June 2019
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Gail Robinson
Paul Gaj
Mark Lore
Lawrence Libby

GALA Board of Directors

Deb Giordano  President
Nowell Francis Treasurer
Paula Botch (Secretary)
Guy Biechele  
Chuck Heidorn
Bethany Price
Susan Ellis
Georgia Griffin

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
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President's Note

Hello my dear friends,

Our next art show in our gallery is " Sitka Gallery"

Open Reception is this Sunday, June 2nd, 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Come and see some art and have some ice cream next door at Seppies ice cream parlor!

We will soon be starting up Art Critiques! Watch your email for information. Janet Dupuis will be in charge of critiques this year. We hope to see you there!

Music & Arts Festival: Calling all artists, artisans, and crafters to rent tent space for our July's Music & Arts Festival. Vendor Applications can be found at our website: There is NO deadline to register, but space is limited, so register now! We already have 4 food trucks coming, and a local brewery. The music lineup is looking sweet! Great art show in the gallery! Mark your calendars for this event!

Calling All Artists for "Art of the Animals" July's art show! The link to register for the art show can be found at our website.

We still have the months of August and October available for GROUP SHOWS! If you would like to do a group show or be a part of one, register online on our website.

Would you like to teach a class? Contact me with what you would like to do.

Upcoming Events:
More information, applications and deadlines can be obtained on our website.

June- Group Show: Sitka Gallery PopUp (Sitka's artists)
July- Theme Show: "Art of the Animals"
July- Music & Arts Festival: artist and craft vendors, food trucks, art show and more
August- Group Show
September- Group Show: Theme "Rust"
October- Group Show
November- Theme Show: "Small Works"

We are looking to fill the following positions:
  • Marketing
  • En Plein Air events coordinator

Deb Giordano
GALA President


  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
Notice to Volunteers 

The GALA Gallery Volunteer Sitters should be aware that email communications will be primarily from Louise Hammerman, email:, with the subject title beginning with "GALA". Weekly emails will include a link and directions to view the GALA Gallery Calendar.

Call for Artists: Art of the Animals  

"Art of the Animals" Theme Art Show - Call for Artists
Show runs July 6th-Aug 2nd
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13th
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

Entry Deadline: June 30th

Register online or download an entry form.

GALA's artists are teaming up with Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue for a theme art show to benefit both artists and the animals. Proceeds will be split between the artists and Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue.

The theme is Animals, which includes all media, photography, and 3D. Animals can be pets, nature, wildlife, birds, farm, and other small or large creatures.

Join us in supporting a wonderful cause. GALA's art sales will raise funds to help pay medical bills for animals in need. This is your chance to help local animals and do what you love to do...create!
Call For Artists & Artisans

Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, July 20th  1:00 - 6:30pm

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

GALA is seeking applications from New England craft artists and Fine Art artists making original work. Festival is a one-day outdoor show featuring work of artists from the area.

Booth, one side open - $25
Booth, corner two sides open - $40
Free Wi-Fi

If you are interested in selling your art, please see the Application Form for more details.

This is a hard copy Artist Application 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. **

Applications are Due by May 12th

You do not have to be a member of GALA.
Questions? Call 978-407-1419

Rust and More: Call for Entries 

RUST, a proposed group show in September at the GALA Gallery, 135 Front St., Winchendon, has openings for more artist members to join in exhibiting their presentations of rust in art forms. Currently the exhibitors are Alicia Drakiotes, Susan Ellis, Louise Parmenter Hammerman, and Brad Willard who have previously exhibited their rust creations as a group at the Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH, and the Heywood Library in Gardner.

We are seeking other members who find the beauty in rust, the abandoned, lost, and disintegrated, and thus create photographs, paintings, sculpture and innovative art works from these intriguing remnants of civilization. Please keep in mind the limitations of the gallery space. If interested, please submit 3 images of your works and label: Lastname_Firstname_Title_Image #jpg to Images should be no larger than 300kb. Please include a brief statement about your interest in this subject and your contact information.

For more information please call the "Rust" group coordinator: Louise Parmenter Hammerman at 978-874-2660 or email

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Joan Sinatra Hathaway  

Joan Sinatra Hathaway will have an exhibition of photographs at Creative Connections, 56 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, on view from June 1- 29. Opening reception June 1 from 12-2.  Below is the exhibition name and description.


I've been inspired by the poems of Mary Oliver expressing the idea that paying attention is the way to have a meaningful life. Photographs are one way to help people pay attention. I have always been moved by the smallest things in the world, not the grandest; a detail on a piece of clothing, nuances of color, a swirl on a piece of jewelry, a curve on a piece of pottery, a wink, a smile, a nod, a small gesture of kindness. I want my photographs to show those small details and to encourage the viewer to pay attention to those details of life. I hope they create a mood, capture a moment and evoke a memory.

Joan Sinatra Hathaway
Instagram. mood.moment.memory

Martha Webster  

A selection of acrylic landscape and still life paintings by Martha Webster will be on display at Heywood Hospital's Wound Care Center through the months of June and July.

Alicia Drakiotes 

Alicia Drakiotes will be an exhibiting artist at the Annual Keene Art Walk through June 9 in Keene, NH. Come and enjoy the storefront gallery display of 85 artists and artisans! Alicia's window display can be seen at Hannah Grimes Marketplace on 42 Main St. Her work, including original art, matted prints, and art cards, is also featured inside the business.

Alicia Drakiotes is the featured artist at Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, 146 Main St, Keene, NH, June 1-30. Stop by and see her larger oil paintings while you are visiting the area.

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Shows & Exhibits
Gathering My Wits               
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

Nina's Nook is pleased to present the work of Linda Baker-Cimini in her new show, "Gathering My Wits" from June 6 to July 10. Linda's pen and ink drawings continue to find their way into the hearts and minds of many, where they create smiles and a little more laughter. Her most recent musings, ponderings, and miscellaneous tangents spring from imaginary worlds far beyond Franklin County.

Nina's Nook is at 125A Avenue A in Turners Falls, next to the Black Cow Burger Bar. Online at and 413-834-8800.

Winchendon Music Festival                
Winchendon, MA

Winchendon Music Festival, Inc. brings international artists to Winchendon, MA for solo & chamber concerts. Andrew Arceci, Director.

Old Centre Church
(First Congregational Church of Winchendon)
10 Old Centre
Winchendon, MA 01475

WMF will continue 7-9 June & 28-30 June with several classical, world, and jazz programs at the Winchendon History & Cultural Center (Murdock-Whitney House):

Friday 7 June, 7 PM: John Arcaro & Band  |  jazz
Jazz interpretations of the "Great American Songbook" as well as contemporary jazz compositions.

Saturday 8 June, 7 PM: Beth Bahia Cohen * WMF début  |  world
Beth Bahia Cohen is a violinist of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. She plays the violin, viola, Greek lyras, Turkish bowed tanbur & kabak kemane, Norwegian hardingfele, and the Egyptian rababa.

Sunday 9 June, 7 PM: Chris Moyse * WMF début  |  folk/Americana
Singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN. Recent highlights include: winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition, selected artist for the 2018 Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival, and concerts throughout GA, CT, MA, etc.

Friday 28 June, 7 PM: Jennifer Ashe (soprano) & Christina Wright-Ivanova (piano) * WMF début  |  classical/contemporary
Works by Erik Satie (1866-1925), Carl J. Antonellis (1915-1986), John Harbison (b.1938), Michael Finnissy (b.1946), and others.

Saturday 29 June, 7 PM: Randall Scotting (countertenor) * WMF début, Andrew Arceci & WMF artists  |  baroque
A baroque program featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Nicolà Porpora (1686-1768), Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783), and others.

Sunday 30 June, 7 PM: Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Trio * WMF début  |  jazz/world
A fusion of contemporary jazz, Turkish, and world music. Sanlıkol will be joined by James Heazlewood-Dale (bass) and George Lernis (drums/percussion).

Pastel Society of New Hampshire to exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center 
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Snow Day by Janet Schwartz
The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a group pastel exhibit by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire beginning Sunday, June 2nd -Thursday, June 27th, 2019. There will be an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 2nd from 2 pm to 4 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The mission of the Pastel Society of NH is "to set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of soft pastels; to unite pastelists through membership in the society; to establish pastel as a separate category in major art exhibitions; to focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and to educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the medium; to offer workshops, critiques, classes, demonstrations and scholarships as part of our educational program; to offer a vehicle of communication for the exchange of news and ideas through our web site and our publications; to hold member's shows at appropriate gallery locations ; to culminate the year's activities with a national annual juried exhibition open to members and non-members." For more information about the Pastel Society of NH, check out their website at:

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

Notown Goods is Now Open!               
Notown Goods, Westminster, MA

A fine craft gallery and gift shop, Notown Goods features works by over 50 American artists, artisans, and apothecaries. At Notown Goods every piece has a story to tell and an American maker behind it. By supporting locally made, handmade goods, every purchase makes an impact.

Local artists featured at Notown include ceramics by Nicole Aquillano, Elizabeth Benotti, Blue Petal Pottery, Claypio, Milltown Pottery, and Tricopot; jewelry by Heather Beck, Beryllina, Elleyo, Rachel Gunnard, Porcelain & Stone, and Shepherd's Run Jewelry; textiles by The Salty Cottage, Raisa Antonia, The Wild Textile, Erin Flett, On the Road Again and Loomination; stationery by Middle Dune and Revel Revel; apothecary by Healing Harbors, Heleka, Herd Supply Co., noon, and Hop Hollow; fine art by Ariel Kessler and Wanderluxe, wood by From Wood 2 Good, Hannon Made, and Gabriel Parker.

Notown Goods is the home of the Loomination® weaving studio. Founded in 2013 by designer Leanne Boudreau, Loomination® is a full-service weaving studio focusing on tabletop and home decor textiles.

We are now open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Please join us in celebrating our grand opening on Saturday, June 1st from 1-4pm. We are located at 23 Village Inn Road in Westminster. You can find more information on our website at and can follow us on Instagram and Facebook @notowngoods.

Upcoming Events at Gallery Sitka           
Gallery Sitka

George Witham at the Bull Run Restaurant
Opening TBD
Bull Run Restaurant
215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA

Join us at the Bull Run Restaurant and view new work by George Witham, on display until July 1st!

Paint the Common - En Plein Aire (Painting Outdoors in the Air)
Saturday, June 1st from 8-8 PM
On the Common/Center Town Hall

Artists will begin to set-up on the Common between 8-9 AM and continue to paint live until 4 PM. The work will then be delivered to the Town Hall for a Silent Auction and Cocktail Reception: Silent Auction, meet-the-artists, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres (by the Bull Run) and a cash bar will be upstairs in the Center Town Hall from 6-8 PM. Winners will be announced after 7:30 PM. The Shirley Historical Society will get 50% of any sales from the auction. Any remaining artwork not sold will go on display for two weeks at Gallery Sitka in Shirley before returning to the artists.

Group Show at GALA in Winchendon, MA
Sunday, June 2nd from 3-5 PM
GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Join us for a group show at the GALA Arts Gallery!
Featured artists include Jonathan Route, Lawrence Libby,
Meagan St Laurent, and Iphigenia Gossios Burg.

Brattleboro Gallery Walk
Friday, June 7th from 5:30-8:30 PM
Studio East
58 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT

Join us in Vermont for a Pop-Up Gallery Show featuring original work by artists Meagan St Laurent, Mia Scheffey, Susy Gomez Victorica (1965-2018), Marston Clough, Melissa Richard, and Susan Wadsworth.

For more information contact Meagan St. Laurent, Gallery Assistant
Gallery Sitka East at Sitka Creations
2 Shaker Rd., D101
Shirley, MA 01464

Phone: 978.425.6290
Fax: 978.425.6280

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Art Classes & Instruction
Lori MacDonald Fine Art Classroom                 
Gardner, MA

GALA member, Lori MacDonald, is opening a new studio classroom in Gardner. After a 2-year hiatus she will once again offer acrylic painting instruction for all skill levels in a variety of class offerings.

Classes begin on June 17th, with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Class size will be limited to no more than 6. Visit Lori's Website at and click on the "Classes" tab to read about the specific offerings. Register for classes by emailing her: or by phone 978-407-9333.

Come to the Open House on Sunday, June 9th from 3 to 6 PM!

The new studio is located in the rear of 205 School Street (off Sanborn St.), Gardner. To avoid pedestrian traffic in the busy complex, take the back way! Do NOT enter the 205 School St. parking area off Chestnut St. Instead, take Cross St. to South Lincoln St., turn left behind the huge CubeSmart building, continue straight to Sanborn St. and to the parking lot. Look for the large mural outside the studio. Get directions for "Lori MacDonald Fine Art Classroom" on Google Maps.
Arts Alive! Spring Workshops                 
River Valley Artisans, Keene, NH

Build your Buzz
Workshops for both visual & performing artists!

We have heard from you! Across the region artists want more tools to be able to reach out to businesses, venues, and event producers. This spring we've got some amazing programs for you. All programs this spring are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Help us spread the word & share!

Biophilic Design

How could a piece of art bring nature into a windowless basement office? Does your art use elements of nature? The Center for Public Health, at Cheshire Medical Center, is helping businesses to invest in Biophilic design in the workplace for the wellbeing of their employees - and that means opportunities for local artists!
Join us 5pm May 28th in Keene

More information

Arts Alive!, Inc.
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH 03431
Upcoming 2019 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

July 20 - Susan Rock - Beginner Watercolor

Plein air if weather permitting, otherwise inside. More information coming soon.

Lisa Ober-November 2 & 3, 2019

Artist Lisa Ober, PSA, will teach a color-filled workshop on how to create beautifully detailed still life paintings in pastel. Lisa will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference (provided). Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time will ignite a passion for still life painting as students see their colorful paintings take shape. Participants will learn the skills needed to create believable and realistic still life paintings that are loaded with impressive details. Lisa will discuss developing keen observation skills, color selection, pastel application, and she will disclose her secrets for handling difficult surfaces such as glass or metal-giving special attention to this area.

Students will get plenty of personal attention, and Lisa's enthusiasm for still life painting is as contagious for the beginner as it is for the experienced painter. Regardless of favorite subject matter, students will leave with some hot tips for making their future paintings stand out in a crowd. If those in the class aren't already in love with still life painting, they will be by the end of this one!

For registration forms write to be notified when ready.

Monadnock Area Artists Association
Keene, NH
Summer and Fall Art Courses                 
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.

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 at for more information.
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Fitchburg Open Studios                              
Fitchburg, MA

The 2019 Application is Out!

Now is the time to sign up for this year's Fitchburg Open Studios! Share your art and your workspace/studio with the public in the greater Fitchburg area! This is a unique opportunity to meet people who share your passion for art and interact with them in your own studio and work space.

Visit our website for future updates and to download and fill out the application form.

SAVE THE DATE for this year's FOS Weekend: October 19 & 20, 2019.

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 2019-2020 (July 2019-June 2020.) 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, 2019. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2019.

Applications may be completed online

Please send questions to 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
Summer Internship at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking for a summer intern for approximately 10 hours a week. Flexible days/hours. This would be a fun opportunity and great resume builder for those interested in art and needing some volunteer credits for either high school or college. Responsibilities include general phone and computer work, greeting guests and patrons, updating artist and patron lists, assisting the Exec. Director with hanging art shows, planning venues/opening receptions and general duties related to the day to day operations of the Center. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where people in the Monadnock Region can pursue artistic, educational and civic activities. The Center's goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment and enlightenment of the community. Contact Regina for more info. 532-6527.

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

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
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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More Exhibits & Classes
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We Need Your Help! 
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 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.
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