September 2018
In This Issue
Welcome New 
GALA Members!

Jan Puccelli
Christa-Belle LaTulippe
Bob Yantiss
Oscar Despres
Richard Plotkin

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
Send Us Feedback!

President's Note

Hello Friends,

We did it! Our grand opening was very successful and fun! We had a great crowd, and the music was sweet. We received another citation from Senator Ann Gobi who thought our gallery was very special and thanked us for supporting the arts in this region. Since the opening we are selling artwork. The foot traffic has been great. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped that day!

Our gallery is now open to the public. But to keep it open we need to rely on you! We need you to help gallery sit or we will have to close the doors which means we cannot sell your art work. The gallery is run solely by volunteers so please support your art organization and artist friends.

GALA Arts Gallery is NOW OPEN!
Fridays: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
We need volunteers to be a Gallery Sitter! Please view our calendar for available time slots and email Georgia Griffin at to reserve a time. You can also visit our website and click on the link.

In the gallery we are selling artist's Notecards, prints, jewelry, and possibly other things. If you would like us to sell your items let Deb know. You do need to volunteer some hours in the gallery.

We are having a Photography Exhibit in October. We will be giving out People's Choice awards, so come and vote for your favorite photograph. In November we will have a Small Art Works show just in time for Christmas shopping. Art pieces will be no bigger than 12"x12" or 11"x14" (including frame) and under $100.

So, Stop in and shop for affordable art for your friends and family for Christmas! Start creating your art and register for this show!


Deb Giordano
President of GALA
  eventsGALA Events/Announcements
GALA's Grand Opening - August 18th, 2018        
GALA Arts Gallery, 135 Front Street, Winchendon, MA

Our opening was GRAND! The rain held off so we could enjoy this perfect day!

We want to thank everyone who helped on this day and for those who volunteered to do work that was needed to be able to open this summer. We would like to thank all the people who donated, even the smaller donations, because they all add up to help complete this project and made our opening possible. Senator Ann Gobi came and gave us a citation for supporting the arts in this region. Ribbon cutting made our gallery official!

Come by and visit us soon, we have lots of art for sale!


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, Sept. 1, 10 am-12 noon
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

GALA Trivia

The answers can be found at the end of the newsletter. If you want to send us your arts & literature questions that we may use, email them to

1. With which 20th century art movement were Salvador Dali, René Magritte, and André Breton associated?
a. Surrealism
b. Dadaism
c. Post-Impressionism
d. Outsider

2. How many paintings did Van Gogh sell in his lifetime?
a. Seven
b. Fifty-four
c. Sixteen
d. One

3. What are the three primary colors?
a. Yellow, blue, red
b. Orange, red, green
c. Yellow, orange, blue
d. Grey, black, white

4. What culture is credited with producing the first ceramics?
a. The Egyptians
b. The Aztecs
c. The Chinese
d. The Japanese

5. Pop Art originated in which city?
a. Amsterdam
b. New York
c. Frankfurt
d. London

6. How many times has the Mona Lisa been stolen?
a. 8
b. 5
c. 1
d. 22

7. Leonardi Da Vinci invented which one of these items?
a. Kites
b. High heels
c. Gunpowder
d. Wine cork

8. The Diary of Anne Frank was written in what city?

9. True or false: In addition to the novel Little Women, the author Louisa May Alcott also wrote Little Men.

10. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" is the first line of what 1859 novel, written by whom?

MemberNewsMember News & Exhibits
Artist Reception for Janet Dupuis              

Truro Brook, Acrylic on Panel, 18 x 24
Sunday, September 16 at 3 PM - 5 PM
Gardner Ale House
74 Parker Street
Gardner, MA

Announcing a new solo show "Degrees of Abstraction." This represents work Janet has created in Bennington, Vermont, Truro, Falmouth, and Gardner, MA. Invite family and friends to enjoy artwork, appetizers, and refreshments. The show runs until October 10th.

Photography Studio Open House              

Photography Studio Open House
Sept. 30, 2018, 1-5 pm

Freeze Frame Photography Studio
205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440

GALA member Brad Willard, with partners Karl Jacobson and Steve Hebert, recently opened Freeze Frame Photography Studio at the School Street Art Studios.

We offer a full range of portrait photography. The studio is available for hourly rental with state-of-the-art lighting, hand-painted backdrops and vintage furniture.

Please come and tour the studio during our open house on September 30th from 1pm to 5pm. There will be lighting set up for photographers who would like to shoot someone they bring along. There may also be a few professional models to photograph.

Enjoy some food, drink and live music.

Like and follow our Facebook page for updates @freezeframestudiogardnerma or contact Brad for open house or rental information at or 978-790-6190.

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 from September 1st to 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

An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 21, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Join us for some live music and refreshments. Carolyn's artwork will be on display from September 21 to December 14, 2018in 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

Playing For Change

Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 pm

Royalston GALA member Diane "Linq" Lincoln is spearheading a Playing for Change Day fundraising event at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem on Saturday, September 15th, at 7:30 PM. The Playing for Change Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create positive change through music and arts education around the world.

The show features Reggie Harris, a well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador for positive change. Reggie has earned wide acclaim and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.

A sliding scale donation of $15 to $25 is suggested. More information is available at or by calling Linq at (978) 249-4796.

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Art Shows & Exhibits
"Visions of Love," intuitive abstract paintings by Cameron Schmitz    
The Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield, MA

"Visions of Love," by Cameron Schmitz, on view at The Greenfield Gallery through September 21, 2018. Artist-led workshop in intuitive abstract painting will be held Saturday, September 15.

Bernardston artist Cameron Schmitz believes in pushing herself out of her comfort zone. Trained as a representational landscape and portrait painter, Schmitz has lately been putting aside the impulse to plan and overly control her work, preferring to let intuition take over.

She describes her more recent work as "non-objective abstraction," yet points out that her compositions contain many connections to human and pastoral forms.

"The gestural qualities of my work I see as being very much related to human relationships and connections," she says. The title of her current show at The Greenfield Gallery, "Visions of Love," refers to the way her abstract forms seem to reach toward one another, mingle and touch.

The Greenfield Gallery
231 Main Street
Greenfield, MA

Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information:

Landscape/Seascape Exhibit      
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Opening Reception: Landscape/Seascape Exhibit

Join us on Thursday, Sept 13, 5:30-8:00 pm
Free admission. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
All artwork will be for sale and hanging in our gallery Sept 4 - Sept 27
We hope to see you there!

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA  01752

Diana Pedrosa       
Nina's Nook, Turners Falls, MA

Nina's Nook is pleased to present the digital prints of Turners Falls artist Diana Pedrosa. Diana is a multi media artist who goes by the alias ixchelailee or ixchel. She combines past photography education and passion for image transfer with her tactile inclinations towards fibers and patterns.

Diana's materials include pattern paper, electrical, scotch, & gaffer's tape, found and appropriated images, photographs & photocopies, glue and paint and most recently, she has been using digital photo editing programs on her phone. This is how the images in her current show were produced.

The show is part of PaperJam, a month of exhibits, workshops, presentations and performances on the theme of Paper that will be taking place at venues in Turners Falls this September. Watch for more information soon on these programs, part of a collaboration between the Great Falls Discovery Center, the Town of Montague's cultural entity RiverCulture, and Exploded View, a group of women artists and writers who work thematically as an ensemble.

The Nook is located next to the Black Cow Burger Bar on Avenue A in Turners Falls. It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 or by appointment: call 413-834-8800.

Exploded View announces PaperJam     
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA

A month-long arts show and series of events at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, Mass. during September 2018, inspired by paper and the local paper-making industry. These events represent a partnership between the arts performance group Exploded View, the Great Falls Discovery Center, and Montague's cultural development initiative, RiverCulture.

PaperJam Art Exhibit: Dozens of regional artists have contributed to this art exhibit curated by Exploded View, and have interpreted the theme of Paper in diverse ways: political, personal, historical, material, among others. Open to the public September 2 through September 29 in the Great Hall at the Center.

On a Roll: The Story of Paper in Turners Falls: Discovery Center interpreters Janel Nockleby and Sheila Damkoehler have put together an exciting historical display and gathered related artifacts on the history of paper making in Turners Falls.  Located in the Great Hall.

September 9, 2018: Exploded View performs Deadlines, a new performance piece at the opening reception for the PaperJam art exhibit. Exploded View is a dynamic group of women artists based in Franklin County developing original work, creating in collaboration and across art forms. Members are Trish Crapo, Edite Cunhã, Candace Curran, Nina Rossi and Samantha Wood.

PaperJam month of Events
Turners Falls History Month returns in September to the Great Falls Discovery Center with a focus on paper. There will be performance, history talks and a film, hands-on workshops, an artist talk, and poetry.

September 2-29
Great Hall Art and History Exhibits:
PaperJam Art Exhibit, and On a Roll: The Story of Paper in Turners Falls

Sunday, September 2, 2 p.m.
Sunday Movie Matinee: Dynamite, Whiskey, & Wood
Join us for a showing of the movie, Dynamite, Whiskey, & Wood: Connecticut River Log Drives 1870-1915, by Ed Klekowski, Elizabeth Wilda, and Libby Klekowski.

Saturday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Paper Making
With Sheila Damkoehler

Sunday, September 9, 2-4 p.m.
Artist Reception for PaperJam Exhibit
Exploded View Performance of Deadlines
"Paper death typewriter heartbeat free speech cigar box ghost on a train"

Saturday, September 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Paper Marbling
With Sheila Damkoehler

Sunday, September 16, 4-5:30 p.m.
PoetryJam: Open Mic
Come and put your name in the hat

Friday, September 21, 5-7 p.m.
Canal Drawdown and Powertown History Stroll
Take a stroll back in time with local historian Ed Gregory, DCR's Janel Nockleby, and Northfield Mountain's Kim Noyes, to discover the rich industrial history along the Canalside Rail Trail during the annual draw down of the canal. Wear walking shoes and meet at the entrance of the Center for this FREE two mile walk on flat terrain. Register at: 800-859-2960.

Saturday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Book Making
With Sheila Damkoehler

Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m.
Paper Trail Talk then Walk
Exploring the history of four paper mills in Turners Falls with DCR staff and local historians. Presenters: Bill Wilson, Ed Gregory, Sheila Damkoehler, and Janel Nockleby. One hour to cover 4 paper mills in Turners Falls with Q&A, then a short walk afterwards, weather permitting.

Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Artist Talk with Fafnir Adamites
Fafnir Adamites is a Turners Falls artist using papermaking and other traditional craft processes to create sculptural works that act as monuments and reminders of trauma, intuition and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. She will talk about her recent work, the motivations behind her pieces and the importance of embedding meaning in the materials that she chooses.

Saturday, September 29, 1-2 p.m.
Join Mike Naughton for an origami session and make your own paper creations.

Events at Additional Locations:

Sunday, September 30, 12-2 p.m.
Rotation Book Exhibition at LOOT, 62 Avenue A
The Rotation Book Project is a year-long collaboration, involving 12 creative individuals working on 12 pages each in 12 different books. Books will be on display to handle and participants will be available to answer questions.

Through October 6 at Nina's Nook, 125A Avenue A
Ixchelailee Art
Digital Collage by Turners Falls artist Diana Pedrosa
For more info:; 413-834-8800.

For more information on events at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls:; (413) 863-3221.
View a full calendar of events in Turners Falls at
For more information on Exploded View:;

15th Annual Fitchburg Blacksmith Art and Music Festival    
Fitchburg, MA

Blacksmiths create pre-assigned projects in three periods. The competitors are divided in three categories: Student/Novice, Hobby Blacksmith/Intermediate, and Professionals. Area artists and crafters are invited to set up stalls, food is available for purchase, music and other entertainment is staged at the other end of Riverfront Park. Close to $5,000 in prize money is awarded to the competitors.

Riverfront Park, Boulder Drive, Downtown Fitchburg
September 29th, 10am - 4:30pm
Free to participants as well as attendees

For more information contact: or

Celebrating Monadnock  
Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

August 12 - September 8, 2018

Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH

Invitational exhibit of 20 artists, including GALA members Barbara Danser, Alicia Drakiotes, Mary Iselin and Susan Roston. Mount Monadnock is featured in all of the works of art.

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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
Fall Classes at Petersham Art Center                       
Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA

Come to PAC for Fall Fun!

Our fall schedule will start Sat, Sept 15th, 9AM-1PM, with Sue Morello of Sheldon Farm Baskets teaching how to make a two handle centerpiece basket. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, with a material fee.

Next on Sat, Sept. 22, Noon to 3PM, Trish Miller will help participants make a beautiful needle-felted Sunflower Bouquet. Cost is $15 for members and $35 for non-members, with a material fee.

Join Karen Healey of the Dappled Ewe to make a hooked wool sunflower pin on Sat, Sept 29, 10AM-12:30PM. Cost is $12.50 for members and $32.50 for non-members, with a materials fee.

You will laugh, learn and have the most fun times of your life at PAC! Call 978-724-3415 for more information and to register.
Upcoming Art Classes                        
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

We have art classes for kids and adults starting in September. Explore our website or feel free to call us at 508-485-2580 for more information. Sign up today to hold your spot!

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA  01752
Promoting Your Art with Social Media                         
Amherst Arts Night Plus, Amherst, MA

Amherst Arts Night Plus presents:
Promoting Your Art with Social Media.
The Good News, the Bad News,
and How To Do It.

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7-9pm
Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society
121 North Pleasant Street

This workshop covers various modes of social media marketing, with a focus on major outlets favored by most artists (Facebook, Instagram). Artists will discuss current trends in social media use, most effective platforms & how to grow your social media presence. Learn tips, best practices for sharing your work, building & engaging a social media following & establishing relationships with new fans & collectors. Guest panelists: Kim Carlino, Scout Cuomo, and Mary Witt. Moderator: Keith Toffling.

Fee: $10 at the door to support Arts Night Plus and the expenses for this event. Light refreshments included.

More information
Glassblowing Classes                    
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH

Blow your own Terrarium

Class size 1-4 students, approximately 1 hour session
Adults (16+) - $80 per person
Ages 12-15 - $85 per person
Ages 7-11 - $90 per person

Experience the wonderous art of blowing glass in the hot shop in this summer special glass terrarium class. Work with a team of artists to help shape and create an opening to load plants into your beautiful hanging piece. Get hands-on by learning to add color before heating, swirling and blowing into the molten glass. This class is in collaboration with a local florist, Coll's Garden Center. Your terrarium will be ready for pick-up the following week, complete with a brand new air plant to treasure!

Roll your own Hot Glass Paperweight

Class size 1- 4 people, approximately 1 hour session
Adults (16+) - $65 per person
Ages 12-15 - $70 per person
Ages 7-11 - $75 per person

Choose two colors to decorate the inside of your paperweight before heading into the hot shop. In this class you will get to experience adding color, heating the glass up and swirling the glass. Students will also get to sit at the bench and use special glassblowing tools to add texture and design inside their glass globe. The instructor will encase your decorations inside more clear glass before you get the opportunity to use wet newspapers to shape your own glass paperweight! These paperweights are approximately 3 inches in diameter and sit flat on the table. Have a beautiful glass memento to forever treasure after this great experience!

Pull your own Textured Flower

Class size 1- 4 people, approximately 1 hour session
Adults (16+) - $45 per person
Ages 12-15 - $50 per person
Ages 7-11 - $55 per person

Choose a stem color and a petal color of your liking before heading into the hot shop. In this class you get to experience adding color, heating the glass up and rolling the glass on a table to get your piece set-up. After that, students get to sit at the bench and use our specialized tools to pull the glass into a beautiful flower shape. These flowers can be as large as 13 inches long, complete with a beautiful texture around the petals made by you!


Class size 2-10 people
Ages 12+
All materials included
$40/person for this hour group class

All summer long we see caterpillars - in our gardens, in our trees, and now at Terrapin! This is by far one of our most popular classes, and it's a great way to get started in glass. First, the instructor will go over studio safety, then they will demo the caterpillar. During this class you will learn how to stripe and dot color, how to gather, and learn the basics of sculptural design. Once everyone feels comfortable, you'll have the rest of the class to make your own and keep a bit of summer with you.


Class size 2-10 people
Ages 12+
All materials included
$40/person for this hour group class

Experience flameworking first-hand by decorating your very own glass egg pendant! In this one-hour class, you will learn about safety, tools and equipment in the flameworking shop. After everyone is comfortable, your instructor will do a quick demonstration on the steps it takes to decorate one of these beautiful egg pendants. Students will then have the rest of the class-time to sit at their own torch and decorate a glass creation!

Glass Drinking Straws

Class size 2-10 people
Ages 12+
All materials included
$25/person for this half-hour group class

In America, we use over 500,000 single-use plastic straws every day, YUCK! Glass straws are not only gorgeous, they are also reusable. In this 30-minute class you will begin by practicing the technique of decorating clear glass with colored stringers. Once you have worked out the kinks, you will decorate your very own eco-friendly straws. Help protect Mother Earth from plastic and experience melting glass in the flame shop in this short and sweet class!

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio
79 Hadley Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 593-5073
2018 Workshops                  
Monadnock Area Artists Association, Keene, NH

Realistic Pet Portraits in Pastel with Lisa Ober
September 15 & 16, 2018

Lisa Ober, PSA, IAPS-MC, will be your instructor in this hands-on workshop sharing her experience creating life-like pastel pet portraits. Lisa's step-by-step approach to teaching pastel pet portraiture insures that when this workshop is complete you will know how to develop a realistic pet portrait from the first sketch through signing the finished painting.

Lisa will talk through the secrets to creating absolutely pet-able fur whether painting cats, dogs, horses, or other furry creatures. She will address the special issues of painting all black or all white fur, a common challenge. She will also show you how to make incredibly life-like eyes, a critical component for a realistic pet portrait that might leap off your paper! Time permitting, Lisa will also provide great tips for photographing pets in order to get the most flattering reference photos.

Please make your check payable to: Monadnock Area Artists Association. Please mail your registration form and check to:

Monadnock Area Artists Association
c/o C. Corliss
161 Streeter Hill Road
West Chesterfield, NH 03466

A confirmation will be sent via email, so please print clearly.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol at or 603-363-4205, or visit our website.

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
Fall Art Courses at MWCC               
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

All levels of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D and 3D Design. Classes are open to majors, non-majors, and seniors (tuition free). Students 60 years and older are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees. Call 978-630-9270.

The Art Department at Mount Wachusett Community College invites you to consider our program this fall. We have an Art degree for students considering transfer to an art school or a four year institution majoring in Art. We also recently added a Liberal Arts Degree with a Concentration in Art for students who want to minor in Art and pursue other studies, or pursue related fields such as museum studies, art education, art therapy, art administration, and art history.

The Associate Degree in Fine Art is a cost effective way to begin a college degree and minimize debt after graduation. We assist students in creating a strong portfolio and application for transfer and potential scholarships. Our students have successfully transferred to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Maine College of Art, Boston University, Hartford Art School, Pratt Institute, and others.

Life Drawing class #97006
Corrine Goodrich: instructor
Thursdays: Oct. 4-Nov. 8, 5:30-8:00 PM
$119.00 (no waivers)
(note change of dates and time are different from catalog)

Join a talented artist for a life drawing class with a live model. Students will use their own supplies and draw or paint independently of the instructor with various timed poses. The instructor will be available if help is needed. Completed works will be shown during the last session. Space is limited. Model fees are included.

Register and pay online at or call Lifelong Learning 978-630-9525

Visit our website to learn more about our program, facilities, and student work.

Contact Thomas Matsuda for more information.
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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Photography Contest                                
Millers River Watershed Council, Athol, MA

Millers River Watershed Council is pleased to announce the first-ever Millers River & Watershed Photo Contest and Exhibition, co-sponsored with the Athol Public Library, where the exhibition will run during the month of October, 2018 before moving to other watershed venues. MRWC aims for the Photo Contest and Exhibition to inspire watershed residents to explore, appreciate and help protect the 50-mile long Millers River and its surrounding watershed of 400 square miles-including numerous tributaries, streams, lakes and ponds.

All submissions meeting the contest guidelines will be judged by noted nature photographers Paul Rezendes of Athol, Bill Fournier of Gardner and Dale Monette of New Salem. All images must be received by the Athol Library after August 17th and no later than 5 pm on Monday, September 24th, 2018. Contact MRWC for more info.

For a map showing the watershed's boundaries, including all or parts of 17 Massachusetts and 6 New New Hampshire towns (and one city-Gardner), please visit our website.

The Millers River Watershed Council
Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main St
Athol, MA

Calling All Artists: Still Life Exhibit                               
Post Road Art Center, Marlborough, MA

Submissions for our upcoming juried "Still Life" themed exhibit will be accepted Sept 20 - 27th during our normal business hours.

All mediums are accepted.

For all show details and to submit your work, please read and fill out the registration form.

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, MA  01752

Call for Entries: Fall Arts Festival                              
Saxtons River Art Guild, Walpole, NH

Fall Arts Festival
September 29 and 30, 10 am - 4 pm
Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, NH

This is a great opportunity to show and sell your work! The Saxtons River Art Guild's annual Fall Arts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm both days at the historic and picturesque Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, on the common in Walpole, NH. Entry fees for the Fall Arts Festival 8' X 10' space are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

The Saxtons River Art Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of the fine arts with membership throughout the the Monadnock region and the Southern Connecticut River Valley.

Download the entry form

For more information, please call Donna Bascom Lund at 603-835-2387 or email her at

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 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
The Creative Underground

It's time to reveal your hidden talent and show your work!

The Creative Underground is now accepting new members to their artisan gallery. Located at the Hudson Mill, 43 Broad Street in Hudson, TCU offers artists the opportunity to display their work for a low monthly membership fee with an extremely high commission rate back to you!

We are looking for a mix of works - fine art, hand-crafted, glass, wood, metal, and reclaimed, jewelry and out-of-box works.

Applications are now being accepted for new memberships.

Email us at

Provide us with a little info to start: 
  • Contact info
  • 4-6 sample (low-resolution jpeg preferred/zip larger files)
  • Short description and motivation
  • Materials used
  • Price range
  • Quantity of inventory available (small-moderate amount is need to start, but replenishing is needed through the year).

TCU mission is to reveal the hidden talent of artists in your communities to both encourage and support the arts. 

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

Contact Alice Struthers  or 978-597-2057

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Trivia Answers: 
1. a. Surrealism
2. d. One
3. a. Yellow, blue, red
4. d. The Japanese
5. d. London
6. c. 1 (in August 21, 1911)
7. b. High heels
8. Amsterdam
9. True
10. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens   
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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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