November 2015
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Craig Roscoe
Jeannette Lemire
Laurie Thompson
Susan Ellis
Paul Colombo
Oisin Muldowney
Corinne Rhodes
Dalila Rodrigues
Donna Fairbanks

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Mike Williams Chairperson
Jeff Gallant Treasurer
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Kevin Bird
Chuck Heidorn
Doreen LaScola
Bethany Price

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.

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 205 School Street  (no mail)
Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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Emily Royal

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GALA T-shirt Competition
Call for Entries 
T-Shirt Competition!

The goal of this competition is  to produce a design which promotes the Arts. Show off  your creativity and provide GALA with a T-shirt that people can wear to show they love and support the Arts!
There are no entry fees for this contest, but you must be a current GALA member.
    Please review the details in the  Official Rules .
Remember you must  email & mail the   Entry Form .

The entry deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016.

Nov. 21st GALA Artists Critique Canceled

Nov. 21st GALA Artists Critique Canceled
We regret to announce that the Artists Critique  scheduled for Nov. 21st must be canceled  as we have been informed that we will not be  able to meet at the Gardner Library and  we do not have an alternate location.  We hope to resume meetings in the Spring.

Murdock-Whitney Popular Choice Awards

Congratulations to the GALA  Murdock-Whitney Museum Exhibit  Popular Choice Award Winners

1st Place Popular Choice: 
 Deb Giordano "The Nest" Acrylic
2nd Place Popular Choice: 
 Susan Ellis "Blizzard Warning" Acrylic/Mixed Media
3rd Place Popular Choice: 
 Doreen LaScola  "The Back Garden" Oil

Membership Year Change

GALA's membership year has changed from a July 1-June 30
to an individual anniversary date cycle. 
Custom Label Wines to Benefit GALA
Whether you love art or love wine 
(or both!),  purchasing our wine is a super way to support the local arts community.

They make very creative 
and tasteful gifts as well. 

Get all the info about the wines & order today here  and enjoy a toast to art!

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Donna Eaton Open Studio
New Salem, MA
Depiction of Owl's Head Maine

Donna Eaton invites you to an open studio in her home located at:

837 Daniel Shays Highway
New Salem, MA

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information on Donna, visit her website here
C.M. Judge
Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State University, NH
Video Still Acqua Vitale by C.M. Judge

C. M. Judge at Karl Drerup Gallery Plymouth State University, NH

Moment  - A video Exploration of contemporary video-based art practices.  Digital and time based media have opened up seemingly limitless possibilities in how artists communicate their worlds.  

Featured artists include Anne Beal, Zack Bent, Kent Anderson Butler, Jacob Galle, Ron Hollingshead, and C.M. Judge who will be premiering her meditative video installation, Acqua Vitale. 

Opening reception:  November 10, 2015 4-6 p.m. 
Running through December 10, 2015

To learn more about the exhibition, visit here

Corinne Rhodes
Cherry Press, Rutland, MA

Corinne Rhodes now has her website up and running for her printmaking studio, Cherry Press in Rutland, MA at:

Printmaking classes will be available for artists who are new to printmaking or those who are experienced and want to learn a new/touch up on a technique. The studio is open for workshop time rental, for those artists already experienced in printmaking. Please explore the website to find out all about it!

Corinne will be selling prints and promoting Cherry Press at Art Walk Easthampton on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. Come by for a chat!

Corinne has a print featured in InVision 2D & 3D Landscape at Davis Art Gallery in Worcester, along with several GALA artists. The exhibition is up until January 8, 2016.

Lisa Regopoulos
Pastel Classes at School Street Studio in Gardner

After a summer break, Lisa's pastel classes are beginning 
at her School Street Studio in Gardner,  MA on Monday mornings 
and afternoons.  

Please contact Lisa at or 978-400-1151 for information on signing up.  

The classes are 2 1/2 hours long and are $100.00 for five weeks.

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Landscape/Seascape Exhibit: Opening Reception
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Join us at the Post Road Art Center for the free opening reception of the Landscape/Seascape Themed Exhibit. All artwork is for sale and on view in our gallery until November 23, 2015. 

Help out a local artist by casting your vote for the people's choice award! In doing so, you may win $25 to Post Road Art Center!

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

The Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA 01752

Tel: (508) 485-2580
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday until 7:00 p.m.

Click here for more information

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Art Classes & Instruction
Autumn Classes 2015
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA
Sue Hellen

Saturday, November 7, 2015   9 a.m. - 12 Noon 
Learn to bake delicious artisanal no-knead bread with baker extraordinaire, Sue Hellen ofPetersham. Sue will share her expertise from over 80 years of baking, as she started as a child to create homemade treasures. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you will learn how to make an exquisite loaf to share with your grateful family and friends.
$15 Members/$35 Non-Members. Material fee may apply. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015 11 a.m. - 3  p.m.
Learn to weave a gorgeous alpaca wool scarf in one fun-filled day with Jen Baum of Hubbardston, fiber artist. Each participant will be taught how to 
Weaving at Petersham Art Center
use a  rigid heddle loom  to  create an heirloom scarf that they will be able to take home at the end of the class. $20 Members/$30 Non Members. Material fee is $40 to cover alpaca wool yarn and the use of the loom. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Create a fragrant holiday wreath from boxwood and cedar with Lynn Hartman of Hartman's Herb Farm. Lynn has perfected the art of wreath-making over her long  career, growing her own herbs on her farm and creating wreaths, centerpieces, and decorative herbal art to the delight of all. $15 Member/$35 NonMember. Material fee will apply.
Lynn Hartman

Saturday, November 21, 2015  1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Sip n' Still Life Painting  is an afternoon of fun and relaxation with acclaimed artist Jeannette Martin of Petersham. You can sip wine and
 enjoy hors d'oeuvres while Jeannette reveals (some of!) her artistic secrets as you create your very own canvas to take home. Jeannette studied art at Bennington College and City College in New York. She will share her joy and enthusiasm for artistry with everyone, beginners and experienced alike.  $15 members/$35 Non Members. $10 Material fee.
Sip n' Still Life

Call 978-724-3415 for more information and to register
Location: Petersham Art Center
8 North Street, Petersham, just off Route 32
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Spring Art Courses at MWCC
MWCC Gardner


All levels of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D and 3D Design. Classes are open to majors, non-majors, and seniors (tuition free). 

Contact Thomas Matsuda 
for more information.

Art Classes
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
We offer a great selection of art classes for adults and kids.

To explore and sign up for classes, please visit the following link:

The Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA 01752

Tel: (508) 485-2580
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday until 7:00pm

Click here for more information

2015 New England Photography Biennial
Danforth Art Museum/School, Framingham, MA
K. Tyler Untitled: Dust Storm Near Cemetery Road & Hwy 23

The New England Photography Biennial is will be on view at Danforth Art  
September 9 - December 6, 2015

IMAGE: K. Tyler, Untitled: Dust Storm Near Cemetery Road and HWY 23 (detail), Photograph, 40" x 40," Collection Danforth Art, 2013.113. New England Photography Biennial 2013 Purchase Prize.

**NEW WORKSHOP** Realistic Still Life in Pastel with Lisa Ober
Stone Arch Village Community Room, Keene, NH
Blue Vases by Lisa Ober

Artist Lisa Ober, PSA, will teach a color-filled workshop on how to create beautifully detailed still life paintings in pastel. Lisa will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference (provided). 

Students will get plenty of personal attention, and Lisa's enthusiasm for still life painting is as contagious for the beginner as it is for the experienced painter. 

September 16th & 17th, 2016
10:00am-4:00pm (tentatively)

Stone Arch Village Community Room
835 Court Street, Keene, NH

To be placed on the waiting list, or for more information, email Carol at

Even though this is almost a year away, registration for this workshop will start early and end early in order to ensure we have the funds and people to go ahead with this workshop.

For more information on Lisa Ober click the following link

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Open Exhibit: Call To Artists (No Theme Requirements)
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
"Stealing the Light" by Ron Levenson
The Post Road Art Center will be having an Open Exhibit in December.

Submissions for the show will be accepted from November 17, 2015 until November 24, 2015 during our regular business hours. 

The opening reception will be
Thursday, December 3, 2015 
5:30-8:00 pm. 

If you are interested in submitting work, please follow the link below for more information and the registration form. Info. and Registration Forms for Post Road Art Center Art Shows

The Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA 01752

Tel: (508) 485-2580
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday until 7:00 p.m.

Click here for more information

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 email:

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Resources for Artists
Custom Canvas Stretching
Doreen LaScola is offering services for stretching custom sized blank canvases. You supply the materials, and she will do the work. 

Please call 978-297-3427 for a labor-only quote and to arrange an appointment.  
Contact Doreen by email at:
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

Leominster Art Center has launched a new website: 
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.

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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists
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

River's Edge Arts Alliance  Hudson, MA

The Arts Alliance has quarterly exhibits at the Hudson Town Hall, so if you are interested in a solo exhibit of your work, contact Lyn Johnson at (978) 562-1646 or


Falmouth Artists Guild  Falmouth, MA

Post Road Art Center   Marlborough, MA


Levi Heywood Memorial Library Gardner, 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 see the guidelines and other pertinent information hereYou can contact the Library Director, Kathleen D. Leslie at 978-632-5298


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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More Exhibits & Classes
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Meeting Minutes & Note Taking
The Art Center Committee and the GALA Board of Directors is in need of someone who might be willing to sit in on meetings and take notes and write up minutes and transmit them electronically. Board Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and other meetings are usually on a week night, monthly or as needed, negotiated with the members.

If you are interested, please send a message introducing yourself and your experience with this type of activity to 


There are many ways to volunteer! Please email  to express your interest in helping out with our organization.

GALA Newsletter Editor 

GALA is in search for a new newsletter editor set to begin in January of 2016. 

Please contact Anna at
 to express your interest in helping out.

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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 proceeding 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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All Star Award
2014 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 6 years in a row (2008-2014) 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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