May 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 David Braga
Martha Beauchamp
Krista Lajoie
Thomas Bradley
Yaritza Diaz
Victoria Campbell

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

Hello Friends,

Our Annual Spring Art Show is just five days away! For those of you who have volunteered to help with the show, we thank you very much! It takes a village to put on such a big show.

Thank you for donating a 5x7 piece and/or something for the raffle table, and food.

At the show there will be signup sheets for the following, once our gallery is open:
  1. Are you interested in doing a solo show?
  2. Are you interested in doing a group show?
  3. Are you interested in doing a class?
  4. Are you interested in volunteering in the gallery for a few hours? We are thinking of being open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays during afternoon and evening hours.
  5. Are you interested in being on the Gallery Committee or being on the Board?
I hope you will also enter our "Paint the Town" Art Show with Gallery Sitka in July.

We plan to open the new art gallery in August with an art show. So, we are asking for you to register and choose only two pieces of your best work for our Grand Opening. Watch for a Call for Entries soon! We are also planning a photography show in the fall and a felting workshop. All these events will be in our new gallery space. We are getting excited!

See you at the Show!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA Spring 2018 Art Show     
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA Spring 2018 Art Show with Live Music! 
May 4, 5, & 6
Opening Reception: May 4, 6-9 pm  

You are invited to enjoy wonderful art and fantastic live music at the Gardner Area League of Artists Spring Art Show!
Friday Evening Opening Reception  
Meet the artists and musicians and join us for the announcement of the judges' awards at 7:00 pm.
Free refreshments (cash bar available).

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

The Off the Wall Art Sale offers framed 5x7 original artwork for just $45 and framed fine art photography for only $25!
GALA will also hold an artwork raffle and of course, you can purchase original art from the exhibit.

Read About Our Distinguished Judges:
  • Peter Laytin, Photography Professor, Fitchburg State University
  • Tamar Russell Brown, Owner of Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA
  • Ann Capodagli, Owner of Boulder Gallery,
    Fitchburg MA
See the music schedule, artists demo info and list of participating artists
Show Location
Winchendon American Legion
295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475
Show Hours
Opening Reception:  Friday,  May 4,  6 - 9 pm
Saturday,  May 5,  11 am - 5 pm
Sunday,  May 6,  12 noon - 4 pm
Raffle & People's Choice Award winners
announced on Sunday at 3:30 pm
Please Help Publicize Our Art Show
  • Invite your family and friends to attend the show
  • PDF Poster or JPG Poster for display & distribution
  • Post show info on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or website
GALA Spring Show Donations of 5x7's and Raffle Table Items     

Please donate a 5x7 piece of artwork for our Off the Wall. You may donate more than one. Artwork does not need to be framed. Also, you may donate something for our Raffle Table. Donations really help GALA towards paying all the expenses we put into the show. Bring donated items to Drop Off on Wednesday, May 2, 4-6 pm.

If you want to give Deb the 5x7's earlier, call 978-407-1419 to make arrangements. Chuck is donating his time and frames for the 5x7's, so if he could get them earlier it would give him more time to frame them. Or you may drop them off at Surroundings Gallery in Gardner. Thank You!

GALA Artists Critique Meeting    
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

The next GALA Artists Critique meeting will be Saturday May 5.

Join us for coffee and conversation. 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.

Saturday, May 5, 10 am-12 noon

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475

Register - Registration deadline is May 3

This activity is FREE for current GALA members and you can bring a guest to one meeting!

Not a member yet? Join/Renew Now

Check your membership status by emailing Deb Giordano

GALA "Paint the Town" Art Show     
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA "Paint the Town" 2018 Art Show
Call for Entries
July 27 - September 27, 2018
454 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA

Opening Reception Friday, July 27, 6-9 pm
Art Awards at 7 pm

Our Distinguished Judges:
  • Jennifer Jones, Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
  • Susan Navarre, Fitchburg Historical Society
  • Susan Wadsworth, FSU Art History Professor
  • Kledia Spiro, Marketing at The Fitchburg Art Museum (and an artist)
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 July 16.

Please support GALA by donating a Town of Fitchburg artwork to the show raffle.

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 for the duration of the show. If in doubt, please email

See the  Call for Entries for more information.

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Len Haug              

Len is celebrating his 75th birthday with an art exhibit of over twenty of his original cut paper mosaic and collage paintings at the Sunflowers Cafe in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Some of his prints and copies of his recently published book titled "The Scenes and Seasons of a Small New England Village" will also be available. The show runs from April 25 to May 29. Sunflowers is located at 21B Main Street in Jaffrey center and is a great little restaurant serving lunch, dinner and on Sundays, brunch. Live music during Friday dinner and Sunday brunch. Combine the art exhibit, dinning at Sunflowers and perhaps a hike up Mt. Monadnock for a great day! For more information on serving times and menus call Sunflowers at 603-593-3303.

Doreen LaScola              

More plein air work by Doreen LaScola will be on view at the Mountainside Market, located at 23 Hubbardston Road in Princeton, MA. Hosted by the Princeton Art Society, the show will be up until May 15. Stop in, treat yourself to a coffee, sandwich and/or goodies and enjoy the show!

Doreen LaScola is an award winning, mixed media and multi-disciplined artist whose work resides in private collections along the east coast. Doreen works out of her studio at the School Street Art Studios, 205/213 School Street in Gardner, MA. For more information contact Doreen LaScola at
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Art Shows & Exhibits
Paintings and Puzzles                         
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Juliet Bell exhibits Paintings and Puzzles at the Civic Center

Juliet Bell will display her paintings and puzzles at the Jaffrey Civic Center beginning Friday, April 27 - May 25 in the Display Case Gallery. Juliet began her career in theater design, building properties for a number of regional theaters in the U.S. including off Broadway, and eventually in London. In 1998, she founded BellArt, a wooden jigsaw puzzle company for which she created the artwork for traditional puzzles, and the designs for non-traditional wood stained puzzles.

Born and adopted in England and raised in the U.S., it was not until many years after pursuing a career in the arts that she found both birth parents and discovered they were artists. Not only had they worked in the theater, but both were painters. Her mother attended the Slade School of Fine Art, and specialized in watercolor painting. Her father was a distinguished and award-winning artist who lived and painted in Newfoundland and Scotland, and built Newfoundland's first dome house.

Juliet's current passion is oil painting. She is essentially self-taught, though she has taken many art classes, and gives credit for much of her development to Mark carder's on-line videos. Juliet's paintings have sold at several juried auctions including the Monadnock Arts Auction. Most recently, "Lily On Pond" won 3rd place at Renoartio's May 2016 competition. Juliet lives in a little house in the woods of New Hampshire with her cats, dog, and chickens.

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 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. 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.

John Seiff - May 2018 Bull Run Artist                          
The Bull Run, Shirley, MA

Join us, at The Bull Run in Shirley, MA, for lunch, brunch, dinner or all of the above, at an Artist's Reception for Jon Seiff of Lowell, MA.

This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the Artist's Walkway. Snacks will be provided. Cash bar.

Date: TBD
The Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA 01464

Gallery Sitka
Studio Landline: 978.342.1006

Sculptures by Ron Edwards                            
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

Mixed Media Sculpture by Ron Edwards
Nina's Nook presents Sculptures by Ron Edwards
May 12 to June 23

Ron Edwards is a retired mathematics professor and a self-taught artist. The small scale mixed media sculptures on display in this show are made from wood collected along rivers and in forests in western Massachusetts. These are painted with acrylic paint and often have handmade or found  objects affixed to them.

On his trips through the wood and along rivers, Edwards always uses a walking stick. In the last few years, the 82 year-old artist turned to making walking sticks. Each uniquely detailed stick in this show has a specific theme painted in acrylic paint.

Edwards is also the founder of Little River Press, which specializes in volumes of poetry, post card series, graphic art works, and conceptual art projects.

Nina's Nook is next to the Black Cow Burger Bar at 125A Avenue A in Turners Falls, Mass. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and by appointment or chance: 413-834-8800.

Eric Grab: Speaking Figuratively                          
The Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield, MA

"Speaking Figuratively," by Eric Grab, on view at The Greenfield Gallery, April 6 through May 30

The Greenfield Gallery is proud to present Millers Falls artist Eric Grab's debut headliner show, "Speaking Figuratively." Grab explores the human figure through spontaneous, bright pastel drawings as well as deeply layered, enigmatic paintings that reach back towards archetypal forms and symbols.

The exhibit will run through Wednesday, May 30.

Check out Eric Grab's website at

The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St, Greenfield, MA
Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information:

Contact The Greenfield Gallery at 413-772-9334
or Trish Crapo at

27th Annual May Gallery Show                       
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA

Princeton Arts Society's "Annual May Gallery Show" is free and open to the public:
Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM Opening Reception
Saturday, May 12, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 13, 10 AM to 4 PM
Princeton Arts Society Room
206 Worcester Rd. (Post Office Place - lower back level)
Princeton MA 01451

All work is by the Society's members, many of whom are award winning artists widely recognized in their fields. The show includes works in oils, acrylics, pastels, and two and three-dimensional media, with subject matter as varied as our artists.

Come and surround yourself with art. Our 27th Annual May Gallery Show is the perfect opportunity to view inspiring works of art and perhaps add a piece to your personal collection.
The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization encouraging and supporting area visual, literary and performing artists.
Student Art Exhibition                          
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

47th Annual MWCC Student Art Exhibition
Work from foundation & advanced art courses
May 7 - 23
Reception: Wednesday, May 9 at 3:30-6:00pm

For more information:
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Art Classes & Instruction
Spring Artist to Artist Workshops                        
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH

Telling your Story: Connecting in an Isolating World

A key to selling your work, getting a grant, or landing a residency is knowing how to talk about your art, how to share it, and how to make it personal and irresistible. It can also inspire and connect you to others!

Tell Your Story Through Photos of Your Work
Focusing on how to best represent your work through photography
Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20th, midday

Learn more and register now!

Arts Alive!
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH 03431
Eight Week Woodcarving Class                      
Stone Cow Brewery, Barre, MA

Starting Saturday May 5, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 PM

This course is designed as an 8-week introduction to woodcarving. The first project, a carved pretzel, teaches all the basic cuts, working with grain in all directions, the beginnings of 3-dimensional carving, and rounding. At the end of the course students will have completed a 5" in-the-round, snowman.

I will provide all wood blanks and carving knives for students to use during classes. Safety is always stressed, so I insist on all new students wearing protective gloves on the hand that holds the carving, not the knife. I will have some available, but to ensure proper fit students are encouraged to purchase Kevlar gloves. They are available from carving suppliers or fish fillet gloves available at sporting goods stores and department stores will also work. I will also provide protective tape for carving hand (holding the knife) thumbs.

For more information contact Marcia Berkall at

See Marcia's Whittlins 'n Wood web page at:
Quilted Table Runner Workshop                           
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

Diana Cooley of Petersham will teach a class for the Petersham Art Center on how to create a beautiful handmade quilted table runner, on Sunday, May 6, from 10AM to 4PM. Diana is well-known in the Quabbin region for her quilting talents and for the heirloom quilts and quilting pieces she creates.

Participants will bring their own sewing machine and materials to the town hall in Petersham, where the class will take place. Students choose their own fabric and with Diana's guidance, will piece together a handsome spring table runner. A list of the required materials is available by inquiry to the Petersham Art Center. There is a fee for the class. Call PAC at 978-724-3415 for more information and to register.

Art Classes at Gallery Sitka                     
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA
Beadwork Class with James Spinelli Jewelry
Friday, May 11th, 6-8:00pm

Join us for a 2-hour class with Melissa James Spinelli of James Spinelli Jewelry. She will teach us how to creatively make jewelry with beads. The class is $25 per person and all supplies are included. Come relax on a Friday night at our gallery, enjoy some snacks and chill tunes and take home some awesome fun jewelry that you will learn to make!

RSVP required

Mixed Media Painting Class with Iphigenia Gossios Burg
Friday, May 25th, 6-8:00pm

Class description: Mixed media: acrylic, charcoal, oil-pastels and tissue/paper on canvas.

Teacher: Iphigenia Gossios Burg
$35 PP (Fee includes supplies, snacks and beverages)

RSVP required

Gallery Sitka
Studio Landline: 978.342.1006
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Introduction to Glassblowing

Class size 3-8 students, approximately 2 hour session
Adults (16+) - $60 per person
Ages 12-15 - $70 per person
Ages 7-11 - $75 per person

If you've ever been interested in glassblowing this is the class for you! In this hands-on class you will begin learn the foundations of glassblowing, including the tools, equipment and safety. This class is fast-paced and packed full of information. Make four of your own pieces of glass art to show off to your friends and family! Each student from the class will make their own clear flower, colorful flower, paperweight, and clear blown ornament.

Blow your own Ornament

Class size 4-20 people
Adults (16+) - $25 per person
Ages 12-15 - $30 per person
Ages 7-11 - $35 per person

This class gives you the opportunity to experience glassblowing first-hand without taking a full class. Each person will assist the instructor gathering glass out of our 2,075 degree furnace, choose two colors to swirl into your ornament and blow into the liquid glass. Sound exciting? It is! Give this a try for a brief introduction to this ancient art and make your very own piece of glass art!

Level 2 ~ Egg Paperweights or 'Eggweights'

This class is an hour-long private lesson for 1 or 2 people focusing only on egg shaped paperweights. Without rushing, a total of 5 or more paperweights will easily be made in this class. The prerequisite for this class is that all individuals must that have taken our 2-hour Intro to Glassblowing Class. When signing up, in the box for "leave us a message", please put the approximate date you took the Intro class! Cost = $85 (split cost if 2 people) ~ Price includes a rough grind on the bottom of your paperweights, or you can schedule to learn to grind on another date. +$5 Ages 12-15 +$10 Ages 7-11

Flameworking 1

Check flameworking off your bucket list! Our goal for this class is to make you feel comfortable and competent enough at the torch to practice these skills on your own. After the instructor demonstrates a swirly pendant and a turtle, students take over to create their own! There is plenty of time for each student to make between 3-5 pieces. For those who wish to pursue work on the torch further, these are great projects to start a solid foundation of skills. For those who just want the experience, you will have your own glass items to take home with you once they have been annealed. 2 hour class, 2+ students, $80 per person, all materials included

Decorate your own Egg Pendant

2-9 people
No experience necessary, ages 12+
$40/person for this hour group class

Experience flameworking first-hand by decorating your very own glass egg pendant! In this one hour class, you will learn about safety, tools and equipment in the flameworking shop. After everyone is comfortable, Your instructor will do a quick demonstration on the steps it takes to decorate one of these beautiful egg pendants. Students will then have the rest of the class-time to sit at their own torch and decorate a glass creation!

Level 2 ~ Build Your Own Bunny

2-9 people
Any Flameworking class is required prior to taking this class
$80 per person for this 2 hour class

Have you already taken an intro or seasonal flameworking class? Great! You're ready to create your own adorable bunny just in time for the Spring. This two hour class will cover techniques such as heating and manipulating colored glass, drawing with stringers, and shaping using gravity, heat, and tools.

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
2018 Workshops                   
River Valley Artisans, Keene, NH

Photographing Your Art - May 19 & 20

Get tips on how to photograph your art and creations with an experienced professional commercial photographer! Quality photographs can be taken in your own studio and used for National and International Museums and galleries, online and offline product catalogues, grant and residency applications, advertising, etc. Participants will learn about lighting, camera settings, and setting up your own photo studio at home in this two-part workshop. Sign up for one or both!

Workshop lengths may extend beyond 2pm-this presenter loves questions, interactions, and group participation.

For more information visit our website or Facebook page

NightScapes in Pastel with Christine Ivers - June 23 & 24, 2018
This is a two-day workshop that explores texture, temperature and the medium of pure pigment. Students will have the opportunity to paint from their own photos or photos that will be available. The registration fee for this 2-day workshop is $230.

Registration form

Please email and you will be notified when the registration form is ready.

River Valley Artisans

2018 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

The Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to welcome back Lisa Ober for a Pet Portraits in Pastel workshop September 15 & 16, 2018. Lisa's step-by-step approach to teaching pastel pet portraiture insures that when this workshop is complete you will know how to develop a realistic pet portrait from the first sketch through signing the finished painting.

The registration fee for this workshop is $230 for MAAA members and $255 for non-members. Your dues must be paid for the current membership year in order to receive the member rate.

This fee is non-refundable unless the minimum number of students is not met.

Please make your check payable to: Monadnock Area Artists Association. Please mail your registration form and check to:

Monadnock Area Artists Association
c/o C. Corliss
161 Streeter Hill Road
West Chesterfield, NH 03466

A confirmation will be sent via email, so please print clearly.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol at or 603-363-4205, or visit our website.

Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira
November 2018

In this fun and informative workshop students will learn to create vibrant drawings with the simple tool of colored pencils by layering colors, blending, burnishing, and creating rich darks and vibrant colors. Colored pencils are an easy transported medium and can be used for simple sketches to complex layered drawings. In this workshop we will be combining and learning about dry colored pencils with watercolor pencils and how this mixed media approach allows for a quicker build up of color and value. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of this versatile colored pencil medium. Registration form
Monadnock Area Artists Association
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.

The Art Department at Mount Wachusett Community College invites you to consider our program this fall. We have an Art degree for students considering transfer to an art school or a four year institution majoring in Art. We also recently added a Liberal Arts Degree with a Concentration in Art for students who want to minor in Art and pursue other studies, or pursue related fields such as museum studies, art education, art therapy, art administration, and art history.

The Associate Degree in Fine Art is a cost effective way to begin a college degree and minimize debt after graduation. We assist students in creating a strong portfolio and application for transfer and potential scholarships. Our students have successfully transferred to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Maine College of Art, Boston University, Hartford Art School, Pratt Institute, and others.

Visit our website to learn more about our program, facilities, and student work.

Contact Thomas Matsuda for more information.
Wood Carving Classes              
Marcia Berkall, Athol, MA

Tuesday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm

Classes on other days may be possible. Marcia Berkall welcomes all skill levels. Once basic techniques are learned she encourages students to express their own visions. Marcia stresses safety, creativity and fun! Marcia has over 20 years of experience teaching carving and now offers classes in her home studio in Athol. Wood carving is relaxing and addictive!

To see Marcia's work, visit:

Marcia Berkall
116 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 830-0293
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The Farmer and the Flea Seeking Vendors                         
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is now accepting vendor applications for their summer market, The Farmer and the Flea, which runs every Saturday beginning, July 7th through October 6th. This is the second year we are offering the event. Vendors can sell their flea market items/crafts and or locally grown produce. We are especially seeking farm items like fresh flowers and eggs, berries, baked goods as well as honey or maple products. All are welcome.  Centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey, our spacious lawn offers high visibility to visitors and residents alike. We will plan to open the summer market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm. Discounts available for return vendors and Jaffrey residents.  Please download our Farmer and the Flea Vendor application form or contact us at 532-6527 for more information.

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 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. 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.

Call for Artists: Made in Mass                      
The Brick Room Gallery, Gardner, MA

Rome Furniture, at 562 Main St. in Gardner, MA, is looking for art to fill The Brick Room gallery. We are interested in any art and craft works "Made in Mass." For more information call Linda Ruscio at 978-632-0687, or email inquiries to This opportunity is in the beginning stages.

Call for Artists: All Around Monadnock Art Exhibition                     
Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH

June 1-September 7, 2018

The Monadnock Region means many things to many people. It is recognized for its natural beauty. It is known as the "Currier & Ives Corner" of New Hampshire because of its remarkably intact early New England historical record and built environment. It is known for its quintessential New England festivals and cultural events. And it is known for its people, from old-time New England characters to those who have come to love the region's heritage, culture and landscape. Our region illustrates the story of New England history, culture and natural environment.

What does the Monadnock Region mean to you? The Historical Society of Cheshire County and the region's artists are collaborating on an exhibit that will allow the artists to answer this question. The people, places, heritage, and culture of the Monadnock area will be recognized and celebrated in this collaborative exhibit. Artists are encouraged to create works that illustrate what the region means to them and how it impacts their own lives. The 40 towns of the Monadnock Region are recognized for their natural beauty and cultural heritage. This exhibit is paying homage to those characteristics of "our" region.

For more information:
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 2018-2019 (July 2018-June 2019.) Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Exhibitions are on display for two months, and artists are asked to participate in the monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus (first Thursday of the month) during their show.

Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered.

Submission requirements: Completed application, artist statement and/or resume, and 5 digital images. A $20 entry fee is payable upon acceptance to exhibit. Applications must be received no later than January 20, 2018. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2018.

Applications may be completed online

To request a paper application or ask additional questions, contact Amy at
The Art Exhibit Committee
Athol Public Library
Athol Public Library
The Art Exhibit Committee of the Athol Public Library invites area artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the library's conference room.

The committee will review work for one person shows on an ongoing basis.

Various hanging media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, photography, textiles and mixed media are eligible.

Application forms with submission requirements are available at the library circulation desk and online at: and

For more information please or call Heidi at 879-248-9995 or email:
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Resources for Artists
The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
Go to our website to sign up for our newsletter and check out our calendar of events in the North Central region.

  A vibrant force advancing arts and culture in the Fitchburg community and in the North Central Massachusetts region. 
The Central Mass Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art
The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (CMWCA) is accepting new memberships.   We are a national organization that supports, develops and celebrates art making by women.  We create exhibition opportunities; network with artists regionally, nationally and internationally;  and offer educational programs locally. We are organized as an artists' collective where each member contributes to our vision and works as needed to carry our mission forward. 

For more information, see our websites: and

Art Support & Other
Art Support  is a website dedicated to providing support and resources for artists of all types. 
The following is just a small list of support provided to artists:  Organizations Helping Visual Artists, US Government Art Organizations, State Agencies and Art Commissions, Non Governmental Art 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

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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Submission deadline is the 23rd of each month 
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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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