka East in Shirley to close our "Realities" show! We will conclude the night with a Shataro Studio/Gallery Opening at the Bull Run.

We invite to come see show before it closes as well! Our Shirley gallery is open Tues-Thurs 10-4. The artists included in this show are: Jerry Beck, Thomas W. Bradley, Jen Hemenway, Luann Hume, Colette Shumate Smith, David L. Smith, Sharon Thompson, and Tahj Williams.

For more information contact:
Tamara Delaney
Sitka Creations
What Does Your Flag Look Like?       
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

Flag by Samantha Wood
"What Does Your Flag Look Like?" presents artistic re-invention and de-construction of America's national symbol, liberating it from an allegiance of stars and stripes into three dimensional lines of paint, wire, cloth, wood, metal and more. Whether pulling it apart or stitching it together, artists Nina Rossi, Samantha Wood and others consider how the symbolic language of the flag can be used to communicate who we are in the year 2017. Opens February 2 through March 25 at Nina's Nook, 125A Avenue A Turners Falls.

Info: or 413-834-8800. Hours at the Nook are Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 12 to 5 and by appointment.

Jaffrey Civic Center to Host Encaustic Exhibit         
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Blue Trees by Linda Widstrand
The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a group Encaustic Art Exhibit from Tuesday, February 14th  through Saturday, March 11th in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public scheduled on Friday, February 17th, from 5-7 pm. This exhibit features the work of the following local artists: Joan Barrows, Barbara Danser, Marsha Hewitt, Kenneth Kraft, Danielle Le Bris, Jessie Pollack, and Linda Widstrand. We hope you can join us! Please call or email us at if you have any questions. The Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire (next to Library, parking in rear).

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, visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.

Spring Exhibitions          
East Wing Gallery, Mount Wachusett Community College

Leviathan, 2015 by Maggie Nowinski
The Mount Wachusett Community College Art Department is pleased to announce the East Wing Gallery spring exhibitions for February.

Come stroll through the gallery and enjoy some art this month.

All exhibitions, gallery talks and events are free and open to the public.

Specimens, (W)holes and In-Habitats 
Drawings and Prints by Maggie Nowinski
February 22 - March 21
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, March 8, 3:30-4:30pm
Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm

34th Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition & Competition 
April 3 - April 21
Reception & Awards: Thursday, April 6, 6:00-8:00pm

46th Annual MWCC Student Art Exhibition 
Work from foundation & advanced art courses
May 5 - May 17

Sculptures by Mark Burnett 
February 6 - March 9
Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 16, 12:30-1:30pm
Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm

For more information contact: Joyce Miller, Gallery Director or visit MWCC Art Dept. Facebook page

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Art Classes & Instruction
Upcoming classes at Petersham Art Center            
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

March 11, 9:00 - noon, EGG-DECORATING (PYSANKA) with Ed LeSage and Mark Hamel. Ages 8 & up. Well over 2,000 years ago, people were carrying on the custom of decorating eggs.  Learn the techniques to create these delicate treasures, using wax & dye.

Cost: members $15 / $35 non-members; Materials Fee $3. NOTE: Participants must bring own eggs (white, raw, room temperature - leave out overnight)

April 1 & 2, 9:00 - 4:00, CARVE A BUNNY with Marcia Berkall. Ages 18 & up. Students learn basic carving techniques and create a detailed 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" basswood bunny. Later, can be painted or oiled.

Cost: members $60 / $80 non-members; Materials Fee $7. NOTE: Bring a bag lunch both days

April 8, 9:00 - noon, SPRING BASKETS with Sue Morello. Ages 14 & up. Perfect for flowers, chocolate bunnies, and decorated eggs!

Cost:  members $15 / $35 non-members, Materials Fee $15.

Call 978-724-3415 for more information and to register.

Life Drawing             
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

NEW DATES! Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 22, 29 and April 12 & 26, 6 - 8:30pm

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.

No Waivers accepted for this class.

Instructor: Naida Knox

Gardner Main Campus, 444 Green St, Gardner, MA, 978-630-9525

Register here 

Seascapes in Pastel with Liz Haywood Sullivan           
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

April 1 & 2, 2017
In this two-day intensive workshop we will explore the intricacies of painting moving water and the seascape in pastel. We will use underpainting to assist the development of the layers of transparency found in water. Topics to be covered include how to depict sea spray and sea foam, creating depth and distance in water, wet sand, creating strong compositions and working with values in water. There will be a daily demonstration and group critiques, along with plenty of one-on-one instruction at your easel.

For more information and a registration form, please visit our website.

Only 5 or 6 spaces left. Please contact Carol at with questions.

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 or 978-582-0985.

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Annual Spring Art Show         
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the Call of Entry for the 2017 Annual Spring Art Show.

The show will run from Friday, March 17, 2017 through Friday April 14th, 2017. This show will be held in the second floor Cunningham Gallery and first floor Auditorium Gallery and will start with an opening reception on Friday, March 17h, 2017 from 5-7 pm. This is a great opportunity for both established artists and new local artists to showcase their work.

Each artist may submit two pieces in any medium, and 2 shrink-wrapped, matted pieces of art for the floor portfolio. The entry fee is $25 per person. The sales commission is 30%. Artists may bring artwork to the Center beginning Monday, March 6th through Sat. March 11th. After the exhibit, work should be picked up beginning Monday, April 17th through Saturday, April 22nd. Call of Entry forms are available on our website or at the Center.

For more information, contact us at 532-6527, via email at and on our website,

Call to Artists: 2017 New England Regional Juried Exhibition          
The New England Watercolor Society

New deadline for entry: March 10 
The New England Watercolor Society 2017 New England Regional Juried Exhibition

Show dates: May 20, 2017-July 9, 2017

Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Download the prospectus
Submit entries

Linda Daly Baker has been forced to withdraw from jurying and from the planned demo and workshop due to illness. Fortunately, Kathleen Conover, AWS-DF, NWS, ISEA-NF, WHS, TWSA has graciously agreed to take over those responsibilities. We wish Linda Daly Baker a speedy recovery.

Open to any artist age 18 and older residing in New England or represented by a New England gallery. All work must be painted with aqua media. These include watercolor, acrylic, casein, egg tempera, gouache and inks on unvarnished paper or synthetic paper such as Yupo. Full submission rules here.

The judge for the 2017 Regional Exhibition will be Kathleen Conover, AWS-DF, NWS, TWSA, ISEA.

Master Artist Kathleen Conover has been juried into more than 100 exhibitions, receiving national and international recognition for the vision, innovative techniques, and fearless expression that give rise to her unique designs. Painting with openness to her subject matter, she is guided by intense observation and deep personal reflection. The result is rich symbolic layers of literal and figurative design.

There will be a workshop with Kathleen Conover May 20-22, 2017, 9 am-4 pm. See the Workshops page on our website for more information.

Call to Artists: Bulfinch 200 Art Show & Competition
First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster, MA
Lancaster's historic Bulfinch Meetinghouse is turning 200 years old in 2016. To celebrate the milestone anniversary of this historic landmark and architectural gem, the Bulfinch 200 Committee is holding a series of events in 2016 and 2017, including an Art Show & Competition.

Art Show Theme: A Sense of Place
To discover your own sense of place and find inspiration for your artwork we welcome you to experience the Bulfinch Meetinghouse and the Lancaster Town Green. Here you can explore the historic buildings and the town common where governance, education, prayer, ritual, and community celebrations all come together in the town center

Artwork can include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture/3-D artwork. For paintings/prints/framed artwork, please limit the size to no larger than 18" x 24" unframed, or a 2'x4' limit to other media/3D, with the exception of quilts, where there is no size limitation.

Exhibition dates:
April 23 - May 30, 2017

Submission deadline:
March 15, 2017

Download the entry form, fill it out and mail it in with your check.
Download the full brochure with entry form.
More information.

First Church of Christ Unitarian
725 Main Street
Lancaster, MA 01523

Call for Art: The Seventeenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

Jim Morrison, The Lizard King: He Has Risen by Howard Johnson
Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited the region's best visual art, with an extraordinary range of works by leading and emerging artists. The juror of this year's Biennial is Samantha Cataldo, Contemporary Arts Curator at the Currier Museum of Art.

In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, this year's winner of the Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show will have an installation in the galleries at the Worcester Art Museum in the 2017-18 season. Additional cash awards, given at the discretion of the juror, are supported by Hoche-Scofield Prize and Scholarship Fund of the Worcester Art Museum.

Additionally, we're delighted to announce that the Members Council of the Worcester Art Museum is offering complimentary, one-year individual memberships to the first 160 artists submitting work to the Biennial.

The submission deadline is March 19, 2017, and all submissions must be made electronically.  A $15 fee applies to each work submitted, with a maximum of three works per artist. You may pay online through our website or by mailing a check to ArtsWorcester by the submission deadline. ArtsWorcester cannot accept or return work by shipment. You will be notified of the status of your work by April 4.

660 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Call for Artists: Art Walk 2017
Downtown Keene, NH

Friday, June 2nd, through Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Here's your chance to show your work in a juried show with a large audience. Fill in the entry form, enclose your entry fee and mail it in before April 3rd. Email your bio and art work samples.

This is a juried show and not all applicants may be accepted.

Official Deadline: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Artists must be over 18 to apply. Younger students need to be part of a school submission. The fee will be waived for college students. Please send the form and your non-refundable $35 entrance fee to the address below. Checks should be made out to Keene Downtown Group.

Creative Encounters
18 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431

Any questions or suggestions should be directed to: Madeline Ullrich at
Call for Poets

Poets and poems are needed for a book, The Scenes and Seasons of a Small New England Village by Leonard A. Haug. Poets interested in creating and submitting a poem for inclusion in book to be published later this year are invited to contact me at

All submissions are to be original and yet unpublished verse. Poet will retain copyright ownership of the work other than for use in this book. Full credit will be given, but as the book is a non-profit undertaking, in part funded by a Local Cultural Grant,  to support the preservation and restoration of the East Princeton Village Mechanic Hall built in 1852, no monies will be paid to such poets. Poet release forms will be completed prior to use in the publication. Deadline for input is April 15.

The book will be a high quality book of art and literature on the Village and its history. Please consider joining the many artists, poets, writers, and historians who are already participating in the project.

Poems for the following remaining six subject areas are needed for which the author can provide more details upon request. 
  1. Architecture of the 19th Century. During this period, across the Nation, there arose a great number of different architectural styles including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Second Empire, and Picturesque, in addition to Federal and Stick Architectural styles. All of these were built in this small village within sight of each other, giving the Village a sort of eclectic and distinctly unique look and personality.
  2. The Hurricane of 1938 that hit New England resulting in vast floods, downed trees, property damage and the loss of lives in the hundreds. While the Village was spared any loss of life, the devastation was felt just the same.
  3. The era of religious fervor evident in the first half of the 19th century, especially in New England, driven in part by the Reverend Miller and the rise of Millerism that predicted the end of the world.  Followers who numbered in the thousands came to be known as Millerites or Ascensionists. A great following resulted. While the return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world never occurred as predicted, a number of new religious sects, some of which are still with us to day did arise. The arrival of Haley's comment before the predicted date further convinced followers of the truth of the prediction. Some followers went crazy or committed suicide prior to the predicted date.
  4. Public education on and interest in the arts in the second half of the 19th century increased and was largely driven by the industrial era. Companies needed workers who were able to draw blueprints for machinery and young people saw the opportunity as a way off the farm and out of poverty. The Commonwealth passed laws requiring that drawing be included in public school curriculums. From this there arose many local artists, like Gamaliel Waldo Beaman, who would later go on to become a landscape painter associated with the White Mountain Artists. In his youth he would become a rising star in the Boston Art Scene, exhibit widely in prestigious New England shows, travel and study abroad, return to create a large number of landscapes of the White Mountains, the Connecticut Valley, as well as many western vistas. While born in Westminster, he spent close to 40 years in Princeton, spending the last 17 years of his life in the Village of East Princeton, supplementing his income through an antique business from which he would be remembered as "Antique Beaman." He lived from 1852 to 1937.
  5. The arrival of the automobile and what it meant to small villages like East Princeton from the perspective of roads, the creation of filling stations and auto related businesses, and tourists, and traffic to the present times, when thousands of vehicles move through the Village on a small two lane highway (Main Street/Route 140) on a daily basis.
  6. At one time, there were many more cows in the East Princeton area than people. It was a significant portion of the economy with daily movement of product from local farms to Worcester and Boston. However, over time, competition from larger farms all but ended the local dairy business. Only a few farms held on and made it into the 20th century. Now large barns stand empty and are the only evidence of a once prosperous industry.
Call for Artists: Art, Artisan and Specialty Fair
UU Society of Gardner, 66 Elm Street, Gardner, MA

Art, Artisan and Specialty Fair, May 6, 2017
UU Society of Gardner, 66 Elm Street, Gardner, MA
Deadline April 30 or when capacity is reached
$25 for an 8x3 table and $15 for a 1/2 space table

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner invites artists and artisans to offer their work for sale at their Fair, Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair features independent artists, craftspeople, and specialty vendors.  Publicity will promote creative and specialty items of the participating individuals.  (This event will NOT have a flea market component.)

To register, 978-632-0222, or
Call for Artists: Annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA

The Princeton Arts Society invites current and new members to participate in "Awakenings", our 26th Annual Spring Exhibit and Sale, May 6 and 7, 2017. Opening Reception May 5. Signup for new members can be done at the time of art drop-off.

The show is open to two and three-dimensional media artists and will be judged as a single body of work with cash prizes awarded. Entries are limited to three (3) pieces per artist. There is a $5 hanging fee required for each piece entered.

Please go to for the Call for Artists, Show Entry Form and membership 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:
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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:
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

Leominster Art Center has launched a new website: 
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 proceeding 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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All Star Award
2015 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 7 years in a row (2009-2015) 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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