Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
April 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Annual Spring Art Show
GALA 2021 Annual Spring Art Show and Live Music
May 21-23, 2021 at the Red Apple Farm (Brew Barn)
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA

Deadline to enter: Sunday, May 9th

Opening Reception Friday, May 21, 6-9:00pm (awards at 7:00pm)

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.
*Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline

With either option, your entry is due by Sunday, May 9th

Live music provided all three days by local musicians
A special band, "The Big Random" will be there on Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00PM
Music will be outside under the big tent

You are invited to take part in the plein-air that will be happening on Saturday & Sunday. Come set up your easel anywhere on the property. Capture the apple blossoms, old stone walls, maple trees, animals, and scenery. Email to let her know if you will be setting up for the weekend.

Please support GALA by participating in the SILENT AUCTION. View the silent auction form. 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 entry form unless you are a current member. If in doubt, please email

* Important Note *
Please be sure to drop-off your artwork on May 18 between 3 and 6:00pm. If we do not receive your artwork by 6 pm, we may not be able to include it in the judging.

  • Entry Deadline Sunday, May 9
  • Art Drop-Off at Red Apple Farm Tuesday, May 18, 3:00 - 6:00pm
  • Opening Reception Friday, May 21, 6:00 - 9:00
  • Art Pick-Up at Red Apple Farm Sunday, May 23, 4:30 - 5:30pm

Please forward this email to others who might be interested in exhibiting or performing at the GALA Art & Music Show.
GALA Coffee House
Live Performances Streaming Monthly

HEAR the Music. FEEL the Beat. WATCH from Home.

Thursday April 15, 2021

This month our featured performers are David Lister and Fern & Rita. A native of the Pacific-Northwest, David crafts wistful songs about family, relationships, and unanticipated
discovery. Songs that bite. Songs that can make you laugh. David's music resides firmly
within the intersection of traditional folk music and Americana.

Fern & Rita have been playing and supporting the local music scene for over 30 years.
They bring their own take on all your favorite tunes. Tune in and sing along!

Join us! Help support GALA's musicians by donating. Thank you!
Or mail check to: GALA PO Box 664, Gardner MA 01475

Contact GALA if you would like to be a part of our monthly Coffee House Live Performances.

Member News & Exhibits
Alicia Drakiotes & Doreen LaScola
Alicia Drakiotes and Doreen LaScola will be exhibiting through April 30 at Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, 176 Main St, Keene, NH. The works will be available to view during business hours.

Alicia Drakiotes will be the featured artist at Prime Roast Coffee Co, 16 Main St, Keene, NH, through March 30. Her local art theme works in oil will provide a bright spot on several walls. Pop in and Check them out!

Alicia's work can be seen at and at her studio by appointment.
Shows & Exhibits
Notorious Weld Virtual Exhibit
Jones Library, Amherst, MA
Local sculptor Jon Bander enjoys bringing life to life old and broken tools and other found materials. He combines a passion for art and with a love for welding. He finds and uses manufactured shapes, placing them in new ways, cutting and welding them into something entirely new and original. The foundation of his art is in repurposing old materials. For instance, the “Cutlery Carnivore” (a large bird of prey) is constructed with over a thousand pieces of discarded silverware.

At 26 years old, Bander is just at the beginning of his art career, but he has been welding since he was 14. He is now in his fourth year of working as a sculptor. For the past two years, he has had the amazing opportunity to work with steampunk designer and re-imagineer Bruce Rosenbaum of ModVic on projects such as the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea aquarium seen in this exhibit.

A collection of Bander's work is being hosted online by the Burnett Gallery during the month of April, 2021. You may also view his work on, and @notoriousweld on Instagram. Email:
Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Through May 2, 2021
in person & online

As we have all been asked to stay inside this year, interior spaces have become heightened reflective zones. Inside Voices prompts artists to consider a wide range of interiors, including domestic environments, psychological subjectivity, bodies, architecture, and sculptural containment. The one hundred artistic spaces created for this exhibition reveal symbolic weight, mental and emotional states, fantasy worlds, gender roles, and personal memories.

For this ninth Call and Response collaboration between ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum, artists responded not only to the idea of interiority, but directly to one (or more) of ten artworks on loan from the Museum.

Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum is on view in ArtsWorcester's main galleries and on our website through May 2, 2021. Gallery hours run Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

Visitors must reserve a free, forty-five minute appointment in advance on Eventbrite before entering. Gallery capacity will be limited to ten visitors at any time, and all visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings.

We thank our friends and partners at the Fitchburg Art Museum for sharing their collection so generously with our artists.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Classes & Instruction
Arts Alive!
Keene, NH
The Art Table

The Art Table is a place where community members can pick up free art projects, kits, and supplies to do at home. These are great for kids, families, and anyone who wants to get creative and work with their hands.

Kits are lovingly assembled by Erin Sweeney and a team of crafty volunteers.

The Art Table is partnering with the Monadnock Food Coop and ReCreate to host a table of kits and art supplies. ReCreate is a collections drop off for craft supplies, recycleable and repurposable materials, and more.

The Art Table is partnering with the Peterborough Town Library to host Curbside Crafts, which also provides free art supplies and kits and pairs them with library books and reading recommendations - fiction and nonfiction.

The Local Crowd: Crowdsourced fundraising for your big ideas!

Tuesday April 6, 2021 from 12-1pm
Presenter Jen Risley
Free Workshop, or $5 donation

Project Planning for Artists

Wednesday April 28, 2021 from 5-6:30pm
Presenter Shanta Gander

Project planning can often seem daunting. If you are a writer, you may have questions of where to start in terms of managing all your writing projects. These questions also include thinking about timelines for creating and submitting your material. If you work in other areas as an artist—whether you are a painter, dancer, work with textiles, or within any other medium—how do you pace a project to completion as life is happening? This workshop is for the writer or artist at any stage in their career.

Arts Alive!
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH 03431
Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Create with us from home!

Art Projects Inspired by Our Permanent Collection

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.

Art Activities with Household Materials

These open-ended activities can be adapted for a wide range of ages, and require things found around the home as well as some common, inexpensive art supplies. Explore supplies lists and guidelines for creation.

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207
Call for Artists
Call for Art: Fitchburg Open Studios
Fitchburg, MA
Join us on Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26, 2021, for Fitchburg Open Studios for your chance to connect, network, and share your art and your workspace/studio with the public in the greater Fitchburg area! If you do not have a studio in Fitchburg we encourage you to pop-up at a location in downtown Fitchburg.

The cost to participate in the Studio Tour is $35.00 if paid before June 1, $50.00 if paid after June 1.

All registrations close June 15th, 2021, and no registrations will be accepted after this date.

Keene Art Walk
Keene, NH
Each June, art in mediums such as oil, pastel, photography, watercolor, quilting, mixed media and more take over storefront windows to connect artists of all ages with the community of Keene. Live painting, music events, and more are available for the whole family during Art Walk everywhere you look in downtown Keene, New Hampshire!

ArtWalk Keene is an annual celebration of local artists. Every year, Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire comes alive with art. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour around town as artists partner with local shops and storefronts to set up a personal gallery for their creations.

Visit the Keene Art Walk Facebook page to learn more and stay informed of dates and events.

Arts & Culture Directory
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, Fitchburg, MA
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
Arts & Culture Directory of North Central MA

Welcome to the first Arts & Culture Directory of North Central MA!

Produced by the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance and its partners, Sitka Creations and NewVue Communities, this directory will promote the diverse cultural organizations, individual artists of all media, and supporting businesses to an estimated audience of 20,000 or more in the North Central Massachusetts region.

The finished directory is slated to be published in June 2021. A printed version will be free and distributed to libraries, museums, galleries, visitor centers, and coffee shops throughout the region. A digital version will be shared extensively on social media platforms and e-mail marketing. We hope this directory will be a vital link to you and your organization.

Please join us and support this endeavor!

Listing and Ad Placement Forms

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.
Amherst Town Hall Gallery
Amherst Public Art Commission, Amherst, MA
The Amherst Public Art Commission invites area artists or groups of artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the Amherst Town Hall Gallery in 2020-2021 (July 2020-June 2021.) Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Exhibitions are on display for two months, and artists are asked to participate in the monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus (first Thursday of the month) during their show.

Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered.

Submission requirements: Completed application, artist statement and/or resume, and 5 digital images. A $20 entry fee is payable upon acceptance to exhibit. Applications must be received no later than January 19, 2020. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 9, 2020

Please send questions to Amy at
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.
All Star Award
GALA has achieved Constant Contact's All Star Award for 10 years in a row (2009-2018) 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.