Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
February 2023
GALA Events/Announcements
Congratulations and Thank You
In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in November 2022, Vicki & Chuck Heidorn chose GALA as the recipient for charitable contributions. Through the Evite portal, guests contributed $200 to GALA!

Thanks for thinking of GALA and congratulations on making it to this milestone anniversary! Chuck, the artist, is one of the original founders of GALA, a former president of GALA, and a current board member. Vicki, the wordsmith who loves being grandma to 7 grandchildren ages 2 to 12, supports the arts and artists of all description. Choral singing with Salisbury Singers of Worcester is their musical outlet, and they hope some of you will attend one of the concerts this year. Chuck and Vicki are proprietors and picture framers at Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing in Gardner.
Art Critiques
Next Critique scheduled
Saturday, February 18th
10:00 am - NOON

Art Critique will be held at the New Dawn Arts Center, 84 Main Street, Ashburnham MA. White church, red door. We will be upstairs. Come and join us!

Coffee and tea are provided—bring a snack if you wish.

Free to all GALA Members. New artists, first class is free.

A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork to share with the group.

Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together. Mark your calendar!

Email Janet to let her know that you will be joining us at

Mystery Art Challenge

Take the Challenge! We are adding something new and exciting to our regular critiques. At the next critique we will be handing out Mystery Briefcases. Inside, are miscellaneous items that you must use to create a piece of art, with brief instructions for you to follow. Choose your briefcase. Do not open your briefcase until you get home. Bring your finished art piece to the next critique to share with the group. Eventually, we would like to collect everyone's finished challenges and have an Art Challenge Show.

If you would like to take this art challenge, email Deb so she will know how many briefcases to prepare and bring to the January critique.

You may also just stop by and pick up your briefcase for next month's critique.

There will be a $5 materials fee to help support each briefcase.

If everyone enjoys these art challenges, we will continue to have new challenges at our future critiques. We are excited to see what you will create with your mystery briefcase.

Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together.

Mark your calendar!

Email Janet at to let her know that you will be joining us.
En-Plein-Air & Art Show
En-Plein-Air & Art Show
Kendall Pond Fundraiser
Gardner, MA
August 27, 2022 - May 28, 2023

Register now to receive your map locations and ID Card

The En-Plein-Air started in August, 2022 and will run through Sunday, May 28, 2023 at Kendall Pond, Gardner MA

You must register for this Plein Air. Everyone is invited to participate
Register here and get access to all the instructions and maps

All art works must be For Sale. Property owners will be hosting artists around the pond from August to June. Artists will be able to come visit the pond during all 4 Seasons. Areas indicated will be available to the artists throughout the year so that the various seasons are represented. Artists will be visiting the pond to find perfect venues or scenes to capture in their chosen medium. There will be over 20 locations for view.

An art show will be held at the next KPBA's Fireworks celebration in June on the Pond. This Art Show is a Fundraiser that will help with the cost of treating the pond for milfoil and other invasive plants. A map will be available to all artists for all access points. There is a public boat launch for kayaks.

The Kendall Pond Betterment Association, (KPBA) is dedicated in keeping the pond a natural resource for future generations.

At Kendall Pond's fireworks celebration on June 24th, 2023, GALA will hold an Art Show displaying all of the artists' work for judging.

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd,1st Honorable, 2nd Honorable places. The 1st Place art piece will be donated & raffled off to the public with the proceeds of the raffle split between the Artist and KPBA.

Artists will also have the opportunity to display their work for sale in GALA's show during the afternoon hours of the fireworks celebration.

Several residents have expressed an interest in working with the artist to purchase their painting prior to the event. This is allowed but you must have to make arrangements with the GALA president.

Member News & Exhibits
Joanne Stowell
Joanne Stowell’s “Battle Scars” series is now on view at New Dawn Arts Center in Ashburnham. This is the first time that the series has been shown in-person, in its entirety.

The reception and artist talk will be held on Friday, February 10, at 6:00pm. The exhibition runs until February 28. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 8-12 and by appointment.

The event is free to attend but registration is encouraged.

New Dawn Arts Center – 84 Main St. Ashburnham, MA
Downstairs gallery, front entrance
Coffee and Critiques
Coffee and Critiques sessions are held 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:
Center for Wound Care
As a service to the patients of the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital, GALA has been displaying member art in the waiting room for more than 15 years. We will be contacting artists for the following schedule: September-October and November-December. Three to 12 pieces can be accommodated in this space. Multiple artists may join together to create a theme or display at the same time. Please contact Vicki at Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing, 978-630-2340.
Shows & Exhibits
Strut: A Members' Exhibition
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Fresh and fashion-forward

It's time to strut your stuff! Wearable or frameable, Strut will feature artworks engaging with fashion, textiles, and style. Prizes for this members' exhibition will be awarded by theo tyson, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts at the opening reception. Strut will also showcase five new pieces by Worcester designers acquired by the Worcester Historical Museum for its Costume Collection.

On view through February 12, 2023.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
February Events
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA
January 2023 Events at the Great Falls Discovery Center

All programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Wheelchair accessible. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit our website; or email The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Visitor Center Hours: Open 6 Days a Week

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Open Monday, January 2nd, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Open Monday, January 16th, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Come explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibit dioramas. Adjacent to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center also includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water.

Great Hall Exhibit – Crossroads: Change in Rural America
Ongoing, February 5 – March 18

Through a partnership with the world’s largest museum complex, the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center proudly host Crossroads: Changes in Rural America, a traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program in partnership with Mass Humanities. In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, economic and social changes led to massive growth of America’s urban areas. Yet, less than 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban. Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread, but that perception is far from true in many areas.

The exhibit offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. It includes local exhibits on Franklin County and related programming throughout the county. For detailed descriptions of Crossroads programming see:

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Crossroads: Change in Rural America has been made possible in Turners Falls at the Great Falls Discovery Center by Mass Humanities, Big Y, Greenfield Savings Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Local sponsors include the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, DCR, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, RiverCulture, Montague Public Libraries, and New England Public Media.

Nice and Easy Walk: Crossroads Edition
Fridays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

An easy-paced, 1 to 2-mile guided walk, along the Canalside Rail Trail or downtown Turners Falls, geared for seniors, but open to all ages. Join others seeking fresh air and exercise. A DCR Park Interpreter highlights local history, weaving in topics from the Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy boots. Meet at the main entrance.

Crossroads Exhibit Ribbon Cutting
Sunday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Be the first to see the Smithsonian Exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America in the Great Hall. Get the scoop on how rural America has changed since 1900. The Board of the Friends Group, expert hosts of the monthly Great Falls Coffeehouse, will provide coffee and refreshments for this big day.

Crossroads Kickoff
Saturday, February 11, 6:00 p.m. Reception, 7:00—8:00 p.m. Program.

Join us at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls to jump start your Crossroads experience with storytelling, a short local film, and live music. Hear an introduction to the Crossroads exhibit and related programming with Leo Hwang, UMASS Amherst Assistant Academic Dean. Enjoy the documentary short film, “A Sweet Tradition,” by filmmaker Steve Alves, that highlights the local family tradition of making maple syrup. New England Public Media’s Valley Voices team presents storytellers featuring local points of view on contemporary Franklin County life, the most rural mainland in Massachusetts. Refreshments and cash bar starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by a program at 7 p.m. Enjoy musical interludes throughout the evening. The Shea Theater Arts Center is located at 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Crossroads: Franklin County Industrialization
Saturday, February 18, 1:00—2:30 p.m.

Visit the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, Newell Snow Factory, at 2 Mead Street in Greenfield to find out what industries were created throughout Franklin County, before, during and after industrialization of the Turners Falls canal. Learn how much industrial activity there once was along the streams and rivers in some of our now-quiet towns and villages and how that activity related to the larger industries in our region. Presenters: Jim Terapane, President, Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, joined by a Great Falls Discovery Center park interpreter.

Crossroads: Turners Falls Canal Investigation Station 
Ongoing, February 19 - 16

Why is there a canal in Turners Falls? Think flatboats, cutlery, and turbines! During our February School Vacation Week open hours, visit with Department of Conservation and Recreation park interpreters to explore the three reasons for the canal, including a few glimpses of life here before the canal was built. Learn how the canal has changed over 200 + years at this interactive display, at the Center’s welcome desk.

Crossroads Artist Reception: Montague at Work and Play
Sunday, February 19, 4:00 –6:00 p.m.

At the Rendezvous, at 78 Third Street, Turners Falls, enjoy a reception, and see digital illustrations of daily life, from the Montague Reporter’s editorial pages from 2019 to 2022, by local artist Nina Rossi. On display: 2/5—3/18.

Crossroads: Cutlery and Hand Tools
Saturday, February 25, 1:00—4:00 p.m.

Visit the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, Newell Snow Factory, at 2 Mead Street in Greenfield to join silversmith Steve Smithers as he explores the story of the first tradesmen/artisans who came to Greenfield and the surrounding towns in the late 18th century, which eventually led to the emergence of the great metal industries of our region. Steve will also discuss and demonstrate the tools and techniques of these early makers. Then, get your hands on some locally made tools as long-time museum volunteer Marc Fournier leads a hands-on tool clinic and explores the history of the area’s tool making companies.

Crossroads: Food for Thought
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

Soup, quiz night, and a community conversation all in one! Enjoy a soup dinner and join your neighbors in a dialog about food, farms, and food insecurity. Free, at the Montague Common Hall at 34 Main Street in Montague Center. Registration required. See for registration details as they become available. Seats limited. Snow date: 3/3. This event is inspired by reflecting on the exhibit on display in the Great Hall, Crossroads: Change in Rural America.

Crossroads: Changing Storefronts
Ongoing, February 5 – March 18

Visit downtown Turners Falls along Avenue A and 3rd Streets to see the village’s ever changing downtown through reproduced images from the Montague Historical Society Archive on display in storefront windows of restaurants and retail stores. This self-guided storefront exhibition is an open invitation to think about local, regional and national changes in “doing business” in rural America. View images at participating restaurants and retail stores in downtown Turners Falls including: LOOT, Breakdown Records, The Shea Theater, The Rendezvous, Responsive Classrooms, Buckingham Rabbits Vintage, The Five Eyed Fox, Loot, Swanson’s Fabrics, Turners Falls Pizza, Great Falls Harvest, Upper Bend, and Rist Insurance.

Crossroads: Whose Viewpoint? Historic Franklin County Images
Ongoing, February 5 – March 18

In the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Hallway Gallery, near the habitat dioramas, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) presents reproductions of historic maps, illustrations, photographs, and paintings exploring perspectives of the image makers. How are our rural places represented in the media? Maps, illustrations, photographs, and paintings were the media of the past. Like today, the makers of these images and documents had viewpoints—both visual and attitudinal—that carried influence. Whose perspectives are we seeing? Whose viewpoints are missing?
February Events at Jaffrey Civic Center
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Water Works

Until February 25th

After painting individually for several years, a group of women watercolor artists joined together to form Water Works in 2017. They have displayed their paintings in Keene, Swanzey and Jaffrey. Their most recent show was in October at Whitcomb Hall in West Swanzey. Each artist has her own style and they were delighted to be invited to Jaffrey Civic Center to display some of their smaller works. The artists in the show include:Barbara A. Berntsen, Jessica Bigaj, Rebecca Bresnahan Haskins, Sherry Huntley, Carol Swenson Jue, Chris Justice, Lynne Keating, Amy Owens, Judy Perry, & Sharon H. Stone.

The exhibit will be on display until February 25, during the center’s open hours Wednesday-Friday 12pm-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. In case of inclement weather, check the website and social media for event status.

Inspired by Jaffrey

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host, “Inspired by Jaffrey: A Town of History, Natural Beauty, and Culture.” The exhibit is scheduled in collaboration with the Jaffrey 250th Committee in honor of the town’s 250th celebration. All works included in the show will be inspired by or include Jaffrey in some way. The exhibit was open to all interested artists and works in both 2 and 3 dimensions were accepted. Rebecca Fredrickson, Executive Director of the Jaffrey Civic Center is organizing the exhibit.

“We have received some incredible artwork for this exhibit! Over 20 talented local artists contributed to the show. I am thrilled to be able to be a part of this yearlong celebration of the town and its history! What better way to honor the beauty of this community than through the arts? I am looking forward to see the works of art that are inspired by this amazing town.”
Steve Pelkey of the Jaffrey 250th Organizing Committee shares his thoughts on the show:
“The Jaffrey 250th celebration would not be complete without the artistic vision that is reflective in our historic Jaffrey Civic Center. We are thrilled the Civic Center is hosting an art exhibit to feature our towns 250th anniversary and look forward to viewing all the amazing artwork.”

The exhibit will be on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center through February 25.

For more information about this event and others that are planned to celebrate the Jaffrey 250th anniversary, go to

Stories to Share: David Macy

On February 3, 2023, at 5pm, the Jaffrey Civic Center will present its next installment of “Stories to Share.” David Macy, MacDowell Interim Executive Director, will be the season’s fifth speaker. Macy will share anecdotes illustrating the institution’s wide-ranging impact on American culture as well as its rootedness in New Hampshire soil.

Founded by Marian and Edward MacDowell in 1907, MacDowell's mission is to nurture the arts by offering talented individuals an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of creative imagination. Anyone may apply for a MacDowell Fellowship in one of seven creative disciplines. Having hosted more than 8,800 artists since its founding, a selection of the more widely recognized names includes Willa Cather, Thornton Wilder, Aaron Copeland, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Alice Walker, and Michael Chabon.

40 Main Street Jaffrey, NH 03452
603- 532-6527

Since 1994, Macy has directed MacDowell’s residency program in collaboration with 30+ staff members who are dedicated to providing ideal working conditions for artists at the 450-acre Peterborough campus. In 1996, Macy launched MacDowell in the Schools, an on-going program that has introduced hundreds of MacDowell artists to thousands of local high school students. Since 2002 Macy has curated and hosted MacDowell Downtown on First Fridays. Presenting in Peterborough’s Bass Hall, the diverse array of filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, and composers has attracted a devoted regional audience.

Joseph Steinfield, “Stories to Share” founder will serve as moderator for the talk. The program is free of charge, but to help support this event and others like it, donations are appreciated. The program will be available as an in-person event at the Jaffrey Civic Center as well as via YouTube live.

In the event of inclement weather, a postponement decision will be made twenty four hours in advance event and posted on the website and on social media.

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. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:
MA CWA Winter Show at Gallery Sitka South
Newport, RI
The MA Women's Caucus for Art is having an exhibition at Gallery Sitka South (Newport, RI) through February.

Gallery hours: Saturday 11-3.
Opening Reception: Saturday February 18, 2-4pm

Come support the artists and learn more about the MA WCA!

Artists Include:
  • Alana Garrigues
  • Bonnie Iannotta
  • Christine Regan Davi
  • CM Judge
  • Helen Obermeyer Simmons
  • Joanne Stowell
  • Susan Wadsworth

Gallery Sitka South
227 Spring St., Newport RI
An Evening with Will Evans
Turners Falls, MA
Will Evans, the front man for Barefoot Truth
Concert: Friday, February 17, 2023, 8 pm
New Dawn Arts Center, Ashburnham, MA

Get your tickets now!
Musician for a Cause!
Date night or "Me" night!!
Support the arts, the air we breathe, the lands we love. Known for championing causes through music, Will Evans offers a sound journey of "roots music" not to be missed!

All ticket sales will benefit New Dawn Arts and North County Land Trust. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Please get your tickets now before they sell out.

Environment, Hope, and Inclusion
A lifelong surfer and environmentalist, Evans’ songs speak to the importance of connecting with—and protecting—the earth. At a time when so many are looking for words of inspiration and reassurance, his songs deliver messages of family, love, hope, and inclusion.
Musica Franklin Community Concert
Turners Falls, MA
Música Franklin Community Concert
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5-6pm
Temple Israel Greenfield
27 Pierce St.

Join Música Franklin on Wednesday February 1st, from 5-6 pm, for a staff and student performance featuring music by Black composers in honor of Black History Month. This family-friendly concert will feature music by Robert Glasper, Florence Price, Cynthia Erivo, and Gloria Matlock in addition to traditional spirituals. Audience members can participate in interactive portions of the performance. This concert will take place at Temple Israel Greenfield (27 Pierce St) and is free and open to the public.

Contact: Annierose Klingbeil
Música Franklin
Montague at Work and Play
Turners Falls, MA
Illustrations of people at work and play in Montague, Wendell, Gill, Leverett, and Erving have been featured on page A2 of The Montague Reporter since 2016. Turners Falls artist and Montague Reporter features editor Nina Rossi creates the illustrations each week; the paper comes out in print and online on Thursdays: She creates these illustrations using Procreate software, an Apple Pencil and an iPad.

A reception for Montague at Work and Play will be held at the Rendezvous, 78 Third Street Turners Falls on Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m.

The exhibit was supported with funding from RiverCulture, and is mounted in conjunction with the Smithsonian on Main Street traveling exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” at the Great Falls Discovery Center from February 5 through March 18.

Prints in this show are available for $20, with all proceeds going to support The Montague Reporter. Order by emailing The 48 full-color prints in the show will be donated to the Montague Historical Society as part of their permanent collection after March 18.

For more information, please contact Nina Rossi, 413-834-8800 or
Classes & Instruction
Robert J. O'Brien Watercolor Workshop
Bellows Falls, VT
The Saxtons River Art Guild announces a one day workshop given by Vermont watercolorist Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS on Saturday March 11, 2023 at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School Street, Bellows Falls, VT, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Workshop fees are $70 for SRAG members and $90 for non-members. The theme of the workshop is “Painting Winter Light”. Please bring your watercolors, paper, and a reference photo to work from. If needed, Robert will also have a reference photo available to work from. Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in watercolor for over 40 years and is a popular workshop instructor. More information and images of his artworks can be found on his website: This is open to all abilities with some watercolor experience suggested. Please bring beverage and lunch.

Founded in 1976, the Saxtons River Art Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of the fine arts with about 80 members throughout the Monadnock region in New Hampshire, the Southern Connecticut River Valley area of Vermont, and western Massachusetts. Their activities include: exhibit and sales venues, classes and workshops, open studio time September through May and plein air gatherings June through August, luncheons with guest speakers and demonstrations, and trips to museums and galleries. An art scholarship is awarded yearly to a qualified senior from an area high school who is going on to a 4 year major in the arts.

For Workshop Registration or more information, please contact: Carolyn Berglund at

Masks and COVID-19 vaccinations are required to attend the SRAG workshops.
Needle Felting Workshops
Gardner, MA
Taught by Nicol Wander
Location: Gardner, MA studio or your own in-home Felting Gathering

All materials included
Class size limited 4-6
$50.00 per person
Learn & create: Owls
Santa heads
And more

Contact for available times and dates:
Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
FAM at Home art activities and tips for creating art with children. Create with us from home!

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 below. Click here for information on how to best use these resources.

Art Education at WAM
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Worcester Art Museum offers online, in-person, and off-site programs that cover a variety of subjects and media. In-person classes are held either in the galleries or WAM’s studios, and have reduced class sizes. WAM is following current CDC guidelines. Online classes are taught through Zoom and are encrypted and secure.

Call or email with questions, to register over the phone, or to request a print brochure!
Phone: 508.793.4333
Call for Artists
Call for Artists: Fairy House Stroll
Unitarian Universalist Society, Gardner, MA
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner announces a call for artists for their annual Spring Fair and Fairy House Stroll held this year on May 13, 2023.

Guests will stroll the grounds of the UUSG at 66 Elm Street in Gardner were they will discover fairy houses throughout the garden plots and paths. UUSG is seeking artists to make fairy houses for the stroll. The house may be made of any material and must be able to be moved.

For more information please email
This Winter at ArtsWorcester
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Call for Art
Impact: A Members' Exhibition
In collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Registration Deadline: February 8, 2023

For our eleventh annual Call and Response exhibition, all artist members are invited to consider humanity’s complex relationship with our environment, along with one (or more) of ten artworks on loan from the Fitchburg Art Museum. These ten artworks explore a range of impacts on the natural world in their themes, subject matter, and materials. View the loan here.

FAM’s curatorial staff will select ten works from Impact to be exhibited at FAM later in 2023.

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

Art on the Line
March 11, 2023

ArtsWorcester’s beloved Art On The Line fundraiser is back again! All artwork should be delivered by March 9, 2023.

How it works:

Artists donate small-scale, two dimensional artworks. We hang them from the ceiling with old fashioned binder clips and string. On March 11, attendees will line up at a ticketed event for their chance to grab artworks, all priced at $20. It’s fast-paced, fun, and a great way to add to your collection while also supporting ArtsWorcester.

How to participate:

  • Membership to ArtsWorcester is not required. Any and all artists may contribute.
  • Artworks must be no larger than 5” x 7”.
  • Artworks must be flat and light enough to be suspended from a binder clip. We suggest works on paper.
  • Artists may contribute up to four works.
  • Clearly label your work on the back with your name, medium, and social media and/or website.
  • Please do not frame your work(s).

Head to C.C. Lowell for pre-cut 5" x 7" sheets of high-quality paper to get started on your work. Don't forget that ArtsWorcester Artist Members receive 10% off supplies!

How to deliver your work(s):

All donated works must be delivered to ArtsWorcester by Thursday, March 9 at 5:00 PM. We will gratefully accept works in person or by mail.

Artist Drop Off Party: Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Come meet with your fellow artists and drop off your work at the same time.

If you can’t make it to the party, you may drop off your works at any point during gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM, or by appointment. Please check our website for holiday hours and closings.

You may mail your work(s) to ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA, 01608. Please include a piece of cardboard or paperboard to keep your envelope from bending. If mailing your work, please include your email address so we can thank you!

Unsold donated works will be available for purchase in the galleries following the March 11 event. Artworks will not be returned to artists.

Art On The Line is presented with support from Bowditch
Call for Entries: Virtual Photography Show
Agawam Public Library, Agawam, MA
Call for Entries to the Friends 3rd Open Juried Virtual Photography Show

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are looking for entries to their 3rd Open Juried Virtual Photography Show. The deadline to enter is February 15th, 2023. An online display of all accepted entries and winners to become available after March 15, 2023.

Awards: Total $1,340 – Best in Show ($300) and 1st ($120), 2nd ($80), 3rd ($60) in each Category and 8 Honorable Mentions for a total of 21 awards.

For more information visit the Friends of Agawam Public Library website
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 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.