Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
August 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Art Critiques Are Back!
10:00 - Noon
Saturday, August 21st
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.
Water: A Juried Art Exhibit
Water is a juried exhibition organized by GALA. The exhibition will be held at the Fitchburg Art Museum during the month of January 2022

Call for Artists Entry Form will be available in July 2021.

We are notifying you now so you may prepare for this exhibit. In July we will send out an email for you to register with more detailed information.

Awards and ribbons will be given, following a reception

All visual artists are invited to submit their best artworks on the theme for inclusion in the exhibition. All types of art styles may be submitted, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media.

The theme is Water. Intimately familiar to us all, we emerge from the womb clinging to it, and spend a lifetime wading through it at every turn. Even life forms that don't need oxygen for their survival absolutely need water, such is its preciousness. The visual representation of water, in any of its myriad forms, is acceptable for this exhibit. Artists are free to apply their own interpretation in representing the overall theme. Representational and abstract ideas based broadly on this theme, in any media, will be considered.
GALA Coffee House
Live Performances Streaming Monthly

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

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
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 musician Bob Jordan will be performing:

Aug 3, 3PM: Holden Farmers Market
Aug 6, 3PM: Walkin’ Antiques Band - Petersham, MA Common
Aug 10, 3PM: Holden Farmers Market
Aug 12, 3PM: Orange, MA Farmers Market
Aug 13, 3PM: Westminster, MA Farmers Market
Aug 14, 9:30AM: Keene, NH Farmers Market
Aug 17, 3PM: Holden Farmers Market
Aug 17, Noon: Barre, MA Senior Center Lunch
Aug 19, 5PM: Orange, MA Street Fair
Aug 20, 3PM: Jaffrey, NH Farmers Market
Aug 22, 5:30PM: Walkin’ Antiques Trio - Pinecroft Dairy, West Boylston, MA
Aug 26, 4PM: South Wedge Farmers Market, Rochester, NY
Aug 28, 6PM: House of Guitars, Irondequoit, NY
Shows & Exhibits
Art in the Family
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Art in the Family – A Retrospective and Current Work
3 Generations of Artists – the Winchester, Woodard, and Larson Families
Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH, Cunningham Gallery, 2nd Floor,
Through August 21, 2021

In exploring the “Art in the Family” theme, Liz Winchester-Larson has been exhibiting her art work with her sister, Harriet Winchester, and brother Stephen Winchester, since their first exhibition together in 1999 at the Hollis Photo and Frame Design, in Hollis, NH where they grew up. With encouragement and stories about other artists in the family, including earlier generations of Woodard's on our mother's side, our artistic abilities came naturally and were nurtured. For this exhibition at the Jaffrey Civic Center, the family group of artists includes: Larry and Sarah Winchester, Liz Winchester-Larson, Harriet Winchester, Stephen Winchester, Louise B. Woodard, Charles F. Woodard, Bruce Woodard, Marion B. Larson, Kenneth A. Larson, and Sarah M. Larson.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm., and is handicapped accessible.

For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:

For further information and any questions about the “Art in the Family” exhibition,
please contact:

Liz Winchester-Larson
32 Maple Avenue, #19, Keene, NH 03431
Art in the Park
Sterling, MA
The Mass Cultural Council & The Sterling Cultural Council present:

Art in the Park
August 21
Sterling Common & Memorial Park

Please join us to celebrate the talents of local and regional artists. Craft booths and art, in all forms, will be part of this cultural event.

Elemental: New Monoprints & Watercolors
Creative Connections Gallery, Ashburnham, MA
Clara Dennison - 'Elemental: New Monoprints & Watercolors'

Join us in our newly renovated gallery space for the first opening in 2021!

Artist Statement:
"Many of my images are inspired by places I have visited and are personally significant. Many of these places are meaningful not only for their obvious beauty but also for the hidden beauty and the natural phenomenon that transpire for a particular place to exist. I am amazed by the constant changes that need to take place in order for something to live. The four essential elements, Earth, air, fire and water are key to the survival of every living thing. My monotypes and paintings are re-examinations of these places."

Curator: Mark Setevdemio
Venue: Creative Connections Gallery, 56 Main St, Ashburnham, MA.

Melissa A. Richard
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA
From Sitka Gallery Presenting: artist Melissa A. Richard. Her works are in the Artist Walkway located at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA. Her works are mostly mixed media and will be on display for the month of August.
Classes & Instruction
Colored Pencil Art Demonstration
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Pop Up Colored Pencil Art Demonstration given by Liz Winchester-Larson
Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH, Cunningham Gallery
Friday, August 13, 2021, Noon - 3 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition “Art in the Family - A Retrospective and Current Work - Three Generations of the Winchester, Woodard, and Larson Families” now at the Jaffrey Civic Center, and their Front Lawn Friday events, Liz Winchester-Larson will present a “Pop Up Colored Pencil Art Demonstration” on Friday, August 13, 2021 from Noon to 3 pm.

Colored pencil is a very versatile fine art medium, as simple as building up layers and layers, to different applications using mixed media, such as pastel or watercolor. In this informal drop in event, Liz will work from a small still-life arrangement to demonstrate how she applies many layers of colored pencil to achieve rich color and intricate detail.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm., and is handicapped accessible.

For further information and any questions about the “Art in the Family” exhibition, please contact:
Liz Winchester-Larson

For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:

Contact: Rebecca Fredrickson
Needle Felting
Gardner, MA
Needle Felting Workshops with Nicole Wander, MFA

Includes all materials & individual instruction for you to create your own Bluebird of Happiness or White Love Mouse.

An easy project for beginners. Using a felting needle and pre-dyed merino wool, participants will create a felted bluebird or mouse pin or ornament.

Adult or mature teens only (sharp needle used in creative process).

Tuesday workshops: August 3rd & 10th, 10AM-1PM
August 17th evening session, 6-9PM

205 School Street
Gardner, MA978-939-3726

Class size limited—reserve early

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
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
Looking for Craft Vendors
Turners Falls, MA
First Annual Summer Bazaar
Saturday, August 14
Peskeompskut Park, Avenue A and 7th Street, Turners Falls

Contact: Dawn Hubbard

Join us for the first ever annual event on Saturday, August 14 from 10am to 4pm at Peskeompskut Park, Avenue A in Turners Falls.

The vendor fee for participation is $30 for 10x10’ or $60 for 10x20.’ Space is limited and we are looking for a variety of offerings. The application fee is refundable if not selected, or you may pay upon approval. There is no electricity available. A portion of the proceeds to support the Brick House Community Resource Center.

Producers on the First Annual Summer Bazaar are Dawn Hubbard and Samantha Wessman. Please fill out a vendor application or contact Dawn at:
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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GALA continues its efforts to put out an informational, entertaining newsletter every month to inform its members of recent, current and future art news.