November 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Shirley Garrity
Caroline Williams
Diane Brady
Glenn Hathaway
Joan Sinatra Hathaway
Kayla McGowan

GALA Board of Directors

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

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,

The Art Tour of Studios and Galleries this past weekend was a cold and rainy event but we did have some visitors who braved the weather to seek us out. It was nice to bump into old friends and catch up.

Our new Gallery hours (we will be closing at 4:00 due to daylight savings time):
  • Saturdays: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Sundays: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Please view our online calendar for available time slots and email Georgia Griffin at

Reminder: Deadline to enter the Small Works Art Show is November 7th!
Our last Art Critique will be held Saturday, November 3rd. Register now.

Our current show is the Photography Show and will be up for one more week. Stop by this weekend before it's over. Thank you to all the artists that participated in this show!

The votes are in! This Photography Show was judged by the public...the people's choice. The votes were very close and the winners are:
  1. First Place: Deborah Giordano "International Harvester, VT"
  2. Second Place: Charlene Noel  "Red Barn with Yellow Flowers"
  3. Third Place: Guy Biechele  "A Foggy Morning in Maine"
  4. 1st Honorable: Rick Flematti "Hummingbird on Azalea"
  5. 2nd Honorable: Susan Ellis  "Tenants Harbour Maine"
Looking forward to the next show in November!

The date for our Spring Show 2019 will be April 26-28th.


Deb Giordano
President of GALA

  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA 2018 Photography Show        
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

October 6 - November 9, 2018 at GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA Call for Artists: Holiday Art Show  
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Reminder: Deadline to register for Small Works Art Show & Sale is November 7th

Call for Artists

Limit of 6 pieces and $10 entry fee, pieces under $100

This is a show of small affordable art work. Come and shop for Holiday gifts for your family and friends.

Nov 17 - Dec 22  at GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov 17, 10-5 pm

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

Last Critique for the season is this Saturday, Nov 3rd. Register now!

Then join us for the next GALA Artists Critique meeting on Nov. 3. Enjoy 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, Nov. 3, 10 am-12 noon

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

This activity is FREE for current GALA members! Bring one guest to a meeting for free!

Not a member yet? Join/Renew Now

For more information, or to check your membership status please email Deb Giordano.

GALA's Gallery Open Hours        
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Saturdays:  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Sundays:  12:00 - 4:00 pm

We need volunteers to keep the gallery open. If you wish to volunteer to be a Gallery Sitter please view our calendar for available time slots and email Georgia Griffin at

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Same Planet, Different Worlds: The Art of Doreen LaScola and Joe Smith

Gardner Ale House
Through November 15, 2018

Award winning artists Doreen LaScola and Joe Smith will be displaying their recent works on the walls of the Gardner Ale House from October 4 through November 15. Doreen and Joe are outdoor painting companions, whose idea of a good time is to set up their easels in a garden or a park and paint the day away. Although they are often painting the same scene, their interpretation of it is always very different. While Doreen uses the setting as an inspiration for colorful abstracts, Joe seeks a more realistic interpretation of the scene. Many of the pieces shown are from local settings such as Otter River, Doanes Falls and Joe's back yard.

The Ale House is located at 74 Parker St., Gardner, MA. It is open at 11:30 Monday through Saturday and at 9 am on Sundays. All artwork is for sale.

Millers River Paintings by Tom Kellner

Millers River paintings by Tom Kellner will be on display at the Beale Public Library in Winchendon, MA from now until Nov. 10.

An opening reception will be held in the Auditorium on Wed., Nov 7, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Southwest by Northeast: The Work of Carolyn Todd     
Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA

Lawrence Academy welcomes the work of
Carolyn Todd

Southwest by Northeast

Carolyn's artwork will be on display through December 14, 2018 in the Conant Gallery (entrance on Rt. 40).

Gallery open Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12-4 PM

For more information contact Carolyn at

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Art Shows & Exhibits
16th Annual Petersham Art and Fine Craft Show       
Petersham, MA

16th Annual Petersham Art and Fine Craft Show
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Petersham Town Hall on the Common
Live Music by Myra and Bill MacLeod

We still have a few spaces available

For more information contact Marcia Berkall at or 978 830-0293

November Events at Gallery Sitka        
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA

November 3rd: FemLink-Art screening of "FEMALE" at 3 pm at Gallery Sitka West in Fitchburg

FemLink-Art presents the international video collage "FEMALE" to be screened at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3 pm.

One artist from each country has created a two-minute video in response to the theme "female."

Co-curator, C. M. Judge will introduce the video collage and be available for a Q & A after the screening. Admission is $5.

November 14th: Bull Run Artist's Walkway - Emily Joy Ashman 5 pm - 7 pm

located at the Bull Run Restaurant 215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA 01464

November 24th: Shop Small Saturday at Gallery Sitka West in Fitchburg

Join us for Shop Small Saturday to support small, local businesses like ourselves!

Saturday, November 24, 2018
10 am - 4 pm

Gallery Sitka
454 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 342-1006

Reflections on Nature      
Hancock Library, Hancock, NH

Sunset Dance Monadnock by Barbara Danser
Hancock Library, Main St, Hancock, NH

Reflections on Nature is an exhibition of recent work by local members of the EarthSong Artists group, who paint both en plein air and in the studio environment. Eight artists are showcasing their work: Tamara Armstrong Benaquist, Beatrice Corriveau, Barbara Danser, Carol Doleac, Susan Ellis, Mary Kirk, Ilona Kwiecien and Arlene Laurenitis.

Exhibition dates: October 14 - November 17.

Viewing hours at the Hancock Library are: Monday 2-6, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 10-7, and Saturday 10-4.

For more information, email

Fall 2018 Exhibitions, Gallery Talks & Events       
East Wing Gallery, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Parrot Tulips by Jean Tandy
50th Anniversary of the Art Department

An Exhibition of Work by the founder of the art program & original art faculty
Jean Tandy - John Pacheco - Gene Cauthen
October 11 - November 8

In 1968, Jean Tandy founded the Art Department and was instrumental in the design of the Art Wing. It was her vision, and grant writing success, that created this community college art program with facilities and curriculum equivalent to art schools and universities. It was she that hired both Gene Cauthen and John Pacheco. The three of them were an extraordinary team. As active artists and committed teachers, they shared their passion for the arts and built a successful department, gallery and made the art program a cultural center for the community.  Each dedicated 30 to 35 years to their students, the department and the college. Jean Tandy, an accomplished ceramist and painter, taught ceramics and watercolor painting. Gene Cauthen, an abstract and figurative sculptor, taught sculpture and bronze casting, design and drawing.  John Pacheco, a realist and abstract painter, taught painting, design and drawing. This exhibition celebrates and honors their dedication and outstanding contribution. It also honors Dr. Samuel O'Neill and Dr. Arthur Haley, past Chair of Humanities and founding President of MWCC. When establishing this college in 1968, it was their endless efforts and profound commitment to education and the arts that made the Art Program, the East Wing Gallery and the Theatre possible.

Recent Work by Keith Hollingworth
November 15 - December 6
Gallery Talk: Monday, November 19
12:30 - 1:30pm

Ceramic work by art student Kevin Oxford
November 15 - December 20
Reception: Wednesday, December 19
3:00 - 5:30pm

Exhibition of Student Work from Painting II & Drawing III
December 18, 2018 - January 25, 2019
Reception: Wednesday, December 19
3:00 - 5:30pm

The East Wing Gallery
Raymond LaFontaine Fine Art Center
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm & open during theatre events
Closed Sept. 3; Oct. 8; Nov 12, 22, 23; Dec. 24, 25

For more information contact:
Joyce Miller, Gallery Director:
Tom Matsuda, Dept. Chair:

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Art Classes & Instruction
Ornament Carving Class               
Marcia Berkall, Athol, MA

Two-day Ornament Carving Class
Saturday, November 3 & Saturday, November 10
10:00am to 4:00pm each day
At my home studio in Athol

Learn the basics of wood carving and make a delicate bell and holly ornament. Everything will be provided.

$35 per person

To see Marcia's work, visit:

Marcia Berkall
116 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 830-0293
Fall Workshops for Artists                          
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH

Arts Alive! and The Hannah Grimes Center, both of Keene, will continue their Artist to Artist workshop series this fall with a focus on "Deepening the Work" - exploring opportunities for artists to develop and improve their artistic practice and products.

The Artist to Artist workshop series is an affordable opportunity for artists, performers, and craftspeople to learn more about topics like how best to use an artist residency, what opportunities a grant can open up for artists, how to share peer critique, and how to ready work for a fine art gallery.

Presenters in this series include Virginia Lupi, director of the NH State Council on the Arts who will teach the grants workshop and Craig Stockwell, of NH Institute of Art who will teach the workshop on peer critique.

Those interested in the workshops can register online. Registration for each workshop is $10 general public, $5 Arts Alive! members.

Arts Alive!
603-283-0944 |
Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira                   
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to have the following workshop:

Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira
November 10, 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.

We will begin with a short discussion on materials then a demo about applying the pencils, mixing and layering colors and burnishing. Students will then work from a still life set up or photos if they wish. I like to work individually with each student during the workshop to their own abilities. Some materials will be provided, I do have some colored pencils and watercolor pencils for students to borrow during the workshop. Registration form
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Acorn - Level I Flameworking Class

No experience required
*Class size: 2-10
*Ages 12+ (at least one adult must sign up for class with students under age 16)
*All materials included
*Pre-registration for these classes is required, either through our website ( or via our office (603-593-5073). We do not accept registrations via Facebook.

In this class students will melt glass in a flame and use gravity and tools to shape into a cute acorn.  Add a hook to your piece to hang the acorn in your window, on the tree, or leave it without a hook if you prefer to keep it on the table as decoration! One hour class.

Cost is $40 per person for group class or $50 for a private lesson

Blow Your Own Pumpkin in the Hot Shop

*No experience required
*Class size 2+
*Ages 7+ (at least one adult must sign up for class with students under age 16)
*All materials included
*Pre-registration for these classes is required, either through our website ( or via our office (603-593-5073). We do not accept registrations via Facebook.

This class gives you the opportunity to participate in making your very own pumpkin. Each student will get to choose their own pumpkin and stem colors. In the hot shop you will stand right upfront while the instructor gathers clear glass out of our 2,075 degree furnace. After adding the color to our glass, the student will get to heat the glass and blow their bubble. Once the bubble has cooled down, the instructor then gathers out of the furnace again. Each student gets to blow two more times; one time in a pumpkin mold, and the last time to finish blowing out the final pumpkin shape. Watch as the instructors attach you pumpkin stem before it's off into our annealing oven for overnight cooling. Cost is:
Adults (16+) $55 per person
Ages 12-15 $60 per person
Ages 7-11 $65 per person

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
Spring Art Courses               
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Life Drawing
Wednesdays, April 3 through May 8, 6 - 8:30pm

Join a talented artist for a life drawing class using a live model. Students will bring their own supplies and draw or paint independently of the instructor. The model will be set up for different lengths of time for various poses. The instructor will be available if help is needed.  Completed work will be shown during the last session. Space is very limited. Model fees are included in the cost of the course.

No waivers accepted for this class.

Spring Art Courses

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 remind your art students 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 at for more information.
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Call for Artists: Small Works & Holiday Marketplace 2018                                  
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA

This show focuses on small, original works and items. All mediums are welcome! All work must be for sale.  We are seeking paintings, digital art, carvings, pottery, ceramics, ornaments, jewelry, drawings, glass, photographs, artist prints, fiber arts, giclees, cards, sculptures, clothing, books of original writings and poetry, original CDs, and any other artisan made gift items. Membership in PAS is required, but membership dues may be paid when work is dropped off.
SHOW SALE dates & times:
Friday, Nov. 30:  6-8:30pm - Opening Reception & Sale
Saturday and Sunday, December 1, 2, 8, and 9 from 10am-4pm

LOCATION  206 Worcester Road, Princeton (back lower level)

Download the Call for Artists Information and Entry Form

For more information please contact

Public Call-of-Entry: Annual Autumn Art Exhibit                                 
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking artwork from the public to be included in our Annual Autumn Art Exhibit. We are looking for all types of media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paperworks, pottery pieces, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. Our final exhibit of the year, this is a well-attended exhibit for both new and experienced artists. The show will run from Friday, November 23 -Wednesday, December 18th. There will be an opening reception, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 24th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink.  Drop off artwork: Monday, November 12th through Saturday, November 17th.

We encourage both new and established artists to enter the show as this is one of our most popular events of the season. Entry forms are available on our website at or at the center. Please call or email us at if you have any questions.

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 - 2:00. 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.

Call for Artists: Wild and Wooly                        
Nashua Area Artists Association, Nashua, NH

The Nashua Area Artists Association is putting out a call to members and non-members for our January/February exhibit at the ArtHub Gallery. "Wild and Wooly" will be a non-juried exhibit open to artists in all media.

Unleash the wild and embrace the woolly for this open-call art exhibition. We are looking for art that explores everything from wild weather, wild locales, and wildlife to woolly creatures, fiber art, and art made from wool.

Eligibility: Open call to all artists working in any medium. We will be accepting 2D art as well as fiber art, felted wool paintings, sculpture, ceramics, reliefs, pottery, and other free standing art.

To learn more about this theme and how to register, please visit our website at

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.

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 Templeton Cultural Council

The Templeton Cultural Council has set an October 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Templeton -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

This year, the Templeton Cultural Council will distribute about $5,500 in grants provided by the state through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For local guidelines and complete information on the Templeton Cultural Council, visit Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at All grant applications must be made online by the October 15 deadline.

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 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 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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