Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
October 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Art Critiques
Next Critiques scheduled
Saturday, October 15th
Saturday, November 19th
10:00 am - NOON

October's Art Critique will again be held at Susan Ellis's picturesque home at 21 Island Road, Ashburnham. Susan's home has a beautiful lakefront view.

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

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.

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
En-Plein-Air & Art Show
En-Plein-Air & Art Show
Kendall Pond Fundraiser
Gardner, MA
August 27, 2022 - May 28, 2023

Register now to receive your map locations and ID Card

The En-Plein-Air will start on August, 2022 through Sunday, May 28, 2023 at Kendall Pond, Gardner MA

You must register for this Plein Air. Everyone is invited to participate
Register here and get access to all the instructions and maps

All art works must be For Sale. Property owners will be hosting artists around the pond from August to June. Artists will be able to come visit the pond during all 4 Seasons. Areas indicated will be available to the artists throughout the year so that the various seasons are represented. Artists will be visiting the pond to find perfect venues or scenes to capture in their chosen medium. There will be over 20 locations for view.

An art show will be held at the next KPBA's Fireworks celebration in June on the Pond. This Art Show is a Fundraiser that will help with the cost of treating the pond for milfoil and other invasive plants. A map will be available to all artists for all access points. There is a public boat launch for kayaks.

The Kendall Pond Betterment Association, (KPBA) is dedicated in keeping the pond a natural resource for future generations.

At Kendall Pond's fireworks celebration on June 24th, 2023, GALA will hold an Art Show displaying all of the artists' work for judging.

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd,1st Honorable, 2nd Honorable places. The 1st Place art piece will be donated & raffled off to the public with the proceeds of the raffle split between the Artist and KPBA.

Artists will also have the opportunity to display their work for sale in GALA's show during the afternoon hours of the fireworks celebration.

Several residents have expressed an interest in working with the artist to purchase their painting prior to the event. This is allowed but you must have to make arrangements with the GALA president.

Member News & Exhibits
Barbara Danser
Barbara Danser's pastel painting, Solitude, is on exhibit in the Go Figure show at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, NH, through October 29.

Joe Smith
Joe Smith will be exhibiting his art at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, MA in October. Keeping Summer will be a collection of scratchboard pieces and paintings paying homage to Joe's favorite time of the year and some of the places where he likes to spend it. The show will run from October 3 to October 28 at the library at 236 Main Street in Southbridge. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm. There will also be a Facebook Live preview on that date.
Alicia Drakiotes
Open Studio - October 8, 9, 10
10:00AM-4:00PM daily

Join me at Location #15 on the Monadnock Art Tour
New works in oil, matted reproduction pieces. Please call 603-313-3627 for more info or to schedule a studio appointment.

Coffee and Critiques
Coffee and Critiques sessions are held 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: 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
Jesse Connor & Mikael Petraccia
The East Wing Gallery, Gardner, MA
The East Wing Gallery is back!
Exhibitions, Gallery Talks, and Receptions will be happening.

Our first exhibit for the fall semester:
Paintings and drawings by Jesse Connor and multi-layered archival inkjet prints by Mikaël Petraccia.
Through October 20, 2022

Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6-8:00pm
Gallery Talk: Friday, October 7 at 1:00pm

Gallery exhibitions & events are free and open to the public

Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-8:00pm
Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Closed October 10

Come take a stroll through the Gallery and view the recent work by these two artists.

More information:

The East Wing Gallery
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green St.
Gardner, MA
Go Figure!
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
eople are inspiring! That’s the theme of an upcoming exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Titled “Go Figure” the show features the work of 35 artists. Included in the exhibit are drawings, paintings, mixed media works, sculptures, and photography all include and are inspired by the human form. The show runs from through October 29 at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The center is open Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5pm and Saturdays 10 am-2pm.

The show includes the work of 35 New England artists. They are: Amy Miller, Barbara Danser, Barbara Jo Kingsley, Barbara Morse, Cassidy Kehlenbach, Ed Wojtaszek, Edith Tuttle, Elizabeth Kelley Erickson, Gary Custer, Jackie Griswold,Jan Mercuri Grossman, Jane E. Simpson,Jill Goldman-Callahan, Karen Fortier, Kimberly McCullough, Linda Greenwood, Marcy Pope, Marie Despres, Mark Manley, Michele Riche, Patricia Schappler, Humberto Ramirez, Rose Lowry, Sally Keller, Susan Ellis, Susanne Larkham, William Turner, Maya Fredrickson, Rebecca Fredrickson, Craig Stockwell, Joan Hanley, Fred Howland.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural facility founded in 1966. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens, residents, and visitors of the Monadnock region can pursue artistic, educational, and civic activities. The Center’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment and enlightenment of the community. There is no admission fee to the Civic Center and all art shows and receptions are FREE and open to the public. The Center also hosts fee-based educational and other programs, as well as serving as the home to the Jaffrey Historical Society. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:
Mark Frederick Fisher & Jeff Root Album Release
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA
Saturday, October 29, 7-9:00PM
Ballroom, Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Road
Shirley, MA
(978) 425-4311

Accompanied by Kris Lucander, Jay Sharron, Bryan Chaffee, Donna Russo, Zack Root, and Grant Clark

Images of Atheism
Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA
Images of Atheism: The Soviet Assault on Religion

Through October 2, 2022

This exhibit explores the role of visual propaganda in the Soviets' war against religion. Intended mainly for domestic consumption, this remarkable campaign to eradicate faith is among the least known aspects of Soviet visual culture.

October Events at Great Falls Discovery Center
Turners Falls, MA
All programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Wheelchair accessible. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Visitor Center Hours: Open 6 Days a Week
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

NOTE: we are open on Monday holidays including Monday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibits. Adjacent to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center also includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible.

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Migrations
Ongoing, October 4 to November 1
Migrations celebrates the human and natural diversity of the upper Connecticut River Valley and the Americas. Paintings are curated by Guatemaya Art and Culture Connection. Colorful works depict scenes integral to village life, Mayan culture, and the history of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Story Walk® Series Honk! Honk!
Ongoing, October 6 to November 1
Enjoy a story, fresh air, and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE self-guided StoryWalk® featuring children’s picture book Honk! Honk! by Mick Manning. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. For readers ages 3-7. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Story Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalk® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.

Canal Investigation Station
Saturday, October 1; Sunday, October 2; Sunday, October 9, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Stop by our outdoor station at the Canalside Rail Trail entrance by the Center, visit with staff, and walk away with a better sense of where you are and those who came before you. Our Canalside Rail Trail is chock full of stories about the past! In case of rain, find our station inside the Center. In partnership with Montague Public Libraries.

Indigenous Lifeways, Loss, and Renewal at the Falls
Thursday, October 6, 6:00 — 7:00 p.m.
David Brule presents information on local Indigenous history, the recovery of Native place names, and recent efforts at healing from the tragic events of May 19, 1676 during King Philip’s War. Includes updates on the National Park Service Battlefield Study. In partnership with Montague Public Libraries. Meet in the Great Hall.

6th Annual Migrations Festival
Saturday, October 8, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
The free 6th Annual Migrations Festival celebrates the human and natural diversity of the upper Connecticut River Valley and the Americas. Colorful artworks in the Migrations exhibit depict scenes integral to village life, Mayan culture, and the history of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Raffle of artworks from Guatemala. Enjoy an exhibit of Katrina skulls, entertainment by Marka Music starting at 1:30 p.m., outdoor refreshments, a children’s book give-away, and art activities. Wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by DCR, the Montague Cultural Council, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, RiverCulture, the Nolumbeka Project, and the Guatemaya Art and Culture Connection. Meet in the Great Hall and in the courtyard.

Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Juggler Meadow String Band
Friday, October 14, 7:00—9:00 p.m.
Local talent, the Juggler Meadow String Band, rock and groove, roll with soul, and twang and bang! Refreshments available. Sliding scale suggested donations all support educational programming for the Center. Meet in the Great Hall.

Art Naturally
Saturday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Great Hall
Discover nature through story, poetry, and art in our series of FREE Art Naturally programs. Using words and images, instruction and techniques help you create an art piece inspired by the natural world to take home. For adults, teens, and children ages 6 and up (accompanied by an adult). All materials are free.

Kidleidoscope Story Hour
Friday, October 21 (Squirrels) and Friday, October 28 (Moose), 10:30—11:30 a.m.
For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Learn more about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Activities are indoors and outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall courtyard.

Great Falls Festival
Saturday, October 22, 12:00-5:30 p.m.
Discover us on Avenue A! We are joining the fray of harvest fun this fall during the Great Falls Festival, also known as Pumpkin Fest. Kids and families- come learn about wildlife and get crafty.

FAB Passion Fashion Week New England: Upcycle Fashion Show
Sunday, October 23, 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Join us for an upcycle fashion show in the Great Hall by FPFWNE. Sponsored by RiverCulture and Richie Richardson FAB.

Re-envisioning the Canal District: A Community Planning Workshop
Thursday, October. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This interactive event is the third and final community workshop for Canal District Master Plan - a redevelopment plan for the 16 acres of former mill sites along the canal. Come learn what’s in store. In partnership with Montague Public Libraries and the Town of Montague’s planning department. Meet in the Great Hall.

The Genesis of the Turners Falls Community
Saturday, October 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ed Gregory and Chris Clawson of the Montague Historical Society present an exhibit and new documentary introducing the post-colonial creation of Montague’s largest village. In partnership with Montague Public Libraries. Meet in the Great Hall.
Classes & Instruction
Needle Felting Workshops
Gardner, MA
Taught by Nicol Wander
Location: Gardner, MA studio or your own in-home Felting Gathering

All materials included
Class size limited 4-6
$50.00 per person
Learn & create: Owls
Santa heads
And more

Contact for available times and dates:
"Out of the Box" Arts Party
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Storm Hill Farm, 32 Grow Lane, Princeton
Saturday, October 8, 2022

Create from 2-5pm
Cocktails & dinner from 5-7:30pm

PAS Members and friends are invited to attend Jen Caswell’s Annual Party. You are encouraged to accept her challenge: In this bucolic setting, approach your ‘art form’ in an entirely different way than you traditionally work. Let’s discover new and fresh ways to look at our creative process, and perhaps find joyful rebirth in our connection with our craft. Jen is looking for outrageous, funny and daring!!!! She is planning a large group sculpture project to involve any and all.

After dinner we have found enjoyment in forming a circle and going around the room with each person having time to describe the piece they created. Of course you can just be an onlooker if that’s more comfortable. It’s a fun, friendly, positive and helpful experience. Come have some fun.

You may bring a guest interested in PAS. Please bring a food item or liquid refreshment to share.

Home: 978-464-2343; Mobile: 978-660-5668

Programs at the Jaffrey Civic Center
Jaffrey, NH
Writing Programs

The Jaffrey Civic Center is thrilled to be expanding its programs and workshop offerings to include opportunities in the literary arts. The center has teamed up with local author Brian Evans Jones on two new initiatives. The first is a writer’s group. Titled, The Contoocook Writers Circle, the goal of this group is to inspire and nurture writers of all genres.

Writers are encouraged to bring their writing, share it with the group, and receive helpful, supportive feedback on how they can develop it. All levels are welcome, from beginner to published. In addition to the feedback on writing, this is an opportunity for writers to meet other writers, help them out, and get ideas! The group is set to meet at Jaffrey Civic Center on the first Tuesday of every month, 6-8pm. The cost is $10, and you can pre-book or pay on the night.

The second program is Figures of Speech: A Poetry Workshop, in conjunction with the Go Figure exhibition. The workshop will take place at the center on October 18, from 6-8:30. In this workshop participants will write poetry that also explores the human form, as seen through the artists represented in the Go Figure exhibition, currently on display at the center. Writing about art is a wonderful way of making poems, and the workshop will explore multiple diverse ways of looking at art and using it as a starting point for poetry. The class will explore the exhibition for inspiration, write one or two poems about artworks, and get helpful feedback on their writing.

The workshop and writers’ groups are led by former Poet Laureate of Hampshire, UK, Brian Evans-Jones, who has taught workshops in America and Britain since 2005. All levels are welcome, including those who have never tried poetry before: Brian has helped many people take their first steps into poetry, as well as teaching experienced poets.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural facility founded in 1966. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens, residents, and visitors of the Monadnock region can pursue artistic, educational, and civic activities. The Center’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment and enlightenment of the community. There is no admission fee to the Civic Center and all art shows and receptions are FREE and open to the public. The Center also hosts fee-based educational and other programs, as well as serving as the home to the Jaffrey Historical Society. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:

Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
FAM at Home art activities and tips for creating art with children. Create with us from home!

Explore the artistic techniques, concepts, and themes behind Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collection artworks through these fun creative projects. Explore the full list of tutorials below. Click here for information on how to best use these resources.

Art Education at WAM
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Worcester Art Museum offers online, in-person, and off-site programs that cover a variety of subjects and media. In-person classes are held either in the galleries or WAM’s studios, and have reduced class sizes. WAM is following current CDC guidelines. Online classes are taught through Zoom and are encrypted and secure.

Call or email with questions, to register over the phone, or to request a print brochure!
Phone: 508.793.4333
Call for Artists
2023 Exhibit Proposals
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Calling All Artists!

The Jaffrey Civic Center is inviting artists, curators, and groups to submit proposals for consideration for the center’s 2023 exhibition schedule. There are three spaces available: the first floor Auditorium Gallery ($150 for 5 weeks) , the second floor Cunningham Gallery, ($150 for 5 weeks)and the first floor display cases ($75 for 5 weeks). All display areas are handicapped accessible. The exhibits can be for solo shows, invitationals, and group exhibitions. Artists and show organizers are responsible for hanging and taking down exhibitions. The deadline to submit proposals is September 9. By October 5, we will notify artists of decisions via email.

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.
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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.

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