Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
May 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Call for Entries: GALA Art & Music Festival
Art & Music Festival
May 20 - 22, 2022
Red Apple Farm (Brew Barn)
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, May 8th
Opening Reception: Fri. May 20, 6:00 - 9:00pm (art awards at 7:00)

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 8th

Live music all three days by many talented local musicians. The Big Random will be there on Saturday. Music will be outside under the big tent.

Please support GALA by participating in the ART RAFFLE TABLE

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show, or teach art classes outside under a tent for children and adults. Please indicate your interest on your entry form.

Unless you are a current member, you will need to renew your GALA membership on entry form. If in doubt, please email Donna at

* Important Note *
Please be sure to drop-off your artwork on May 17 between 4 - 6:00pm. If we do not receive your artwork by 6:00pm, we may not be able to include it in the judging.

Please Forward this email to others who might be interested in exhibiting or performing music at the GALA Art & Music Festival.

Entry Deadline Sunday, May 8
Art Drop-Off at Red Apple Farm Tuesday, May 17 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Opening Reception Friday, May 20 6:00 - 9:00 Awards 7 PM
Art Pick-Up at Red Apple Farm Sunday, May 22 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Seeking Artist Vendors for our GALA Art & Music Festival

Fill out the Vendor Application to be juried into the festival. All the details are listed on the application form. Vendor dates are Saturday 21 & Sunday 22.

For help with any questions, contact Vicki at
GALA Art & Music Festival Music Lineup
May 20-22, 2022

Fri, May 20th: 6p Sweet Euphoria
7p Derek Drowne
8p Ron Morey

Sat, May 21st: 11a Ian Galipeau
12p Faceless Hobos
1p Kilroy
3p the BIG RanDom

Sun, May 22nd: 12p Val Newman & Cara Keane
1p Roberta Lamb
2p Kenny Selcer
3p Bob Schuchard

Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA

3 Days of Peace, Love, Art and Music!
Art Critiques
Next Critique scheduled
Saturday, May 7th
10:00 - 12:00

Free to all GALA Members. New artists, first class is free

Saturday, May 7th
Saturday, June 11th
10:00 - 12:00

May and June Critiques will be held in GALA's Art Gallery at 135 Front Street in Winchendon. A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork to share with the group.

You may bring a treat to eat, we will serve coffee & tea
Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together.
Mark your calendar!

Email Janet to let her know that you will be joining us at

Come join us with coffee, tea, cookies and laughs. Together we can achieve our goals.
Member News & Exhibits
Chuck Heidorn
The art of Chuck Heidorn is currently on display during regular business hours at

Heywood Hospital
Center for Wound Care
242 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Coffee and Critiques
Coffee and Critiques sessions resume once monthly on the THIRD THURSDAY from 10-11:30AM, weather permitting. These gatherings will be held at the Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., Keene, NH. Host is Alicia Drakiotes for the KSC. Bring your in progress work or come for inspiration!

For further information email:
Center for Wound Care
As a service to the patients of the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital, GALA has been displaying member art in the waiting room for more than 15 years. We will be contacting artists for the following schedule: May-June; July-August; September-October, and November-December. Three to 12 pieces can be accommodated in this space. Multiple artists may join together to create a theme or display at the same time. Please contact Vicki at Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing, 978-630-2340.
Shows & Exhibits
Annual Spring Show
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Surround yourself with art. The Princeton Arts Society’s Annual Spring Show & Sale is the perfect opportunity to view inspiring works of art and perhaps add a piece to your personal collection.

The Annual Spring Show is free and open to the public:
Friday, May 13, 6 to 8 PM – Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 15, 10 AM to 4 PM
Princeton Senior & Community Center, 206 Worcester Rd. (Post Office Place) Princeton MA

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, watercolors, pastels, photography, and more, including three-dimensional works, with subject matter as varied as our artists.

The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization encouraging and supporting area visual, literary and performing artists.

Facebook: Princeton Arts Society
Three in Conversation
Inner Space Fine Arts, North Reading, MA
Three In Conversation
Opening Reception Saturday, April 2, 5—7 pm 
Show runs through May 14

Carolyn Latanision has been recognized for her efforts with multiple awards and by achieving Signature Membership in both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society along with Signature Membership in numerous national societies including Rocky Mountain, Hudson Valley, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies. In 2017, her painting was chosen as the top award-winning painting in the National Watercolor Society International Exhibition. A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Carolyn now calls Winchester, Massachusetts home and works out of her studio in Woburn.

Juni Van Dyke’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts and in numerous galleries and private collections. Juni is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the St. Botolph Foundation Award, Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants; and an Honorary Citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her outstanding contribution to the arts. Her work was selected by Room & Board for inclusion in its limited edition art series and is on view throughout the US in Room & Board locations. Juni maintains a studio in Manchester, Massachusetts.

Paul J. Noël is a master representational painter living in Wells, Maine. Paul exhibits throughout New England and enjoys an extensive private collector audience. His interior design background taught him the power of color and composition and he imagines his canvases as rooms to explore. Light, form, texture and elements of surprise are all part of designing a beautiful room and creating a captivating painting that the viewer can feel part of.

Submerged: An Oceanic Arts Odyssey
Hawks & Reed, Greenfield, MA
Submerged: an oceanic arts odyssey, featuring metal and mixed media sculpture and paintings by mother and son artists Nina Rossi and Jon Bander, opens on April 15 at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield. This exhibit showcases welded sculpture by Bander, aka Notorious Weld, including an elaborate, glowing octopus coat rack, along with ammonite, jellyfish and seahorse wall sculptures. Bander produced the new Hawks & Reed sign and stage logo, and had his first art exhibit here with Rossi in April, 2017. Rossi’s work includes soft sculpture jellyfish and boxfish, a mosaic fish, lobster paintings, and a ceramic nautilus shell housing a metal creature made by Bander.

Turners Falls native Bander studied welding at Franklin County Tech and the Advanced Welding Institute in Burlington, VT and worked in the welding industry prior to pursuing art. Bander recently completed a commission for ModVic, Inc of a 14-foot-tall metal cherry tree with bottle lights and aluminum blossoms, that was installed in Alexandria, VA . Rossi assisted Bander as they worked together in the studio for more than a month crafting the trunk, branches and blossoms out of found objects and metal sheet, pipe, and rod. See this and other projects at or Instagram @notoriousweld.

Rossi is a long time member of the Shelburne Arts Coop and studied art and writing at GCC and Smith College. She was owner/artist at the former Nina’s Nook gallery in Turners Falls (closed during COVID) and is a member of the art performance group, Exploded View. Find her on Facebook and Instagram @ninasnook.

The exhibit will remain up through June 15.
Spring Bazaar
Fitchburg City Hall, Fitchburg, MA
A Fitchburg Cultural Council Spring Event!

Saturday, May 7th
10 am to 2 pm
at Fitchburg's City Hall
718 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Following up on the success of the first Winter Bazaar, the Fitchburg Cultural Council is excited to host the local artist and artisans bazaar the day before Mother's Day and a month before Father's Day!

Become a vendor!

Please join us as a vendor for our first Spring Creatives Bazaar.
The event is rain or shine- space is available inside City Hall and outside on the Campus. We are charging a small vendor fee to cover the costs of marketing the event.

$20 - small indoor 6X6 space and a few outdoor 6X6 spaces
$25 - large indoor 6X13 or 8X10
$30 - outdoor 10X10 space

In order to participate in this event- you MUST make your products, no manufactured products or retailing of other's work allowed, (exception for selling for a maker who cannot attend).

Art From the Heart
Dublin Community Center, Dublin, NH
ART FROM THE HEART, an Art Exhibit to benefit the people of Ukraine, will be at the Dublin Community Center (DubHub), located at 1123 Main St in Dublin, from May 12 through May 28. An Opening Reception will be held on May 12th from 5-7 PM.

100% of proceeds from art sales will be donated to benefit and support the World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés. World Central Kitchen is providing over 500,000 meals a day to the Ukrainian people residing in over 60 towns and cities inside the Ukraine and also food to Ukrainian refugees in 6 European countries.

The exhibit may be viewed during the first weekend on Friday, May 13, from 12 – 4 PM; on Saturday, May 14, from 11AM – 1PM and on Sunday, May 15, from 12 – 4 PM. During the following 2 weeks, the exhibit may be viewed when the Dublin Community Center is open, the hours of which may be found on their website at
The Other Gardner Museum
Gardner Museum, Gardner, MA
The Gardner Museum is excited to present the spring exhibit “The Other Gardner Museum” with artwork by Keith Cormier. He reimagined the 13 stolen paintings from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Aside from the artwork, the exhibit features some details of the still unsolved 1990 heist. The exhibit will run from March 2 to May 29 during regular museum opening hours—Wednesday-Sunday, from 1-4 pm.

Tom Grady: 100 Views of Worcester
Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Tom Grady: 100 Views of Worcester
at The Hanover Theatre

Artist reception and walking tour event: Saturday, May 28, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

This ambitious series of small oil paintings depicts with pride and love Worcester’s everyday vistas, buildings, and streetscapes. As a 300th anniversary gift to the City, the entire series goes on view during the last half of May in additional downtown venues, including the Printers Building, the Jean McDonough Arts Center, and the YWCA.

May at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Belated Earth Day — in Shirley, MA
Join us for our annual Earth Day Art Opening!
Friday, May 6
4:30-6:30 PM
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464
Classes & Instruction
Start Drawing
Creative Connections Gallery & Gift Shop, Ashburnham, MA
Start Drawing

Instructor: Randy LeSage

Session I: Saturday May 14, 11AM-4PM
Session II: Saturday May 21, 11AM-4PM

Drawing is a great place to develop your creativity. Through objective exercises to expressive potential, we'll explore the visual language of Drawing. We'll apply uses of line, value, and shape to address proportion, perspective and composition. Begin to recognize your creative potential as you explore through pencil, charcoal and conte crayon.

Call for Artists
Call for Exhibitors
Art in the Park, Keene, NH
Sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association, the Art in the Park outdoor art show is now accepting artists applications for its 63rd Annual Show to be held in Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022 from 10 am – 4 pm both days, rain or shine.

New this year, online registrations for all artists! The Requirements and Application Form are available on the Monadnock Area Artists Association website or use the direct link to the application.

The deadline for applications for the same site as in 2021 is May 14, and for all other and new applications the deadline is: July 16, 2022

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 Makers
Unity Festival, Turners Falls, MA
Juried Show and Music Festival
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Contact: Peter Chilton
Nova Motorcycles, 147 Second Street, Turners Falls

Rain date 6/12/22

Nova Motorcycles is looking for creatives to participate in the June 11 event at Unity Park, Turners Falls. The second annual Unity Festival brings together the best local makers of useful art items to swap, sell, demonstrate, and learn. This free festival is for gear-heads, woodworkers, inventors, and tinkerers; people who find joy in repurposing, recycling, rebuilding, and reimaging. The day long outdoor event will also have plenty of music, food trucks, skateboarding and activities for families.

This is a juried show. To apply, please fill out this form


Unity Festival is made possible by Montague Parks and Recreation, RiverCulture, and a Festival Grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a State agency. Rain date 6/12.
Spring Show
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
The Princeton Arts Society invites members and new members to submit two and three-dimensional art (any medium) to our annual Spring Show. There will be cash prizes; preregistration is not required. The show is open to the public on May 13, 14 and 15. Please go to for more information.

The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization encouraging and supporting area visual, literary and performing artists.

Call for Entries: Keene Art Walk
Keene, NH
June 3-12, 2022
Downtown 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.

Entry Deadline: Friday April 1, 2022
There is a non-refundable $36 entry fee.

Contact Molly Fletcher at for more information
Call for Entries: Man and Nature
Keene, NH
Man and Nature in the Monadnock Region

Artists are encouraged to enter 2 original pieces of art created within the last 18 months which convey the relationship between mankind and nature in the Monadnock Region. When appropriate, “gallery edge” is acceptable. 2D artwork must be properly framed and wired for hanging and not exceed 18×24 in. 3D art is accepted, but artists must supply a base. 3D art not to exceed 432 sq. inches. Please contact the exhibit committee with specifics about 3D art.

$25 registration fee. For more information:
Artist compensation: Artists agree to contribute 25% of sale proceeds to the Historical Society of Cheshire County, but artists may designate more.

All proceeds contributed to the Society are tax deductible.

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.

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.
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GALA continues its efforts to put out an informational, entertaining newsletter every month to inform its members of recent, current and future art news.