October 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Sue Ellen Siebert
Maureen Hsu
Martie Paris
Laurie Hayward
Martha Hess
Kayla McGowan
Suzanne Moulton

GALA Board of Directors

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

GALA was organized to promote the arts as an essential component of a healthy community. We believe that artistic expression is a community's greatest legacy for future generations. GALA will increase awareness and appreciation of the arts by way of exhibits, instruction, theater productions, musical programs and provision of scholarships to students in local schools.
PO Box 664 
Gardner, MA 01440
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Newsletter Editor
Dana Armstrong

Massachusetts Cultural Council
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President's Note

Hello Friends,

If you are reading this, I need to tell you something that is important. Did you know we built this Arts Gallery for you? We worked very hard to create a place for you to come and feel like it's a part of you. We just don't want you to enter art shows, we want you to be a part of the whole package! So, lets come together and step up to help gallery sit. It's not that hard, it's only a few hours, you will meet new people, you can even work on your artwork. If we are to sell art, we must be open. We need weekend coverage only until the end of December. We will be closed for the winter months and re-open after our annual Spring Show. Oh, and you also don't have to be a member. Any supporter of the arts can volunteer. I hope to hear from you soon.

Saturdays: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Please view our calendar for available time slots and email Georgia Griffin at to sign up.

We have a lot going on! Check your emails, Facebook and our newsletter for our upcoming en plein air, art critiques, photography exhibit, and small works holiday sale. We will also be a part of the Fitchburg Art Tour.


Deb Giordano
President of GALA

  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA 2018 Photography Show        
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

October 6 - November 9, 2018 at GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 2-4 pm

GALA Call for Artists: Holiday Art Show  
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Small Works Holiday Art Show

Watch for the Call for Artists coming out soon.
Limit of 6 pieces and $10 entry fee, pieces under $100

This is a show of small affordable art work. Come and shop for Holiday gifts for your family and friends.

Nov 17 - Dec 22  at GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov 17, 10-5 pm

Fitchburg Art Tour  

Gardner Area League of Artists will be included in the Fitchburg Art Tour, so come by and visit us! Enter to WIN our Door Prize!

Saturday, October 27th  9:00 - 5:00
Sunday, October 28th    12:00 - 5:00

Maps will soon be available at

En Plein Air  

Register Now for Autumn's En Plein Air

Old Centre Common, Old Centre Church & Old Centre Burial Ground

Then bring your artwork to GALA's last Art Critique of 2018 on Sat., Nov. 3, 10 am-12 noon so we can all show our end results!

Register today for next month's EnPlein Air on Saturday, October 13th at 9:30 am at the Old Centre Common in Winchendon, MA. We will meet at the church.

It should be close to autumn peak to paint and have a picnic! Bring your lunch, we will provide coffee/tea. The Old Centre Church will be open to tour and use the restrooms. This is the first church in Winchendon. The church's new owners are the Winchendon Historical Society. If you like old cemeteries, the Old Centre Burial Ground is just down the road with Veterans from the Revolutionary War and first settlers in 1752.

Come and join your fellow artists for painting, drawing, photography, or any portable medium in the fresh air. Deb Giordano will lead the group for an informal day of being creative.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30 am to whenever
Register by Oct. 11 (click here)

FREE for GALA Members!

Not a member yet? Join now

Email for your membership status.

For more info, please contact Deb Giordano at 978-407-1419

GALA Artists Critique Meetings       
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Have you been busy creating art all summer?

Then join us for the first fall GALA Artists Critique meeting on Saturday Sept. 1. Enjoy coffee and conversation. Get some feedback on and insight into what you've created. Please bring two pieces of your artwork, in any medium, finished or in progress, to present to the group. Whether you are a novice or a master, it's always a fascinating conversation when creative minds come together to talk about color, composition, and technique.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 am-12 noon
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 am-12 noon

GALA Arts Gallery
135 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475

This activity is FREE for current GALA members! Bring one guest to a meeting for free!

Not a member yet? Join/Renew Now

For more information, or to check your membership status please email Deb Giordano.

GALA's Gallery Open Hours        
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Fridays:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturdays:  12:00 - 5:00 pm
Sundays:  12:00 - 5:00 pm

We need volunteers to keep the gallery open. If you wish to volunteer to be a Gallery Sitter please view our calendar for available time slots and email Georgia Griffin at

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Same Planet, Different Worlds: The Art of Doreen LaScola and Joe Smith

Gardner Ale House
October 4 through November 15, 2018
Artist's Reception, Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1 to 3 pm.

Award winning artists Doreen LaScola and Joe Smith will be displaying their recent works on the walls of the Gardner Ale House from October 4 through November 15. Doreen and Joe are outdoor painting companions, whose idea of a good time is to set up their easels in a garden or a park and paint the day away. Although they are often painting the same scene, their interpretation of it is always very different. While Doreen uses the setting as an inspiration for colorful abstracts, Joe seeks a more realistic interpretation of the scene. Many of the pieces shown are from local settings such as Otter River, Doanes Falls and Joe's back yard.

An artists' reception will be held on Sunday, October 21, from 1 to 3 pm.

The Ale House is located at 74 Parker St., Gardner, MA. It is open at 11:30 Monday through Saturday and at 9 am on Sundays. All artwork is for sale.

Alicia Drakiotes              

Alicia Drakiotes is the featured artist at Hancock Town Library, 25 Main Street, Hancock, NH.
"Local Colors", her exhibition comprised of local landscapes, will be available for viewing  and sale through October 10th.

Viewing hours are: Monday 2-6, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 10-7, and Saturday 10-4.

For more information phone: 603-313-3627

View more works and events at:

Southwest by Northeast: The Work of Carolyn Todd     
Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA

Lawrence Academy welcomes the work of
Carolyn Todd

Southwest by Northeast

Carolyn's artwork will be on display from September 21 to December 14, 2018 in the Conant Gallery (entrance on Rt. 40).

Gallery open Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12-4 PM

For more information contact Carolyn at

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Art Shows & Exhibits
Natural History: A Retrospective of the Work of Frankie Brackley-Tolman     
The Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a major retrospective of the paintings of Frankie Brackley-Tolman in the Cunningham Gallery during October 5 - 17 2018, with an artist's reception on October 12 from 5 PM to 7 PM. Frankie is a well-known Monadnock area artist who has achieved signature status from the New England Watercolor Society and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. For the last 15 years she has been a faculty member at the Sharon Arts campus of the New Hampshire Institute of Art where her "Experimental Painting and Mixed Media" course was a perennial favorite. This exhibit will include some of her earlier work, as well as, her more recent large format canvases. Some of the pieces are borrowed from private collections.

Everyone is invited to join the artist at the reception on Friday, October 12, 5 - 7 at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey NH. Refreshments will be served and Harvey Tolman will provide musical interludes. Frankie Brackley-Tolman's work can also be seen at her Amethyst Studio and Gallery in Nelson, NH on the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour Oct. 6,7,and 8 and on her website,

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear.  We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am - 12 noon, 1 to 5 pm and Sat 10 - 2:00. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at Find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook.

Reflections on Nature      
Hancock Library, Hancock, NH

Sunset Dance Monadnock by Barbara Danser
Hancock Library, Main St, Hancock, NH
Artists' Reception: Sunday, October 14, from 3PM - 5:30PM

Reflections on Nature is an exhibition of recent work by local members of the EarthSong Artists group, who paint both en plein air and in the studio environment. Eight artists are showcasing their work: Tamara Armstrong Benaquist, Beatrice Corriveau, Barbara Danser, Carol Doleac, Susan Ellis, Mary Kirk, Ilona Kwiecien and Arlene Laurenitis.

Exhibition dates: October 14 - November 17.

Viewing hours at the Hancock Library are: Monday 2-6, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 10-7, and Saturday 10-4.

For more information, email

Fall 2018 Exhibitions, Gallery Talks & Events       
East Wing Gallery, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

Constructions: an Exhibition of Work by Robert G. Osborne
September 5 - October 2
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm, open during theatre events
For more information contact: Joyce Miller, Gallery Director:

50th Anniversary of the Art Department
An Exhibition of Work by the founder of the art program & original art faculty
Jean Tandy - John Pacheco - Gene Cauthen
October 11 - November 8
Reception: Friday, October 26 at 3:30-6:00pm

by Jackie Lane
Recent Work by Keith Hollingworth
November 15 - December 6
Gallery Talk: Monday, November 19
12:30 - 1:30pm

Ceramic work by art student Kevin Oxford
November 15 - December 20
Reception: Wednesday, December 19
3:00 - 5:30pm

Exhibition of Student Work from Painting II & Drawing III
December 18, 2018 - January 25, 2019
Reception: Wednesday, December 19
3:00 - 5:30pm

The East Wing Gallery
Raymond LaFontaine Fine Art Center
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm & open during theatre events
Closed Sept. 3; Oct. 8; Nov 12, 22, 23; Dec. 24, 25

For more information contact:
Joyce Miller, Gallery Director:
Tom Matsuda, Dept. Chair:

Bearing Witness        
Gallery Sitka West, Fitchburg, MA

Adventurous Abstract Expressionist Leads Group of Central Mass. Artists in Fall Show
Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m., at Gallery Sitka West

Mia Scheffey creates a picture by intuition. She has no finished image in mind when she begins to paint. She does not simply execute a preconceived idea, following some linear logic. Instead, she builds a painting by making a mark - a brush stroke - that feels right, then in effect allows the picture to "answer" her with another message about which mark, which color, which texture needs to come next. The process can't be rushed. It is a kind of dialogue, Ms. Scheffey says, a conversation between the painter and the painting.

The Vermont-based abstract expressionist will be the featured artist in a women-only exhibition entitled "Bearing Witness," organized by the Central Massachusetts Chapter of The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) and mounted at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg, Mass. Helen Obermeyer Simmons, President of the Central Mass. Chapter, explains that the exhibit will focus on the artists' sharing of experiences (which in some cases were traumatic) as the mainspring for their artwork. "When important events have taken place in my life," Ms. Obermeyer Simmons says, recalling the death of family members and the birth of her children, "my first response is to make an image."

"Bearing Witness" is an all-women project focusing on the concerns and commitments of women everywhere, employing work in pastel, watercolor, printmaking, photography, fiber art, sculpture and collage from a feminine and feminist perspective. Artists who will participate in the exhibit include WCA members Gail Bloom, C.M. Judge, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Tamar Russell Brown, owner of Gallery Sitka, Kate Shaffer, Joanne Stowell, Sylvia Vander Sluis, Elsa Voelcker and Susan Wadsworth. Other Gallery Sitka artists will also be represented in this show.

This opening reception will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 - 4 p.m., at Gallery Sitka West, 454 Main St. in downtown Fitchburg. The exhibition continues at the gallery through Dec. 1. Art lovers are encouraged to go to and for more information.

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Art Classes & Instruction
Barbara Danser 2-Day Plein Air Workshop                      
NHIA Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH

October 20 & 21
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
NHIA Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH

Plein Air Painting & the Autumn Landscape

The joy of autumn color will be the theme of this workshop, held en plein air and in the studio. We will paint in the landscape for the first half of each day and return to the studio in the afternoon to create a new painting based on our individual responses to the morning experience. All mediums welcome.

Register online or by phone:
(603) 836-2564
Decorative Pumpkin Carving at the Jaffrey Civic Center                        
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

The Jaffrey Civic Center welcomes back Derry, NH artist, Michael Oxx, who will instruct students in the fine art of pumpkin carving on Saturday, October 20th from 11 am to 1 pm on the Civic Center lawn. From doodling at a young age to being introduced to sculpting in high school, Michael has always been interested in the arts. As a kid, he was a huge monster movie fan and always wanted to work in the special effect industry. He attended the Tom Savini Special Effect Makeup Program in Monessen, Pennsylvania, and learned his craft from industry professionals and very talented artists. Michael sculpts small vessels and relief sculptures, to monster maquettes and prosthetics and decided to start carving pumpkins a couple of years ago "to give myself another medium to work with besides clay and wax." The cost of the class is $10 per person. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult to help with cutting the pumpkin. Attendees should pre-register by Wednesday, October 17th and plan to bring their own pumpkin and a snack or lunch to the class. For questions or to register, please contact the Civic Center at 532-6527 or email us at:

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear.  We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am - 12 noon, 1 to 5 pm and Sat 10 - 2:00. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at Find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook.
Fall Workshops for Artists                          
Arts Alive!, Keene, NH

Arts Alive! and The Hannah Grimes Center, both of Keene, will continue their Artist to Artist workshop series this fall with a focus on "Deepening the Work" - exploring opportunities for artists to develop and improve their artistic practice and products.

The Artist to Artist workshop series is an affordable opportunity for artists, performers, and craftspeople to learn more about topics like how best to use an artist residency, what opportunities a grant can open up for artists, how to share peer critique, and how to ready work for a fine art gallery.

Presenters in this series include Virginia Lupi, director of the NH State Council on the Arts who will teach the grants workshop; Davic Macy, residency director of the MacDowell Colony who will teach the workshop on residencies; Craig Stockwell, of NH Institute of Art who will teach the workshop on peer critique; and Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell who will teach a workshop on working with fine art galleries.

The workshops will take place in October and November across the Monadnock region - from Spofford to Peterborough - at arts-friendly locations like galleries, studios, and arts centers.

Those interested in the workshops can register online. Registration for each workshop is $10 general public, $5 Arts Alive! members.

Arts Alive!
603-283-0944 |
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Acorn - Level I Flameworking Class

No experience required
*Class size: 2-10
*Ages 12+ (at least one adult must sign up for class with students under age 16)
*All materials included
*Pre-registration for these classes is required, either through our website ( or via our office (603-593-5073). We do not accept registrations via Facebook.

In this class students will melt glass in a flame and use gravity and tools to shape into a cute acorn.  Add a hook to your piece to hang the acorn in your window, on the tree, or leave it without a hook if you prefer to keep it on the table as decoration! One hour class.

Cost is $40 per person for group class or $50 for a private lesson

Blow Your Own Pumpkin in the Hot Shop

*No experience required
*Class size 2+
*Ages 7+ (at least one adult must sign up for class with students under age 16)
*All materials included
*Pre-registration for these classes is required, either through our website ( or via our office (603-593-5073). We do not accept registrations via Facebook.

This class gives you the opportunity to participate in making your very own pumpkin. Each student will get to choose their own pumpkin and stem colors. In the hot shop you will stand right upfront while the instructor gathers clear glass out of our 2,075 degree furnace. After adding the color to our glass, the student will get to heat the glass and blow their bubble. Once the bubble has cooled down, the instructor then gathers out of the furnace again. Each student gets to blow two more times; one time in a pumpkin mold, and the last time to finish blowing out the final pumpkin shape. Watch as the instructors attach you pumpkin stem before it's off into our annealing oven for overnight cooling. Cost is:
Adults (16+) $55 per person
Ages 12-15 $60 per person
Ages 7-11 $65 per person

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira                   
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Monadnock Area Artists Association is pleased to have the following workshop:

Colored Pencil with Kendra Ferreira
November 10, 2018

In this fun and informative workshop students will learn to create vibrant drawings with the simple tool of colored pencils by layering colors, blending, burnishing, and creating rich darks and vibrant colors. Colored pencils are an easy transported medium and can be used for simple sketches to complex layered drawings. In this workshop we will be combining and learning about dry colored pencils with watercolor pencils and how this mixed media approach allows for a quicker build up of color and value. Artists of all levels will enjoy expanding the boundaries of this versatile colored pencil medium.

We will begin with a short discussion on materials then a demo about applying the pencils, mixing and layering colors and burnishing. Students will then work from a still life set up or photos if they wish. I like to work individually with each student during the workshop to their own abilities. Some materials will be provided, I do have some colored pencils and watercolor pencils for students to borrow during the workshop. Registration form
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Wood Carving Classes              
Marcia Berkall, Athol, MA

Tuesday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm

Classes on other days may be possible. Marcia Berkall welcomes all skill levels. Once basic techniques are learned she encourages students to express their own visions. Marcia stresses safety, creativity and fun! Marcia has over 20 years of experience teaching carving and now offers classes in her home studio in Athol. Wood carving is relaxing and addictive!

To see Marcia's work, visit:

Marcia Berkall
116 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 830-0293
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Public Call-of-Entry: Annual Autumn Art Exhibit                                 
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking artwork from the public to be included in our Annual Autumn Art Exhibit. We are looking for all types of media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paperworks, pottery pieces, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. Our final exhibit of the year, this is a well-attended exhibit for both new and experienced artists. The show will run from Friday, November 23 -Wednesday, December 18th. There will be an opening reception, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 24th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink.  Drop off artwork: Monday, November 12th through Saturday, November 17th.

We encourage both new and established artists to enter the show as this is one of our most popular events of the season. Entry forms are available on our website at or at the center. Please call or email us at if you have any questions.

Jaffrey Civic Center seeking Artists for Monthly Artist Spotlight

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking to support and promote artists in the area by providing visibility and publicity to a select artist each month. The initiative will include a picture and bio/artist statement of the artist and images of their work on the Jaffrey Civic Center website, exposure on our Facebook page and inclusion in our electronic monthly newsletter. In addition, artists can enter both of our Annual Fall and Spring public art exhibits at no charge. This is a great way for new or established artists to gain exposure and visibility. Artists will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The fee is $100 for a year and our first Artist Spotlight will begin in October 2018. To apply for the Artist Spotlight or for more information about the initiative, please contact the center at 532-6527. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 19th. 2018.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear.  We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am - 12 noon, 1 to 5 pm and Sat 10 - 2:00. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at Find our website,, or "Like" us on Facebook.

In Sight                                  
Ash Hill Center for the Arts, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Ash Hill Center for the Arts is pleased to announce our first Juried Exhibition, In Sight. It will take place at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street in Jaffrey. Ash Hill is reaching out to other art organizations in the region, establishing reciprocal arrangements and sharing ideas and mutual interests in visual, performance and musical arts, as well as special events for adults and families. Our members reside in all areas around Mt Monadnock, and we believe that holding our 2018 juried exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center promotes great exposure and opportunity for all Ash Hill members.

The 4-week show will run from October 19 through November 17. Artists are encouraged to enter up to 3 works for the show. The fee for Ash Hill members is $25. Non-members may also enter for a fee of $35. The Juror is Pam Tarbell, owner of the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Gardens in Concord. Awards will be presented at the Artists Reception on October 19.

Please fill out the Exhibitor Entry Form and Terms of Agreement and bring them with your artworks to the Jaffrey Civic Center on October 15 or 16. See the Call to Artists document for more details.

We look forward to viewing your artworks in this spectacular exhibit, and to seeing you at the Artists Opening on October 19 from 5-7 PM.

If you have any questions, contact Barbara Danser, Exhibitions Chair, at or visit our website at

Call for Entries: The Beals Prize for Poetry                                   
Beals Memorial Library, Wincendon, MA

Submission deadline: Saturday, October 13

Prizes Awarded:
First place - $100
Second place - $50
Third  place - $25

Contest Rules:
  • You may submit up to 3 recent poems, written within the last year
  • Submissions must be mailed or hand-delivered, no email submissions will be accepted
  • Only unpublished poems will be considered
  • Submit on white, letter-sized paper, typed in an easy to read font
  • Place no personal information on the side where your poem appears
  • On the reverse side, affix your name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Notification of receipt of entry will be via email or telephone
  • Poems will not be returned
  • Ten finalists will be chosen to compete for the prize money on Sunday, October 21
Mail entries to:

The Beals Prize for Poetry
Beals Memorial Library
50 Pleasant Street
Winchendon, MA 01475

For more information call the library at 978-297-0300 or email

FAB Fashion Passion: Call for Designers and Boutiques                       
The Church, Turners Falls, MA

Event date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Event Location: The Church, 6 & J Street, Turners Falls MA, 6-8pm
Cost: Participation for Fashion Designers and Boutiques: $500
Event Admission to the general public: $20

Contact: Richie Richardson, FAB, 67 Second Street, Turners Falls MA
413-863-5587 (12-6pm) or 347-495 3935

Richie Richardson's FAB is excited to present Fashion Passion, the first event in Turners Falls exclusively dedicated to the culture of high fashion- Saturday October, 13th at The Church, 6 & J Streets, 6-8pm. FAB Fashion Passion is a new experience in New England for designers and creatives to promote their brand and present their collections in a uniquely chic venue.

We are actively seeking regional designers to join an impressive international group including Miranda Askie (Antigua), Sonia Noel (Guyana), Dominique La Roche and The Cloth (Trinidad & Tobago) and Richie Richardson (NYC/Turners Falls). Hosted and spoken word performance by Bob McNeil. Creative direction and choreography of FAB Fashion Passion is by the renowned impresario Richard Young.

The designer/boutique fee is $500 and includes visibility in FAB Fashion Passion advertising, participation in the catwalk show and space at The Church venue. Admission for the general public is $20. To register or get more information, contact Richie Richardson at or visit

Call for Artists: Wild and Wooly                        
Nashua Area Artists Association, Nashua, NH

The Nashua Area Artists Association is putting out a call to members and non-members for our January/February exhibit at the ArtHub Gallery. "Wild and Wooly" will be a non-juried exhibit open to artists in all media.

Unleash the wild and embrace the woolly for this open-call art exhibition. We are looking for art that explores everything from wild weather, wild locales, and wildlife to woolly creatures, fiber art, and art made from wool.

Eligibility: Open call to all artists working in any medium. We will be accepting 2D art as well as fiber art, felted wool paintings, sculpture, ceramics, reliefs, pottery, and other free standing art.

To learn more about this theme and how to register, please visit our website at

Call for Artists                         
Fitchburg Open Studios, Fitchburg, MA

Saturday, October 27th  9:00 - 5:00
Sunday, October 28th    12:00 - 5:00

Maps will soon be available at

It's not too late to participate in the 1st annual Fitchburg Open Studios! Open to all professional artists that maintain a studio within an approximate 15 mile radius of Fitchburg, MA.

We welcome you to showcase your artwork and your studio to the public. People love to see artists at work! Participating artists may "share" their studio space with a guest artist. However, each artist is required to fill out separate registrations and pay the entrance fee individually.
Early registration fee deadline to participate in the Studio Tour is $35.00 by August 27, 2018, and $50.00 if paid after August 27th, 2018.

Your registration fee includes:
  • Advertisement in the brochure, Facebook Page, website, and tour map
  • An image of your artwork on and link to your website and your phone number
  • Downloadable pdf flyer and road sign

Call for Artists: Made in Mass                      
The Brick Room Gallery, Gardner, MA

Rome Furniture, at 562 Main St. in Gardner, MA, is looking for art to fill The Brick Room gallery. We are interested in any art and craft works "Made in Mass." For more information call Linda Ruscio at 978-632-0687, or email inquiries to This opportunity is in the beginning stages.

Amherst Town Hall Gallery
Amherst Public Art Commission, Amherst, MA

The Amherst Public Art Commission invites area artists or groups of artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the Amherst Town Hall Gallery in 2018-2019 (July 2018-June 2019.) Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Exhibitions are on display for two months, and artists are asked to participate in the monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus (first Thursday of the month) during their show.

Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered.

Submission requirements: Completed application, artist statement and/or resume, and 5 digital images. A $20 entry fee is payable upon acceptance to exhibit. Applications must be received no later than January 20, 2018. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5, 2018.

Applications may be completed online

To request a paper application or ask additional questions, contact Amy at
The Art Exhibit Committee
Athol Public Library
Athol Public Library
The Art Exhibit Committee of the Athol Public Library invites area artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the library's conference room.

The committee will review work for one person shows on an ongoing basis.

Various hanging media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, photography, textiles and mixed media are eligible.

Application forms with submission requirements are available at the library circulation desk and online at: and

For more information please or call Heidi at 879-248-9995 or email:
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Resources for Artists
The Templeton Cultural Council

The Templeton Cultural Council has set an October 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Templeton -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

This year, the Templeton Cultural Council will distribute about $5,500 in grants provided by the state through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For local guidelines and complete information on the Templeton Cultural Council, visit Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at All grant applications must be made online by the October 15 deadline.

The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance

Go to our website to sign up for our newsletter and check out our calendar of events in the North Central region.

A vibrant force advancing arts and culture in the Fitchburg community and in the North Central Massachusetts region.

The Central Mass Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art

The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (CMWCA) is accepting new memberships. We are a national organization that supports, develops and celebrates art making by women. We create exhibition opportunities; network with artists regionally, nationally and internationally; and offer educational programs locally. We are organized as an artists' collective where each member contributes to our vision and works as needed to carry our mission forward.

For more information, see our websites: and

Art Support & Other

Art Support is a website dedicated to providing support and resources for artists of all types.

The following is just a small list of support provided to artists: Organizations Helping Visual Artists, US Government Art Organizations, State Agencies and Art Commissions, Non Governmental Art Organizations, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Laws Regarding Visual Arts, Artist Consultants, Grants for Artists & Grant Assistance, Artist Health Insurance, and many other legal support and resources for Massachusetts artists.


Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and check out the MCC blog ArtSake

The Painter's Keys where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.

Visit the Arts Marketing Project website for info, ideas, tools and training on marketing art.

Princeton Arts Society Blog

Mini Grants for Professional Development are available through NewVue Communities. More information.

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Exhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists & Musicians
Exhibit Opportunities
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center  Gardner, MA   (GALA Sponsored Venue)
Contact Vicki Heidorn a  or 978-630-2340

Contact Alice Struthers  or 978-597-2057

The Arts Alliance has quarterly exhibits at the Hudson Town Hall, so if you are interested in a solo exhibit of your work, contact Danielle Moskowitz at (978) 562-1646 or
Falmouth Artists Guild  Falmouth, MA

Post Road Art Center   Marlborough, MA
The Library is always looking for exhibitors to show their work in the Art Gallery. If you are interested in exhibiting as an individual or a group, please contact the Library Director, Kathleen D. Leslie at 978-632-5298 or 
Workers' Credit Union   Gardner, MA
The bank offers the opportunity for a small display of artwork at the 171 Main St. branch in Gardner. For more info, contact Monica Whitehouse at 978-632-9207.

Art & Music Instruction Opportunity
The  West Boylston Arts Foundation (WBAF) is always looking for artists, crafters, or musicians that would like to offer workshops or classes. 

Donating a portion of the course fee to the WBAF to support school arts & music would be most welcome. 

If interested, please contact  Mark Baldi (508) 767-2803 - work  (508) 835-6489 - home

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More Exhibits & Classes
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We Need Your Help! 
There are many ways to volunteer! Please email  to express your interest in helping out with our organization.

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NewsletterSubmissions Newsletter Submissions
Have news about exhibits, awards, events, classes, call for artists
or other art info?
Please send your news "publication ready" to . See  previous newsletters   for example formats and the type of info to provide.  We strongly recommend that you include a digital image related to the news  as well as your website address & links to any venues.  Image filenames should include the name of the artist and the work.  Please post your press releases online whenever possible and submit a link.  


Submission deadline is the 23rd of each month 
for publication on the 1st of the following month.

Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA, but inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to information deemed to be of benefit to
GALA members.

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award All Star Award
GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 9 years in a row (2009-2017) 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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