September 2015
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Brian Dickens
Bethany Price

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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Emily Royal

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GALA Artists Inspired by Murdock Whitney Museum

You are invited to view the wonderful artwork 
of GALA artists inspired by the building 
& grounds of the Murdock-Whitney Museum 
in Winchendon, MA!
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-5 pm
 * Judges' Awards announced at 1:45 pm
  * Live Music Performances ( see schedule) by
    Brian Dickens, Linda Markey, Brett Moulton, Nate Smith
Silent Auction of a limited edition print of an acrylic
    painting donated by the artist, Lori MacDonald
    (auction continues through duration of exhibit)
Tasting of  GALA Private Label Wines
  * Refreshments
Admission is free during the opening reception,
but donations are encouraged.
All other times: $5 (free for Museum members)
Show Location
Winchendon Historical Society
151 Front Street
Winchendon, MA 01475
Exhibit Hours
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 19, 1 - 5 pm
After the opening, the exhibit will be viewable
during normal Museum tour hours
Visit the 
Museum website
 for current hours.

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.


Are you spending the summer creating new artwork? GALA will resume our Artists Critique Group meetings in September.
Plan now to join us for coffee and conversation. 

Get some feedback on and insight into what you've created.

Saturdays on September 19, October 17 
and November 21  10 am-12 noon
at the 
55 West Lynde Street, Gardner, MA 01440

GALA En Plein Air
Don't Miss the Final GALA En Plein Air of 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015 10 am - 1 pm 
(rain date: October 10)

at the High Ridge Wildlife Management Area, 
Westminster, end of Overlook Rd.

Join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air.

What will you need? Anything that will help you create art outside of your studio.

The hope is for a couple of hours capturing the scenery as only artists can,  then convening for a gathering afterwards to gain perspective on the day's results.

Attendees should provide all their own materials, including chairs, bug spray and food.

We will meet at the parking area at the end of Overlook Rd. and take a short walk  into the area for some good fall colors and scenic vistas.

Directions to the location is provided in the registration form.
FREE for current GALA members! 
Not a member yet? Join/Renew Now

Email for your membership status.
Questions? email

Register by Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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
C.M. Judge
Juried Art Acceptance
photo by Elsa Voelcker
InVision: 2D & 3D Landscape 
at The Davis Art Gallery

C. M. Judge's painting "Insistence" has been juried into InVision: 2D & 3D Landscape, an exhibition featuring 80 artists presenting diverse interpretations of physical, spiritual, cultural, and ecological vistas. 

For more information on the artist 
click here.

Opening: September 10, 2015 

Printers Building, 
44 Portland Street, 3rd Floor
Worcester, MA 01608 
phone 800.533.2847

Doreen LaScola
Davis Art Gallery, Worcester, MA
Red Rain by Doreen LaScola
Doreen LaScola's piece entitled "Red Rain" was accepted to the Davis Art Gallery InVision exhibit.

Opening: September 10, 2015  5:00-7:00pm
Lily Field Jackson Park
by Doreen LaScola

Printers Building, 
44 Portland Street, 3rd FloorWorcester, MA 01608 
phone 800.533.2847

The show runs until January 8, 2016
Along with nine other School Street Art Studio artists, 
Doreen LaScola will be showing three of her plein air pieces at the  Levi Heywood Memorial Library , 55  West Lynde St, Gardner Mass during the month of September .  

Show will be open during regular library hours.

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.

Chair City Community Art Center
The Chair City Community Art Center is a volunteer run workshop where first hand accounts from furniture workers are made into hand-printed, hand-bound books using old fashioned methods of bookmaking. 

We honor the people who made the product that defines Chair City, while bringing the community together around the production of the books. This month, volunteers who donate at least 3 hours of their time can have a finished book. 

You don't need any special skills to volunteer. We will train you on the spot to make the books. You don't need to have worked in the furniture industry to get involved - all are welcome. 

If you did work in furniture industry, we want to give you a book and hear your story. Please get in touch or stop by. September's schedule of work days are can be found here. 

Upcoming days are: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 4-7 pm; Thursday, September 3, 2015 3-6 pm and Saturday, September 5, 2015 1-4 pm

 Stop in at 306 Central Street or email for more information.

GALA Members Johnny Botch, Paula Botch & Rick Flematti
Uniquely North Quabbin publication 
Three GALA members are featured in a new book, Uniquely North Quabbin, glimpses of nine North Central Massachusetts towns. Members Johnny Botch and Rick Flematti contributed photographs, and Paula Botch contributed a photo essay to the project.

A book signing will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Athol Savings Bank on Main Street in Athol. Books will be available for purchase that evening.

Uniquely North Quabbin was compiled by Marcia Gagliardi of Haley's Press in Athol. 

For a peek at the book, where it is also available for purchase.

Anna Ruuska
Honorable Mention Award 
Midway Geyser Basin by Anna Ruuska
Anna Ruuska's photograph "Midway Geyser Basin" received an Honorable Mention award at this year's Fitchburg Art Museum 80th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft. 

A number of other GALA members also had their work accepted into this juried exhibit! 

The show will be on display at the museum until September 6th

Visit Anna's website:
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.

The Artist's Reception will be held at Gallery Sitka on  Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 2 - 4 pm.

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

Roland Coates Colored Pencil Artwork
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Roland Coates
The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present the exhibit of colored pencil artwork by Roland Coates, of New Ipswich, NH in the first floor Display Cases from
Friday, August 28, 2015 through Thursday, September 24, 2015.

"From the mountains to the sea you will observe waterfalls, lakes, spring and summer flowers, farmer's fields, fruit, butterflies, birds and frogs. All done in colored pencil, my preferred medium. 
There is a little poetry thrown in."

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. 

Hours are Tues: 10-6, Wed-Fri 1-5, 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.

Inspiration Exhibit: Opening Reception
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
Inspired by Color 
Elizabeth Ricketson, Holliston

Please join us at the Post Road Art Center for the free opening reception of the Inspiration Themed Exhibit on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 pm

There will be plenty of great artwork, refreshments, and good company. 

All artwork is for sale and on view in our gallery until September 23rd.

1 Boston Post Road E.
Marlborough, MA, 01752
Tel: (508) 485-2580
Monday -Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm,
Thursday until 7:00pm

Click for more information.

Robert Carsten Pastel Workshop
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Robert Carsten Night Scenes in Pastel
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Paint the night and all that shines, glows and glitters. From a bustling city or town street to a serene, moonlit townscape or country scene, create a mood-filled nocturnal scene that explores a high contrast palette of colors from rich, gorgeous darks to luminous lights. 

Work from your photos or sketches. The instructor will have some photos as well. Demonstration, critique and lots of painting time. Materials list, all levels from beginner through advanced welcome.

For more information, please go click here

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Art Classes & Instruction
September 2016 - Lisa Ober - Pastels
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Blue Vases by Lisa Ober

The Workshop Committee is considering a pastel workshop with Lisa Ober.

It would be a 2-day workshop (weekend) in either 2016 or 2017. The tentative fee would be $250. 

If you would be interested in this workshop (no commitment now), please let us know so we can see if there is enough interest to pursue this workshop.

For more information contact:

For more information on Lisa Ober click the following link

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 Workshops: Drawing, Oils, Pastels
Monadnock Area Artists Association

Mark Your Calendar!

Robert Carsten  - Pastels - Saturday, September 12, 2015

All workshops are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted. 

Please check our website:  or write Carol at

2015 New England Photography Biennial
Danforth Art Museum/School, Framingham, MA
K. Tyler Untitled: Dust Storm Near Cemetery Road & Hwy 23
Emerging and established photographers who live or work in New England are invited to submit work to the New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Art's highly-selective exhibition of innovative, contemporary photography.

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.

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Hey Day 2015 Art Gallery
Princeton Arts Society
Artists are invited to submit their work to Princeton Arts Society's
HEY DAY 2015 Art Gallery
Art will be exhibited in both the Crocker House and the Sanctuary's classroom. 
Hey Day is an annual event with farm related demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities for people of all ages, food, music, art and more.
DATE:  Saturday, October 3 from 11 AM to 5 PM 
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 4)

LOCATION:  Mass Audubon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Goodnow Road, Princeton, MA

PARTICIPATION: There is no entry fee and member and non-member artists need not be present during the event. All work must be for sale. Artists may submit up to three original pieces of two or three-dimensional artwork. PAS Members will be subject to a 25% sales donation, and non-members 30%, with those proceeds shared by the Princeton Arts Society and Mass Audubon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary.
Please go to Princeton Arts Facebook  for the complete Call For Artists and Entry Form (deadline September 17 to assure inclusion). 
Other questions?  Contact by email:
HEY DAY is co-sponsored by Mass Audubon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, the Princeton Arts Society, and the Princeton Agricultural Commission. 

Autumn Themed Exhibit: Call to Artists
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
"Leaves of Gold" by Ricardo Maldonado 
Image taken from the Seasons Exhibit 2014
The Post Road Art Center will be having an Autumn Themed Exhibit in October.Submissions for the show will be accepted from Sept. 17-24 during our regular business hours and the opening reception will be Thursday, October 1, 2015 5:30-8:00 pm.

1 Boston Post Road E.
Marlborough, MA, 01752
Tel: (508) 485-2580
Monday -Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm,
Thursday until 7:00pm

Click for more information.

Call for Entries
Murdock-Whitney Museum Exhibit
151 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

It's not too late to get started.
 For artists that are still looking for inspiration, the gardens around the museum are almost in full bloom! Get to the museum soon before you miss it!

Bring your camera and/or sketch pads (no paints or messy mediums) & tour the museum & grounds.

Create one or two 2-D pieces of art over the summer months inspired by the 22 room mansion or gardens.

Visit the museum as many times as you wish during the Museum's regular tour times.
Museum tour fees are $5, but GALA members may tour free for an entire year by
becoming a member of the Museum at a discounted rate of $15 (normally $25).
Just let the Museum staff know you are a GALA member when you join.   Join GALA now

Museum summer open hours: 
Wed 10-4 & Sun 1-4

We will hold an exhibit at the Museum displaying the results of your inspiration with an opening reception on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 5.

The opening will include music performances and refreshments.

Please review the details in the Call for Entries.The deadline to register is 
September 7th.

Questions? Email

Call for Artists Toy Town Fall Festival
Winchendon, MA

Call for Artists  Toy Town Fall Festival  Winchendon, MA
Participate at the GALA booth  or with your own booth!
Saturday, September 26th, 10 am-3 pm

GALA will participate as a vendor at the festival.
We need volunteers to take shifts at the GALA booth. Volunteers staffing the booth would talk to and offer informational material about GALA to visitors. Email if you can help.

If you apply for your own booth, please consider displaying a sign identifying you as a GALA member
to help promote our organization. Email to obtain a sign & thanks!

Not a GALA member? Join now

Click here to apply for your own booth at the festival. There is currently no set deadline but if it is within two weeks of the Festival date, please contact Pastor J. Lillie by emailing or calling 978-297-3125 ext 105 to ensure that there is still space before you submit your application.

STARS Residencies Application Change
Northampton, MA
STARS Residency

MCC-s STARS Residencies 
is making a few changes to the application for the 2015-2016 school year to help applicants better describe their proposed projects. A 2015-2016 STARS sample application will be available on the MCC website on July 30.

The STARS application opening date will be Tuesday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m. Residencies may start November 10 and after. Applications will be reviewed in the order received and funding notifications made by November 6

Contact Program Manager, Diane Daily (mailto: for more information or help developing your application.

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

Ashburnham 250th Anniversary Celebration
Ashburnham, MA


Artists in North Central Massachusetts are invited to participate in the "Paint the Town" activity,
which is in conjunction with Ashburnham's 250th Anniversary. The purpose is to focus on the  beautiful scenery and architecture of Ashburnham. One does not need to be a resident
of Ashburnham, but the painting MUST BE of a location in Ashburnham. There is no  minimum or maximum size (within reason) and all mediums are acceptable. Photography  is most welcomed. There will be an Art Show on October 9th and 10th in Ashburnham.

To register (one must register) and receive further information please e-mail me at  (note the letter "j" between my first and last name), or call me at 978-827-4005. 

Thanks so much,
Dottie Munroe

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 Vicki Heidorn  or call 978-630-2340.


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

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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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