October 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.

PO Box 664 (mail)
 205 School Street  (no mail)
Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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Newsletter Editor
Emily Royal

Art Center Events
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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.

Murdock Whitney GALA Exhibit
Afternoon Tea by Deb Giordano
You are invited to view the wonderful artwork  of GALA artists inspired by the building  & grounds of the Murdock-Whitney Museum  on display now through Oct. 17, 2015.
Be sure to bid in the Silent Auction for a limited edition print  of an acrylic painting donated by the artist, Lori MacDonald 

Admission: $5 (free for Museum members)

Show Location
151 Front Street
Winchendon, MA 01475

Exhibit Hours:  Wednesday at 1pm and Sunday, 1 and 2:30pm or by appointment

Be sure to vote for your favorite artworks.  Popular Choice Awards will be given to the three pieces receiving  the most votes from visitors at end of exhibit.

GALA Artists Critique Meetings

Did you spend the summer creating new artwork? 
Join us for 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, October 17,  2015  10 am-12 noon 
55 West Lynde Street, Gardner, MA
Greenwood Meeting Room

Register by Thursday, October 15, 2015  (click here)

The last critique session of 2015 
will be Saturday, November 21, 2015.
Current GALA members: bring guests  to one meeting for free!

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
Woodcut Printing Workshops w/Doreen LaScola
Chair City Community Art Center, Gardner, MA
The Lobby by Doreen LaScola

Basics in Black
Learn hands-on techniques for creating your own original hand-pulled woodcut print.
Saturday October 17, 2015 * 12:00 - 3:00pm
Sunday October 18, 2015 * 4:30 - 7:30pm
You pick which day works best for you or do both!

306 Central Street * Gardner, MA
$40* per person, each session
(Tools and materials are NOT included)

Maximum of six students per workshop so first come first serve. 
Minimum of 3 registrants are required to hold the workshop.
Please register by emailing
Once registered you will receive a list of materials to bring with you.
Registration deadline date is October 9, 2015
A release will need to be signed upon arrival. Interested parties must be 18 Years or older.
*Payment is required prior to workshop

Open Studios Event: Chromaticity
The School Street Artists, Gardner, MA

Join us for our Open Studios Event: Chromaticity
Friday, October 23rd from 6-9 pm
The School Street Artists, 205 School Street, Gardner, MA

The School Street Artists have each invited Guest Artists to display work in their studios and galleries for this special event. The evening will also feature live music with the Classicaldeb's Musings. Alcohol free drinks and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you!

Lisa Regopoulos
Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA

Winter Blues, pastel painting by Lisa Regopoulos, has been selected for the Fruitlands Museum
Winter Blues by Lisa Regopoulos
permanent private collection.  It is a winter scene of the Old Meadow at Fruitlands. This painting was chosen from the 80 Dusty Fingers Exhibition Layers which was an exhibition of 8 pastel artists in residence at the Museum. 

Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
Phone: (978) 456.3924

To learn more about Lisa, visit

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.

Joe Smith
Scratchboard Artwork on Display
Joe Smith's scratchboard,
At the Beach , will be included in the Structures and Remnants show, which will run August 22 to October 15 at the museum in Dennis.

Joe will have several scratchboard works displayed at the ARTISTS/ARTISANS 2015 show at Paper City Studios (PCS80), 80 Race St., Holyoke, MA from 
October 9-30, 2015

The show will feature a remarkable variety of diverse artists and artisans whose work embraces many styles and tells different stories. 

There will be a reception on 
Friday, October 9, 2015 from 6 to 9 pm.  

On Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm Joe will be participating in a gallery talk at Thursdays With the Artists, where he will discuss his art.

Pam Short
Greenbelt's 26th Annual "Art in the Barn" Benefit
Last Light on Millbrook by Pam Short
Pam's piece, "Last Light on Millbrook", has been chosen to be part of the "Art in the Loft" exhibit at the Millbrook Winery in Millbrook, NY. The exhibit runs from May 18th through November 7  where the People's Choice Wine Label winner will be announced at the November 7 closing reception. 

The Hudson River Valley is rich in the arts and history. If you want to learn more visit Pam's website, for links on the area.

For more information on the show visit: 

For hours and directions visit: 

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Distinguished Abstract Expressionist, Dug Morton
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Parade by Dug Morton
Exploring ideas by way of abstract images is often Dug Morton's artistic goal. Pure color, line, texture and shape are increasingly the means of communicating concepts in Mr. Morton's art. 

At least that is the case with the paintings he will exhibit at Gallery Sitka in Shirley, Mass. from September 6, 2015 to October 11, 2015 a show highlighted by a special Artist's Reception on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Visit and for more information about Dug Morton and his artwork.

Melinda LaBage Nuno Felting Exhibit
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Malinda LaBarge

Melinda has been running her own business as a fiber artist for five years and has been a juried member of The League of NH Craftsmen since 2012. She specializes in the Nuno Felt technique which is a wet felt process that merges silk fabric of wool roving creating one piece of fabric. 

First floor Display Cases
Friday, September 25th - 
Thursday, October 22nd

The Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
next to Library,
parking in rear. 
Hours: Tues 10am-6pm, Wed-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Free Admission

For more information call 603-532-6527, e-mail, find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.comor "Like" us on Facebook

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Art Classes & Instruction
Tyler Vance
Artist Common, Belchertown, MA
Life Drawing Class
MWCC - Gardner Main Campus

Join a talented artist for a life drawing class using a live model. The students will bring their ownsupplies and draw or paint independently of the instructor. The instructor will make sure the model is set up for different lengths of time for various poses. If the students need help an instructor will be available. 

We will look at all the work during the last session. 

Instructor Naida Knox.  Space is very limited.  Model fees are included in the cost of the course.  NO waivers are available for this course.

Wednesdays 10/14/2015 - 11/18/2015, 6:30-9:30pm 6 weeks
Gardner Main Campus- Art Studio, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440

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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Westminster Cracker Festival
Westminster, MA
October 24, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Arts & Crafts Juried Show

- 5K Race
- Music
- Food Vendors
- Beer & Wine Garden

Accepting applications for vendors. 

PO Box 446,  Westminster, MA 01473   978.870.2361

Templeton Cultural Council
E. Templeton, MA

The Templeton Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2015 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 $4,800 in grants. For specific guidelines and complete information, contact Jan Lefebvre or Pat Gale, or email

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at  Application forms are also available at the Town Hall, 160 Patriots Road, E. Templeton.

Landscape/Seascape November Themed Exhibit
The Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
Jamestown Morning by Rick Cardoza

The Post Road Art Center will be having a Landscape Seascape Themed Exhibit in November.

Submissions accepted October 22nd-29th
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm & Thurs. until 7:00pm

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 5th

1 Boston Post Road E.
Marlborough, MA, 01752
Tel: (508) 485-2580

Ashburnham 250th Anniversary Celebration
Ashburnham, MA

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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