Gardner Area League of Artists Newsletter
November 2022
GALA Events/Announcements
Art Critiques
Next Critiques scheduled
Saturday, November 19th
10:00 am - NOON
Location TBA

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
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
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
Inner Space Fine Arts, North Reading, MA
An evening of art and hors d'oeuvres with Karen M. Krieger and Elise Freda
Saturday, November 12, 5-7pm

With a sense of quietude and introspection, Karen Krieger’s contemporary ink and mixed media landscape paintings are meditative reflections on the natural world. Her paintings explore the simplicity of empty spaces and the essence of a mountain, the flow of water and the movement of mist. Karen integrates traditional Chinese ink with her own combination of painting media including natural pigments, graphite and acrylic paint. She works on rice paper (xuan) which she then mounts onto canvas. This adds a dimensional texture to the painting’s finished surface.

Elise Freda’s abstract paintings are based in nature. She finds her shapes, colors, spaces, textures, and lines in rivers, lakes, oceans, fields, mountains and skies. Elise uses the process of painting to evoke and celebrate the natural world: mists rising over fields, changing contrasts of light and weather, and the infinite depths of water and sky. Her paintings often explore the element of line — an ever-changing continuum from one painting to the next — depicting both land and water. Elise’s paintings are process oriented — the image is found while making it. All of the changes, additions, and subtractions become part of the finished piece. She relishes the mystery of abstraction, the unknown eventually evolving in to the known.

We look forward to your visit!

Inner Space Fine Arts, 189 Main Street, North Reading, MA
The Iconic Octagonal Building on Route 28
November Events at Jaffrey Civic Center
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
Jaffrey Civic Center Hosts “Architectural References”

Architecture is an art in its own right. The upcoming exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center titled “Architectural References” explores the theme of architecture through other forms of art. The show which runs October 29 -December 16, in the Auditorium Gallery of the Jaffrey Civic Center, features the work of nineteen artists: Phil Bean, Bonnie Castor, Cathy Cox, Gary Custer, Rebecca Fredrickson, Julie Gargan, Linda Greenwood, Holly Harmon-Morse; Dianne Kidd, Mary Pierce, Jan Reiss, Ann Sawyer, Elaine Seidel, Brandie Sweetland, Pamela R. Tarbell, Edith Tuttle, Judy Unger-Clark, Ed Wojtaszek, and Dan Worsham.

Included in the exhibit are drawings, paintings, mixed media works, and photography which all include some reference to architecture. The main image the center is using for the show, “The Shadow of Mont Saint Michel by Ed Wojstaszek has no actual building in it at all, the reference comes in the form of a shadow.

Rebecca Fredrickson, Executive Director of the Jaffrey Civic Center and participant in the exhibit, shares her thoughts on the show:
“ I particularly enjoy this show, architecture surrounds us and plays such a big role in all of our lives. The spaces we exist in can influence our comfort and our moods and they can inspire us. The theme is open to interpretation it is fun to see what artists come up with.”

The center is open Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5pm and Saturdays 10 am-2pm. There will be a preview reception to celebrate the works and artists in the exhibit October 28, from 5:30-7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Jaffrey Civic Center Presents: A Conversation with Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

The Jaffrey Civic Centered is honored to present noted educator, sociologist, author, researcher, lecturer – and part-time Jaffrey resident – Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot as its “Stories to Share” speaker on Friday, November 4, at 5pm.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot graduated from Swarthmore College, which established an endowed professorship in her name in 1993. She went on to earn her PhD from Harvard and joined its faculty in 1972. In 1994 Harvard awarded her the George Ledlie Prize for research making the “most valuable contribution to science” and “the benefit of mankind.” In 1984 she received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” prize and thereafter became the first MacArthur grant recipient to serve as a member, and as Chair, of the Foundation’s board. In 2003 the Academy of Political and Social Sciences named her as its “Margaret Mead Fellow.”

Ms. Lawrence-Lightfoot has many “firsts” to her credit; she is the first African-American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor. A path breaking sociologist, she describes herself as a “witness, archeologist, spider-woman, storyteller, and mirror” who probes “the layers and subtexts of human experience, listening for the voices and silences.” She is the author of eleven books and the recipient of thirty honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The format for Ms. Lawrence-Lightfoot’s talk will be a “conversation” with series moderator Joe Steinfield. Their discussion will include stories about her family, people she has met (spoiler alert – Stevie Wonder), and the challenges and rewards of being a pioneer in her field.
Please join us, either in person or virtually, for this rare opportunity to spend time with one of the Monadnock region’s true treasures. To attend in person at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street Jaffrey, please use this link: To attend virtually use the following YouTube link and sign in before 5:00 on Nov. 4.
The program will be recorded and available on the Center’s YouTube channel.

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. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center:
Holiday Open Studios Event
School Street Art Studios, Gardner, MA
The artists at School Street Art Studios are back with a Holiday Open Studios Event on November 26th, 2022 from 10am -5pm.

The 12 plus participating artists warmly welcome the public to experience firsthand their studio/gallery spaces, with the opportunity to experience the actual working spaces, studios, and gallery/exhibition areas of some of the most talented people in the Greater Gardner Area. There will be a group Art Exhibit/Sale in the main hallway areas. There will also be live music with the talents of Walden Whitham playing from 11-1 and Ben Cote playing from 2-4.

Participating artists include:
  • Norm Eggert Photography
  • Freeze Frame
  • Photography Studio
  • Doreen LaScola
  • Mark Lore Fine Art
  • LN Equineart-Ellen Lydon Oliveira
  • Lori MacDonald Fine Art
  • Scott Niemi
  • Louise Parmenter Hammerman
  • Jan Puccelli
  • Christine Regan Davi
  • Ellen Schneeflock
  • Wanderful Creations-Nicol Wander

A variety of food and refreshments will be served in each of the artists own studio spaces.

There will be a map provided to visit the 12 plus studios around the building complex.

Save the date and come by to enjoy and celebrate the return of this popular event in the Greater Gardner Area. Plenty of parking in front of the building off of School and Chestnut Streets.

School Street Art Studios
205-213 School Street
Gardner, MA 01440
November Events at Great Falls Discovery Center
Turners Falls, MA
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:; or email The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Visitor Center Hours: Open 6 Days a Week
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

NOTE: we are open on Monday holidays including Monday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibits. Adjacent to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center also includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible.

Great Hall Art Exhibit: The Good Old Days, Paintings by Lee Gray
Ongoing, November 4 – November 30

Painter Lee Gray brings us scenes from the good old days when the world was good and kind.

Story Walk® Series

Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE series of self-guided StoryWalks® featuring children’s picture books. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. Wonderful stories await!

November 5—November 8, From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Cherneskey. For young readers ages 4—8, and everyone who loves the harvest season. Enjoy the 2022 CiderDays Cider Trail at, November 5—6.

November 12—January 1, Thanks to the Animals, by Allen Sockabasin. For young readers ages 6—8 and anyone grateful for wildlife and storytelling.

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

Great Hall Art Reception: The Good Old Days, Paintings by Lee Gray
Saturday, November 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Come join us for a reception in the Great Hall with the artist, painter Lee Gray, whose work brings us slices of life from the good old days.

Kidleidoscope Story Hour
Fridays, November 11 (Owls) and November 18 (Bear), 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Great Hall Courtyard and Great Hall

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

The Nolumbeka Project Presents: Full Beaver Moon Gathering
Saturday, November 12, 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

The Nolumbeka Project presents the annual Full Beaver Moon Gathering in the Great Hall. Meet guest presenter, Mashpee Wampanoag artist Robert Peters, in celebration of his fabulous “Peskeompskut” painting, recently purchased by the Town of Montague. Raffle drawing of items donated by Pocumtuck Homelands Festival artists. Free admission. All welcome. For more information about the event visit

Go Green on Black Friday Walk
Friday, November 25, 1:00—2:30 p.m.

Forget shopping—let’s connect with nature and local history! Join us for a leisurely walk along the Canalside Rail Trail. The walk is about 3 miles-long, on a level paved surface. Makes for an easy stroll for adults and children ages 8 and up. Be prepared for cold weather, dress in layers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Walk begins at the front entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Inclement weather or icy trail conditions cancels.

Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Department of Conservation and Recreation
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA
(413) 863-3221
Classes & Instruction
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:
Fall Art Classes
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA
Petersham Art Center Fall Classes

Mathilde Duffy, accomplished fine artist, will teach "Designing Cards Using Colored Pencils" on Thurs evening, Nov 17, 7-9pm. Enjoy learning many colored pencil techniques, while creating your own greeting cards for the holidays, or any occasion. All pencils, papers, and design tools will be supplied for class use. $10 mem/ $30 Nonmem/material fee $5 to instructor

"Painting: Getting to the Nuts and Bolts", with Jeannette Martin. Sundays, Nov 13, 20, and Dec 4, 1-3pm. Jeannette Martin is a talented artist who has created outstanding artwork in many fine media. Using a simple palette, the class will use a step-by-step approach to creating and “building” a painting. We will explore the variety of tools and techniques used, including brushes, kinds of paint, canvas, and safety rules. This class is meant for beginner and intermediate levels, but is open to anyone interested in art. A supply list will be sent out before the class. Mem - $30. / nonmem - $50. Material fee - $10

Call PAC at 978-734-3415 for more information and to register.

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
Small Works & Holiday Marketplace
Princeton Arts Society, Princeton, MA
Something for Everyone! - Small Works & Holiday Marketplace

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.

Fridays, December 2 & 9: 6-8:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4 and 10 & 11: 10 AM-4 PM
Location: 206 Worcester Road, (Princeton Senior & Community Center), Princeton MA

The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit organization promoting the arts in Central Massachusetts through programs, events, and shows.

Jean Strock
Princeton Arts Society
Winter Holiday Fair
Unitarian Universalist Society, Gardner, MA
Looking for Vendors
Winter Holiday Fair & Vendor Marketplace
December 3 – 9am-2pm

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner is returning to the tradition of having a winter fair in advance of the winter holidays. On December 3, we hope to fill the UUSG Fellowship Hall with crafters, artists, and specialty vendors. As part of the event, the church provides delicious food at our café, a bake sale table, and a teacup auction raffle featuring specialty gift baskets. We are looking for vendors who offer handmade craft and art items such as cards, jewelry, prints, clothing, knitting and other types of hand work.

If you are interested in selling your work at the fair, there is a $25 fee for an 8’x3’ table, $15 for a ½ space table. Please see the attached application form for more detailed information. If you have any questions, please e-mail Vendor Coordinator, Catherine Azora-Minda, at We know that it’s a busy time of year and we welcome your participation in this event.
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.