Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
October 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Call for Artists: Holiday Art Sale
This is one of our most popular shows!

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, October 17

Holiday Art Sale
November 6 - December 18
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

Each piece of artwork must be $500 or Less. Used to be called, "Small Works;" we are now accepting larger pieces

We are also accepting hand-made Christmas ornaments to sell on the tree! Make and bring your ornaments to Drop Off! All ornaments on the tree will be For sale! Mark your prices before you arrive.

Two options for entering the show:
  • Option 1: Online Entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
  • Option 2: Paper Entry Form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment to: GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440
* Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline. *

With either option, entry is due by Sunday, October 17th

Entry Deadline: Sunday, October 17th
Art Drop Off: Saturday, October 23, 12 - 3 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 6, 10 - 4 pm
Art Pickup: Sunday, December 19, 12 - 3 pm

You will need to renew your GALA membership on your entry form unless you are a current member for the duration of the show. If in doubt, please email
We Need Tree Ornaments
Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This year we will be selling handmade tree ornaments during our Holiday Art Sale!

Everyone loves ornaments! Start making your one-of-a-kind ornaments! You have a few months.

Everything on our Christmas tree will be for sale. Ornaments must be handmade.

Bring your ornaments during the art drop off.

GALA receives 20% commission and you must be a member.

If you would like more information, email
Art Critiques Are Back!
10:00 - Noon
Saturday, September 25th

Located at the GALA Gallery at 135 Front Street, Winchendon
Free to all GALA Members
New artists: First class is free

This popular critique class is back with Janet Dupuis as our leader. Mark your calendar! There may even be an art challenge given to interested artists. If you would like a challenge let Janet know in your email.

Email Janet to let her know that you will be joining us.

A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your art work to share with the group. Come join us with coffee, tea, cookies and laughs.

Together we can achieve our goals.
Member News & Exhibits
Alicia Drakiotes
Alicia Drakiotes of Marlborough, NH has been designated the chair person for the upcoming Historical Society of Cheshire County (Keene, NH) upcoming exhibit by contemporary artists.

Man and Nature in the Monadnock Region has issued a call for entry of local area artists who are interested in entering the upcoming event which will open June 3rd 2022 through Sept 2022.

This will be the fourth cooperative exhibit that Drakiotes has chaired for HSCC, the first was "64 Miles: The Ashuelot River" in 2013. All works entered in the upcoming exhibit should be based on the footprint of the Monandock Region. Drakiotes can be contacted for further information by email:
Bob Jordan
Winchendon-based musician Bob Jordan has the following musical performances scheduled:

Oct 2, 1PM: Douglas Octoberfest, with Walkin' Antiques
Oct 5, 3PM: Holden, MA Farmers Market
Oct 6, 3PM: Peterborough, NH Farmers Market
Oct 9, 10AM: Keene, NH Farmers Market
Oct 12, 3PM: Holden, MA Farmers Market
Oct 16, 2PM: Westminster Circle of Art event, American Legion Hall with special guest Stephen Brown
Oct 19: Barre Senior Center Lunch
Oct 20, 1PM: Holden Senior Center

Contact Bob Jordan for more info and bookings
Shows & Exhibits
Emerging Artists Exhibit
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting an exhibit of artwork created by emerging professional artists. The exhibit, organized by MAxT Makerspace’s Sharing Arts Network, will feature the works of several artists who are making a splash on the Monadnock Regions arts scene. The exhibition will take place through October 9 in the Cunningham Gallery at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Exhibiting artists include: Alex Bell of Peterborough, Mia Stendhal of Peterborough, Sarah Spencer of Manchester, Rachel Kipka of Dublin, Christine Maugeri of Marlborough, Kay Kinderman, Linda Greenwood of Peterborough, Nathan Earley of New Ipswich, Raven Bartlett of Greenfield, Martha Behrens-Temple of Keene, Ben Asbury of Dublin, Maddi Asbury of Dublin, James Parison of New Ipswich, and Lauren Morocco of Andover.

Rebecca Fredrickson, Executive Director shares her thoughts on the upcoming exhibit:
“It is important for the Civic Center to be able to provide a venue for these emerging artists. It is quite an impressive show. We are thrilled to be able to share their works with residents and guests of the region.”

For more information about the exhibition and surrounding events email or follow

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. The Jaffrey Civic Center, located at 40 Main Street in Jaffrey, is open Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. For more information about other events and opportunities at the center please go to our website:
Chelsea Bradway: Be a Lady They Said
Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Through December 11
Chelsea Bradway: Be a Lady They Said
at The Hanover Theatre

Bradway’s photographs capture unique images of female empowerment in a challenging age. In Be a Lady They Said, women of different ages and races were invited by the artist to bring important personal objects into her studio and to pose for black and white portraits in a stark, simplified environment. The monochromatic, bare setting sets off the joy and confidence radiated by the subjects, and their diversity of strength, power, and presence.

Our exhibitions at The Hanover Theatre now have regular gallery hours, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Visitors to the Franklin Square Salon are required to reserve free tickets in advance. Please review The Hanover Theatre's public safety protocols before your visit.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Classes & Instruction
Needle Felting Workshops
Gardner, MA
3 Hour Needle Felting Workshops

Taught by Nicol Wander, MFA
Includes all materials & individual instruction to create your own felted owl. Class size limited to 6 people. Adults & mature teens only (sharp needle used in creative process).

Tuesday Workshops:
October 5th, 12th & 19th, 10am-1pm
October 26th, 6pm-9pm

Workshop Location:
205 School St.
Gardner, MA


Stonework Play: A Creativity Workshop
Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, NH
Saturday, October 23, 12:30-2:30
Andres Institute Of Art

Diana Suskind, a retired associate professor of early childhood learning, will once again bring her personal magic to the Institute in October for an Encore’ of her extraordinary workshop, Stonework Play. She has created a wonderful combination of activities for children and adults alike that captures the heart, mind, and soul of play, of learning, and of expression from within.

Join us in a personal experiment at the Andres Institute studio and grounds at the Summit.

Small class of 20 with people safely spaced. Fee $20

Stories to Share
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Everyone has a story! The Monadnock region is full of remarkable people with unique stories and experiences. The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to announce that, starting this fall, it will be hosting a monthly speaker series on the first Friday of each month, October to May, titled “Stories to Share.” Each program will begin at 5:00 PM, with a reception starting at around 6:15, with light refreshments. The series, which begins on Friday, October 1, is made possible through generous support from our Exclusive Platinum Sponsor Belletete’s, Inc.

Our first speaker will be Jaffrey resident Tory McCagg. Her talk is titled Growing Chaos, Healing Soil, Sowing Hope: Life at Darwin’s View. Tory will discuss her memoir and the path she took which led her to her unique lifestyle. She will share how things are going these days at Darwin’s View and what she envisions for the future. The talk will also focus on her life choices and their parallels to the world at large while emphasizing the themes of change, adaptability, and hope.

Tory McCagg holds an M.F.A. degree from Emerson College, where her thesis and novel, Shards, won the Graduate Dean’s Award. In 1999, “Roots”—an early chapter from her novel Bittersweet Manor—was a semifinalist in the New Millennium awards VIII contest. In 2015, Bittersweet Manor was awarded a silver medal for Contemporary Fiction by Independent Publishers. In June 2020, she published her memoir, At Crossroads with Chickens: A “What If It Works?” Adventure in Off-Grid Living and Quest for Home.

These programs are free of charge, however, to help support this event and others like it, donations are appreciated. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

If you prefer to participate via Zoom, please register here.

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:
Mini-Grant Program
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH
Give Your Project a Boost!

Arts Alive! proudly announces new a mini-grant program aimed at artists and creative businesses in the Monadnock Region. Applications for mini-grants of $50-$250 will open September 1. Grants will be aimed at and awarded to projects that help artists or creative businesses expand their professional abilities or increase how many people they can reach with arts experiences.

“We’re going to be really flexible with how this money can be used,” says Executive Director Jessica Getler. “Supplies for a project, marketing your work, a short term studio rental, getting work framed, booking time in a recording studio or performance space, hiring a babysitter and ordering takeout for several nights so you can focus on a project, gas for your car to get to a series of gigs, attending a workshop - whatever it is that will help you move towards the next level.”...

Arts Alive!
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH
Art Matters
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
A monthly interview series hosted by the Fitchburg Art Museum, featuring artists, staff, and community members discussing the power of art and its role in our everyday lives.

Belly Dance Classes
Magnolia Studio, Winchendon, MA
With Shri Rajuli

Drills and Strength
Tuesdays, 6-7:15pm

Drills and Choreographic Phrases
Thursdays, 6-7:15pm

Social Dance Practice—Hafla
Thursdays, 7:15-9pm

$50 for a five class card
$15 Drop In
Social Free for students
$5 for guests

286 Front St.
Winchendon, MA
Call for Artists
Exploded View Call for Art
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA
Exploded View is curating a community art exhibit in November 2021 at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, MA. The theme of the show is Repair. Exploded View is a poetry-performance-art collaboration of local artists and writers, and their Call for Art asks fellow artists to consider the following:

In this second pandemic year, it feels essential to perform maintenance and repair individually, and in community. Art work for this show may reflect on processes of mending, reconstruction, redemption, fixing, rebuilding, healing, and transformation. What strategies for individual and collective maintenance can be articulated by devoting ourselves to repair?

Two and three dimensional works will be considered for the show, as space allows. The exhibit in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center will run from November 6 to December 1. Associated programming during November is planned in connection with the exhibit, details to come in October.

To apply, please send an email with image files (up to three submissions per artist) to by October 25. A statement about how your work relates to the theme is highly desirable, but not required. Be sure to include your full name, address, and telephone number.

Selected artists will be notified by October 30. If accepted, work will need to be dropped off on Thursday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to noon and picked up Wednesday, December 1 between 10 a.m. to noon. Find ExplodedViewMA on Facebook and at the Exploded View blog.

Open Call for Mural Art
Montague, MA
The Montague Waste Water Facility is seeking an artist, or a group of artists, to design and paint a 10 foot circular mural for installation on their building, located at 34 Greenfield Road, Montague, MA. The intent of the mural is to highlight water ecology, our interdependence with the aquatic ecosystem and the environment more generally, and the local wildlife of the Connecticut River Watershed including plants, birds, fish and other animals.

Compensation for the mural is $2500 which includes all design and labor. The primed aluminum substrate will be provided to the winning artist as two semi-circles, which may be painted on or off site. The MWPCF is responsible for installation.

The deadline for submissions is 3pm October 25, 2021. Details are available on the RiverCulture website.

Call for Submissions: Virtual Community Flowcase
ValleyCAST, Whitinsville, MA
ValleyCAST invites you to be part of a virtual community exhibition where artists of all kinds can share the creative practices that help them tap into a sense of flow.

Join us in sharing the everyday art habits that help you get into a flow, whether that’s automatic writing, doodling, improv music making, free writing, or even crocheting. This project is our way of encouraging regular art-making as a practice for mental wellbeing.

The exhibit will launch in mid-September, with rolling submissions accepted through October.

Learn more and read the full call for submissions here.
Call for Art
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Call for Art: The Little One
A Members' Exhibition

Registration Deadline: October 28, 2021
Drop off period: Monday, November 8 - Thursday, November 11, 2021, or by appointment
Exhibition run: November 18 - December 19, 2021
Reception: December 3, 2021, 6-9 PM

We’re bringing our biggest exhibition down to scale. For the ninth iteration of ArtsWorcester’s “One,” all artist members are invited to exhibit one small-scale artwork.

Submit the one piece you want to exhibit most, regardless of medium or theme--but make it little. All two dimensional or wall-hanging artworks may not exceed 10” in any direction, including frame. Three-dimensional artworks may be no larger than 15” in height and 10” at the widest point.

All artwork must be registered online through the submission form.

After submission you will receive a confirmation email from ArtsWorcester. If you do not receive this email, please contact the gallery to ensure receipt of your submission.
submit here!

Please contact with any questions about the call or submission requirements.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Call for Entries: Man and Nature
Keene, NH
Man and Nature in the Monadnock Region

Artists are encouraged to enter 2 original pieces of art created within the last 18 months which convey the relationship between mankind and nature in the Monadnock Region. When appropriate, “gallery edge” is acceptable. 2D artwork must be properly framed and wired for hanging and not exceed 18×24 in. 3D art is accepted, but artists must supply a base. 3D art not to exceed 432 sq. inches. Please contact the exhibit committee with specifics about 3D art.

$25 registration fee. Save $5 if you register before 1/1/2022. For more information:
Artist compensation: Artists agree to contribute 25% of sale proceeds to the Historical Society of Cheshire County, but artists may designate more.

All proceeds contributed to the Society are tax deductible.

Call for Artists
Townsend Artisan Market, Townsend, MA
Townsend Artisan Market is looking for artists, photographers, and crafters to exhibit and sell their work in their new shop on Route 119 in West Townsend (the former Settle Shop). Spaces are available for rent on a monthly basis for craft items and wall space for artists at a 30% commission on sales. Contact Melissa Wison at
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.
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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All Star Award
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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.