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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

Gardner Open Spaces Reference Photos

North County Land Trust

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: Thursday, June 6, 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.

Call for Entries: Art & Music Festival

May 17 – 19, 2024
Red Apple Farm & Brew Barn
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, May 5th
Opening Reception Fri. May 17, 6 – 9 (Art Awards 7)

Two options for entering the show:
Option 1: Online Entry which submits your information & payment to GALA electronically.
Option 2: Paper Entry Form. A PDF Call for Entries which includes a form that you print & mail with payment to GALA.

Please allow enough time for mailing so that your entry is received by the deadline
With either option, your entry is due by Sunday, MAY 5th

Live music all three days by many talented local musicians and “The Big Random” will be there on Saturday. Weekend music will be outside under the big tent.

Please support GALA by Donating to the raffle table.

Please consider demonstrating your creative process at the show. And if you would like to teach art classes outside under your tent for children and adults. Please indicate your interest on your entry form.

You will need to renew your GALA membership on entry form unless you are a current member. If in doubt, please email Donna at

* Important Note *
Please be sure to drop-off your artwork on May 14th between 4 – 6 pm in the Brew Barn. If we do not receive your artwork by 6 pm, we may not be able to include it in the judging.

Please forward this email to others who might be interested in exhibiting, vendor, performing music at the GALA Art & Music Festival.

Important dates to remember
Entry Deadline: Sunday, May 5
Art Drop-Off at Red Apple Farm, in the Brew Barn: Tuesday, May 14 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 6:00 – 9:00 Awards 7 PM
Art Pick-Up at Red Apple Farm in Brew Barn: Sunday, May 19 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Call for Art Instructors

Would you like to teach an art class or are you looking to find a specific art class to take?

We would like to introduce our new Event Coordinator, Meghan Whitehead. Meghan is an active GALA board member and is working on setting up more art related classes and workshops.

If you are interested in teaching a class in the arts, please fill out this online form to let us know you are interested. We will work with you to put together your class.

If you are interested in taking a class or workshop in the arts, you may also fill out the online form and let us know what you are looking for and we will get back to you.

We are looking for instructors and individuals who will teach or lecture in various forms of art: fine arts, photography, ceramics, writing, poetry, music, digital art, and more.

We have several locations in the area where we can host classes.

Seeking Artist/Artisan Vendors

Art & Music Festival
May 18 & 19, 2024
Red Apple Farm & Brew Barn
455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston MA

Fill out the Vendor Application to be a part of the Festival. All the details are listed on the online application form.

Vendor dates are Saturday 18 & Sunday 19

View Application & Details

For help with any questions, contact Meghan at

Art Critiques

Next critiques scheduled for Saturdays

Take note of the Locations!

May 11, Beals Memorial Library, Winchendon
June 15, Old Murdock School, Winchendon
July, Old Murdock School, Winchendon

10:00 am – 12:30 PM

Art Critique will be held at either the:

Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library.
20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham MA
Preservation Room, Take elevator to 2nd floor.


Winchendon Beals Memorial Library
50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon MA
Trustee’s Room, Take elevator to 3rd floor.

Come join 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.

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

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