Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
May 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Annual Spring Art Show
GALA 2021 Annual Spring Art Show and Live Music
May 21-23, 2021 at the Red Apple Farm (Brew Barn)
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA

Deadline to enter: Sunday, May 9th

Opening Reception Friday, May 21, 6-9:00pm (awards at 7:00pm)

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.
*Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline

With either option, your entry is due by Sunday, May 9th

Live music provided all three days by local musicians
A special band, "The Big Random" will be there on Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00PM
Music will be outside under the big tent

Music Lineup for Spring Show 2021 at Red Apple Farm

Friday May 21
  • 6:00      Sweet Euphoria
  • 7:00      Tim Loftus & Mary Carfagna
  • 8:00      Mark Fisher

Saturday May 22
  • 11:00   The Can Collectors
  • Noon   Scott Alan Savoy
  • 1:00      Garold Amadon
  • 2:00      The Big Random (opening act)
  • 3:00      The Big Random Band

Sunday May 23
  • Noon   Val Newman & Cara Keane
  • 1:00      Roberta Lamb & Kenny Selcer
  • 2:00      Brian Dickens
  • 3:00      TBA

You are invited to take part in the plein-air that will be happening on Saturday & Sunday. Come set up your easel anywhere on the property. Capture the apple blossoms, old stone walls, maple trees, animals, and scenery. Email to let her know if you will be setting up for the weekend.

Schedule of Artist Demonstrations

Saturday & Sunday, Noon-4:00
Demonstrations with blacksmith, Joe Lambert
Watch Joe create art using iron

Saturday 1:00-4:00
Stonework Play
Artist, Diana Suskind
Hands-on for children and adults
Telling stories through nature

Saturday, Noon-4:00 PM
Rock Painting
Artist, Kathryn Swantee
Hands-on for children and adults
Paint and create your own original rocks

Saturday, Noon-4:00
Throwing on the Pottery Wheel
Potter, Rick Roth
Watch Rick be creative on the wheel

Saturday, Noon-4:00
Nature Printmaking
Artist, Clara Dennison
Hands-on for children and adults
Make prints using items from nature

Sunday, Noon-3:00
The Art of Sand Mandala
Artist, Kabil Gangai
Watch Kabil create beautiful art designs using sand

Please support GALA by participating in the SILENT AUCTION. View the silent auction form. 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 entry form unless you are a current member. If in doubt, please email

* Important Note *
Please be sure to drop-off your artwork on May 18 between 3 and 6:00pm. If we do not receive your artwork by 6 pm, we may not be able to include it in the judging.

  • Entry Deadline Sunday, May 9
  • Art Drop-Off at Red Apple Farm Tuesday, May 18, 3:00 - 6:00pm
  • Opening Reception Friday, May 21, 6:00 - 9:00
  • Art Pick-Up at Red Apple Farm Sunday, May 23, 4:30 - 5:30pm

Please forward this email to others who might be interested in exhibiting or performing at the GALA Art & Music Show.
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Email us your ad the size of a business card, 2" x 3.5" in a .JPG format to Include your name, company name, phone #, email address, and your mailing address.

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Scan the above PayPal QR code and pay the $50

Deadline for the Art Show Program is May 7th. For the newsletter it can be anytime.

Once we receive your ad and payment we will email you our Spring Show program. Sign up for our newsletter.

Questions? Email:

Thank You for Your Support!
Spring Art Show Judges
Meet our three reputable 2021 Judges for GALA’s Annual Spring Art Show

Maryann Mullett is an award-winning artist in pastels, capturing the beauty of still lives, vegetables and animals. “Inspiration comes to me from nature, studying close-up views and how shapes and colors interact to form strong compositions. By applying a calculated crop, farmer's market vegetables create their own still life, boasting their glossy surfaces and textures in mysterious cracks and craters. Luminous colors dance in light and shadow. Wild animals in their natural habitat and domestic animals going about their daily routines are constant subjects for my paintings. I am honored to have earned Master Pastelist with PSA (Pastel Society of America) as well as Master Circle with IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies). I serve as President for the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and Vice President for the Central Mass Pastel Society.”

Yvonne Hemingway has been working in watercolors for the past 30 years,
capturing the beauty of nature with her award-winning paintings of florals, birds and landscapes. “One of my goals is to say more with a painting than can be said with a photograph. I want the viewer to feel the essence of the local atmosphere and quality of light as it interacts with the subject. Spending more time painting outdoors from life has been another goal that allows me to see and feel color so much more accurately and to convey that feeling through my painting. I love working with watercolors because of its spontaneous nature and the quality of transparency and light that can be achieved with water and pigment. My paintings have recently been juried into shows with the New England Watercolor Society, Bennington Center for the Arts, and exhibited at Gallery Twist in Lexington, MA.”

Lisa Nugent is an award-winning artist with a lifelong appreciation of art, both natural and man-made. “My current medium of choice is soft pastels. Their immediacy, attainable depth and control, to me are unparalleled. The subject matter I am most passionate about is Wildlife and Animals. My style is traditional realism. Through my work I strive to provide the viewer an unbiased, firsthand experience. I also relish the challenges that replication without bias brings. I am a juried member of both the Pastel Society of America and the International Guild of Realism and have received multiple awards through various organizations and shows. In 2019 I cofounded the Central Mass Pastel Society (CMPS is an IAPS member society). CMPS’s juried shows see International participation. As the President of CMPS, I am constantly exposed to a wide variety of artistic expression. For me, it is always exciting to see new perspectives and techniques. This is especially so in the case of shows like the GALA Annual Spring Show, which boasts such a fantastic and diverse array of mediums and approaches. I look forward to this assignment and wish all the participants the best of luck. “
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

Bob Jordan
Singer-guitarist Bob Jordan has been performing from his teens through his senior discount years. He plays a wide variety of songs from folk, country, rock, and originals, plus old standards and forgotten chestnuts with humor, delivered in a laid back style. Recently settled in Winchendon, he’s appearing at many outdoor daytime locations throughout central & western Massachusetts. He has performed with freak folk icons Michael Hurley and Eugene Chadbourne.

Saturday, May 1, 11:30am-1:30pm - Winchendon community park picnic in the park
Saturday, May 8, 9am-1pm - Keene, NH farmers market
Saturday, May 15, 10am-12:30pm - Greenfield farmers market
Friday, May 21, 3-6:00pm - Westminster farmers market
Sunday, May 23, 2-5:00pm - Reunion tap & table grafton
Thursday, May 27, 4-7:00pm - Toy town farmers market, Winchendon

Shows & Exhibits
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
Save the date for our Biennial Block Party!
June 12, 11 AM - 3 PM

Tickets available May 11

This June, 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!

Tickets for this free event will be released on Tuesday, May 11. 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!
Art In Bloom
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
FAM and the Laurelwood Garden Club are happy to welcome you back this spring to see flower arrangements and tablescapes crafted by local florists, garden clubs, and FAM staff interpreting art in the galleries.

Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 12-8pm
Sunday, May 16, 12-5pm

$15 Adults
$10 Seniors and Students
FREE for Members

For assistance with your reservation or any additional questions, please call 978-424-4506 or email

May Events at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA
Dug Morton, Selected Works
at Smoke Stack Roasters
Currently Installed
39 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA 01462
(978) 403-0069

Our Connection with Nature — Earth Day 2021
at Gallery Sitka
2 Shaker Rd., D101, Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-6290
April 23-June 1.

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
Call for Art
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
The registration fee is $30, which includes a year-long FAM individual membership and covers the submission of up to 2 artworks. The deadline to register is May 24.

Artists! Be part of one of the oldest juried exhibitions in New England. Apply to the 85th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Registration fee and completed submission form are due Monday, May 24. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 26.

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.

Keene Art Walk
Keene, NH
Each June, art in mediums such as oil, pastel, photography, watercolor, quilting, mixed media and more take over storefront windows to connect artists of all ages with the community of Keene. Live painting, music events, and more are available for the whole family during Art Walk everywhere you look in downtown Keene, New Hampshire!

ArtWalk Keene is an annual celebration of local artists. Every year, Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire comes alive with art. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour around town as artists partner with local shops and storefronts to set up a personal gallery for their creations.

Visit the Keene Art Walk Facebook page to learn more and stay informed of dates and events.

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.