Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
January 2020
GALA Events/Announcements
Annual Spring Art Show
GALA’s Annual Spring Art Show will be located at the
Red Apple Farm in Phillipston
MAY 21 – 23, 2021

GALA has collaborated with the Red Apple Farm and we will be having our Annual Spring Show in the Brew Barn. We are very excited to try something new with the owners of the Red Apple Farm and neighbors at Moon Hill Brewing Co. Their post and beam Country Barn is transformed into the Brew Barn on weekends, serving up their own Red Apple Farm hard cider, local brews, fresh roasted nuts, and popped-on-the-spot popcorn along with your farm favorites. A day at the Brew Barn will include our largest art show of the year, live music, raffles, auctions, brew, outdoor picnic tables with old fashioned family fun, and a patio overlooking the orchard.
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
Len Haug
Len Haug’s pictorial biography Gamaliel Waldo Beaman - His Life and Art is being released
this month and is now available for purchase. It is a story of a small town farm boy and his quest to become a landscape painter in a pivotal period in American history. A fine arts publication with over 200 illustrations about and paintings by the artist.

For more information please download the order form.
Shows & Exhibits
Winter 2020-2021 Exhibitions
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Through February 14, 2021
Rebecca McGee Tuck: Along the Wrack Line
Winner of the Present Tense Prize

Rebecca McGee Tuck weaves a sculptural narrative using sea debris she collects along the Massachusetts shoreline. "The work created for Along the Wrack Line raises awareness to the constant misuse of the ocean’s ecosystem," says Tuck. "I transform pieces of marine debris into works of art and symbols of hope, calling attention to the consequences of polluting our oceans."

The Present Tense Prize, awarding a solo exhibition and a $1,000 award, recognizes an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution.

Through February 14, 2021
State of Being
works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

State of Being is a collection of works across several styles and media created by artists on the Visual Art Faculty of the Worcester Public Schools. WPS Visual Art Faculty have exhibited together more than ten times, generating a diverse collection of artworks year after year. State of Being marks the first time this group exhibit has been produced at ArtsWorcester. We welcome the opportunity to honor and celebrate those that nurture the next generation of artists in our city.

January at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Glimmer — Little Pieces of Light — Final Interview

View our small works online show, curated by Melissa Richard.

Join us Fridays at 6 PM on Zoom & Facebook Live with the artists who submitted work to this show!

Friday, January 1, 6 PM — Santiago Mallan & Shara Osgood

Zoom Info
Topic: Friday Night Art Events
Time: 6 PM Fridays
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Under the Bed Art Show
A Central MA Women's Caucus for Art Show

Join us for the online Zoom & Facebook Live opening on Friday, January 15th at 6 PM.

(Use Zoom information above.)

What is old is new again” is the theme of a group exhibit of the CMWCA. CMWCA, in which artists have selected favorite work from the past. Participating artists include Gail Bloom, C.M. Judge, Ruth Nelson, Sue Norton, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Joanne Stowell, Carolyn Todd, Susan Wadsworth and Elsa Voelker in an online exhibition entitled “Under the Bed” which begins Friday, January 15, 2021 originating from Gallery Sitka in Shirley, Mass.

The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism.

Gallery Sitka
2 Shaker Rd.
Shirley, MA - 01464
Classes & Instruction
Artist to Artist: Past is Prologue
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
A conversation with artists Nafis M. White and Toby Sisson

Sunday, January 10, 2021, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Join artists Nafis M. White and Toby Sisson in a focused conversation about the value of Black art and artists, especially in the midst of multiple pandemics — public health, economic inequality, and the ongoing fight for racial justice. In what ways do Black artists overcome oppression to inspire beauty and joy? What does it mean for Black artists to create value and to be given their due? How should society celebrate Black creativity for a more just and inclusive world?

Artist to Artist: Past is Prologue is the second in a four-part speaker series hosted by ArtsWorcester intended to amplify Black voices in contemporary art, broadening understandings of Black art history, visual vocabularies, and experiences within the visual art industry.

This conversation will take place on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This event will also livestream on Facebook Live.

Learn more about Nafis M. White, and view her work on White's website.

Learn more about Toby Sisson, and view her work on Sisson's website.

Hands-On Fun!
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Create with us from home!

Art Projects Inspired by Our Permanent Collection

Explore the artistic techniques, concepts, and themes behind Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collection artworks through these fun creative projects. Explore the full list of tutorials.

Art Activities with Household Materials

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

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207
Call for Artists
Call to Artists
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition
in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Registration deadline: February 26, 2021

At a moment when we’re all being asked to stay inside, interior spaces have become heightened reflective zones. Inside Voices prompts artists to consider a wide range of interiors, including domestic environments, psychological subjectivity, bodies, architecture, and sculptural containment. These spaces reveal symbolic weight, mental and emotional states, fantasy worlds, gender roles, and personal memories. We invite you to turn inward and explore these interior spaces for their potential energy and revelatory power.

The Fitchburg Art Museum’s curatorial staff will select ten works from Inside Voices to be exhibited at FAM with the selected works from the Museum’s collection.

Call for Artists
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, Fitchburg, MA
The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance is calling all creatives in our region to submit an educational video for us to use on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Videos should be 1-4 minutes long, acceptable for all audiences and ages, and should offer tips and training in the field of your expertise.

Call for Artists
Townsend Artisan Market, Townsend, MA
Townsend Artisan Market is looking for artists, photographers, and crafters to exhibit and sell their work in their new shop on Route 119 in West Townsend (the former Settle Shop). Spaces are available for rent on a monthly basis for craft items and wall space for artists at a 30% commission on sales. Contact Melissa Wison at
The Little Gallery at Town Hall
Westminster, MA
Westminster now has a public art gallery open for showings by Westminster artists. "The Little Gallery at Town Hall" is now accepting applications from artists or artist groups who would like to exhibit 2-D work for a month-long show. For more information, visit the Town of Westminster website.

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

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

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

Please send questions to Amy at
Resources for Artists
The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
Go to our website to sign up for our newsletter and check out our calendar of events in the North Central region.

A vibrant force advancing arts and culture in the Fitchburg community and in the North Central Massachusetts region.

Art Support & Other
Art Support is a website dedicated to providing support and resources for artists of all types.

The following is just a small list of support provided to artists: Organizations Helping Visual Artists, US Government Art Organizations, State Agencies and Art Commissions, Non Governmental Art Organizations, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Laws Regarding Visual Arts, Artist Consultants, Grants for Artists & Grant Assistance, Artist Health Insurance, and many other legal support and resources for Massachusetts artists.


Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and check out the MCC blog ArtSake

The Painter's Keys where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.

Visit the Arts Marketing Project website for info, ideas, tools and training on marketing art.

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.
Ongoing Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
Exhibit Opportunities
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center  Gardner, MA  (GALA Sponsored Venue)
Contact Vicki Heidorn at  or 978-630-2340

Contact Alice Struthers at or 978-597-2057

The Arts Alliance has quarterly exhibits at the Hudson Town Hall, so if you are interested in a solo exhibit of your work, contact Danielle Moskowitz at (978) 562-1646 or

Falmouth Artists Guild Falmouth, MA

Post Road Art Center  Marlborough, MA
The Library is always looking for exhibitors to show their work in the Art Gallery. If you are interested in exhibiting as an individual or a group, please contact the Library Director, Kathleen D. Leslie at 978-632-5298 or

Workers' Credit Union  Gardner, MA
The bank offers the opportunity for a small display of artwork at the 171 Main St. branch in Gardner. For more info, contact Monica Whitehouse at 978-632-9207.

Art & Music Instruction Opportunity

The West Boylston Arts Foundation (WBAF) is always looking for artists, crafters, or musicians that would like to offer workshops or classes.

Donating a portion of the course fee to the WBAF to support school arts & music would be most welcome.

If interested, please contact Mark Baldi (508) 767-2803 - work (508) 835-6489 - home

More Classes & Exhibits
Volunteer Opportunities
We Need Your Help!
There are many ways to volunteer! Please email to express your interest in helping out with our organization.
Newsletter Submissions
Have news about exhibits, awards, events, classes, call for artists or other art info?
Please send your news "publication ready" to See previous newsletters for example formats and the type of info to provide. We strongly recommend that you include a digital image related to the news as well as your website address & links to any venues. Image filenames should include the name of the artist and the work. Please post your press releases online whenever possible and submit a link.

Submission deadline is the 23rd of each month for publication on the 1st of the following month.

Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA, but inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to information deemed to be of benefit to GALA members.
All Star Award
GALA has achieved Constant Contact's All Star Award for 10 years in a row (2009-2018) for demonstrating best practices in the use of email marketing.

Award winners were selected from over 500,000 organizations in recognition for setting the standard of being a responsible, engaged, professional, and successful online marketer.

GALA continues its efforts to put out an informational, entertaining newsletter every month to inform its members of recent, current and future art news.