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Seeking Artist/Artisan Vendors

Arts & Music Festival
May 20 – 21, 2023
Red Apple Farm & Brew Barn
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

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

Vendor dates are Saturday 20 & Sunday 21

For help with any questions, contact Richard

Enter the inside Fine Art Show

Art Critiques

Next critiques scheduled
Saturday, June 3rd
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Art Critique will be held at the Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham, MA. We will be in the Community Room, Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Come and join us!

Coffee and tea are provided—bring a snack if you wish.

Free to all GALA Members. New artists, first class is free.

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

Mystery Art Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together.

Mark your calendar!

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

En-Plein-Air & Art Show

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 will start on August, 2022 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.

More information and registration form

Winchendon Mural Project

GALA has collaborated with the town of Winchendon and HEAL to work on beautifying their town by helping with community art murals to place around the community. GALA had received a grant from the Winchendon Cultural Council to help with this project working with children and adults in the Winchendon community.

GALA no longer has an Arts Center at 135 Front Street, Winchendon

Many of you have enjoyed the use of the GALA Arts Center in Winchendon. In 2016, GALA made a long-term arrangement (contract) with the owners to restore the building and convert it from a dilapidated carriage house to our lovely GALA Arts Center. We did that, as agreed. The owner of the property has now broken the contract and converted it to an Air B&B. Because we do not own the property, using the center is no longer a viable option and we have been forced to make other plans and other arrangements. GALA will continue to do our best given this new challenge.

We would like to give a warm thank you to everyone who had helped and supported GALA over
the years into restoring this amazing building by giving us their sweat, in-kind services, grants and time.

Teachers Needed

We are seeking art teachers to teach adults and teenagers painting with acrylic, oils and watercolors in an after school program, either during the week or on the weekends. Please email for more information.

GALA Needs Your Help to support arts & culture in Central New England. More Info

GALA Musicians Page:  Musicians, please take our survey to tell us how we can support you as an artist.