July 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Eleanor Sweetwood

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Kevin Bird
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis

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
Send Us Feedback!

President's Note

Hello Friends,

We are looking forward to our next art show with Sitka Gallery, Paint the Town. It will be interesting to see what you have created. Don't forget the deadline is Monday, July 16th. All artwork will be included in the show. Ribbons and cash awards will be given.

Mark your calendar! GALA's Arts Gallery opening show will be Saturday, August 18th, 2-6:00 PM, at 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA. We need art on the walls, so please enter and celebrate with us. No installation fees!

Ribbon cutting ceremony, acknowledgments, art for sale, live music, raffle, light refreshments, and art activities for children. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the live music.
Seppie's Ice Cream Soda Fountain Shop will be open for Ice cream! Historical tours will be given by the Winchendon History & Culture Center for a small donation. Free admission, all are welcome!

We would like to sell artist's note cards in our new Arts Gallery. If you would like us to sell your note cards, please let me know.

Now that we have our own gallery, new jobs will need to be filled. If there is something you are interested in on the list below, let me know at, or call 978-407-1419. Our first Art Gallery Committee will meet on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 PM at the gallery. Then, we will meet every 4th Thursday of each month at 6 pm. Come and join us!
  • Yard work, gardening and mowing
  • Light housekeeping
  • Be on the Art Gallery Committee
  • Help with scheduling art shows and workshops
  • Supervise art shows and workshops
  • Help in the gallery
  • Computer work, working on the internet, Dropbox, Jotform
  • Help maintain the Website
  • Office work and keeping supplies organized

Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA "Paint the Town" Art Show     
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA "Paint the Town" 2018 Art Show
Call for Entries

July 27 - September 27
454 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA

Opening Reception
Friday, July 27, 6-9 pm
Art Awards at 7 pm

Our Distinguished Judges:
  • Jennifer Jones, Fitchburg Cultural Alliance
  • Susan Navarre, Fitchburg Historical Society
  • Susan Wadsworth, FSU Art History Professor
  • Kledia Spiro, Marketing at The Fitchburg Art Museum (and an artist)
Two options for entering the show:
  • Option 1: Online entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
  • Option 2: Paper entry form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440. **Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline.**
With either option, your entry is due by July 16.

Please support GALA by donating a Town of Fitchburg artwork to the show raffle.

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. Indicate your interest on your entry form.

You will need to renew your GALA membership on your entry form unless you are a current member for the duration of the show. If in doubt, please email

See the  Call for Entries for more information.

Call For Entries: Arts Gallery Opening Show      
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

GALA Arts Gallery Opening Show
Come and Celebrate with Us!
Show Dates: August, 18 - September 22, 2018
Entry Deadline: August 22nd
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA
Open House: Saturday, August 18, 2-6 pm

Artists need to be a member of GALA for the duration of this show, but there will be no installation fees.
Two options for entering the show:

Option 1: Online entry which submits your information & payment (if you need to pay for membership) to GALA electronically.

Option 2: Paper entry form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment (if you need to pay for membership) to GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440.
** Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline. **

With either option, your entry is due by August 12.

Remember, you need to renew your GALA membership on your entry form unless you are a current member for the duration of the show. If in doubt, please email

Important Dates to Remember

Entry deadline: Sunday, August 12
Art drop-off at Arts Gallery: Wednesday, August 15, 4-6 pm
Open House: Saturday, August 18, 2-6 pm
Art pick-up at Arts Gallery: Saturday, Sept. 22, 4-6 pm

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Sue Weber              

The work of GALA Artist Sue Weber is on display at Heywood Hospital beginning July 23rd. Sue recently transitioned from a hobbyist to professional artist. Before pursuing art on a full-time basis, Sue took colored pencil, pastel, and acrylic workshops put on by very talented local artists, which deepened her basic skills and also served to feed her hunger and passion for creating art.

In addition to her engaging works of nature, Sue's eclectic style includes whimsical designs, and she enjoys exploring and creating in different styles in a variety of media.  Sue uses her supplies, tools, imagination, mood, and she draws inspiration from her surroundings. Since embarking full-time in art, Sue has entered her work in local art shows and has won recognition with some ribbons along the way.

By the policy of the Wound Care Center and GALA, all proceeds from any art sold go to the artist. Artists who wish to exhibit in this space, please follow instructions under Exhibit Opportunities at the end of this newsletter. In her exhibit at the Wound Care Center, Sue's originals and some limited edition prints are available. Sue donates half of the proceeds from art sales to Parkinson's Disease Research.

Sue Weber can be reached via email at, her Instagram page at, and on her Facebook page at,

This is her first time exhibiting at Heywood Hospital. and she is so excited, so please make the effort to visit the Center for Wound Care at Heywood Hospital during regular weekday hours.

The hospital is located 242 Green St, Gardner, MA, across from Mount Wachusett Community College.

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Solo Exhibit: Roberta Anslow  
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Opening reception: TBA ( please visit our website for updates regarding the opening). Food and refreshments will be available. All artwork will be for sale and in the gallery until August 30th.

For more information please visit our website

Kira Cline
Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA  01752

Jennifer McCalmont to exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center                          
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center welcomes Hollis, NH artist, Jennifer McCalmont, who will present her Florals and Landscapes Oil Exhibit in the Cunningham Gallery from July 6th to August 3rd. Jennifer Nixdorf McCalmont spent her early years drawing and creating constantly. She attended University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, finding a love of flowers and majoring in textile design. Upon graduation Jennifer moved to New York City, to pursue a career in the textile fashion industry. The commercial training gave her valuable design experience and knowledge of color. After moving to New Hampshire Jennifer combined her assets in illustration and creativity to produce her own line of light humor greeting cards, which she marketed worldwide for many years. While raising children, Jennifer put her career aside, but became increasingly intrigued by oil painting and the history fine art. In her quest for art training, Jennifer discovered "The Boston School" of painters, which is not actually a school, but a school of thought and a tradition of painting that has been passed down from teacher to student for more than 100 years. The Boston School has its roots in impressionist ideals, but combines the best of representational painting, seeing color correctly and drawing accurately. Jennifer has learned from many of the Boston school "greats" and is currently studying portrait painting with Mary Minifie. There will be an Opening Reception for her work on Friday, July 6th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to the Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at, visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.

All Around Monadnock: The Character & Heritage of the Monadnock Region 
Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH

The third juried exhibition of contemporary artists will be held on June 1- Sept 7 at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, NH.

Exhibit hours are:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9 AM - 4 PM
Wednesdays, 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturdays, 9 AM - noon

Dave Hay brings "Magic and Flow" to The Greenfield Gallery                           
The Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield, MA

"Magic and Flow: A Collection of Contemporary Paintings," by Dave Hay, on view at The Greenfield Gallery, June 7 through July 21, 2018.

Dave Hay likes to have fun when he paints - and it shows. His paintings are bright, energetic and playful. The retired public school art teacher and break dancer describes his aesthetic as: "Color, cool, and a sparkle of fun."

The Springfield artist's exhibit, "Magic and Flow: A Collection of Contemporary Paintings," will be on display at The Greenfield Gallery, June 7 through July 21, with an artist's reception on Friday, June 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

Hay's exhibit includes both abstract and "pop portraits," all painted in his bold palette.

"I like to have fun and make it colorful," Hay says. "You can tell when something 'clicks' in the artwork; it's authentic. You can tell the artist was connected to it and had fun creating it."

For more information:

Check out Dave Hay's website at

The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St, Greenfield, MA
Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact The Greenfield Gallery at 413-772-9334
or Trish Crapo at

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Art Classes & Instruction
Mastering Watercolor with Sally Meding                        
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA
Moving Beyond Reality and into Abstraction with Pastels
July 10-12 (3 days, 10AM-4PM)
$299 (Cost includes all materials and supplies)

Mastering Watercolor with Sally Meding (Intermediate to  advanced)
July 13 - Aug 17, Fridays 12:30-3:30, $210 (supplies purchased separately)
Watch this FREE watercolor lesson that Sally posted on youtube
Register for Sally's watercolor class today!

We have so many classes! See all our art classes for kids and adults starting in July!  
Kira Cline
Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA  01752
Pastels Workshops with Barbara Danser                       
NHIA Sharon Arts, Sharon, NH
Moving Beyond Reality and into Abstraction with Pastels
July 10-12 (3 days, 10AM-4PM)
$299 (Cost includes all materials and supplies)

In this inspirational workshop the freedom of creative expression will be enhanced through the use of the soft pastel medium. Artists abstracting with pastels will feel liberated and spontaneous, focusing on metaphorical expressions of subject instead of realistic interpretations. This style of pastel painting is exciting and stimulating, which encourages originality and individual style. Emphasis will be on enhancing each artist's freedom of creative vision in a supportive group environment. There will be demonstrations of innovative pastel painting techniques, discussions about the basics of successful work and the similarities/ differences between realistic, representational and abstract work. The workshop will be held in a studio environment. Pastel paints and paper will be provided.

Level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: Pastels I or equivalent

Pastel Painting of the Landscape       
July 14-15 (2 days, 10 AM-4PM) 
$219 (Cost includes all materials and supplies)

This workshop is for artists who would like to explore the landscape, painting in the pastel medium and enjoying creative freedom  and expression in nature. Artists will personally choose and focus on specific landscape elements and paint these elements using individual creative vision. Metaphorical responses will be emphasized, enhancing an artist's sensitivity to the landscape. Exciting methods of pastel application will be demonstrated. Discussions will focus on diversity in traditional and abstracted styles of landscape painting with a focus on a variety of land, water and sky elements. Individual attention will be given to each artist in a supportive group environment. Classes will be held in the studio and en plein air. Pastel paints and paper will be provided.

To register:

(603) 836-2517
Summer Art Program for Youth and Teens                      
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
24th Annual Summer Art Program for Youth and Teens  *sponsored by the ART DEPT.     
Come work in the college's beautiful art studios for a week you will never forget!
Teen Art School
July 30 - August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Special Program Fee: $249 (Cost includes all materials, supplies and lunch!)

A five-day studio art program designed for the teen interested in visual arts or seeking to create work for a portfolio. This year the focus will be sculpture; working in three dimension with clay, plaster and other mixed media. Create a relief, cast your hand or foot in plaster, a wood assemblage and more. Individual expression is encouraged. Traditional and contemporary works of art will be presented for inspiration.

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel & Drawing
July 16-20, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Special Program Fee: $249 (Cost includes all materials, supplies and lunch!)

Spend your mornings learning new drawing techniques and your afternoons on the potter's wheel trying to center clay, or working with coils or slabs of clay to make vases, cups or bowls. We will glaze and fire several pieces. Charcoal, ink, pencil, clay, slip, and glazes may be used. Dress for mess! Bring a smock and a snack for morning break.

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel & Painting
July 23 - 27, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Special Program Fee: $249 (Cost includes all materials, supplies and lunch!)
Spend your mornings learning watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and your afternoons on the potter's wheel trying to center clay, or working with coils or slabs of clay to make vases, cups or bowls. We will glaze and fire several pieces. Dress for mess! Bring a smock and a snack for morning break.

Paint and Draw like the Masters
July 30 - August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Special Program Fee: $249 (Cost includes all materials, supplies and lunch!)
Come explore the world of art and spend the day drawing and painting using watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, pastel, ink and pencil! We will try to draw like Davinci and paint like Michelangelo and more. Individual expression is encouraged. Supervised outdoor games and fun activities will complement time in the studios. Dress for mess! Bring a smock and a snack for morning break. Daily hot lunch is included.

To register visit:
Or contact: Lifelong Learning at 978-630-9146
Plein Air Painting Workshop with Barbara Danser                       
Monadnock Region
July 24 - 27, 2018, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm daily
All painting media welcome
4-day workshop fee: $200

Come and paint the landscape in the Monadnock region. Each day we will visit selected sites and paint water features, fields, gardens, forest and "the mountain". Workshop includes a discussion in methods of selecting landscape subjects and instruction in painting landscape basics: composition, value and color. Artists will paint 4-8 paintings during the workshop. Each day will end with a gentle critique. Individual creative expression and style will be encouraged. Adults in all levels of painting experience are welcome.

For more information contact
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Blow your own Terrarium

Class size 1-4 students, approximately 1 hour session
Adults (16+) - $80 per person
Ages 12-15 - $85 per person
Ages 7-11 - $90 per person

Experience the wonderous art of blowing glass in the hot shop in this summer special glass terrarium class. Work with a team of artists to help shape and create an opening to load plants into your beautiful hanging piece. Get hands-on by learning to add color before heating, swirling and blowing into the molten glass. This class is in collaboration with a local florist, Coll's Garden Center. Your terrarium will be ready for pick-up the following week, complete with a brand new air plant to treasure!

Roll your own Hot Glass Paperweight

Class size 1- 4 people
Adults (16+) - $65 per person
Ages 12-15 - $70 per person
Ages 7-11 - $75 per person

Choose two colors to decorate the inside of your paperweight before heading into the hot shop. In this class you will get to experience adding color, heating the glass up and swirling the glass. Students will also get to sit at the bench and use special glassblowing tools to add texture and design inside their glass globe. The instructor will encase your decorations inside more clear glass before you get the opportunity to use wet newspapers to shape your own glass paperweight! These paperweights are approximately 3 inches in diameter and sit flat on the table. Have a beautiful glass memento to forever treasure after this great experience!

Pull your own Textured Flower

Class size 1- 4 people
Adults (16+) - $45 per person
Ages 12-15 - $50 per person
Ages 7-11 - $55 per person

Choose a stem color and a petal color of your liking before heading into the hot shop. In this class you get to experience adding color, heating the glass up and rolling the glass on a table to get your piece set-up. After that, students get to sit at the bench and use our specialized tools to pull the glass into a beautiful flower shape. These flowers can be as large as 13 inches long, complete with a beautiful texture around the petals made by you!


Class size 2-10 people
Ages 12+
All materials included
$40/person for this hour group class

All summer long we see caterpillars - in our gardens, in our trees, and now at Terrapin! This is by far one of our most popular classes, and it's a great way to get started in glass. First, the instructor will go over studio safety, then they will demo the caterpillar. During this class you will learn how to stripe and dot color, how to gather, and learn the basics of sculptural design. Once everyone feels comfortable, you'll have the rest of the class to make your own and keep a bit of summer with you.


Class size 2-10 people
Ages 12+
All materials included
$40/person for this hour group class

Back by popular demand! Get up close and shift your perspective on the amazing art of working with molten glass to make your own dragonfly. This 60-minute intro class will help you learn to work with this amazing material by using tools, gravity, and make creative decisions. First the instructor will review shop safety, then they will demonstrate each step in detail. Once everyone feels comfortable, you'll have the rest of class to create your very own dragonfly.

Glass Drinking Straws

Class size 2-10 people
Ages 12+
All materials included
$25/person for this half-hour group class

In America, we use over 500,000 single-use plastic straws every day, YUCK! Glass straws are not only gorgeous, they are also reusable. In this 30-minute class you will begin by practicing the technique of decorating clear glass with colored stringers. Once you have worked out the kinks, you will decorate your very own eco-friendly straws. Help protect Mother Earth from plastic and experience melting glass in the flame shop in this short and sweet class!

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
2018 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Realistic Pet Portraits in Pastel with Lisa Ober
September 15 & 16, 2018

Lisa Ober, PSA, IAPS-MC, will be your instructor in this hands-on workshop sharing her experience creating life-like pastel pet portraits. Lisa's step-by-step approach to teaching pastel pet portraiture insures that when this workshop is complete you will know how to develop a realistic pet portrait from the first sketch through signing the finished painting.

Lisa will talk through the secrets to creating absolutely pet-able fur whether painting cats, dogs, horses, or other furry creatures. She will address the special issues of painting all black or all white fur, a common challenge. She will also show you how to make incredibly life-like eyes, a critical component for a realistic pet portrait that might leap off your paper! Time permitting, Lisa will also provide great tips for photographing pets in order to get the most flattering reference photos.

Please make your check payable to: Monadnock Area Artists Association. Please mail your registration form and check to:

Monadnock Area Artists Association
c/o C. Corliss
161 Streeter Hill Road
West Chesterfield, NH 03466

A confirmation will be sent via email, so please print clearly.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol at or 603-363-4205, or visit our website.

Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira
November 2018

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

We will begin with a short discussion on materials then a demo about applying the pencils, mixing and layering colors and burnishing. Students will then work from a still life set up or photos if they wish. I like to work individually with each student during the workshop to their own abilities. Some materials will be provided, I do have some colored pencils and watercolor pencils for students to borrow during the workshop. Registration form
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Fall Art Courses at MWCC               
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

All levels of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D and 3D Design. Classes are open to majors, non-majors, and seniors (tuition free). Students 60 years and older are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees. Call 978-630-9270.

The Art Department at Mount Wachusett Community College invites you to consider our program this fall. We have an Art degree for students considering transfer to an art school or a four year institution majoring in Art. We also recently added a Liberal Arts Degree with a Concentration in Art for students who want to minor in Art and pursue other studies, or pursue related fields such as museum studies, art education, art therapy, art administration, and art history.

The Associate Degree in Fine Art is a cost effective way to begin a college degree and minimize debt after graduation. We assist students in creating a strong portfolio and application for transfer and potential scholarships. Our students have successfully transferred to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Maine College of Art, Boston University, Hartford Art School, Pratt Institute, and others.

Visit our website to learn more about our program, facilities, and student work.

Contact Thomas Matsuda for more information.
Wood Carving Classes              
Marcia Berkall, Athol, MA

Tuesday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm

Classes on other days may be possible. Marcia Berkall welcomes all skill levels. Once basic techniques are learned she encourages students to express their own visions. Marcia stresses safety, creativity and fun! Marcia has over 20 years of experience teaching carving and now offers classes in her home studio in Athol. Wood carving is relaxing and addictive!

To see Marcia's work, visit:

Marcia Berkall
116 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 830-0293
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Call for Exhibitors: Art in the Park 2018                            
Monadnock Area Artist Association, Keene, NH

Sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association, the Art in the Park outdoor art show is now accepting artists applications for its 60th Annual Show to be held in Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday September 1 & 2, 2018 from 10 am - 4 pm both days, rain or shine.

All exhibitors are required to have their work on display for both days from 10 am - 4 pm, rain or shine. Artists or a representative must be present at their booth during show hours. Site dimensions are approximately 10' X 10'. Exhibitors provide: tents, weights, display systems, and original artwork. Your booth should be at least 75% framed fine art/photography, or sculpture and only 25% additional products such as note cards, calendars, or bins of matted prints/photographs, if applicable. No nudes due to the City of Keene regulations for Art in the Parks.

Security will be provided in the park overnight on Saturday evening - Sunday morning, tents and furnishing may be left up, but all artworks on display should be taken home and re-installed Sunday morning before 10 am.

Media accepted for Display: Oil, Water Media, Acrylic, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Printmaking, Photography/Digital Art, Collage / Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

Fees: Monadnock Area Artists Association members, $100, non-members, $150. For artists interested in sharing a booth, fees are listed in the application. Please note: Fees are non-refundable.

Judges will award Ribbons in Six Categories: (1)Water-Media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache), (2)Oil, (3)Pastel, Charcoal, (4)Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil, and Original Printmaking, (5)Photography/Digital Art, (6)Sculpture, Mixed Media and Collage.

The Requirements and Application Form are available on the Monadnock Area Artists Association website. Deadline for applications is: Saturday July 7, 2018

For further information or questions, please contact: Aaron Cusimano: or 603-903-3322

Art in the Park Committee Member
Liz Winchester-Larson

Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project                           
Amherst Public Art Commission, Amherst, MA

Artists are invited to submit proposals for Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project. This project is designed to further the presence of public art in downtown Amherst and the Amherst Center Cultural District by inviting local artists to create unique and colorful paintings on three designated utility boxes on North Pleasant Street. Three selected artists will receive a $350 stipend. This event happens on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

To submit your proposal, visit Submissions are due by July 15, 2018.

Contact for more information.

Call to Artists: Peterborough Art Walk                            
Peterborough, NH

Last year's Art Walk event was very successful and by popular demand we will be holding the 2nd annual event on Saturday, July 7th from 11am to 4pm (with a Rain Day of Sunday, July 8th). All are cordially invited to participate. Artists will be located in Depot Park, in merchant shops at Depot Square, in art studios and on other outside areas in the downtown of Peterborough. Space will be at a first opportunity, so please notify me of your interest early!

There is no cost for participating and there will be no commission for sales! If your location is outside, you will need to provide a cover or tent for your art displays. The more interactive you are with the visitors about your art, the better. Working on a piece during the event is a great way to engage.

Musicians are invited to play in the Park. There is no budget, but there will be great exposure-selling of CDs will be allowed and it may lead to more for the musician. If you know of anyone who has a community outreach mission, or someone that does not get a lot of exposure in Peterborough, or someone just getting started in their musical career, here is that chance. Please forward to me any contacts and I will follow up.

As with last year, there will be a handout map with location of artists and names of all the participating locations.

For more information please contact Pelagia at 603-547-8323.

Crafts Inn Front Lawn Show                             
Wilmington, VT

10 West Main Street, West of the traffic light, Rt. 9, Wilmington, VT
Saturday, August 4 - Sunday, August 5
10AM - 7PM Saturday, 10AM - 5PM Sunday

The fee is $25 for the weekend. To reserve your space at The Craft Inn Show, please send a check to:
Ann Coleman
437 Maple Dr.
Whitingham, VT 05361

Please arrive in the morning with enough time to be set up by 10am.

More information
802-379-4305 cell

PaperJam: A month-long riff on paper!                          
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA

Exploded View, a dynamic group of women artists and writers working together to create original performance and exhibitions, is curating a community art show to premier at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls during the month of September.

Artists living in Western Massachusetts are invited to submit artwork on, about or related to paper, its personal or local significance, or your creative interpretation thereof - use your imagination!

Email up to three jpegs, with a brief description of each, including title, dimensions and materials, along with your name, address, and phone number to by August 22 to be juried into the show.

Drop off for accepted work will be September 1, with a reception on Sunday, September 9. Participants who are able to make a small donation of $5 to help with reception costs may do so at drop-off time, but there are no submission fees for this show.

The Farmer and the Flea Seeking Vendors                         
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is now accepting vendor applications for their summer market, The Farmer and the Flea, which runs every Saturday beginning, July 7th through October 6th. This is the second year we are offering the event. Vendors can sell their flea market items/crafts and or locally grown produce. We are especially seeking farm items like fresh flowers and eggs, berries, baked goods as well as honey or maple products. All are welcome.  Centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey, our spacious lawn offers high visibility to visitors and residents alike. We will plan to open the summer market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm. Discounts available for return vendors and Jaffrey residents.  Please download our Farmer and the Flea Vendor application form or contact us at 532-6527 for more information.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to the Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10am to 5pm (closed 12-1pm), Sat 10am-2pm. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at, visit our website, or "Like" us on Facebook.

Call for Artists: Made in Mass                      
The Brick Room Gallery, Gardner, MA

Rome Furniture, at 562 Main St. in Gardner, MA, is looking for art to fill The Brick Room gallery. We are interested in any art and craft works "Made in Mass." For more information call Linda Ruscio at 978-632-0687, or email inquiries to This opportunity is in the beginning stages.

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 2018-2019 (July 2018-June 2019.) 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 20, 2018. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2018.

Applications may be completed online

To request a paper application or ask additional questions, contact 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.

The Central Mass Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art

The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (CMWCA) is accepting new memberships. We are a national organization that supports, develops and celebrates art making by women. We create exhibition opportunities; network with artists regionally, nationally and internationally; and offer educational programs locally. We are organized as an artists' collective where each member contributes to our vision and works as needed to carry our mission forward.

For more information, see our websites: and

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
The Creative Underground

It's time to reveal your hidden talent and show your work!

The Creative Underground is now accepting new members to their artisan gallery. Located at the Hudson Mill, 43 Broad Street in Hudson, TCU offers artists the opportunity to display their work for a low monthly membership fee with an extremely high commission rate back to you!

We are looking for a mix of works - fine art, hand-crafted, glass, wood, metal, and reclaimed, jewelry and out-of-box works.

Applications are now being accepted for new memberships.

Email us at

Provide us with a little info to start: 
  • Contact info
  • 4-6 sample (low-resolution jpeg preferred/zip larger files)
  • Short description and motivation
  • Materials used
  • Price range
  • Quantity of inventory available (small-moderate amount is need to start, but replenishing is needed through the year).

TCU mission is to reveal the hidden talent of artists in your communities to both encourage and support the arts. 

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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NewsletterSubmissions 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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award All Star Award
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 9 years in a row (2009-2017) 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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