Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
July 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Art Critiques Are Back!
10:00 - Noon
Saturday, July 10th
Saturday, August 21st
Saturday, September 25th

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

This popular critique class is back with Janet Dupuis as our leader. Mark your calendar! There may even be an art challenge given to interested artists. If you would like a challenge let Janet know in your email.

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

A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your art work to share with the group. Come join us with coffee, tea, cookies and laughs.

Together we can achieve our goals.
Water: A Juried Art Exhibit
Water is a juried exhibition organized by GALA. The exhibition will be held at the Fitchburg Art Museum during the month of January 2022

Call for Artists Entry Form will be available in July 2021.

We are notifying you now so you may prepare for this exhibit. In July we will send out an email for you to register with more detailed information.

Awards and ribbons will be given, following a reception

All visual artists are invited to submit their best artworks on the theme for inclusion in the exhibition. All types of art styles may be submitted, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media.

The theme is Water. Intimately familiar to us all, we emerge from the womb clinging to it, and spend a lifetime wading through it at every turn. Even life forms that don't need oxygen for their survival absolutely need water, such is its preciousness. The visual representation of water, in any of its myriad forms, is acceptable for this exhibit. Artists are free to apply their own interpretation in representing the overall theme. Representational and abstract ideas based broadly on this theme, in any media, will be considered.
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
Scott Niemi
Join artist Scott Niemi for an engaging, personal conversation about Niemi’s Solo exhibition, on view at Southern Vermont Arts Center from June 12 to August 1. The talk and tour will take place in the Yester House Library.

Decades ago as a young artist just starting his career, Niemi was given the opportunity to show his work at SVAC. Nearly 30 years later, he makes his return, now a seasoned professional and long-time college art teacher. Niemi’s body of work focuses on New England landscapes, typically done in oils. For more about the artist, visit here.

Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Members $5 / Non-members $10

Bob Jordan
July Music Events

Winchendon Musician Bob Jordan will be performing:
  • Every Tuesday at 3PM - Holden Farmers Market
  • Fridays at 3PM (Except 7/30) - Jaffrey NH Farmers Market
  • July 24 at 9:30AM - Greenfield Farmers Market
  • Thursday, July 29, 11AM-2PM - Opening Day for blueberry picking at Odd Pine Farm, Ashburnham, MA
  • Friday, July 30, 6:30PM - Gar Park, Murdock St., Winchendon, MA - Bob Jordan debuts his new band, Walkin’ Antiques, as part of the Town of Winchendon’s Summer Concert Series
Shows & Exhibits
Art in the Family
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Art in the Family – A Retrospective and Current Work
3 Generations of Artists – the Winchester, Woodard, and Larson Families
Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH, Cunningham Gallery, 2nd Floor,
July 10 – August 21, 2021

Artist Reception / Demonstration Saturday July 17, 2021 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Please note: social distancing and capacity guidelines will be followed

At the reception, and representing the earlier generations of the Winchester, Woodard, and Larson families, Liz Winchester-Larson and Harriet Winchester will share family stories and demonstrate how they create their artwork.

In exploring the “Art in the Family” theme, Liz Winchester-Larson has been exhibiting her art work with her sister, Harriet Winchester, and brother Stephen Winchester, since their first exhibition together in 1999 at the Hollis Photo and Frame Design, in Hollis, NH where they grew up. With encouragement and stories about other artists in the family, including earlier generations of Woodard's on our mother's side, our artistic abilities came naturally and were nurtured. For this exhibition at the Jaffrey Civic Center, the family group of artists includes: Larry and Sarah Winchester, Liz Winchester-Larson, Harriet Winchester, Stephen Winchester, Louise B. Woodard, Charles F. Woodard, Bruce Woodard, Marion B. Larson, Kenneth A. Larson, and Sarah M. Larson.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm., and is handicapped accessible.

For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:

For further information and any questions about the “Art in the Family” exhibition,
please contact:

Liz Winchester-Larson
32 Maple Avenue, #19, Keene, NH 03431
The Nineteenth Biennial
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
The Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial
through August 1, 2021

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited an exhilarating range of the region’s best visual art. Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum, served as this year's juror, selecting 63 works by 60 artists in a wide variety of media, practices, and themes.

July Events at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA
Artist's Reception: Carolyn Todd at The Greenfield Gallery
Friday, July 2 at 5 PM
Encaustic Demonstration, DJ Jen Hemenway, Light Refreshments
Through August
The Greenfield Gallery
213 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Martha's Vineyard Summer (Linda Cuccurullo & Marston Clough)
Through July
at Gallery Sitka
2 Shaker Rd., D101, Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-6290

Gallery Sitka — Represented Artist's Group Show
Through September
873 Café & Tavern
873 Main St.
Ashby, MA 01431

Classes & Instruction
Needle Felting
Gardner, MA
Needle Felting Workshops with Nicole Wander, MFA

Includes all materials & individual instruction for you to create your own Bluebird of Happiness.

An easy project for beginners. Using a felting needle and pre-dyed merino wool, participants will create a felted bluebird pin or ornament.

Adult or mature teens only (sharp needle used in creative process).

Tuesday workshops: July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

205 School Street
Gardner, MA978-939=3726

Class size limited - reserve early

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 for Exhibitors: Art in the Park
Monadnock Area Artists 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 62th Annual Show to be held in Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 4 & 5, 2021 from 10 am – 4 pm both days, rain or shine.

New this year, online registration for all artists! The deadline for applications for the same site as in 2019 is May 14, and for all other and new applications the deadline is: July 16, 2021

Fees: Monadnock Area Artists Association members, $100, non-members, $150. For artists interested in sharing a booth, fees are listed in the application. Payment now is through PayPal when you complete the online registration form. Please note: Fees are non-refundable.

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 Park.

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:

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

Judges will award Cash Prizes and 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.

Questions, Please contact:

Art in the Park Committee Member
Liz Winchester-Larson
Call for Art: Fitchburg Open Studios
Fitchburg, MA
Join us on Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26, 2021, for Fitchburg Open Studios for your chance to connect, network, and share your art and your workspace/studio with the public in the greater Fitchburg area! If you do not have a studio in Fitchburg we encourage you to pop-up at a location in downtown Fitchburg.

The cost to participate in the Studio Tour is $35.00 if paid before June 1, $50.00 if paid after June 1.

All registrations close June 15th, 2021, and no registrations will be accepted after this date.

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.
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