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Gardner’s Open Spaces Exhibit

Over 20 Artists Exhibiting

Exhibit will run through August 25, 2024

Gardner Museum
28 Pearl St, Gardner MA

Gardner’s OPEN SPACES is an exhibition organized by Gardner Area League of Artists. All visual artists were invited to submit their best artworks on the theme for inclusion in this exhibition. All types of art styles may be submitted, including both 2D and 3D works, painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media.

GALA has collaborated with North County Land Trust. North County Land Trust will be our judges for this art exhibit and will be handing out information.

NCLT connects people to natural places by conserving open land and creating outdoor experiences in north central Massachusetts. North County Land Trust works in the diverse communities of north central Massachusetts, to conserve land and water resources, farms, urban parks, working forests and scenic landscapes for the benefit of all. They tailor their conservation services to the needs of each community, from small urban centers to rural towns and bedroom communities.

Beginner Plein Air Workshop

Instructor: Louise Hammerman

Where: Old Murdock Building (COA)
52 Murdock Ave, Winchendon

When: Saturday, August 10, 9:30am-1:30pm

Cost $35, all materials included.

With a very basic approach to painting using basic supplies, you will experience the joy of producing an art piece en plein air on location near the historic Old Murdock building. We will provide the necessary supplies and basic instruction for a successful art piece using water-based gouache paint pigments.

We will start inside the Old Murdock Building on the 1st Floor in the Community Room. There you will receive around a 30-minute class of instruction and given packets.

Then we will venture outside to the grounds of the Murdock building or the GAR Park across the street to each choose a view for our painting. The Farmers Market will also be in progress from 10-1, which could be a subject. I will circulate among you throughout the day with help and pointers, and at 1 PM, we will gather to share the day’s art pieces. The building will remain open for bathroom use.

Participants will bring the following items:

  • Light comfortable clothes
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Folding chair
  • Your own snacks

Register with GALA

Register with Council on Aging

For more info contact GALA at or 978-407-1419

Zentangle Class

Let’s Tangle!

Old Murdock School (COA)
52 Murdock Ave, Winchendon

This is a beginner’s class. We will teach you the basics and several patterns. You will practice on quality paper and using quality pens. Art that anyone can do right from the start, it has been called yoga for the mind being a very thoughtful art form simply using pen, multi media paper and your design ideas based on patterns taught in class. You will then be able to take home paper and pen to practice and bring back your own design at the next class in August. With Zentangle, you can be very creative with your own designs. The instructor is Martha Totten.

Class $15 – includes all materials. The public is invited. There is limited seating.

We have two available dates:

  • Saturday, July 27 10 AM – 12 Noon
  • Tuesday, July 30 12 Noon – 2 PM

Two ways to Register:

  • Register with GALA
  • a href=””>Council on Aging

Calling All Guitar & Piano Teachers and Students

GALA is looking for guitar and piano teachers to provide private lessons to students. Lessons will be held at the Old Murdock School in Winchendon.

Students may be of any age or level of experience. If you are interested in teaching, or would like to have lessons, please fill out this online form and provide your information.

For more info:

Art Critiques

Next critique scheduled for Saturday, July 13th, 10am-12:30pm

Stevens Memorial Library
20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham MA
Elevator to 2nd floor, Preservation room

Bring up to 2 pieces of your artwork (finished or unfinished) to share with the group. The first 20 minutes we will be networking, then we will go into discussing our artwork.

You may attend even though you didn’t bring any artwork, feel free to join us.

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

A great way to receive heartfelt feedback from your circle of artists friends.

Janet Dupuis will help guide us during our get together. Email Janet to let her know that you will be joining us at

Mark your calendar!

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.

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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