April 2017
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Angele Goss
Tamar Russell
Norman Hebert
Larry Barrieau
Seven Hills-Free Expressions

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Kevin Bird
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis

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 
Gardner, MA 01440
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Newsletter Editor
Dana Armstrong

Massachusetts Cultural Council
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President's Note

Dear Friends,

Sweet April showers do spring May flowers
. We are preparing for the upcoming shows and hope you will enter your work and come support your local artists.

It's Time To Renew Your Membership!

Photography Exhibit Saturday April 22nd. Deadline to register is Sunday, April 2nd

Spring May Basket Workshop Saturday, April 8th. Come and have some fun! Morning session 10-12 and afternoon 1-3. If you come in the afternoon bring some wine! Register online or call Louise 978-874-2660.

Art Critique Saturday, April 1st  10-12

Annual Spring Show May 19th-21st

Special Collage Workshop by Jill Pottle on June 11th


This year's Spring Show we are eliminating the Silent Auction. We will be replacing it with "OFF THE WALL ART SALE." You may donate one or more pieces of art. Pieces must be exactly 5"x7" in size, and do not have to be framed. Put your name and title on the back of the piece. If not framed, GALA will then frame the pieces and all pieces will be $60 to purchase. The artist & GALA will each receive 50% of the sale proceeds. Please create some pieces to donate for THE WALL and you may bring them during drop off. This will be fun!

PROFFESSIONAL CRITIQUES (OPTION): At the Spring Show we are allowing you to purchase a professional art critique of your entries in the show. On the Entry Form it will ask if you would like a critique. It will cost $20 per piece. You will receive a critique from all three judges and it will be mailed to you in 10 business days. This is an option and is not mandatory, only if you would like some professional feedback.

We are always looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with the shows. We are also looking for someone to be our Event Coordinator. Would you like to serve on the board? Please call me if you want to join our fun crew at 978-407-1419!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
All Star Award 

We are pleased and honored to announce that GALA is a Constant Contact All Star Award recipient for the 8th year in a row. More information
Part-Time Event Coordinator

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) is a growing organization of artists and musicians headquartered at 135 Front Street in Winchendon. We are seeking a part time volunteer willing to commit an average of four to eight hours a week as our Events Coordinator for our new Arts Gallery. We are looking for a dynamic individual who works well with people, computer literate, good organization and communication skills. We will train the right person to join our group. Interested candidates should submit a resume to:

Gardner Area League of Artists
P.O. Box 664
Gardner, MA 01440

GALA 2017 Spring Photography Exhibit

April 22-27, 2017 (Please note the date/time changes)
Exhibit Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm

Old Murdock Senior Center
2nd Floor Auditorium
52 Murdock Ave.
Winchendon, MA 01475

Entry Deadline: Sun., April 2, 2017
Opening Reception & Judges' Awards: Sat., April 22, 2-5 pm
Exhibit Viewing & People's Choice Award: Sun, April 23, 2-5 pm
Art Drop-off at Old Murdock Senior Center: Thu., April 20, 4-6 pm
Art Pick-up at Old Murdock Senior Center: Fri., April 28, 3-5 pm

Paul Goodwin: Instructor, President of Worcester County Camera Club
Winchendon Town Manager
COA Director
GALA President

Enter online

En Plein Air 
Lilacland, Pelham, MA

This activity is a free benefit for GALA members.
Not a member? Join Now
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 AM to whenever
Rain Date: Saturday, May 27th
Register online
Deadline is Wednesday, May 10

Lilacland is a unique and beautiful spot where the Lumley family has for many years collected and planted a wide variety of lilacs as well as other flowering and fruit trees.  The property has over 300 varieties of hybrid lilacs, as well as wisteria, crabapple and dogwoods. Our visit is timed to coincide with the flowering of the lilacs.

Artists who register will be provided directions. Pelham is next to Amherst and is about a 45 minute drive from Gardner.

We are working on the rest of the Plein Air schedule and will announce more dates soon.  

For more info, please contact Joe Smith 978-249-2306, or

Email for your membership status.

GALA 2017 Spring Art Show: Call for Entries 
May 19, 20, & 21

GALA 2017 Spring Art Show with Live Music!
May 19 - 21, 2017 at the Winchendon American Legion
295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475

Opening Reception Fri., 6-9 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm)
We are very pleased to welcome our distinguished judges
Barbara Danser, Paul Goodwin & Earl Schofield
Read about our judges.

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, your entry is due by April 21.
Please support GALA by participating in an exciting new event called the "Off the Wall Art Sale" and/or donating items to the Artwork Raffle. See the Call for Entries for details on these important fundraising events.

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. Indicate your interest on your entry form.
You will need to renew your GALA membership on your entry form unless you are a current member. If in doubt, please email
Advice on how to write an artist statement.

Important Dates to Remember
  • Entry deadline: Fri., April 21  
  • Art drop-off at Legion: Wed., May 17,  4-6 pm
  • Opening Reception: Fri., May 19,  6-9 pm
  • Art pick-up at Legion: Sun., May 21,  4:15-5:15 pm
Show Location & hours

Winchendon American Legion  
295 School Street (Route 12), Winchendon, MA 01475
Friday   May 19   6 - 9 pm
** Judges' Awards announced at 7:00 pm **
Saturday   May 20   11 am - 5 pm
Sunday   May 21   Noon - 4 pm

GALA Renovations Update     

In response to the February GALA newsletter, we were delighted to see some participation in the GoFundMe campaign. Thanks! We will use these funds to make GALA's space truly special: lighting system, flooring, artwork hanging supplies, and sound equipment for our musicians.  

A boost now would enable us to finance the improvements in time for our good weather open season. If 100 people donate $10, that gets us $1,000 closer. Any amount helps! For this campaign, use this link, GoFundMe, or if you prefer, mail a check to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA  01440, with GALA Arts Gallery Project in the subject line.

See a photo gallery of our project. Spread the word and help us reach this goal for 2017! Show Your Support Now!

Artist's Collage Workshop
GALA Arts Gallery, Winchendon, MA

Instructor: Jill Pottle

Sunday, June 11,
10 am - 2 pm

GALA Members: $45  per person
Not a member? Join Now!
Non-Members: $55 per person

To be held at the GALA Arts Gallery at
135 Front Street, Winchendon MA 01475

For Workshop Details

To enroll and pay online with a credit/debit card
or PayPal account, click here

GALA Presents May Basket Workshop 
GALA Arts Gallery, Winchendon, MA

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 am - 12 pm
Free & Open to the Public!

Keep the Tradition Going!

May Day Baskets in the 19th and 20th Centuries was a springtime tradition in America and other countries. Having but disappeared from our culture, this spring ritual of making and giving little floral baskets filled with candies, nuts, flowers, or little presents, people today know little or nothing about. Traditionally secretly given to someone you love to receive a special surprise. Participants in the workshop will learn of the custom and create May Baskets using traditional colorful crepe paper floral techniques. Originality will be encouraged for future creations. Open to all age levels.

Registration Required

Register online or call 978-874-2660
Saturday,  April 8,  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Located at the GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon MA 01475
Art Instructor: Louise Parmenter-Hammerman

Funded by Winchendon Cultural Council

GALA Artist Critiques  
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Bring your work to share-paintings, photos, all mediums accepted.

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.

Artist critiques are held on the first Saturday of each month during May and June

May 6, 2017 10am-12noon
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA.

Register by May 4 for the next critique to be held on May 6

GALA Online Auction  

  We sure could use more items for our Online Auction.

It is spring cleaning time-do you have quality items that you would like to donate to help us out?

Gift certificates are great for our auction. Reach out to your local businesses; we still need your help!  
Please call 978-407-1419 to make arrangements to drop-off your donations. We will also make arrangements to pick up because we need our track lighting system.
Print the Donor Item Form
Please fill out this form for each item donated and attach it to the item.  
The auction will begin as soon as we get enough items.

Volunteer Request  

GALA Color Logo Volunteer Coordinator

Do you have good organization skills? Do you love helping people and enjoy putting events together?

GALA is growing and we need help in this area. We need someone with fun energy to join our team and help coordinate our events. This is a volunteer position about six hours per week with training. If you are interested in helping with the Arts, email your letter of interest to or mail to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner MA 01440.

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
Nina Rossi
Jones Libtrary, Amherst, MA    
Motherbones: Tribute to Alice S Rossi
Presenting recent works by Nina Rossi at the Burnett Gallery, Jones Library during April. Come see a tabletop band of musicians called The Anchovies; The Shoes of Turners Falls; and other weirdly original work.

"I enjoy the mystifying way that decisions in the artistic realm feel like foregone conclusions in some deep part of the brain where the architect of my dreams is cooking up a lunch of tasty little ideas. I also explore compositional urges inspired more by materials than by ways of seeing. Idea and form progress in tandem to conclusions influenced by a large inventory of castaways."~nina

April 2 to April 29. Gallery hours are Mondays, 1 to 5; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4:30. The Jones Library is at 43 Amity Street, Amherst. Visit for more info; or for info on the artist. Reception to be held during Amherst Art Walk on Thursday, April 6, from 5 till 8 p.m.

Nina Rossi 413.834.8800;

Kate Schaffer Art
Center for Wound Care, Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA    
The Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital is currently exhibiting the art of GALA artist, Kate Shaffer. In May the art of Carolyn Carter and two of her students will be displayed. The space has a professional display system and accommodates up to 12 pieces.  Artists interested in exhibiting at the Center for Wound Care should contact Vicki Heidorn,

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Art Shows & Exhibits
29th Annual Art Exhibit        
Greater Gardner Artists Association, Gardner, MA

The Greater Gardner Artists Association will be holding their 29th annual art exhibit with an opening date of Friday, April 21, 2017, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in the Boland Room of Heywood Place, located at 65 Lake St, Gardner, MA 01440. Opening night will include food, music and awarding of special ribbons. The show reopens on Saturday, April 22, from 12 noon to 5pm and on Sunday, April 23, from 12noon until 4pm. A raffle table will be available at all times during the open show, and a special chair decorated by member, Linda Phelps, will also be raffled off separately.

Earth's Magic            
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA

Gallery Sitka is excited to be hosting NYC artist, Beth Barry, April 22nd from 2-4 PM at our Fitchburg location. Beth's show will be accompanied by an Earth Day show featuring work by other artists.
The show is fittingly titled "Earth's Magic," and reflects on the ethereal complexity and wonder that is Mother Nature. We invite everyone to come and be inspired by the richness of the earth through Beth Barry's paintings, and to celebrate the rich beauty we get to take in every day.
Gallery Sitka West
454 Main St.,
Fitchburg, MA

For more information contact:
Tamara Delaney
Sitka Creations

Spring Exhibitions          
East Wing Gallery, Mount Wachusett Community College

34th Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition & Competition 
Come stroll through the gallery and enjoy some art this month.

All exhibitions, gallery talks and events are free and open to the public.

April 3 - April 21
Reception & Awards: Thursday, April 6, 6:00-8:00pm

46th Annual MWCC Student Art Exhibition 
Work from foundation & advanced art courses
May 5 - May 17

For more information contact: Joyce Miller, Gallery Director or visit MWCC Art Dept. Facebook page

Hollis Pop-Up Art Show             
Hollis Arts Society, Hollis, NH

May 6 - May 7, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Do you have a craving for art, music and yummy desserts? Join the members of the Hollis Arts Society for an uplifting day of amazing 2D and 3D art by local artists. There will be live art with a variety of engaging demonstrations going on throughout the weekend. Sit down and relax with light music and a cozy dessert cafe. For more information, visit or call 978.597.5749.

Lawrence Barn
28 Depot Road, Hollis NH

Fine Art & Fine Tea            
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

Saturday, May 13, 4PM. "Fine Art & Fine Tea", a special event with artist Candace Anderson. Candace will share stories about her close artistic relationship with Barbara Ellis, the artist for whom the gallery at Petersham Art Center is named. Candace often traveled on painting adventures with Barbara and treasured her friendship and inspiration for many memorable years. Candace will weave in her own artistic journey as she herself developed and matured as an artist. Guests will enjoy fine tea and fine refreshments as they share in the celebration. This event is  free, although a donation basket will be available. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST due to limited space.

For more information, please call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415. PAC is located at 8 North Street, just off Route 32, near the Petersham Common.
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Art Classes & Instruction
Seascapes in Pastel with Liz Haywood Sullivan           
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

April 1 & 2, 2017
In this two-day intensive workshop we will explore the intricacies of painting moving water and the seascape in pastel. We will use underpainting to assist the development of the layers of transparency found in water. Topics to be covered include how to depict sea spray and sea foam, creating depth and distance in water, wet sand, creating strong compositions and working with values in water. There will be a daily demonstration and group critiques, along with plenty of one-on-one instruction at your easel.

For more information and a registration form, please visit our website.

Only 5 or 6 spaces left. Please contact Carol at with questions.

New Classes at Petersham Art Center            
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

April 8, 9:00 - noon, SPRING BASKETS with Sue Morello. Ages 14 & up. Perfect for flowers, chocolate bunnies, and decorated eggs!

Cost:  members $15 / $35 non-members, Materials Fee $15.

Call 978-724-3415 for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 6th, 9AM-12Noon. "Creative Book Making" with Chris Eaton.  Ages 6 & Up. Participants will learn how to construct a handmade book with unique covers. Each person will make three  blank books, one with a classic marbleized cover and two with creative and whimsical themes. You can start your own spring journals or give them as gifts. Cost is $15 mem/$35 nonmem/$7 materials fee.

Saturday, May 20, 9AM-12Noon. "Pastel Masterpieces" with fine artist Lisa Regopoulos. Ages 18 & Up. Create your own masterpiece with an experienced artist to guide your work. Each person will create a small, finished painting, achieving a luminous effect with the use of pastel paired with the technique of   alcohol underpainting. Cost is $15 mem/$35 nonmem. All skill levels are invited.  Participants must bring their own art supplies. A list of what is needed can be obtained by calling the Petersham Art Center or contacting Pam at

For any of these events, please call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415. PAC is located at 8 North Street, just off Route 32, near the Petersham Common.

Summer Landscape Workshop with Jill Pottle            
Orr's and Bailey Islands, ME

June 25 - June 29, 2017

This will be Jill's 6th year taking a group of artists to paint on the lovely coast of Maine. Workshop fee includes a lesson each day, most of the meals, and time to connect with other artists. Sure to be a great experience.

If interested please contact Jill Pottle at or 978-582-0985.

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Call for Artists: Art Walk 2017
Downtown Keene, NH

Friday, June 2nd, through Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Here's your chance to show your work in a juried show with a large audience. Fill in the entry form, enclose your entry fee and mail it in before April 3rd. Email your bio and art work samples.

This is a juried show and not all applicants may be accepted.

Official Deadline: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Artists must be over 18 to apply. Younger students need to be part of a school submission. The fee will be waived for college students. Please send the form and your non-refundable $35 entrance fee to the address below. Checks should be made out to Keene Downtown Group.

Creative Encounters
18 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431

Any questions or suggestions should be directed to: Madeline Ullrich at
Call for Artists: Art, Artisan and Specialty Fair
UU Society of Gardner, 66 Elm Street, Gardner, MA

Art, Artisan and Specialty Fair, May 6, 2017
UU Society of Gardner, 66 Elm Street, Gardner, MA
Deadline April 30 or when capacity is reached
$25 for an 8x3 table and $15 for a 1/2 space table

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner invites artists and artisans to offer their work for sale at their Fair, Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair features independent artists, craftspeople, and specialty vendors.  Publicity will promote creative and specialty items of the participating individuals.  (This event will NOT have a flea market component.)

To register, 978-632-0222, or
Call for Artists: Annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA

The Princeton Arts Society invites current and new members to participate in "Awakenings", our 26th Annual Spring Exhibit and Sale, May 6 and 7, 2017. Opening Reception May 5. Signup for new members can be done at the time of art drop-off.

The show is open to two and three-dimensional media artists and will be judged as a single body of work with cash prizes awarded. Entries are limited to three (3) pieces per artist. There is a $5 hanging fee required for each piece entered.

Please go to for the Call for Artists, Show Entry Form and membership information.

Art in the Park
Keene, NH

September 2nd and 3rd, 2017; 10 AM - 4 PM

Annual Labor Day event with over 80 artists at Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene, NH. Music provided by Keene Music Festival.

Food, music, raffles; free and open to the public.

Deadline: If you want the same space you had last year, your application must be received by April 30th, 2017. Thereafter, all applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. No exceptions! Deadline for all applications is Friday, July 7th, 2017. Participation will be limited to 85 exhibitors.

Entry Fee: MAAA members: $100 Non-members: $150. Fees are Non-Refundable.

Download the application or visit our website for more information

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 or call Heidi at 879-248-9995 or 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. 
Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information
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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
The Creative Underground

It's time to reveal your hidden talent and show your work!

The Creative Underground is now accepting new members to their artisan gallery. Located at the Hudson Mill, 43 Broad Street in Hudson, TCU offers artists the opportunity to display their work for a low monthly membership fee with an extremely high commission rate back to you!

We are looking for a mix of works - fine art, hand-crafted, glass, wood, metal, and reclaimed, jewelry and out-of-box works.

Applications are now being accepted for new memberships.

Email us at

Provide us with a little info to start: 
  • Contact info
  • 4-6 sample (low-resolution jpeg preferred/zip larger files)
  • Short description and motivation
  • Materials used
  • Price range
  • Quantity of inventory available (small-moderate amount is need to start, but replenishing is needed through the year).

TCU mission is to reveal the hidden talent of artists in your communities to both encourage and support the arts. 

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

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

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More Exhibits & Classes
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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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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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award All Star Award

GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 8 years in a row (2009-2016) 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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