Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
November 2021
GALA Events/Announcements
Holiday Art Sale
Holiday Art Sale
Opening reception November 6
Open every Saturday, November 6 - December 18
GALA Arts Gallery

Everything affordable
Shop local & support the artists
Paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, notecards, and more. Many gift ideas for your family and friends. Several raffle baskets and tree ornaments!

135 Front St., Winchendon, MA

GALA Coffee House
Thursday, November 11, 7-9:00PM
Live on GALA's Facebook page @galagardner

HEAR the Music. FEEL the Beat. WATCH from Home.

Thursday March 11, 2021
Live on GALA's Facebook

This month our featured performers are Sarah Lynn Clark and Brock Macarelli. Sarah is a singer/songwriter who won't call it a comeback cause she's been here for years. She plays alt/pop/rock/'90s music on guitar and bass. Support original local music!

Hailing from Western Massachusetts, Brock Macarelli write, records, and produces his own music, with an eclectic mix of indie folk, Americana, jazz, and pop music. He will soon be embarking on his first tour to promote his first EP, Hobo Poet (demos). Find both of this month's featured artists on Spotify.

Join us! Help support GALA's musicians by donating. Thank you!
Or mail check to: GALA PO Box 664, Gardner MA 01475

Contact GALA if you would like to be a part of our monthly Coffee House Live Performances.

Walk In Fundraiser for GALA
Walk in Fundraiser at Art on the Rocks to benefit the Gardner Area League of Artists

Starting this Monday and for the whole week! Just walk in or make an appointment to be creative and make gifts for Christmas. Check the website for all they have to offer! Don't forget to mention GALA's name when you checkout so we can receive a percentage of the sales! Now open 7 days of the week! They have hundreds of pottery items to create and loads of different projects to guide you along!

Fundraiser dates: November 1-8, during normal business hours
Daily 12-8PM

No reservations needed. Does not apply to ticketed or private events.

Art Critiques
10:00 - Noon
Saturday, November 20th
Saturday, December 11th

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

You may bring a treat to eat, we will serve coffee & tea

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

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

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

Together we can achieve our goals.
Member News & Exhibits
Alicia Drakiotes
Alicia Drakiotes will be participating in a small group exhibit Nov 1-30 at Kristin's Bistro and Cafe, 28 Washington St., Keene, NH. Her work will focus on seasonal landscapes in oil. View her web gallery.

Coffee and Critiques sessions resume 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:
Barbara Danser
Barbara Danser - Paintings & Glass Jewelry
Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St, Jaffrey, NH
October 30 - December 18, 2021

For more information contact:
Shows & Exhibits
Small Works & Holiday Marketplace
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Something for Everyone!

Come browse, shop and enjoy hundreds of fine art and artisan-made, affordable holiday gift items made by members of the Princeton Arts Society. Wonderful small wall art in many media available, and tables will overflow with jewelry, cards, prints, ornaments, fabric items, original books, bags, ceramics, woodworking, and much, much more. Your holiday shopping will be made all the more meaningful by supporting our local artists. Checks and cash only, please. Face masks required.

Fridays: December 3 & 10, 6-8:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: December 4 & 5 and 11 & 12, 10 AM-4 PM

Location: 206 Worcester Road, (Princeton Senior & Community Center – street level), Princeton MA

November at Gallery Sitka
Gallery Sitka, Shirley, MA
Heading Here
Current Show!
On Display: Through Thanksgiving
at Gallery Sitka
2 Shaker Rd., D101, Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-6290

Winter Open House!
Small Works Show
Friday, December 3
4-7 PM
2 Shaker Rd., D101, Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-6290

On Display: Barbara Groh, Beth Barry, Carolyn Todd, Shira Toren
The Greenfield Gallery
213 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

On Display: Angelique Luro, Kate Shaffer, Lawrence Libby, Melissa A. Richard, Ylenia Mino
at The IdeaLab at Fitchburg State University
717 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Call Gallery Sitka to book a viewing appointment:
(978) 425-6290

On Display: Dawn Hailey Morton, Dug Morton, Kate Shaffer, Lawrence Libby, Susan Wadsworth, Ylenia Mino
873 Café & Tavern
873 Main St.
Ashby, MA 01431
873 Cafe | Gallery Sitka

On Display: Nina Arnold through Thanksgiving!
at The Bull Run
215 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-4311
Go for dinner!!!

On Display: Ruth LaGue
at Artisan Hair & Nail Studio
68 Airport Rd Suite 7, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 224-3001
Book them today for your hair!

On Display: Lawrence Libby
Smokestack Coffee Roasters
39 Massachusetts Ave, Lunenburg, MA 01462
(978) 403-0069
Book them today for your hair!

The Road Not Taken
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken, a fine art exhibit inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost, comes to the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey NH - October 23-November 20, 2021.

The presentation, designed by three Derry artists, Ingeborg V. Seaboyer, Judy Krassowski and Corinne Dodge, features approximately 30 works that reflect a variety of personal interpretations of the most famous as well as some of the “less traveled” works of one of America’s most inspiring poets, Robert Frost.

Images in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics and oils are accompanied by a selected verse that inspired each individual work. An exhibit reference book provides additional information on the artists as well as upcoming exhibit venues.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural facility founded in 1966. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens, residents, and visitors 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. There is no admission fee to the Civic Center 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 to the Jaffrey Historical Society. The Jaffrey Civic Center, located at 40 Main Street in Jaffrey, is open Wednesday through Friday, 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. For more information about other events and opportunities at the center please go to our website:
Maintenance & Repair
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA
Exploded View announces its upcoming installation during November, 2021 at The Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

The dynamic poetry/performance/art collective, Exploded View, unveils new work created during the pandemic, “Bitter Sweet Feast,” and hosts a curated community art exhibit entitled “Maintenance & Repair,” during the month of November, beginning November 4, at The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, MA.

In this second pandemic year, it feels essential to perform maintenance and repair individually, and in community. Exploded View members Trish Crapo of Leyden, Edite Cunhã and Nina Rossi of Turners Falls, and Samantha Wood of Greenfield addressed this topic for close to a year and a half during the pandemic by creating the new work, Bitter Sweet Feast. The multidisciplinary piece, which employs video, photography, and literary arts, will be on display at Great Falls Discovery Center for the month of November, beginning November 4.

In the curated group exhibit Maintenance & Repair, artwork from roughly two dozen area artists reflects on processes of mending, reconstruction, redemption, fixing, rebuilding, healing, and transformation. The work spans a variety of mediums including sculpture, drawing, painting, and fabric arts.

Rather than holding one large reception, three smaller events are planned to safely allow viewers to meet and talk with Exploded View members, as well as artists in the group exhibit. There will also be a post-Thanksgiving feast napping event. Social distancing and masks are required at all events.

Saturday November 13, Sunday November 21, and Sunday November 28
Gallery event from 1 to 3 p.m., with a large screen showing of Bitter Sweet Feast at 2 p.m., and performative readings by Exploded View. Light refreshments in the courtyard with artists from the gallery show.

Friday November 26
It’s about time for a Nap! Bring your mat and pillow into the Great Hall and enjoy restorative rest and repair with members of Exploded View. Spread out on the floor and enjoy an ambient soundscape. Social distancing and masks required. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. after the Go Green on Black Friday Walk.

Contact: Exploded View;
or Trish Crapo;; 413-834-7934
The Art of Collecting
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
The Art of Collecting: Panel Discussion over Zoom
Wednesday, November 17, 12:00 PM

Interested in beginning your own art collection? Join us for an online panel discussion and learn about how three contemporary art collections have taken shape. Featuring Lauren Szumita, Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum; Arthur Goldberg, collector; Jennifer Irvine, collector.

Learn about the creation of Arthur Goldberg’s, Eva Herndon’s, and Jennifer Irvine’s art collections. With two important New England collections on view now at FAM, learn about the creation and evolution of these three collections, and be inspired towards your own.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Classes & Instruction
Needle Felting Workshops
Gardner, MA
3 Hour Needle Felting Workshops

Taught by Nicol Wander, MFA
Includes all materials & individual instruction to create your own snowman or Santa. Class size limited to 6 people. Adults & mature teens only (sharp needle used in creative process).

Tuesday Workshops:
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd, 10am-1pm
November 30th & December 7th, 6pm-9pm

Workshop Location:
205 School St.
Gardner, MA

Artist to Artist
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH
Creative entrepreneurs of all kinds -
join us for our fall virtual workshops!
$15 to register

NH's Percent for Art Program
Tuesday 11/9 12pm
Join NH State Council on the Arts Grants Officer, Cassandra Mason for an overview and conversation about the Percent for Art program. Artists will learn where to find these public art opportunities and how to apply.

Website Critique Group
Tuesday 12/7 5pm
If you’re an artist, you probably have some experience with the value of critique. A second, third, or tenth set of eyes on your work can provide valuable insight on how our work is perceived, aka how a viewer or audience member is connecting with what we create. In this Artist to Artist session, we’ll turn our powerful critiquing skills toward artist websites! We’ll examine the sites with an eye toward improvements that will facilitate a deeper connection with our work, a better user experience, and increased performance on the various platforms that we depend on to connect with people these days.

All Workshops:

$15 for nonmembers, $5 discounted registrations for members (we also offer a free registration option for those who are facing financial hardship.

All workshops are online events. Registration is required prior to the workshop in order to receive the Zoom link to join us.

Those who register will also receive a link to a video recording of the meeting in case they missed anything!   

Arts Alive!
15 Eagle Court
Keene, NH
Call for Artists
Small Works & Holiday Marketplace
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
The Princeton Arts Society’s Small Works & Holiday Marketplace focuses on small, original works and items. All mediums are welcome! We have wall space for framed pieces and have pedestals and tabletops for 3-dimensional work, printed material, and artisan made gift items. We are seeking your paintings, digital art, carvings, pottery, ceramics, ornaments, jewelry, drawings, glass, photographs, artist prints, woodworking, fiber arts, giclees, cards, sculptures, clothing, books of original writings and poetry, original CDs, and any other gift items your creativity has produced. Current or new membership required. Please see the our Call for Artist Entry Form for more information.

Call for Art
ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
Dodge and Burn
A juried members' exhibition

Submission Deadline: December 2, 2021
Notifications: by December 16, 2021
Drop off period: January 6 - January 9, 2021
Exhibition run: January 20 - February 27, 2022

Juried by: Beth Kantrowitz, independent curator and art consultant, Co-Director of Drive-By Projects

"Dodging" and "burning" are the ways photographers in the darkroom either lighten or darken different areas of an image. This technique has since been modernized in digital editing software like Photoshop. The resulting effect is a heightened visual contrast.

For this juried exhibition, we’re looking for contrast within a single wall-hanging artwork. Contrast may be visual or thematic. Think light and dark, big and small, textured and smooth, etc.

This is a call for wall-hanging artwork. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, photography, digital, fine craft, and video. Artwork must not exceed 48” x 48”, including frame, and may not extend more than 12” from the wall.

This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the juror will consider all eligible submissions and select certain artworks to be shown at ArtsWorcester. All Artist Members may submit up to two pieces for consideration. The contrast must be evident within a single work, not between your two submissions.

Please contact with any questions about the call or submission requirements.

44 Portland Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Call for Entries: Man and Nature
Keene, NH
Man and Nature in the Monadnock Region

Artists are encouraged to enter 2 original pieces of art created within the last 18 months which convey the relationship between mankind and nature in the Monadnock Region. When appropriate, “gallery edge” is acceptable. 2D artwork must be properly framed and wired for hanging and not exceed 18×24 in. 3D art is accepted, but artists must supply a base. 3D art not to exceed 432 sq. inches. Please contact the exhibit committee with specifics about 3D art.

$25 registration fee. Save $5 if you register before 1/1/2022. For more information:
Artist compensation: Artists agree to contribute 25% of sale proceeds to the Historical Society of Cheshire County, but artists may designate more.

All proceeds contributed to the Society are tax deductible.

Call for Artists
Townsend Artisan Market, Townsend, MA
Townsend Artisan Market is looking for artists, photographers, and crafters to exhibit and sell their work in their new shop on Route 119 in West Townsend (the former Settle Shop). Spaces are available for rent on a monthly basis for craft items and wall space for artists at a 30% commission on sales. Contact Melissa Wison at
The Little Gallery at Town Hall
Westminster, MA
Westminster now has a public art gallery open for showings by Westminster artists. "The Little Gallery at Town Hall" is now accepting applications from artists or artist groups who would like to exhibit 2-D work for a month-long show. For more information, visit the Town of Westminster website.

"The Little Gallery at Town Hall" is sponsored by the Westminster Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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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