May 2020
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Gail Huntley

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele  
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis
Christopher Guerra

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,

It's going to be a light newsletter this month. We don't know when things will be back to even semi-normal. All the art shows, music shows, and theatre productions are being cancelled and refunded. All I can say is keep busy with your arts. We will let you know when we are able to open the gallery. We still plan to have our big Fall Art Show in September.

As for the gallery art shows, we will combine all the theme shows into one, once we are able to open the gallery. So, keep working on your themes. If the Fitchburg Open Studios is still going to happen in October, we will enter our theme artworks.

We received over 100 pieces of art for our Virtual Art Tour. It is still being put together; we will announce soon where you can watch it. This will be a great way to try and sell our artist member's art.

Three themes to continue to work on:
  1. Chasing the Light
  2. Food
  3. My Favorite Places
  Take care and God bless you.

Deb Giordano
GALA President


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MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Denise A. Jacques          

Denise A. Jacques will be displaying her photography through May in the Heywood Hospital Center for Wound Care. Ms. Jacques's interests in landscapes and nature are highlighted in her photographs. Please stop into the Wound Clinic during regular business hours to view this display.

Denise A. Jacques photography
Center for Wound Care
Heywood Hospital
242 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440

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Shows & Exhibits
Keene Art Walk 2020   
Keene, NH

Popular Event is Still Planned!

Arts Alive! is involved in the planning of Keene ArtWalk. At the latest meeting, the decision was made to continue with the event with as many businesses and artists as are able to participate. The committee may be changing the dates slightly to accommodate making the event more accessible and safe. We are building a health and safety plan and thinking about how to make other changes to the event to ensure it meets guidelines and expectations laid out both by the government and local health workers who are heroically serving on the front lines.

Please stay tuned!

Annual Spring Art Exhibit  
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Annual Spring Exhibit
Exhibit extended to May 21, 2020

Due to the corona virus, the Jaffrey Civic Center is currently closed. Check Facebook for updates to our regular hours. Thanks.

One of our largest exhibits of the year, the exhibit will include all types of mixed media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paper works, pottery, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. A great place to purchase original art at reasonable prices for gifts for the. The exhibit will run through April 24th. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1 to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at Find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook

Earth Day at 50 
Gallery Sitka East, Shirley, MA

Earth Day at 50!

An art event to celebrate the earth! Curated by fine artist, illustrator & educator, Melissa Richard on Manchester, NH.

Join us as we host the work of a variety of artists from all over the world for our annual earth day show. Please visit our website to view and purchase art work. The work will be on display through the end of 2020.

Gallery Sitka East
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464

Contact Gallery Sitka with Questions:
Phone: 978.425.6290

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Classes & Instruction
MAAA 2020 Workshops                     
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Capturing the Light in Pastel
Rita Kirkman
October 31, Nov. 1 & 2, 2020, 9:00 - 4:00
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH

Rita's classic Pastel Workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light and loosen up with Rita's innovative under-painting technique. Instruction emphasizes composition and techniques for a small format (8x10), value and temperature control, how to creatively interpret your photos and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of values, temperature, color and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! For beginner to advanced.

The registration fee for this 3 day workshop is $275 for members and $300 for non-members

Registration will begin in the next few months. Please contact to be put on a waiting list for a form.

Monadnock Area Artists Association
Painting Dramatic Light & Luminosity                      
Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA

The New England Watercolor Society presents
A Workshop with Paul Jackson

Painting Dramatic Light & Luminosity

When: October 29-31, 2020 
9am-4pm, Thursday through Saturday 
Where: Plymouth Center for the Arts (PCA), 
11 North Street, Plymouth, MA

Info: Wendy Hale, NEWS president 

Watercolor is the ideal medium for interpreting and expressing the complex subtleties of light. Its transparency makes it uniquely suited to convey luminous surfaces and veils of atmosphere. With it you can create pale washes as well as dark, powerful and moody images. It is a lovely and fluid language in which to express any idea or image. Paul's focus for this three-day workshop will be to guide you through a painting from beginning to end, as you paint together a stunning image of dramatic light and luminosity.

A prolific artist and ambitious world traveler, Paul Jackson is one of today's most versatile and visible contemporary watercolorists.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants.
Tuition for the 3 day workshop is $450 for NEWS or PCA members, $525 for non-members.
A $225 deposit holds your space, Full payment by August 28, 2020.
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Open for Submissions: 2020 North American Open Juried Exhibition 
Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA

Hosted by Plymouth Center for the Arts
November 1 - December 5, 2020
Over $10,000 in Awards

Juror of Selection and Awards - Paul Jackson, AWS, NWS, MWC

Honored by the American Watercolor Society with signature membership at the age of 30, Jackson discovered his passion for watercolor at Mississippi State University in 1985. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Missouri in 1992, and has since been relentless in pursuit of his creative dreams, receiving top honors in national and international competitions, contributing his art to a vast library of magazines and books and sharing his creative influence to all corners of the earth.

Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Call to Artists: Art in the City
Presented by Family Health Center of Worcester, MA

Postponed Until Friday, October 2, 2020

Family Health Center of Worcester is pleased to invite artists to participate in our 22nd annual Art in the City fundraising gala. Art in the City raises funds to directly support critical health services for over 35,000 low-income, culturally diverse individuals cared for by Family Health Center. Dozens of local artists donate original works of art which are available for auction at the gala. Art in the City's silent art auction is the pinnacle of the event. This year, we hope you will consider joining our family of artists by donating an original piece of your artwork.

For 47 years, Family Health Center has been providing comprehensive medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, and social services in Greater Worcester and South Worcester County regardless of patients' ability to pay. Your donation will help us achieve our vision of compassionate, quality care where every person matters.

Art in the City will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Washburn Hall at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester. Donating artists are invited to attend the gala as our guest for the evening. We will feature your artwork in an online gallery of donated works at The website and event program book will also include your artist statement and a link to your website or online gallery.

You may submit the Call to Artists form online. We hope you will participate in Art in the City. If you have any questions, please contact Development Associate, Lindsay MacPhail, at 508-860-7951. Your talent helps create a healthier community and we appreciate your support.

Lindsay MacPhail
Development Associate
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
26 Queen Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Telephone: 508-860-7951
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

Applications may be completed online

Please send questions to 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.

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.

Princeton Arts Society Blog

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.

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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
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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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 following month.

Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA, but inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to information deemed to be of benefit to
GALA members.

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award All Star Award
GALA 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.
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