Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
March 2023
GALA Events/Announcements
Call for Entries
Art & Music Festival
May 19 - 21, 2023
Red Apple Farm & Brew Barn
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, May 7th
Opening Reception Fri. May 19, 6 - 9 pm (Art Awards 7)

Two options for entering the show:
  • Option 1: Online Entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
  • Option 2: Paper Entry Form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment to GALA. Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline

With either option, your Entry is due by
Sunday, MAY 7th

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. And if you would like to teach art classes outside under your tent for children and adults. Please indicate your interest on your entry form.

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

* Important Note *
Please be sure to drop-off your artwork on May 16th between
4 - 6 pm in the Brew Barn. If we do not receive your artwork by 6 pm, we may not be able to include it in the judging.
Seeking Artist/Artisan Vendors
Arts & Music Festival
May 20 - 21, 2023
Red Apple Farm & Brew Barn
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

Fill out the Vendor Application to be juried into the festival. All the details are listed on the application form.

Vendor dates are Saturday 20 & Sunday 21

For help with any questions, contact Richard

Art Critiques
Next Critique scheduled
Saturday, March 18th
Saturday, April 15th
10:00 am - NOON

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.

A great way to receive feedback from your artists friends. Come and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork to share with the group.

Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together. Mark your calendar!

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

Mystery Art Challenge

Take the Challenge! We are adding something new and exciting to our regular critiques. At the next critique we will be handing out Mystery Briefcases. Inside, are miscellaneous items that you must use to create a piece of art, with brief instructions for you to follow. Choose your briefcase. Do not open your briefcase until you get home. Bring your finished art piece to the next critique to share with the group. Eventually, we would like to collect everyone's finished challenges and have an Art Challenge Show.

If you would like to take this art challenge, email Deb so she will know how many briefcases to prepare and bring to the January critique.

You may also just stop by and pick up your briefcase for next month's critique.

There will be a $5 materials fee to help support each briefcase.

If everyone enjoys these art challenges, we will continue to have new challenges at our future critiques. We are excited to see what you will create with your mystery briefcase.

Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together.

Mark your calendar!

Email Janet at to let her know that you will be joining us.
En-Plein-Air & Art Show
En-Plein-Air & Art Show
Kendall Pond Fundraiser
Gardner, MA
August 27, 2022 - May 28, 2023

Register now to receive your map locations and ID Card

The En-Plein-Air started in August, 2022 and will run through Sunday, May 28, 2023 at Kendall Pond, Gardner MA

You must register for this Plein Air. Everyone is invited to participate
Register here and get access to all the instructions and maps

All art works must be For Sale. Property owners will be hosting artists around the pond from August to June. Artists will be able to come visit the pond during all 4 Seasons. Areas indicated will be available to the artists throughout the year so that the various seasons are represented. Artists will be visiting the pond to find perfect venues or scenes to capture in their chosen medium. There will be over 20 locations for view.

An art show will be held at the next KPBA's Fireworks celebration in June on the Pond. This Art Show is a Fundraiser that will help with the cost of treating the pond for milfoil and other invasive plants. A map will be available to all artists for all access points. There is a public boat launch for kayaks.

The Kendall Pond Betterment Association, (KPBA) is dedicated in keeping the pond a natural resource for future generations.

At Kendall Pond's fireworks celebration on June 24th, 2023, GALA will hold an Art Show displaying all of the artists' work for judging.

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd,1st Honorable, 2nd Honorable places. The 1st Place art piece will be donated & raffled off to the public with the proceeds of the raffle split between the Artist and KPBA.

Artists will also have the opportunity to display their work for sale in GALA's show during the afternoon hours of the fireworks celebration.

Several residents have expressed an interest in working with the artist to purchase their painting prior to the event. This is allowed but you must have to make arrangements with the GALA president.

Member News & Exhibits
Mark Lore
Expressionist Landscapes
Exhibit and Sale
March 1st-31st

Artist's Reception
Sunday, March 12, 3-5:00pm

Gardner Ale House Brewery and Restaurant
74 Parker St., Gardner, MA
(978) 669-0122

Live music and refreshments
Instagram @marklorefineart
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
Impact: A Members' Exhibition
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Reception: Saturday, March 4, 12:00-3:00 PM

Brace for Impact! Featuring over one hundred works, this year's Call and Response collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum prompted artists to consider humanity’s complex relationship with our environment.

Join us for a public reception this Saturday, March 4, when we will celebrate the artists of Impact and find out which ten works will go on view at FAM later this year!

Parking is available at the Worcester Public Library (McGrath) Lot, Federal Plaza Garage, Worcester Common Garage, and Pearl-Elm Garage. Metered street parking is also available. Please do not park in the lot across the street from the Printers Building; you will be immediately towed.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
The Smithsonian Comes to Turners Falls
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA
Museum on Main Street “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” makes stop In Turners Falls

Originally known as Peskeompskut, the area of Turners Falls was once inhabited by Indigenous Tribes prior to European contact. After 10,000 years of continuous Indigenous habitation, Turners Falls became one of five villages established along the Connecticut River in Montague, MA during the mid-19th Century.

Founded in 1868 as a planned industrial community to harness the immense power of the local waterfalls, Turners Falls has undergone numerous changes over the past two centuries.

Turners Falls’ past and present-day way of life will take center stage as the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street, in cooperation with Mass Humanities, rolls into the Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls from Feb. 5 through March 18.

"Like the whole of America, Franklin County has seen transformation and depression, ebbs and flows,” said Sarah Doyle, Secretary of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Board. “The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center are excited to bring the Smithsonian’s Crossroads exhibit to Turners Falls so that we all may explore together the unvarnished and beautiful history of this community, and where we are today, within the context of the country at large.”

Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own path to highlight the changes that have affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.

Throughout the exhibit, the “Crossroads” theme will connect Turners Falls’ land, people, identity, persistence, and change to evaluate the town’s past, present and future.

Launched in 1994, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a Smithsonian outreach program that engages small-town audiences and brings revitalized attention to underserved rural communities. The program partners with state humanities councils like Mass Humanities to bring traveling exhibitions, educational resources and programming to small towns across America through their local museums, historical societies and other cultural venues.

For further information, contact Jen Atwood at

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. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit our website; 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.—5:00 p.m.
Open Monday, January 2nd, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Open Monday, January 16th, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Women's History Month Celebration
Turners Falls, MA
Featuring Música Franklin Faculty

Join Música Franklin on Monday, March 6th, from 6-6:45 pm, for a staff and student performance in honor of Women’s History Month. This family-friendly concert will feature music by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Natalie Cole, Ruth Schontal, and Camila Cabello. This concert will take place at Sheffield Elementary School (43 Crocker Ave, Turners Falls) and is free and open to the public.

Únase a Música Franklin el lunes 6 de marzo, de 6 a 6:45 pm, para una presentación del personal y los estudiantes con música de compositoras en honor al Mes de la Historia de la Mujer. Este concierto familiar contará con música de Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Natalie Cole, Ruth Schontal y Camila Cabello. Este concierto tendrá lugar en la Escuela Primaria Sheffield (43 Crocker Ave, Turners Falls) y es gratuito y abierto al público.

Monday, March 6th, 6pm
Sheffield Elementary School
43 Crocker Ave, Turners Falls
Free and open to the public
Musica Franklin Community Concert
Turners Falls, MA
Música Franklin Community Concert
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5-6pm
Temple Israel Greenfield
27 Pierce St.

Join Música Franklin on Wednesday February 1st, from 5-6 pm, for a staff and student performance featuring music by Black composers in honor of Black History Month. This family-friendly concert will feature music by Robert Glasper, Florence Price, Cynthia Erivo, and Gloria Matlock in addition to traditional spirituals. Audience members can participate in interactive portions of the performance. This concert will take place at Temple Israel Greenfield (27 Pierce St) and is free and open to the public.

Contact: Annierose Klingbeil
Música Franklin
Classes & Instruction
Beads & Baubles: An Intro to Polymer Clay Jewelry
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Learn the basics of using polymer clay to make unique jewelry. We will learn how to condition and blend an amazing range of colors and create simple designs (canes) which can be used to make beads, pendants and, if time permits, earrings. Instructor: Heather March.

When: Saturday, March 11, 9AM to 1PM
Where: Princeton Senior & Community Center, 206 Worcester Rd., Princeton
Who: Anyone age 12 and up
Cost: $25 per person; paid with cash or by check on March 11.

All supplies will be provided.

Limited class size. Reservation is REQUIRED. Registration deadline is March 4.

Robert J. O'Brien Watercolor Workshop
Bellows Falls, VT
The Saxtons River Art Guild announces a one day workshop given by Vermont watercolorist Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS on Saturday March 11, 2023 at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School Street, Bellows Falls, VT, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Workshop fees are $70 for SRAG members and $90 for non-members. The theme of the workshop is “Painting Winter Light”. Please bring your watercolors, paper, and a reference photo to work from. If needed, Robert will also have a reference photo available to work from. Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in watercolor for over 40 years and is a popular workshop instructor. More information and images of his artworks can be found on his website: This is open to all abilities with some watercolor experience suggested. Please bring beverage and lunch.

Founded in 1976, the Saxtons River Art Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of the fine arts with about 80 members throughout the Monadnock region in New Hampshire, the Southern Connecticut River Valley area of Vermont, and western Massachusetts. Their activities include: exhibit and sales venues, classes and workshops, open studio time September through May and plein air gatherings June through August, luncheons with guest speakers and demonstrations, and trips to museums and galleries. An art scholarship is awarded yearly to a qualified senior from an area high school who is going on to a 4 year major in the arts.

For Workshop Registration or more information, please contact: Carolyn Berglund at

Masks and COVID-19 vaccinations are required to attend the SRAG workshops.
Needle Felting Workshops
Gardner, MA
Taught by Nicol Wander
Location: Gardner, MA studio or your own in-home Felting Gathering

All materials included
Class size limited 4-6
$50.00 per person
Learn & create: Owls
Santa heads
And more

Contact for available times and dates:
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
Call for Artists: Fairy House Stroll
Unitarian Universalist Society, Gardner, MA
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner announces a call for artists for their annual Spring Fair and Fairy House Stroll held this year on May 13, 2023.

Guests will stroll the grounds of the UUSG at 66 Elm Street in Gardner were they will discover fairy houses throughout the garden plots and paths. UUSG is seeking artists to make fairy houses for the stroll. The house may be made of any material and must be able to be moved.

For more information please email
Art On The Line
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Art on the Line
March 11, 2023

ArtsWorcester’s beloved Art On The Line fundraiser is back again! All artwork should be delivered by March 9, 2023.

How it works:

Artists donate small-scale, two dimensional artworks. We hang them from the ceiling with old fashioned binder clips and string. On March 11, attendees will line up at a ticketed event for their chance to grab artworks, all priced at $20. It’s fast-paced, fun, and a great way to add to your collection while also supporting ArtsWorcester.

How to participate:

  • Membership to ArtsWorcester is not required. Any and all artists may contribute.
  • Artworks must be no larger than 5” x 7”.
  • Artworks must be flat and light enough to be suspended from a binder clip. We suggest works on paper.
  • Artists may contribute up to four works.
  • Clearly label your work on the back with your name, medium, and social media and/or website.
  • Please do not frame your work(s).

Head to C.C. Lowell for pre-cut 5" x 7" sheets of high-quality paper to get started on your work. Don't forget that ArtsWorcester Artist Members receive 10% off supplies!

How to deliver your work(s):

All donated works must be delivered to ArtsWorcester by Thursday, March 9 at 5:00 PM. We will gratefully accept works in person or by mail.

Artist Drop Off Party: Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Come meet with your fellow artists and drop off your work at the same time.

If you can’t make it to the party, you may drop off your works at any point during gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM, or by appointment. Please check our website for holiday hours and closings.

You may mail your work(s) to ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA, 01608. Please include a piece of cardboard or paperboard to keep your envelope from bending. If mailing your work, please include your email address so we can thank you!

Unsold donated works will be available for purchase in the galleries following the March 11 event. Artworks will not be returned to artists.

Art On The Line is presented with support from Bowditch
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.