Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
December 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Help Needed
GALA is seeking to fill these positions as soon as possible. Please send your letter of interest to

  1. President of GALA: Someone who loves and supports art (does not have to be an artist). Someone who is dedicated, a good planner, coordinator, and has good organizational skills. Works well with people and can network. Computer skills a must. Must be able to come up with new ideas and implement them with the support from the board. Marketing skills a must. Training will be provided for all the duties of this position.
  2. Vice President: Someone who supports and helps the president. Computer skills a must. Software we use is Jotform, Constant Contact, MS Word and Excel, GoDaddy, Facebook. Will train. Responsible for the music and guides the Music Coordinator.
  3. Secretary: Someone to take Board meeting notes and work off the president’s agenda. Email board meeting notes to the board to review.
  4. GALA Art Committee: This is a new committee and a Chairperson will need to be voted in. Members who are willing to help with preparing for art shows in the gallery or at other locations. Create and coordinate art classes and workshops. Work on having membership meetings with artist demos. Willing to help at the various shows. Will work closely with the board.
  5. Membership Coordinator: Someone who is in charge of the membership database. Needs to know MS Excel and be able to use Jotform and closely work with the President. Will train.
Holiday Art Sale
Open every Saturday, through December 18
GALA Arts Gallery

Everything affordable
Shop local & support the artists
Paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, notecards, and more. Many gift ideas for your family and friends. Several raffle baskets and tree ornaments!

135 Front St., Winchendon, MA

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

January 12 - February 7, 2022

Awards will be given: 1st - $150, 2nd - $75, 3rd - $50
Honorable Mention - 1 Year GALA Membership

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, December 20
Jury Selection Notification: Starting Friday, December 31
Art Drop-off at Fitchburg Art Museum: Thursday, January 6 Time: 4 – 6 PM
Art Pick-up at Fitchburg Art Museum: Wednesday, February 9 Time: 3 – 4 PM
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 13, Time: 4 – 6 PM

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.

Art Critiques
10:00 - Noon
Saturday, December 11th

Located at the GALA Gallery at 135 Front Street, Winchendon
Free to all GALA Members
New artists: First class is free

You may bring a treat to eat, we will serve coffee & tea

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.
Member News & Exhibits
Coffee and Critiques
Coffee and Critiques sessions resume 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:
Landscape & Nature Photography
In dedication & memory of Judy Sarkovics

Starting in December, 2021 at The Gardner Ale House, located at 74 Parker Street, Gardner, MA 01440

10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Scleroderma Foundation

Please follow me on Instagram for a preview of my exhibit where I’ll be previewing a photo per day for the next 35 days

Barbara Danser
Barbara Danser - Paintings & Glass Jewelry
Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St, Jaffrey, NH
Through December 18, 2021

For more information contact:
Shows & Exhibits
Small Works & Holiday Marketplace
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Something for Everyone!

Come browse, shop and enjoy hundreds of fine art and artisan-made, affordable holiday gift items made by members of the Princeton Arts Society. Wonderful small wall art in many media available, and tables will overflow with jewelry, cards, prints, ornaments, fabric items, original books, bags, ceramics, woodworking, and much, much more. Your holiday shopping will be made all the more meaningful by supporting our local artists. Checks and cash only, please. Face masks required.

Fridays: December 3 & 10, 6-8:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: December 4 & 5 and 11 & 12, 10 AM-4 PM

Location: 206 Worcester Road, (Princeton Senior & Community Center – street level), Princeton MA

December at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Open House & Small Works Show
Friday, December 3
4 - 6 PM

2 Shaker Rd. D101
Shirley, MA 01464

Upcoming Events at Jaffrey Civic Center
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Pastel Society of New Hampshire
Signature Member Exhibition

Through December 19

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH

Everyone Loves a Craft Fair!

The Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street Jaffrey, will be hosting a craft fair on Saturday, December 4 from 9-2! The Center is eager to welcome shoppers in to see the wide variety of items for sale. Santa will be at the center at 12:15, also, there will be a few crafts for the kiddos a bake sale, and a raffle! There is no admission fee for this event.

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. The Jaffrey Civic Center, located at 40 Main Street in Jaffrey, is open Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. For more information about other events and opportunities at the center please go to our website:
The Little One / Joan Ryan
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Through December 19

Public reception: Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 PM

Make your way to the galleries for two new exhibitions! The West Gallery will be brimming with many splendid treats for The Little One, showcasing the diverse skills and talents of our artist membership. In the East, Joan Ryan's wall installations for Myth Busters will trick the eye and ask us to question our cultural identity.

Both exhibitions will be on view in our main galleries at 44 Portland Street, and on our website, through Sunday, December 19, 2021. Gallery hours run Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00-5:00 PM, and are always free. Read more about these upcoming exhibitions below.

All visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings inside the galleries.

The Little One: A Members' Exhibition

ArtsWorcester West Gallery and online

An annual favorite is brought down to scale in The Little One, the ninth iteration of this members' exhibition. Delight in miniature artworks by over 140 artist members, which showcase a diverse range of media, technique, and subject. All ringing in at ten inches or less, these works demonstrate how small works can pack a major punch.

Great gifts come in small packages! You're sure to find something for the art lovers on your list with this fantastic show.

Joan Ryan: Myth Busters

ArtsWorcester East Gallery and online

Nostalgia is an important part of the American legacy. Its pervasive influence has defined much of the post-modern American identity. In Myth Busters, Ryan juxtaposes imagery depicting American culture and history--cartoons, childhood fairy tales, and political iconography--and confronts the fear and denial of Post-War World II America. The exhibition takes the form of a wall installation, in which large-scale charcoal drawings are set against custom-painted gallery walls, giving the illusion of American nostalgia ripping into present time and space.

The re-representation of historically familiar images challenges the viewer to critique traditional stereotypes of cultural identity. By examining images of identity through our cultural myths, Ryan brings into question the belief system through which our society sees the world. Her work questions our manufactured desire for a fictitious past while revealing the complexity of our contemporary culture.

When exhibitions are on view, gallery hours run Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5 PM.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Classes & Instruction
Needle Felting Workshops
Gardner, MA
3 Hour Needle Felting Workshops

Taught by Nicol Wander, MFA
Includes all materials & individual instruction to create your own snowman or Santa. Class size limited to 6 people. Adults & mature teens only (sharp needle used in creative process).

Tuesday Workshops:
December 7th, 6pm-9pm

Workshop Location:
205 School St.
Gardner, MA

Artist to Artist
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH
Creative entrepreneurs of all kinds -
join us for our fall virtual workshops!
$15 to register

Website Critique Group
Tuesday 12/7 5pm
If you’re an artist, you probably have some experience with the value of critique. A second, third, or tenth set of eyes on your work can provide valuable insight on how our work is perceived, aka how a viewer or audience member is connecting with what we create. In this Artist to Artist session, we’ll turn our powerful critiquing skills toward artist websites! We’ll examine the sites with an eye toward improvements that will facilitate a deeper connection with our work, a better user experience, and increased performance on the various platforms that we depend on to connect with people these days.

All Workshops:

$15 for nonmembers, $5 discounted registrations for members (we also offer a free registration option for those who are facing financial hardship.

All workshops are online events. Registration is required prior to the workshop in order to receive the Zoom link to join us.

Those who register will also receive a link to a video recording of the meeting in case they missed anything!

Arts Alive!
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH
Call for Artists
Small Works & Holiday Marketplace
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
The Princeton Arts Society’s Small Works & Holiday Marketplace focuses on small, original works and items. All mediums are welcome! We have wall space for framed pieces and have pedestals and tabletops for 3-dimensional work, printed material, and artisan made gift items. We are seeking your paintings, digital art, carvings, pottery, ceramics, ornaments, jewelry, drawings, glass, photographs, artist prints, woodworking, fiber arts, giclees, cards, sculptures, clothing, books of original writings and poetry, original CDs, and any other gift items your creativity has produced. Current or new membership required. Please see the our Call for Artist Entry Form for more information.

Call for Art
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Dodge and Burn
A juried members' exhibition

Submission Deadline: December 2, 2021
Notifications: by December 16, 2021
Drop off period: January 6 - January 9, 2021
Exhibition run: January 20 - February 27, 2022

Juried by: Beth Kantrowitz, independent curator and art consultant, Co-Director of Drive-By Projects

"Dodging" and "burning" are the ways photographers in the darkroom either lighten or darken different areas of an image. This technique has since been modernized in digital editing software like Photoshop. The resulting effect is a heightened visual contrast.

For this juried exhibition, we’re looking for contrast within a single wall-hanging artwork. Contrast may be visual or thematic. Think light and dark, big and small, textured and smooth, etc.

This is a call for wall-hanging artwork. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, photography, digital, fine craft, and video. Artwork must not exceed 48” x 48”, including frame, and may not extend more than 12” from the wall.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown at ArtsWorcester. All Artist Members may submit up to two pieces for consideration. The contrast must be evident within a single work, not between your two submissions.

Please contact with any questions about the call or submission requirements.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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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HEAL Winchendon is more than a project, it is a community movement for long lasting, “up-stream” change to improve the health and quality of life of Winchendon’s residents.We work hand in hand, building on our shared strengths and knowledge to address the daily struggles and needs of Winchendon residents. We strive to bring all people to the table to make change, connecting those who traditionally hold power with those who may have been excluded in the past. We hope to bring to life the Winchendon town motto: WINCHENDON WORKING TOGETHER!
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.