Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
September 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Plein Air Gathering & Luncheon
Saturday, September 24th
Rain date September 25th
9am or anytime after
Lunch included

Come celebrate the day, explore Mel's farm and enjoy a country lunch with other artists. The farmstead is surrounded by flowers, a barn, antique car and truck, a cabin with a view of New Hampshire mountains, a pond across the road, and an old cemetery on the outskirts of the land.

You must RSVP for this Plein Air because we need the count of how many will be staying for a wonderful country lunch. Everyone is invited to participate.

Come visit on Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. A wonderful lunch will be served at 12 PM which is included. Rain date will be on Sunday.

Mel Haughton’s Farm
95 Baldwin Hill Rd
Phillipston, MA 01331

RSVP by September 21 by emailing Colleen Colleen at

Come and join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air. Then come to GALA's next Art Critique in October and share your finished pieces.

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
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
Francestown, NH Old Home Day - Art on the Green
Monday, Sept 5, 10:00AM-4:00PM

Join me in my tent at this wonderful one day event—food vendors, artists, and a great day to wrap up Labor Day weekend.

Art Classes - 8 weeks ($160)
Sept 13 - Nov 1
Held on Tuesdays at Keene Senior Center
70 Court St, Keene, NH

Bring your own materials. Individual mentoring on your work is provided. Generous workspace with good lighting and sink for cleanup. Class limit 10.

Drop in rate $25 per session. To schedule please call 603-352-5037.

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
Elevate the Arts Fest
Keene, NH
Sunday, 9/11, 3-7pm
Elks Camp
266 E. Surry Rd. Keene

Arts Alive is excited to host Elevate the Arts fest on the beautiful grounds of the Elks Camp in Keene. There will be music, art, games, food, and festivities!

Admission is FREE, but we ask that you register so we can have a head count.

The event will be on the lawns and in an outdoor covered pavilion at the Elks Camp out on East Surrey Rd. in Keene, just past the Goose Pond hiking area. There is also an indoor space in case of rain.

How is this a fundraiser? We're raising funds through sponsorships, by providing yummy dinners in partnership with Yahso Jamaican Grille, by offering snacks, and drinks for purchase, as well as hosting some pay to play lawn games and raffles for some great prizes! You can also choose to purchase a $10 donation ticket, rather than the free admission, if you’d like to give something!

Pre-order your dinner and packs of tickets for games and raffles in advance:

Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair
Townsend Historical Society, Townsend, MA
Saturday, September 17th, 2022 (9AM-4PM)
Sunday, September 18th, (10AM-4PM)
Townsend Common, 2 School St, Townsend, MA

The Townsend Arts and Craft Fair is our annual fall fundraiser celebrating the handiwork of over fifty-five artisans and skilled workers. The Common will transform into a marketplace filled with colorful and creative works by talented artists and crafters. We anticipate over fifty-five vendors, more music, food, and fun. This event is great for all.

Botanicals, cards, leather, metal casting, jewelry, clothing, food, bee products, art/photos, ceramics, glass

The Arts and Crafts Fair is located on historic Town Common in the heart of Townsend, Massachusetts, at the junction of Route 119 and 13. Food and snacks are available and there are restroom facilities on site. Please join us and help us make our annual event a success!
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.

September Events at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Friday, September 9
4:30-6:30 PM

Solo Show for Susan Wadsworth: “Mountains, Trees, Rocks, and Seas: Small to Mighty”
Work on display into October.

Fitchburg Open Studios
September 24 & 25

Gallery Sitka at Sitka Creations LLC
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464

Phone: 978.425.6290
Fax: 978.425.6280

M-Th: 10 AM – 4 PM
F: 12 PM – 2 PM
Open Saturdays by appointment only
Classes & Instruction
Programs at the Jaffrey Civic Center
Jaffrey, NH
Botanical Printmaking Workshop with Gelli or Gel Press Plates with Anne-Marie LaBollita
September 24, 10:30-12:30 $40

Working with an inexpensive gel plate, acrylic paints and pickings from your own home garden you can make beautiful prints without a press! These prints can be matted and framed, cut up for collage projects, or made into cards.

Gelli plates and Gel Press plates can be purchased online. All types of acrylic paint will work: artist and student grade, and craft paint. Participants should have a soft brayer and various types of paper to print on including: copy paper, magazine pages, rice paper and drawing or printmaking paper.

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.

Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair
Townsend Historical Society, Townsend, MA
We are excitedly planning the 41st Annual Townsend Historical Society Arts and Craft Fair. After a brief digital hiatus, we are coming back to our historic town common venue (with a few changes). We invite you to join us. To make this event the best ever, we are reaching out to large numbers of vendors, advertising extensively and adding more complimentary activities. We will also continue to have music, artisan demonstrations and a few surprises to attract the most amount of visitors to the heart of our community. We want this to be a destination marketplace for your handiwork. We appreciate your skills and are confident our visitors will too.

For fair requirements, general information, and application forms please visit the Townsend Historical Society website.
Call for Artists
Montague, MA
The Montague Reporter, a weekly community newspaper serving Montague, Gill Wendell, Leverett and Erving, invites local artists to submit designs for a special Wrapping Paper Edition. This special issue of the paper will be printed and sold to be used exclusively as recyclable and unique wrapping paper. The project is also a fundraiser for this independent, non-profit newspaper.

The paper will select seven artists from the Western Mass region to design wrapping paper pages this summer, based on their proposals and samples submitted by September 1. Each artist will be given the space of two full adjacent pages for their design, making a double page measuring approximately 20 by 22 inches. You may design in full color, black and white, or fifty shades of (G-rated) gray. Tattoo artists, comic illustrators, graffiti specialists, painters, street sketchers, kids, photographers, geometry nerds, type designers – all are encouraged to send in ideas for a wrapping paper!

The Wrapping Paper Edition will be printed during Thanksgiving week and sold throughout November and December, online and in stores. Each artist will receive a stipend of $200, thanks to cultural council funding from the towns of Montague, Wendell, and Gill, and the generosity of an anonymous donor. Artists will each receive ten copies of the Wrapping Paper Edition.

Send your contact information and a proposal for a unique wrapping paper design, along with up to three samples of finished work that represents your style (.jpegs please), to with “Wrap” in the subject line. Proposals are due by September 1, and selected artists will be contacted on Monday, September 12. Finished designs would be due at the end of October.

For more information about the project, contact features editor Nina Rossi at (413) 834-8800 or
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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