Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
July 2023
GALA Events/Announcements
Kendall Pond Juried Art Show Awards
1st Place: Janet Dupuis - Calm Day at Kendall Pond, Acrylic
2nd Place: Iphie Burg - Reflections, Mixed Media
3rd Place: Russ Gaulin - A Good Day on KP, Watercolor
1st Honorable: Nicol Wander - Midnight Owl Clan, Fiber
2nd Honorable: Diana Bowles - Celebration on Kendall Pond, Photography
Art Critiques
Saturday, July 22 & August 25 from 10 AM to 12:30

Art Critique will be held at the Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham, MA. We will be in the Community Room, Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. 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.

Bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork (finished or unfinished) to share with the group. A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends.
En Plein Air
Call for Artists & Photographers
Plein Air Painting & Photography Fundraiser Event
Cathedral of the Pines
10 Hale Hill Road, Rindge NH
Friday, July 14th (rain date July 28)
9 AM - 7 PM

You must register. Download the registration form and mail in with your fee.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $25
Deadline for Early Bird Registration is July 7th, then $30 registration fee

The Registration Form includes all the detailed information about this art day!
Includes the agenda for day of the event

Includes talk, 'The Mountain as Muse," by Alan Rumrill - 6-7pm

A luncheon will be provided for registered artists

Come and explore with other artists. This is a wonderful and beautiful place with amazing views of mountains, hills, Mt. Monadnock, flower gardens, church and trails.

Keep to the theme of the Cathedral grounds, garden views or Mt Monadnock. Artists will be painting and photographing across the Cathedral of the Pines campus.

Cathedral of the Pines will receive 25% of all sales. Artists are welcome to bring 2 extra paintings or photographs prepared in advance for the sale.

Summer's Plein Air Gathering & Luncheon
Mel Haughton's Farmstead
95 Baldwin Hill Road, Phillipston, MA
Saturday, July 29th

Come visit on Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. A wonderful lunch will be served at 12 PM which is included.

Come celebrate the day, explore Mel's farm and enjoy a country lunch with other artists. The farmstead is surrounded by flowers, a barn, antique car and truck, a cabin with a view of New Hampshire mountains, a pond across the road, an old cemetery on the outskirts of the land.

RSVP for this Plein Air because we need the count of how many will be staying for a wonderful country lunch. Everyone is invited to participate.

Come and join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air. Then come to GALA's next art critique and share your finished pieces.
Member News & Exhibits
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
2nd Annual Artists and Gardens Tour
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Jaffrey Civic Center to Host Second Annual Artists and Gardens Tour

Saturday July 1st, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Jaffrey Civic Center will be hosting its second annual Artist and Garden tour. The tour will include sites in Rindge and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, an area renowned for its picturesque landscapes and artistic spirit. The JCC invites visitors to embark on a captivating journey of discovery: an artist and garden tour that promises to delight the senses and nourish the soul. The tour will weave through a selection of six or more privately owned gardens, each beautiful location will have an artist on sight creating art.

Delight in the symphony of colors, textures, and fragrances as you meander through enchanting pathways and discover hidden nooks brimming with beauty. Engage in conversations with the creators, gaining insights into their inspirations, techniques, and their profound connection with Jaffrey's natural beauty. The Jaffrey Civic Center artist and garden tour offers not only a visual feast but also an opportunity to nurture your own creative spirit.

There will be a reception sale of the works created at the event Friday, July 7, at the Jaffrey Civic Center from 5:30-7.

Reservations for the tour can be made at the Civic center during open hours online or through this link.


The Jaffrey Civic Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural facility founded in 1966. The Center’s mission is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens and residents of the Monadnock region, as well as visitors to the area, can pursue artistic, educational, and civic activities. The Center’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment and enlightenment of the community. The Center does not charge an admission fee, 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 of the Jaffrey Historical Society. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center, please visit the Center’s website.
Hot Art
DublinArts & Muse Gallery, Dublin, NH
MA and NH Women's Caucus for Art present:
"Hot Art"
At DublinArts & Muse Gallery
1459 Main Street (Route 101) Dublin, NH 03444

July 15 - August 3, 2023
Opening Reception: July 15, 4:00-6:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 1:00-5:00 PM
Events at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Turners Falls, MA
July 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. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit:; 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.—6:00 p.m.
  • Open Fourth of July holiday, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 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: Montague Parks & Recreation Young Artist Week
Ongoing, July 12 - 26

The Montague Parks & Recreation Summer Camp 2023 celebrates Young Artist Week, bringing their art to the Great Hall. Enjoy works created by children ages 5-12 that focus on local wildlife.

StoryWalk®—Mole Music
Ongoing, July 1 – August 8

Enjoy a story, fresh air, and exercise! Join us on the center’s grounds for a free self-guided StoryWalk® featuring the children’s picture book Mole Music by David McPhail, for readers ages 4-7 and everyone who dreams of being a musician and changing the world. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route.

*The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalkv® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.

Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk
Saturday, July 1, all day music festival

The Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk is a village-wide festival showcasing an array of innovative and virtuosic local artists, celebrating local businesses and public spaces. Performances take place at parks all over town. Join DCR staff at 2:00 p.m. at Unity Park for live music, family-friendly activities, and a kids’ costume parade making its way towards the Great Falls Discovery Center. At 3:00 p.m., Travis Laplante plays hypnotic and innovative solo saxophone music outside Great Falls Discovery Center. Take a moment to read our outdoor StoryWalk®, Mole Music by David McPhail. Then, the music walk continues to the next stop. All performances and events are wheelchair accessible, open to all, and free, with suggested donations going to the Nolumbeka Project in support of the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. The festival is supported by Greenfield Cooperative Bank, RiverCulture, New England Public Media (NEPM), and Mass Cultural Council. For more details, please visit:

ACF Music walk: Musical Fun for Kids & Sidewalk Costume Parade
Saturday, July 1, 2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Start the Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk Festival at Unity Park at 2 p.m. with live music and family-friendly art-making, and then join in the parade at 2:45 p.m. Stroll along with musicians and DCR park staff for a children’s sidewalk costume parade along 2nd Street to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Make music while you walk! Instruments provided. Then, at 3 p.m. enjoy outdoor music at the center with Saxophonist Travis Laplante and enjoy our StoryWalk® Mole Music by David McPhail.

Nice & Easy Walks
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 10:00—11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 16, 10:00—11:00 a.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 natural and local history along the way. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy footwear and bring water. Meet outside the main entrance.

Kidleidoscope Story Hour
Fridays, 10:30—11:30 a.m., 7/7: Eagles; 7/14: Bobcats; 7/21: Snakes; 7/28: Rabbits

For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Learn more about our wildlife neighbors who share our home. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Activities are indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall or adjacent courtyard.

Live Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi
Saturday, July 8, 2:00—3:00 p.m.

Free. For all ages. Meet raptors up close and personal! Gather in the Great Hall for birds of prey, presented by Tom Ricardi, a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. Tom provides an educational presentation on their lives and habitats as well as conservation. You may see vultures, falcons, owls, and hawks!

Art Naturally Series
Saturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Discover nature through story, poetry, and art in our series of free Art Naturally programs. Using words and images, instruction, and techniques you create an art piece inspired by the natural world to take home. For adults, teens, and children ages 6 and up (accompanied by an adult). All art materials provided. Meet in the Great Hall.

Great Falls Discovery Center
Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376  (413) 863-3221  she/her/hers
Open Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Office Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays
1794 Meetinghouse Summer Concert Series
New Salem, MA


Saturday 8th: Sarah Clay & the StarCats - jazz standards, Bossa Nova, & American Songbook tunes - Check out this unique, entertaining "beyond jazz" program

Saturday 15th: Lonesome Brothers - Country swagger, wistful folk and breezy rock

Saturday 22nd: Stomp Box Trio - classic 20th-century American blues, rock and soul music with 21st-century mojo

Sunday 23rd: Leah Kunkel – singer/songwriter, pianist - atmospheric soft rock – with Guy DeVito on bass and Joe Boyle on guitar

Saturday 29th: Patty Larkin – equal parts guitar wizardry, vocals shot through with soul, and inventive lyrics - "An uncommonly articulate guitarist, she has evolved into one of the finest self-accompanists anywhere in popular music.” Boston Globe


Friday 25th: Jolly Beggars - Celtic folk music and storytelling for modern day audiences performed with exuberant enthusiasm, winning charm, and outstanding talent!

Saturday 26th: Jenny Burtis Trio – an honest look at life and loss with an eye toward humor and redemption


Saturday 9th: Joe Jencks - award-winning songwriter & internationally touring folk artist presents a unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration

Friday 15th: David Wilcox - quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope

Sunday 17th: Elan Sicroff - classical piano interpretations of composer Thomas de Hartmann

Friday 22nd: The Green Sisters – old-time, eclectic folk, great harmonies and fun!

Saturday 23rd: Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy - traditional music from Canada, Ireland and more

26 South Main St
New Salem, MA 01355
Raw Expression: A Visual Poetry of Mixed Media
Ashburnham, MA
The solo show is hosted by the Creative Connections Gift & Gallery on 56 Main St, Ashburnham MA. The show will be up until July 15th.

The theme of the show is called “Raw Expression: A Visual Poetry of Mixed Media.”

A series of work from the 80s and 90s that are referred to as earth-tone series by Iphigenia, but also includes some newer work of her as well.

Iphigenia Gossios Burg
Mixed Media Artist
Flowers: Our Constant Friends
Inner Space Fine Arts, North Reading, MA
Art featuring flower interpretations from the Inner Space family of artists and live arrangements courtesy of Kinsman Farm Flowers.

Exhibition runs through July 30

Inner Space Fine Arts, 189 Main Street, North Reading, MA
The Iconic Octagonal Building on Route 28

HOURS: Wednesday 1—5, Thursday & Friday 1—6, Saturday & Sunday 12—4
Classes & Instruction
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
Realism Juried Art Show
Acton, MA
Show Dates: August 5 - September 1
Opening Reception: August 5
Submission Deadline: July 3
Jury Notification: July 10
Drop Off: July 24 - 28, 11-7pm
Pick Up: September 1 - 8

ActonArt is excited to announce their “Realism” Local Juried Art Competition. This competition is open to 2D art mediums, styles, and skill levels living and working in Massachusetts and is designed to encourage growth in the art world by giving emerging artists working in the realistic manner a platform to showcase their work and talent. All applicants must be 18 years or older and can submit original artwork that adheres to the theme of “Realism”. Submissions will be judged based on technique, originality, and artistic merit. Cash prizes totaling $300 will be awarded to winning artists.

The competition is open to all local artists, living or working in Massachusetts. 2D visual art in various forms such as Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Mixed Media are eligible. No Photography, Digital or AI generated art, Sculpture, or 3D Installation will be taken into consideration. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Works must not be taller than 72" no wider than 60".

Winning artists will be featured in a group exhibition at ActonArt, 69 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720 from August 5 through September 1, 2023. The exhibition will also be displayed on the ActonArt web site and promoted on social media.

All entries need to be emailed to with JPG image attachments or posted to a web page with a direct html link. Email files must be in JPG format, maximum 2500 pixels on largest side. Please submit attached files, not a zip file. Images may also be posted to a dedicated web page and a link provided to the page. Web page images should not be download restricted.

For more information please visit the ActonArt website or email
Call for Artists: Wrapping Paper Pages
Montague Reporter, Montague, MA
Call for Artists for the Montague Reporter’s 2023 Wrapping Paper Edition

Artists from western Mass and southern Vermont are invited to submit designs and proposals for wrapping paper pages from now until the September 1 deadline.

Each artist will have the space of two full adjacent pages for their design, making a double page measuring approximately 20 by 22 inches. Artists may design in full color or in black and white. Tattoo artists, comic illustrators, graffiti specialists, painters, street sketchers, kids, photographers, geometry nerds, type designers – all are encouraged to send in ideas for cool, original wrapping paper pages!

The Montague Reporter is able to offer a $200 stipend to each artist. Each will also receive five copies of the Wrapping Paper Edition for their personal use.

The Wrapping Paper Edition will be available between Thanksgiving and the end of December in local stores and online at the special price of $5 each or five for $20.

Make a proposal or submit a design before the September 1 deadline. Send your name, address, phone number and your proposal – or completed design – to with “Wrap” in the subject line. 

If you are making a proposal rather than submitting a design, include three samples of finished work that represents your style created in the medium you are planning to work with.

This year, the paper has created a separate Youth category for artists who are 15 years old or younger, with at least one finalist selected from this group. Please indicate if your submission belongs in the Youth Category.

All proposals and submissions are due September 1. Selected artists will be contacted on Monday, September 11 and will have the rest of September and October to get the design finished.

For more information about the project, please contact Montague Reporter features editor Nina Rossi at (413) 834-8800 or email

If you are a shop or business owner who would like to sell copies of the Wrapping Paper Edition, please get in touch with Garth Shaneyfelt at
Call for Exhibitors: Art in the Park 2023
Keene, NH
Sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association, the Art in the Park outdoor art show is now accepting artists applications for its 65th Annual Show to be held in Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 2 & 3, 2023 from 10 am – 4 pm both days, rain or shine.

New this year, online registrations for all artists! The Requirements and Application Form are available on the Monadnock Area Artists Association website, or use the direct link to the application.

The deadline for applications for the same site as in 2022 is May 14, 2023 and for all other and new applications the deadline is: July 16, 2023

Fees: Monadnock Area Artists Association members, $100, non-members fee $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 furnishings 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
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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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.