June 2016
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

 Joanne Barrieau
Amanda Brower
Barbara Hallowell
Deborah-Jean McGonigal
Rebecca Nichols

GALA Board of Directors

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

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

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President's Note

Dear Friends,

May was a very busy month for us. We are now in our new home. Our Open House went very well and we were thrilled that so many stopped by to share their excitement with us. Thank you to those who have signed up to volunteer. If anyone wishes to help us on projects, please send me an email. We appreciate our volunteers-you keep this organization strong!

We still need funds to finish the carriage house, to make it our unique Arts Gallery so we can hold workshops and music events. We still need your help, so if you have not yet made a donation, please mail us a check or donate online now.

Here is an opportunity for you to help the environment and GALA. Go to the Hannaford store in GARDNER ONLY, and purchase a few of the Reusable Bags with the good Karma message. For the whole month of June if you purchase the light blue bag with the orange handle, $1.00 is donated to GALA. It's good for the arts, good for the planet, and we get a few bucks! Thank you to Hannaford for choosing us and giving us this opportunity.

Don't forget we have a Poetry Open Mic coming up on June 12, 2-4, Our first Painting class will be held on June 25, 10-2 and a Plein Air June 19, 10am at Lake Dennison. More detailed info of these events is on our website,

We are looking for people who are interested in giving workshops. Please email me if you are interested, at The warm weather is finally here, get out there and do what you do best!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
Hannaford Helps GALA 

Buy Reusable Bags in June to Support GALA & the Arts!

GALA is thrilled to have been selected to be a part of the exciting and innovative Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, designed to support local nonprofits.

For every blue reusable bag with the good karma message purchased at the Hannaford store located at 21 Timpany Blvd in Gardner, MA during the month of June, $1 will be donated to GALA to help us continue our work for the arts in the community!

 More info.

GALA Plein Air
2016 Schedule

Sunday, June 19, 10 AM  

Location: Lake Dennison, Winchendon  

We will meet at the Lake Dennison Recreation Area parking lot off of Rte. 202 and travel a short distance down New Boston Rd. to a scenic vista with a beaver pond and pine woods. Register by Wednesday, June 15

Saturday, July 16, 10 AM

Location:  Joe Smith's house (1035 Willis Rd., Phillipston, MA 01331).  Denise's gardens will be in full bloom.

Saturday, August 13, 10 AM

Location: 21 Island Rd., Ashburnham, MA 01430

We have been invited to the home of GALA member Susan Ellis, located on a beautiful island in Lower Naukeag Lake in Ashburnham.  This location provides plenty of lakeside scenery with a view of Mt. Watatic in the background. If the weather is inclement Susan has a large studio and plenty of antiques and curios to keep us busy. Participants are encouraged to bring bathing suits and stay after painting to enjoy the lake.

Friday - Sunday, September 23-25

Location: Savoy, MA.

Once again, Doreen LaScola's niece, Taryn LaScola and her sweetheart Peter Miner have offered to host us for a weekend of outdoor art and camaraderie in the beautiful Berkshires. The main event will be Saturday, but we are welcome to bring our tents and/or campers (they have a really big yard) to stay from Friday to Sunday. We'll have art during the day and s'mores by the camp fire at night.  Bring your own food, camping stuff, spouses etc. (not necessarily in that order!), and, of course, your art supplies.

For more information please contact Joe Smith

Less Is More   
Painting with Alicia Drakiotes
GALA is pleased to present "Less is More," a painting class by award winning NH artist and art educator Alicia Drakiotes.

Get the most out of a limited palette. Open to those working in acrylic and oil mediums. We will incorporate the Munsell palette to paint effective paintings in this one day workshop.

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10 am-2 pm
$45 per person. Basic skills required.
Class is limited to only eight students, so enroll today!

For more info & to enroll

Volunteer/Donation Request  

GALA Urgently Needs Your Support for Arts & Culture in Central New England!

We ha GALA Color Logove been searching for the right place to call our home, and we have finally found it for YOU. A place where we can share our passion for all of the arts. The Winchendon History and Cultural Center purchased the house next door to their museum and has invited GALA to bring the talent of our membership to Winchendon at this location at 135 Front Street. Our office and Gift Shop will be in the main house, but there is also a carriage house on the property with a tall ceiling and large wooden barn beams. We will be renovating this carriage house to be used for art exhibits and other activities. Until this new space is ready, we will have use of a few rooms inside the main house. Besides art exhibits, we will offer classes, coffeehouses, music jams, poetry events, critiques and much more! We plan to continue holding our Annual Spring Show and other events in the Greater Gardner area. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

In order for our new Arts Gallery to be successful, we urgently need you to donate and volunteer.

Click here to Donate and Volunteer

You may also mail your check to
GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440

Thank you for your gift!

Shaping the Future of GALA   

2016 Member Survey

To enhance GALA's benefit to you, its members, your Board of Directors is asking for your assistance.

Please complete the 2016 Member Survey to help GALA:
  • develop new programs and events,
  • improve upon current activities,
  • and grow the organization.
You are encouraged to provide additional comments in the survey. Every thought matters and GALA is stronger with your input. The survey results are for GALA use only.

Take the survey

Need a paper version of the survey?

If you are not able to submit the survey online, please email so that we can arrange to provide you with a paper copy.

GALA Poetry Open Mic
GALA Arts Gallery

  Sunday, June 12, 2016, 2-4 pm at the GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475

Join us for an afternoon of poetry - share your own work, a favorite poem by another, or simply sit back and enjoy listening.

A sign-up sheet will be available at the door for anyone wishing to participate. Time allotted to each poet will be approximately 5 minutes, but will depend on how many sign up to read.

While at the Arts Gallery, take time to enjoy the current art exhibit. After the open mic, please feel free to stay and mingle and meet the other poets and artists. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is free for both the participants and the public, although a $5 donation  would be appreciated and will help us to continue our support of the arts in the community.

For more information, contact Paula J. Botch by phone: 978-575-0863 or email:
Spring Show & Auction
Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts

GALA is a Sponsor of the Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts (NCM) 2016 Spring Show & Auction

Silent Auction Bidding ends today, June 1st!

Artwork is on display in the ReStore. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity NCM builds.
GALA Musician Survey 

We are working on new plans to help our musicians. We have produced a survey to help us identify what you are looking for, so we are better able to support you as an artist. If you are a musician, please take a few minutes and fill out our survey. Click on this link that will direct you to the survey: .

You may also find the survey on GALA's Events Website,

Thank You!

Custom Label Wines to Benefit GALA
Whether you love art or love wine 
(or both!),  purchasing our wine is a super way to support the local arts community.

They make very creative 
and tasteful gifts as well. 

Get all the info about the wines & order today here  and enjoy a toast to art!

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Rick Flematti
Petersham Craft Center, Petersham, MA
On June 5th from 2 to 4 PM nature photographer Rick Flematti will have a variety of his work on exhibit at the Craft Center. Most of his work centers around the North Quabbin region. Ricks' images have been published in a several of books and magazines. To see his work visit his website at:

Contact Info:
Rick Flematti
Athol, Ma.
Joe Smith
Beech by Joe Smith
Joe's scratchboard, Beech, has been accepted into Branches, Brambles and Roots; an exhibition celebrating trees, to be held June 25 to July 31 at the View Gallery in Old Forge, NY.

Joe's scratchboard, Foggy Wood, has been accepted into the Copley Society of Arts' summer show; Ship to Shore, to be held July 7 to August 16 at the CoSo gallery at 158 Newbury St., Boston.

Joe Smith
Rick Flematti and Paula Botch
Uniquely Quabbin
GALA members Rick Flematti and Paula Botch are contributors to newly arrived first publication of Uniquely Quabbin,"a collaboration of Athol Historical Society, Athol Press, Haley's Publishing (Athol), and the North Quabbin Chamber & Visitors Bureau."  Contributors are from throughout the Quabbin region.

Rick's photographs are featured throughout. Paula's article and her photographs cover several historical societies and museums in both North and South Quabbin towns.

Here's a link to the magazine: if you'd like to take a peek!

The next issue is due out in the fall.

Naida Knox
Levi Heywood Memorial Library, Gardner, MA
The work of Naida Knox will be on display at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library during the month of June. Naida's favorite medium is watercolors. Please see the Levi Heywood Memorial Library website for hours of operation.

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde Street
Gardner, MA

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Susan Paju Exhibit 
Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Winter Cornfield by Susan Paju
The Athol Public Library will host an exhibition of landscape paintings by Athol resident Susan Paju during the month of June. Paju says most of the paintings in the exhibit originated from walks at the Quabbin and in and around area conservation lands. The emphasis is on shifting cloudy skies, the reflective surface of water, and long, late-day light. Paju says of this exhibit, "Although these are not abstract paintings, my interest in painting is more in the abstract emotional aspects of atmosphere, light and texture, than it is in creating realistic descriptions of particular places."

Paju has a BFA in painting and an MLS in library science from the State University of New York. She is employed as a reference librarian for the Town of Acton, commuting from her home in Athol since 1999. She says her long commutes give her lots of time to study the sky. Her paintings focus almost exclusively on landscape painting in acrylics, oils and collage, represented in various degrees of abstraction. She says, "I love the North Quabbin region and the commitment the people have to land and nature preservation. It is a great place to experience and fall in love with landscape."

The exhibit, in the library conference room, will be up from June 1 to June 30. A reception will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Athol Public Library
568 Main Street
Athol, MA
Phone: (978) 249-9515
Art Show Reception  
Zeda's Village Grill & Bar, Lunenburg, MA

Local artists are celebrating their Art Show Reception on Saturday June 18, at 6 pm-8 pm, 1 Main Street, Lunenburg, MA.

We will have refreshments and live music with Jessa Potts performing for us at the reception. The show is curated by Iphie Burg; It represents 14 local artists, displaying 28 pieces of art work.

Come and join us with some refreshments, enjoying art from local artists in music and fine art.

Iphigenia Gossios Burg
Visual Artist/Mixed Media

Girls on Art: A Passion for Pastels
The Jaffrey Civic Center
Sea Chords by Karen Israel
The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to host a pastel exhibit featuring artists, Karen Israel, Maryann Mullet, and Pam Short. The exhibit runs from May 23 through June 25th in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. An Opening Gallery Reception will be held on Friday, May 27th from 6-8 pm in the gallery and will include Scott Mullett playing the saxophone accompanied by Draa Hobbs on guitar. We hope you can join us.

About the Artists:

Karen Israel

A nationally recognized award-winning painter, holds Master Pastelist status in the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work has been published in the Pastel Journal where she has twice won Third Place in the Portrait and in the Wildlife Categories of the Pastel 100. Karen has established herself as an accomplished artist through elevated status in professional art associations and through teaching and live demonstrations.  Karen is Signature Member and President of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Her work can be found in many private and public collections in the United States and Canada. Karen has had work exhibited at several museums and galleries in Connecticut and New York City, including the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, The Slater Memorial Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Little Blue Catching the Breeze by Maryann Mullett
Maryann Mullet

A Dublin resident, Maryann initially worked in graphic arts and illustration, switching to pastel painting six years ago.  Her inspiration comes from nature, whether it be close-up views of flora, luminous berries and vegetables, or birds and animals. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and has been published in national magazines. "Painting feeds my soul. It relaxes me yet challenges me. It makes me feel complete. I am blessed to be able to paint and I'm enjoying the journey." Maryann's paintings can be viewed at
Pam Short - Artist Statement

Grazing by Pam Short
"Painting gives me a sense of freedom and peace whether I'm outside with nature or in the studio painting a memory. I find inspiration in almost everything from the mountains to the ocean, farm to the city, snow to sand, pets and more.   There is beauty everywhere if we choose to see it. The list is endless.  I am drawn to light, shadows and atmosphere. When I choose to paint something, it's moved me in some way or another. I hope that my work will awaken an emotion in the viewer as well." Pam Short

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
ph: (603) 532-6527

Hours of Operation: Mon-Friday, 10-12 and 1 to 5pm (closed for lunch 12 to 1 pm) and Sat 10-2.
Young Artist Spotlight Exhibit: Andrea Cornelius
The Jaffrey Civic Center
Maasai Mother and Child by Andrea Cornelius
The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the third exhibit in a series showcasing the work of local young artists under the age of 30. Andrea Cornelius will be exhibiting a mixed media exhibit at the Civic Center beginning Friday, May 27th through June 25th in the ground floor Auditorium Gallery. An Opening Reception for her show will be held on Friday, May 27th  from 5-7pm.

Andrea Cornelius is a senior and Advanced Placement art student at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, NY. She has been a summertime visitor or resident in Jaffrey her entire life. This fall, Andrea will be attending Colgate University with plans to study biochemistry (as a foundation for possible graduate study in forensic science) as well as studio art. She is also an accomplished musician, having played trumpet in the New York All-State Orchestra in addition to her high school Wind Symphony and Jazz Band.

As this exhibit demonstrates, Andrea has enjoyed experimenting with a broad variety of media, including graphite, pen and ink, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, charcoal, printmaking, and photography. She has also designed logos, T-shirts and tattoos, as well as fingernail art. She draws inspiration for some of her subject matter from her many travels with her family, including Africa, Europe, South America, the Arctic, Florida, and yes, New Hampshire. Andrea appreciates the Jaffrey Civic Center's willingness to let her share her work, and sincerely hopes you enjoy the exhibit. She has previously exhibited her work in the Armonk Outdoor Art Show in both 2014 and 2015, the Katonah Art Museum Student Exhibit in 2016 and has received 5 National Scholastic Art Awards.

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
ph: (603) 532-6527

Hours of Operation: Mon-Friday, 10-12 and 1 to 5pm (closed for lunch 12 to 1 pm) and Sat 10-2.
Mixed Media Exhibit by Dr. Stephen Gehlbach
The Jaffrey Civic Center
Autumn Birch by Dr. Stephen Gehlbach
The Jaffrey Civic Center will be hosting a mixed media exhibit by local artist, Stephen Gehlbach beginning June 3th through June 30th, 2016 in the display case galleries on the ground floor. The title of the exhibit is: Water: Forms and Patterns. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 3rd from 5 to 7 pm. Stephen Gehlbach is a mostly-retired academic physician who lives in Jaffrey. He spends increasing amounts of his time trying to capture aspects of nature through his Sony mirror-less lenses. Over time his images have evolved from documentation of wildlife and landscape to an emphasis on more abstract representation of nature's forms and colors and patterns -trying to see this world more clearly.

About his exhibit:

"It's the most abundant compound on earth. It makes up over 80% of our planet's surface (and 60% of our bodies). Life could not exist without it. Water is a marvelous compound-not simply for its vital functions but for the multiplicity of its forms. We experience it as mist and fog and dew, as cumulus and cirrus clouds, as rain and snow, as crystals of ice, as reflections or ripples on still ponds, as musical streams, as roiling waves or receding ocean eddies. We feel it, hear it, taste and see it. This photo essay is all about water- in its varying forms- as visual patterns. These abstractions help us see the too familiar with greater clarity and argue for another of the compound's attributes- water as art."  Stephen Gehlbach.

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
ph: (603) 532-6527

Hours of Operation: Mon-Friday, 10-12 and 1 to 5pm (closed for lunch 12 to 1 pm) and Sat 10-2.
Meet the Artists: Carole Farnsworth Rabe
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Wednesday, June 8 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hosted by Gallery Sitka
The Bull Run
RT-2A, Shirley, Ma

Join us for snacks, grab a drink at the Bar and support the local art scene! This month of June we are hosting the works of artist Carole Farnsworth Rabe, originally of Shirley. Join us for a whole new show on June 8th!

Work will be up June 4th - July 3rd.

Carole Farnsworth Rabe
Artist's Statement

I receive my inspiration from intense observation of my surroundings and my response to what I see. The way light hits a countertop or the side of a chair is the spark that gets the painting started. The color of light influences the color of objects and creates interactions between disparate things. My paintings are about the relationships between these elements.

My imagery is personal; I need some connection to my subject matter in order for me to claim it in a painting. I work from direct observation; I am very interested in how the human eye perceives the things around us, and how the hand and heart work to put the image down on canvas. It's a wonderful feeling when the reality of the painting takes on a life of its own and exists on its own, apart from the objects observed. It seems like such a simple thing but there is something magical and transcendent about this aspect of representation that has a very strong power for me.

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Art Classes & Instruction
Printmaking Workshops with Corinne Rhodes   
Cherry Press and Danforth Art

Squid: Monotype on Polyester Plate by Corinne Rhodes
Non-toxic Century Plate Lithography: One-day Workshops

Introduction:  Monday, June 13, 2016, 12-5pm
Introduction:  Saturday, June 18, 2016, 12-5pm

Join the printmaking revolution as we leave the petroleum-based era to welcome in the bio-based era of lithography. This class is suitable for novices and those returning to lithography and will de-mystify the hazardous and seemingly alchemical processes of the past. Learn how to use new, non-toxic and simple etching techniques using environmentally sustainable, plant-based materials and re-useable Century Plates.

Artists/students who like printing with polyester lithographic plates (Pronto Plate lithography) will really enjoy the richer tonality, reciprocity of mark-making, durability, ease of use and predictable results that Century Plates provide. The ability to re-grain Century Plates creates more fluidity and spontaneity in the artists' working process. This new form of lithography is excellent for creating gestural, expressive images and producing multiple-color prints.

Sign up for one workshop or join us for them all!

Cost: $125 includes black ink, modifiers, processing materials, tracing paper and newsprint for class use. Please bring images/ideas to draw from and paper to print on. Some printmaking paper will be available for sale.

Material Fee: $30 for one 1/4 sized multiple-use Century Plate and #3 litho crayon    Questions?

Registration ends Friday, June 10th. Payments can be made on the day of the workshop by check, cash or credit/debit card.

Sign Up Here!

Monotype on the Century Plate:  Monday, June 27, 2016, 12-5pm

Using our Century Plates as guides, we will dive into a painterly process to mix the luxurious hues of Akua water-based pigments with the rich, graphic tones of lithographic prints. For those of you interested in learning traditional multi-plate registration, we can cover that, too.

Cost: $125 includes Akua pigment ink, modifiers and newsprint for class use. Please bring your processsed Century Plates, prints, favorite brushes and paper to print on.  Some printmaking paper will be available for sale.    Questions?

Registration ends Monday, June 20th. Payments can be made on the day of the workshop by check, cash or credit/debit card.

Sign Up Here!

Cherry Press on the Road:  Introducing Summer Printmaking Workshops at DanforthArt

Corinne will be teaching one class and two workshops at fabulous Danforth Art in Framingham this Summer! Follow the links to find out more and sign up.

Polyester Plate Lithography Class   Wednesday Evenings, July 6-27, 6:30-9:30pm


Polyester Plate Lithography   June 21-23  1-5pm

Woodcut    July 19 & 20   1-5pm

Corinne Rhodes
Cherry Press

Realistic Still Life in Pastel with Lisa Ober- Only a few spots left! 
Stone Arch Village Community Room, Keene, NH
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). 

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. 

September 17th & 18th, 2016

Stone Arch Village Community Room
835 Court Street, Keene, NH

For more information on Lisa Ober click the following link:

The registration form should have all the information you need, but p lease feel free to contact Carol at

Please visit our website for forms & more info:

Four Fine Artists, Four Fine Teas
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

Janet Palin will be the fourth artist featured in the Petersham Art Center's "Four Fine Artists, Four Fine Teas" series on Tuesday, June 7, from 3:30-5PM. Janet paints from her own studio in Petersham, from the coast of Maine, and from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico as a resident artist and instructor. She has a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, with additional studies at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Worcester Craft Center, and Vermont Studio Center. One of her greatest joys is painting plein air at the Ranch. Come hear about Janet's artistic journey as you enjoy fine teas, fine refreshments, and fine conversation. A donation of $5 is suggested for the event. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST. Call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415 to reserve a space.

Reservations to the Four Fine Artists, Four Fine Teas events are an absolute must due to limited space. Donation is $5 per event. Please call Petersham Art Center, 8 North Street, Petersham, at 978-724-3415 for reservations and for more information.

Summer and Fall Art Courses at MWCC
MWCC Gardner

Summer Teen Art Program

Come join us for our Summer Academic Adventures that couples academic learning with hands on projects - the fun way!

June 27-30 10am-1:30pm
INTRO TO THE POTTER'S WHEEL (Also meets week 2: 7/5 only) Ages: 16+ & Art Teachers..Cost: $159 Learn about wedging & centering clay, pulling cylinders, cups, vases & bowl forms. Successful work will be bisque-fired & glazed. Includes all materials & kiln firings. Seats limited

July 11-15 9am-3pm
INTRO TO THE POTTER'S WHEEL & DRAWING Ages: 9-12 Cost: $249 Spend mornings learning new drawing techniques & afternoons on the potter's wheel. Dress for mess-bring a smock

July 18-22 3 4 9am-3pm
INTRO TO THE POTTER'S WHEEL & PAINTING Ages: 9-12 Cost: $249 Spend mornings learning new drawing techniques & afternoons on the potter's wheel. Dress for mess-bring a smock

July 25-29 5 9am-3pm
PAINTERS & SCULPTORS Ages: 8-12 Cost: $249 Explore the world of art with watercolors, acrylics, plaster, clay, wood or mixed media. Dress for mess-bring a smock & a snack. Supervised outdoor activities complement this program.

TEEN ART SCHOOL Ages: 13-18 Cost: $249 A studio art program designed for teens seeking to create a portfolio. This year's focus will be watercolor painting, printmaking & mixed media drawing. Bring a smock & a snack.

More information
Register online 


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.

Contact Thomas Matsuda 
for more information.

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Call for Art: The Fourth Annual "One"

Carolyn Letvin, Golden Fleece #40
All ArtsWorcester members are invited to participate in The Fourth Annual "One," our summer members' exhibit. Bring us the single piece you want to exhibit most, regardless of medium or theme. The usual size and weight limitations apply (available on the submission page).

This year, $500 in awards will be divided among three artists exhibiting in One. Jon Seydl, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Worcester Art Museum, will select the prize winners.

Please register your artwork online by June 1. We appreciate preparing your paperwork in advance.

Questions? Call us at 508.755.5142 or email us.

Call 978-632-3277 or e-mail for more information.

North American Open Show: Call for Artists
New England Watercolor Society
The Pearl by Gerarde Doucette
The prospectus is now available for the 2016 North American Open Show, hosted by the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester MA, from September 25 to October 29.

We are now accepting submissions. The deadline for entries is midnight, July 28th. Over $7000 in prizes will be awarded to participating artists.

The show will be juried by Mary Whyte, a renowned and well-respected figurative watercolorist, best known for her sensitive portraits of the Gullah people of her native coastal South Carolina.

Full details are available on the NEWS website.

Download the prospectus.
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
Custom Canvas Stretching
Doreen LaScola is offering services for stretching custom sized blank canvases. You supply the materials, and she will do the work. 

Please call 978-297-3427 for a labor-only quote and to arrange an appointment.  
Contact Doreen by email at:
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 Organiz ations, 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

Leominster Art Center has launched a new website: 
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
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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
Summer Internship 
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 citizens of 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 at 532-6527.
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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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 proceeding 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
2015 Winner
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 7 years in a row (2009-2015) 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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