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Call for Entries: Gardner’s Open Spaces

Gardner’s Open Spaces
A Juried Art Exhibit

Submission deadline: Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Gardner’s Open Spaces is a juried exhibition organized by Gardner Area League of Artists. The exhibition will be held at the Gardner Museum at 28 Pearl St, Gardner, June 7 – August 25, 2024

Register here

View Gardner Map of Open Spaces

Judging & special ribbon awards will be given.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Jury Selection Notification: Starting Monday, May 20
Art Drop-off at the Gardner Museum: Wednesday, May 29 2 – 4 PM
Art Pick-up at Gardner Museum: Monday, August 26 2 – 4 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 6 – 7 PM (subject to change)

All visual artists are invited to submit their best artworks on the theme for inclusion in the exhibition. All types of art styles may be submitted, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media.

Maximum size for 2D is 20″x 30″ includes the Frame. For 3D, contact us.

The theme, “Gardner’s OPEN SPACES” The visual representation of Open Spaces, in Gardner, in any of its myriad forms, is acceptable for this exhibit. Only in the town of Gardner. Artists are free to apply their own interpretation in representing the overall theme. Representational and abstract ideas based broadly on this theme, in any media, will be considered.

There are many open spaces in Gardner Massachusetts. Feel free to choose any of the four seasons. Help showcase the beauty of what Gardner has to offer. We have provided a map to help show where all the Gardner green spaces are located. Bring your camera and easel and start exploring these areas. Or you may explore and find a gem of your own somewhere in Gardner. We are announcing this now while Summer and Fall is still upon us.


Art Critiques

Next critiques scheduled
Saturday, October 21
Saturday, November 18
Saturday, December 16
10:00 am – 12:30 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 7

At October’s critique, we will have available a new art challenge to give out. Let us know if you would like us to reserve you one.

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.

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.

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