November 2019
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Clara Dennison
Lynn Cohen
Sharon DiPasquale
Carina Martorella
Donna Foley

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 my dear friends,

We are busy getting ready for our HOLIDAY ART SALE and we need help decorating the gallery for Christmas! We will be working on the decorations this week and need to be ready for Open Reception this Saturday. Call me if you can give me some of your time to help decorate! We will also be on the Winchendon Historical Society's House Tour, so we need to look very festive. If you have some cool ideas to decorate call me!

We also need help gallery sitting for the weekends in November and December. Please, we need your help!

Our art critiques are going strong and its so interesting to see a wide variety of different styles. We have several new members and we have decided to continue our critiques through the winter months. Come to our next critique and join us for coffee and snacks.

We worked with the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and provided them with many wonderful photographs from our own photographers to help them create their 2020 Calendar for their fundraiser. We hope GGCOC will choose some of our photographers for their calendar. We will have the calendars available in our Gallery in the beginning of November if anyone would like one.

Our group show called Two Sisters is sadly over. It was a beautiful show!

If you are interested in making Christmas ornaments to sell during our Small Works Art Sale, you can still bring them to the gallery. Just give me a call. We just got a big tree so we will have plenty of room for all the ornaments!

Mark your calendars: GALA's Annual 2020 Spring Show will be on the weekend of April 24 - 26.


Deb Giordano
GALA President


  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA Artists Critique Meetings  

We had a wonderful Art Critique last Saturday. Come and join us for the next one. We decided to continue the critiques through the winter month. Our next critique will be Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am to 12 Noon. Bring up to 4 pieces of artwork. The gallery is at 135 Front Street in Winchendon.

To register, contact Janet at or 978-868-0183 and let her know you plan on attending.

New artists are welcome! Current GALA members: bring one guest to a meeting for free!

New GALA Board Member 

We, the GALA Board of Directors would like to introduce Chris Guerra, who is a new director on our board. Chris is a graphic designer, programmer, and a great photographer. Chris is such a sweet and funny guy. It was hard to find a serious photo of him for our newsletter.

Call for Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments  

We are planning ahead for our popular GALA's "Small Works" Holiday Art Sale. We will have a Christmas tree in the gallery and looking for tree ornaments. The popular Small Works Art Sale will again be scheduled for November - December.

GALA members are invited to create well-crafted Christmas tree ornaments and sold as GALA's Gallery gift shop items. The suggested prices should be under $15 with 25% retained by the gallery upon sales. Ornaments may be delivered at the "Small Works" drop-off. The drop off date and time will be announced soon.

The gallery reserves the right to reject items that do not meet the GALA gift shop required standard of quality and craftsmanship.

Small Works Holiday Art Sale    

Come shop for beautiful and affordable art for your friends and family. All artwork is under $100. Take advantage of these prices! Wall art, jewelry, prints, notecards, and more!

We have three amazing raffle baskets already made! Three basket themes; Lottery Scratch Tickets, Italian, Movie!

Open Reception: Saturday, November 9th, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Show is open until December 21st   Gallery hours are Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00pm.

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Barbara Danser       

Barbara Danser's large pastel painting, Taos Pueblo, has been accepted into the 2019 Pastel Society of New Hampshire Juried Show.

Her painting will be on view at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth through November 30th.

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Shows & Exhibits
Holiday 2019 Show                   
West Wind Fine Art, Keene, NH

Please Save the Date!
Join us for West Wind Fine Art's Holiday 2019 Show

Kristen Thies, owner of West Wind Fine Art, is hosting a Holiday Show on Dec. 14th & 15th at the Historic Bruder House, 349 Main Street in Keene, NH

Paintings by Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Kathy Anderson, Carol Arnold, Stephanie Birdsall, Maggie Cahoon, Josh Clare, Cynthia Feustel, Daniel J. Keys, Johanne Mangi, Judy Stach, and a new limited edition fine art print by Timothy R. Thies.

Where: Bruder House: 349 Main Street, Keene, NH
When: Saturday, Dec. 14th, Artists' Reception & Opening, 4-7 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Saturday, Dec. 14th - Still Life Painting Demonstration by Kathy Anderson, 12 noon-3 pm
$20 per person, seating is limited. Tickets available on

Sunday, Dec. 15th - A Celebration of Richard Schmid's new, "My Still Life Art" Book,
10:00 am-3:00 pm. Free and Open to the Public
Richard Schmid's Books, DVDs, and his new limited edition fine art print, autographed by
Richard, will be offered for sale along with his newly published "My Still Life Art" Book.

For more details please contact:

November Events at Gallery Sitka           
Gallery Sitka

Closing for Zen Saito at Gallery Sitka East

Opening Saturday, November 16
2-4:00 PM
Gallery Sitka East
2 Shaker Rd. Suite D101, Shirley, MA

This is the first time Zen has put together a show in 14 years! We are thrilled to bring his exotic furniture, lighting and art to you!

Phone: 978.425.6290

Phone: 978.425.6290
Fax: 978.425.6280

Upcoming Events at Jaffrey Civic Center                   
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Chasing the Golden Light: Photography by Howard S. Muscott

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to present Howard Muscott's stunning photography exhibit in the Display Case Gallery. The exhibit is now open and runs through November 15th. Howard Muscott's photography has captured the exquisite beauty of the natural world and the amazing wildlife within it for more than 40 years.

Howard has photographed nature, landscapes and wildlife for more than 40 years. Grounded in his early years of hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing, Howard's love for nature photography is fueled by the exquisite beauty of the natural world and the wildlife residing within their various ecosystems. "The ideal photograph tells a story that speaks directly to the heart and moves people to self-reflection. It combines one's vision for the image with the best natural, ideally golden light, and requires both persistence and opportunity."

(603) 440-8141

Hours are: Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2p.m., Sunday: Closed

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, 1to 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.

Fall Exhibits at the East Wing Gallery                  
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

The East Wing Gallery is pleased to announce an exciting new series of exhibits scheduled for the fall, including an exhibition of Graphic Novel & Children's Book Illustrations on loan from R. Michelson Gallery, thanks to the support of the National Endowment for Humanities grant. This exhibit also coincides with the national celebration of the Coalition for Campus Children's Center and was the catalyst for the Art Dept., the Garrison Center and CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) to collaborate on a special art event for our campus preschoolers this October.

Walking Wonders: the multimedia work of Nancy Sepe
November 12 - December 8
Reception: Friday, November 22

Exhibition of Student Work from Drawing III and Painting II & III
Decenber 18, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Reception: Wednesday, December 18

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Classes & Instruction
November at Petersham Art Center                   
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

Thursday, Nov 7th, 6:30PM-9PM
Ms Duffy is an award-winning artist who will teach students the skills of drawing beautiful creations with colored pencil techniques.
Cost: 12.50 members/ $32.50 nonmember

Thursday, Nov 14th, 6:30-9PM
Learn fun skills and techniques from an award winning artist to make beautiful colored pencil drawings.
Cost: $10 members/ $30 nonmembers

Saturday, Nov 16th, 10AM-12Noon
During this fun class you will learn how to use paper clay to make cookie cutter and free form ornaments. The clay takes 2-3 days to dry, so the artist will demonstrate how it's done and so that you can paint them at home.
Cost: $10 members/$30 nonmembers

Saturday, November 16th, 1PM-3PM
Paint your pets on whimsical wooden ornament shapes. It's a great gift idea! Mini 4"x4" canvas boards also available for those who prefer a painting vs. an ornament.
Cost: Member $10 / Non-mem. $30 Materials Fee: $5

For more information contact Barbara Hanno at

Petersham Art Center
8 North Main Street, Petersham, MA
Upcoming 2019 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

November 2 & 3 - Lisa Ober - Realistic Still Life
The Early Bird special is extended until October 1st

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). Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time will ignite a passion for still life painting as students see their colorful paintings take shape. Participants will learn the skills needed to create believable and realistic still life paintings that are loaded with impressive details. Lisa will discuss developing keen observation skills, color selection, pastel application, and she will disclose her secrets for handling difficult surfaces such as glass or metal-giving special attention to this area.

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. Regardless of favorite subject matter, students will leave with some hot tips for making their future paintings stand out in a crowd. If those in the class aren't already in love with still life painting, they will be by the end of this one!

Registration form

For more more information contact
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Keene, NH
Fall Art Courses                 
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

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.

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 of Entry: Annual Fall Art Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center 
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Save the date. 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 mixed media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paper works, pottery, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. This is our largest exhibit and a great place to purchase art for gifts for the holiday. The show will run from Friday, November 22th through December 23th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 23th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink. The deadline to drop off artwork: Saturday, November 9th through Saturday, November 16th.

Entry forms are being accepted now and are available on our website or at the center. Please call or email us at if you have any questions. The Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire (next to Library, parking in rear.) Like us on Facebook.

Open Hours: M-F 10 am to 5 pm (closed 12 to 1 for lunch) and Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm. Closed Sundays.

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, 1to 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.

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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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 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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