February 2020
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Derek Couture
Sahar Ghavimi

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele  
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis
Christopher Guerra

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

Hello friends,

It's already February, and the Annual Spring Show is coming up fast! Our Spring Show is April 24-26th. You have just over two months to start thinking about what you want to do for the show. This year we will be replacing the 5x7 wall with a silent auction. More information will be coming soon. We need your help working the Spring Show. Please let me know if you can help. It is a lot of work and we need you.

We will have three theme art shows this year in the gallery. More information on that will be coming soon, so keep checking your email.

We welcome Diane Stone as she takes over the membership responsibilities. Diane is a fun, enthusiastic person and an asset to our team.

There is only one seat left for the Wet Felting Workshop on Saturday, February 8th. We will be making two items: one small painting to practice and then a beautiful one-of-a-kind scarf. Register now.

This year, we will be renting the gallery out for private functions. Would you like to have an event in a space with beautiful artwork on the wall? If you are interested let me know. We are now taking proposals for 2020 group shows.  Would you like to have a group art show at the gallery, or do you want to join a group art show? Click here for more detailed information and to fill out a Group Show Proposal.

Our next Art Critique will be February 29th at the Winchendon Beals Memorial Library! Mark your calendar. Then next will be March 21st, 10 am - 12 noon. Notify Janet Dupuis to register at or call 978-868-0183.

Mark your calendars: GALA's Annual 2020 Spring Show will be on the weekend of APRIL 24-26.

We are looking for someone to help with marketing. To help find places where we can post and advertise our events. If you are interested, let me know.


Deb Giordano
GALA President


  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA Art Critiques      

GALA members wished to continue our art critiques through the winter months. Since our arts gallery will be closed for the winter, we have made arrangements with the Winchendon Beals Memorial Library to host our critiques there. The library is actually right across the common from the gallery. Park on the street and enter the side building and take the elevator up to the auditorium.

Next Art Critique Dates at the Library!
50 Pleasant Street
  • Saturday,  February 29, 10 am - 12:00 noon  
  • Saturday,  March 21, 10 am - 12:00 noon
Please email or call Janet Dupuis to register and let her know that you will be attending: or 978-868-0183

You must be a GALA Member to attend critiques. Critiques are free if it's your first time and free if you are a member's guest.
MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Dual Nature         

Along with three other artists, GALA members Doreen LaScola & Linda Widstrand will be showing at the Sprinkler Factory in March 2020 in a show entitled "DUAL NATURE". The concept is an exploration of the similarities and differences between encaustic and other paint mediums. Please join Linda Bigness, Joanne Holtje, Doreen LaScola, Linda Widstrand and Neil Wilkins at their opening reception Saturday, March 7, 5-8 pm at The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA. Regular Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm.

The Sprinkler Factory
38 Harlow St
Worcester, MA

Alicia Drakiotes         

Alicia Drakiotes will bring "Create a Series" classes to Jaffrey Civic Center this coming Spring, beginning on April 7 and continuing to June 28 for 10 weeks (no class the week of May 3rd). After a long run at Sharon Arts Center, the Jaffrey Civic Center has offered to host this class on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the second floor classroom.

Create a Series helps creative persons to reinforce, expand and explore new techniques, color palettes, substrates, etc., while focusing on the artist's preferred medium. Join an established group of creative folks  working in mediums such as watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylics. Individual mentoring provided.

10 weeks, $250.00

To register contact the Jaffrey Civic Center at or phone 603-532-6527.

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Shows & Exhibits
January Events at Gallery Sitka           
Gallery Sitka

Saturday Morning with Alice
Colette Shumate Smith & Friends

Join us as we present our third Alice in Wonderland art exhibit by Colette Shumate Smith. She and some of her fellow artists will have clocks, tiny framed art, sketches, 3D animals, and some furniture, ceramic art teapots and coloring books for kids on display. Come discuss the story of Alice and what it means to Colette. Enjoy Alice cookies, cupcakes, and tea!

Opening Saturday, February 1
11am - 1pm
The Bull Run
215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA 01464

Contact Gallery Sitka with Questions:

Phone: 978.425.6290
Fax: 978.425.6280

The Healing Arts Gallery, Peterborough NH


Barbara Danser & other selected artists

The Healing Arts Gallery, Monadnock Hospital, Peterborough NH.
February 13 - April 30th

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 13th from 4:30 - 6 PM

For more information contact Barbara Danser at

The East Wing Gallery            
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Stalemate II by Priya Nadkarni Green
Stalemate II by Priya Nadkarni Green
The East Wing Gallery

Raymond LaFontaine Fine Arts Center
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street, Gardner, MA

Fulcrum: An exhibition of recent work by Priya Nadkarni Green
January 28-February 25, 2020

We are pleased to announce the first exhibit for the spring semester: oil paintings by Priya Nadkarni Green using the painting technique of "wet into wet"  to create illusion with lush colors and complex color mixing. Come enjoy a stroll through the gallery. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, February 5, 12:30-1:30pm

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm
Fri 8am-5pm
Closed February 17
Open during theater events

For more information contact Gallery Director Joyce Miller at or

Upcoming Exhibits

Bob Jennings- Engineering large-scale sculptures
March 4-25
Gallery Talk: Wed., March 11, 12:30-1:30pm

37th Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition & Competition
April 3-25
Reception & Awards night: Thu., April 9, 6-8pm

49th Annual MWCC Student Art Exhibition
Work from foundation and advanced art courses
May 6-20
Reception: Wed., May 6, 3:30-6pm

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Classes & Instruction
MAAA 2020 Workshops                     
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Warm Up Your Snow-Pastel
Lisa Regopoulos
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10-4
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH

Class description: I may grow tired of the cold long winters here in New England, but I love to paint snow! I've lived in Massachusetts all my life and I have seen and experienced all different types of snow. I've shoveled it, snowshoed in it, eaten it, and plein air painted standing in it. I have had many opportunities to study it. I've seen how it is sometimes translucent in the sunlight on an evergreen branch on a sunny morning and the way the shadows dance upon it. There is warmth in the snow, and in the shadows, and I have learned how to create that effect in a pastel painting.

At this workshop, I will show you how to capture the calm moodiness of winter, while adding warmth to your pastel painting. The focus of the workshop will be showing you how to create stunning light and warmth in your snow scenes and also how to create beautiful shadows that don't look like thick blankets on the snow. Expect a pastel demonstration of approximately one hour, outlining how to achieve these effects following with lots of uninterrupted painting time and individual help at your easel. I feel it is important to watch the steps I take to achieve this effect, but want my students to have plenty of time to work on their own paintings and to ask questions.

Once you take a workshop with me, I consider you my student, and I will always do my best to answer any questions you may have after the workshop is over.

The registration fee for this workshop is $85 for MAAA members and $115 for non-members

Please visit our website for a registration form:

Spring Flowers with Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
Kendra Ferreira
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9:00 - 4:00                
First Baptist Church, Keene, NH

Class description: In this fun and informative workshop students will learn to create vibrant and colorful drawings with the simple tool of colored pencils by layering, blending, burnishing and creating rich darks. Colored pencils are an easy transported medium and can be used for simple sketches to complex layered drawings. We will also be combining and learning about mixing dry colored pencils with watercolor pencils and how this mixed media approach allows for a quicker build up of color and tone. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of this versatile colored pencil medium.

In this workshop we will be drawing cheerful spring flowers, studying the form and curves and creating colorful drawings. I like to begin the work- shop with a short discussion about materials and a short demo about using colored pencils and different techniques. Students will work from floral still life set ups to their own abilities with my assistance. I like to work a little with each person individually and guide each student to obtain his or her goals.

$65 for members and $90 for non-members.

Please visit our website for a registration form:

Intuitive Painting-mixed media Workshop
Jane Davies
Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:30 - 4:30            
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH

Class description: Connect directly to your intuition and express yourself with paint, drawing, and collage. Discover new tools and techniques that get you out of a rut and into a more spontaneous way of work-ing. We will paint to music, paint without brushes, draw with crayons, play painting games, make collaborative collages, make our own collage papers, create spontaneous mono prints, and more. All techniques are accessible, so those with less experience can jump right in. Experienced painters will find this a refresh-ing way to re-energize their art practice. If you have never painted before, this is a great way to start!

The registration fee for this workshop is $130 for members and $155 for non-members

Please visit our website for a registration form:

Capturing the Light in Pastel
Rita Kirkman
October 31, Nov. 1 & 2, 2020, 9:00 - 4:00
Stone Arch Village Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH

Rita's classic Pastel Workshop focuses on painting small and often to rapidly improve your skills and expand your knowledge. Learn to capture light and loosen up with Rita's innovative under-painting technique. Instruction emphasizes composition and techniques for a small format (8x10), value and temperature control, how to creatively interpret your photos and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle. Grow your grasp of values, temperature, color and composition in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! For beginner to advanced.

The registration fee for this 3 day workshop is $275 for members and $300 for non-members

Registration will begin in the next few months. Please contact to be put on a waiting list for a form.

Monadnock Area Artists Association
Mistyscapes & Nightscapes in Pastel                      
River Valley Artisans, Keene, NH

River Valley Artisans is pleased to announce the following workshop:

Mistyscapes & Nightscapes in Pastel
Robert Carsten
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10-4
Keene, NH

Class description: Working on a moderate scale (approx. 8x10), we'll accomplish two paintings. Robert will discuss concepts and demonstrate techniques for creating effective misty/fog and night scenes. Demonstrations, helpful critiques and lots of painting time. Please bring photos (foggy scenes and night/dusk scenes).

Our morning pastel: Learn to evoke a serene, tonal mood using desaturated color, soft edges and simplified forms in a misty or foggy landscape or harbor scene.

Our afternoon pastel: Learn to create high contrast against saturated color with a variety of edges in a night scene of town, city or moonlit landscape.

We will work on a smaller scale so as to accomplish two paintings. Robert will discuss concepts and demonstrate techniques for creating effective misty/fog and night scenes in the beautiful medium of pastel.

The registration fee for this workshop is $90.

Please contact for a registration form

Winter Classes and Workshops                      
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

Kick start the New Year with creative classes and workshops for all ages at Fitchburg Art Museum.


Acrylic Painting for ages 15 to adult
Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm
February 29, March 7, March 21, and March 28 (4 weeks; no class March 14)

In four classes, participants will explore the various techniques in texture, opacity, transparency, and clarity of this water based medium. Students will be challenged to develop a personal expression based on individuality, creativity, and critical thinking. $120, $100 Museum members.

Watercolor Beyond the Basics for ages 15 to adult
Saturdays, 1:30pm-4:30pm
February 29, March 7, March 21, and March 28 (4 weeks; no class March 14)

In four classes, participants will focus on the techniques associated with different emphases of light on subjects, including spliced, shadow, and distorted light. The classes will also emphasize creating substantial compositions to be critiqued by the instructor and class members. Some experience in watercolor is recommended. $120, $100 Museum members.

Memories as Muse Workshop for ages 15 to adult
(and ages 10 to 14 accompanied by an adult)
Sunday, March 29, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Create a tribute to a loved one in an artwork. Bring photos, writing, and other mementos to memorialize your special friend, family member, or pet. We'll supply paint, brushes, collage materials, paper, and canvas board. $30, $25 Museum members.

Yoga for ages 15 to adult
Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:45pm
Session One: January 7-February 25 (8 weeks)
Session Two: March 3- April 21 (8 weeks)

Experience warm-up postures, yogic breathing, and relaxation. Instruction is adapted for all levels of experience. $88, $72 for Museum members, Drop-ins $14 per class, payable in class.


Drawing Characters for Comics for ages 9 to 12
Sundays, 1pm-3pm
January 26, February 2, 9, 23 (4 weeks; no class February 16)

Learn how to make the body proportions and facial expressions of your characters express your story. We'll look at examples from professional comics creators, and draw our characters in different sizes, ages, and poses. Tips on how to develop your own story will result in a four-page story featuring your characters. $84, $64 Museum members.

February Vacation Week Workshops

Workshops are $22, $18 for Museum Family-level members, for each child. Supervised lunch hour between morning and afternoon workshops for ages 9-12 is an additional $3 per child (students bring their own lunch).

Assemblage Animals for ages 5 to 8
Wednesday, February 19

Create an imaginary animal with recycled materials, markers, and more.

Landscape Painting for ages 9 to 12
Wednesday, February 19

Paint a landscape scene with acrylic paints on canvas board.

Drawing and Painting with Watercolor Pencils for ages 9 to 12
Wednesday, February 19

Choose your own subject, draw it, then add water to turn it into a painting.

Pop-up Paintings for ages 5-8
Thursday, February 20

Paint a scene or design, then make parts of it pop out.

Register at the museum, online, or by calling 978-345-4207
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Painting the Landscape with Acrylics                       
First Parish Church, Fitchburg, MA

New Art Classes starting at First Parish with Doug Caves, Instructor
  • Starting Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 - 9:00 PM in the Dillon Room at First Parish Church UU of Fitchburg
  • Painting the landscape with acrylics, Beginners & Intermediate
  • 2020 Winter classes, 10 sessions, tuition $120.00
  • Instructor takes the class through the process of composition, mixing colors, and applying paint. Class will do 2-3 paintings in 10 sessions
  • Students provide their own materials, and floor or table easels
  • Those who register can download the material list on the confirmation page. Please register online
The classroom is large - it's spacious really, and can accommodate stand-up as well as table easels.

I'll take the class through 2 -3 paintings, from start to finish: composition, layout, color palette, application of paint through stages to completion. The first painting is one I choose, the second painting is student's choice, either paint along with me or select your own image to paint and I will offer observations.                                                             

Register online

First Parish Church
923 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-6307

Figure Drawing                       
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:30pm
March 4, 11, 25, and April 1
$79 per student
Coordinator: Corrine Goodrich

For more information contact:
Lifelong Learning
Joyce Miller, Chair of Art Dept.

Bring your drawing materials and we provide the models for figure drawing sessions in the college's art studio. Short and long poses will be set up for creating work either for a portfolio or to simply practice gesture drawings or full renderings. This is a casual gathering of figurative artists. Late arrivals or departing early is acceptable. Artists 18 years old and older are welcome to enroll.

444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440

Enroll Online

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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

Applications may be completed online

Please send questions to Amy at
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
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.

Princeton Arts Society Blog

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.

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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
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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There are many ways to volunteer! Please email  to express your interest in helping out with our organization.

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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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award 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.
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