Workshops

  FIBER ARTS…VISUAL ARTS…JEWELRY MAKING…AND MORE!

WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS & KIDS*

DESIGNED & TAUGHT BY GALA’S OWN ARTISANS

TO REGISTER, CALL 301-933-2912, OR DROP BY THE SHOP
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JULY WORKSHOPS — To register, call 301-933-2912 or drop by Gala. Don’t delay. Sign up now!
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*Workshop participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Classic Knotted Necklace with Ruth Beer Bletzinger – Sunday, July 22, 9:00 am – Noon
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Learn to make beautifully draped necklaces and bracelets with a classic knotting technique.

You’ll also be able to repair that beloved pearl necklace that’s been sitting in a drawer, as well as create brand-new pieces.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a knotted necklace that you’ve made yourself!

No experience required. All materials (beads, cord, clasps) included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

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GALA’S WORKSHOPS WILL BE TAKING A BREAK IN AUGUST

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS — To register, call 301-933-2912 or drop by Gala. Don’t delay. Sign up now!
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*Workshop participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Colorful 3D Mandalas with Martina Sestakova – Friday, September 14, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 
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Join teaching artist, Martina Sestakova, on a journey of creative self-discovery through the art of mandala. Popular for centuries, mandalas are symbols of harmony and a wonderful tool for gaining insight and joy. Together, we will learn about the history of mandalas and explore 3D paint as an artistic technique. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed a distinctive mandala ready to display in your home or to give as a gift! And bring a friend along for an evening of fun and creativity.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($38.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Create Your Own Felted Jewelry Ensemble with Sheila Burns – Sunday, September 16, 10 am to noon
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Learn how to felt a wool bead using locally sourced wool. Then, use the beads you’ve made to assemble a necklace with complimentary glass beads along with a pair of hoop pierced earrings.
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Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($48.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.
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Locker Hooking with Anne Stone – Sunday, September 23, 9 am to noon

Come learn the English craft of locker hooking!  Gala’s Anne Stone will show you how. You will make (but may not finish) a trivet and in the process will learn all the steps necessary to create more trivets or expand to other sizes. If you have unused fabric laying around in your home, this is an ideal way to reformulate it into a usable item.

No experience required.  All materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

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Origami that Flips, Flaps and Flies Cindy Renteria – Sunday, September 30, 10 am to noon
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Create origami with easy step-by-step instructions from Cindy Renteria, Gala artisan, origami expert, and fine artist. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, she’ll instruct you on folding origami designs that express your creativity.

You’ll craft animals and decorations to make your home or office shine. Fold-up stars, boxes, flowers, birds, dragonflies, and much more!

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed several one-of-kind origami designs.

No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($35.00). 

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Simply Knitting: Mini-Workshops for Beginning Knitters with Sheila Burns — Saturdays, 8:45 am to 10 am.
BY APPOINTMENT:  Email sb.burns1@verizon.net to arrange a session
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Enjoy 75-minute sessions of learning the basics of knitting by completing a variety of projects in these twice-monthly workshops. You can sign up for just one session, or sign up for more…Perfect and fun opportunity to create handmade gifts!
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Adults and kids (10+). No experience necessary. All materials & tools provided with workshop fee ($19 per session).

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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS — To register, call 301-933-2912 or drop by Gala. Don’t delay. Sign up now!
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*Workshop participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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Mobile Magic for Children! with Kathleen Manning  – Sunday, October 7, 10 am to 11:30 am
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Explore multimedia art that captures the sun and the wind! So much FUN! Kathleen Manning, experienced art teacher, will lead the way as the kids make their very own mobiles.
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*Children (ages 4+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.
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*Workshop participants under the age of 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
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Twisted Wire Branch Necklace with Ruth Beer Bletzinger – Sunday, October 14, 9 am to noon

Learn this simple and relaxing technique for creating an elegant and graceful necklace. Just right for weddings and other special occasions! If you’ve never made jewelry before, or you’ve made a lot, you’ll enjoy the ease of making this necklace and the beautiful results.

Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

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Wet Felted Bowl with Sheila Burns – Sunday, October 21, 10 am to noon
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Ever “felt” that your bowls weren’t colorful enough? Well…Come felt your own personalized bowl using locally sourced wool. Perfect for air plants, jewelry, or an accent piece.

Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($48.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.
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Watercolor Bouquet of Tulips with Martina Sestakova – Sunday, October 28, 10 am to noon Have fun learning the basics of watercolor painting! Teaching artist Martina Sestakova will teach you several coloring techniques that you will apply to a floral painting template. We will explore colors, textures, and ways to practice watercolor on your own. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have painted a unique 8.5″ x 11″ bouquet of tulips. 

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Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($38.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop. 
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Simply Knitting: Mini-Workshops for Beginning Knitters with Sheila Burns — Saturdays, 8:45 am to 10 am.
BY APPOINTMENT:  Email sb.burns1@verizon.net to arrange a session
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Enjoy 75-minute sessions of learning the basics of knitting by completing a variety of projects in these twice-monthly workshops. You can sign up for just one session, or sign up for more…Perfect and fun opportunity to create handmade gifts!
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Adults and kids (10+). No experience necessary. All materials & tools provided with workshop fee ($19 per session).

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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS — To register, call 301-933-2912 or drop by Gala. Don’t delay. Sign up now!
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Early Bird Catches the Worm! Felted Birdhouse with Sheila Burns -
Saturday, November 3, 8 am to 10 am
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Using the technique of wet felting, make your own backyard birdhouse. Fiber artist and popular Gala instructor, Sheila Burns, will guide you through this delightful project.
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Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($48.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Meditative Zentangles with Martina Sestakova – Sunday, November 11,  
10 am to noon 
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Let’s zentangle!… Enjoy this relaxing technique that increases concentration and creativity as you transform simple lines into strikingly intricate patterns. Gala artisan and textile designer, Martina Sestakova, will guide you as you learn about the accessible art of creating zentangle drawings and its meditative aspects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have made several “tiles” (3.5” x 3.5”) with your own unique designs.

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Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($38.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Needle Felted Ornaments with Sheila Burns – Sunday, November 18, 10 am to noon
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The holidays are around the corner!  Learn the art of needling felting while crossing some gifts off your list!  Locally sourced wool.

Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($48.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.
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Simply Knitting: Mini-Workshops for Beginning Knitters with Sheila Burns — Saturdays, 8:45 am to 10 am.
BY APPOINTMENT:  Email sb.burns1@verizon.net to arrange a session
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Enjoy 75-minute sessions of learning the basics of knitting by completing a variety of projects in these twice-monthly workshops. You can sign up for just one session, or sign up for more…Perfect and fun opportunity to create handmade gifts!
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Adults and kids (10+). No experience necessary. All materials & tools provided with workshop fee ($19 per session).

 

 

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 PREVIOUS GALA WORKSHOPS 

See what Gala has offered before –Call us if you’d like us to conduct a specific workshop again!

 

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Intro to Making Chain & Beaded Chain Jewelry with Ruth Beer Bletzinger 

Learn basic techniques for transforming wire and beads into chain and expand the possibilities for making jewelry. Gala’s Ruth Beer Bletzinger will show you how and demonstrate the variety of ways you can incorporate handmade chain into your own designs.

Adults and children (ages 13+). No experience required.  Kit with materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

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Early Bird Catches the Worm! Felted Birdhouse with Sheila Burns 
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Using the technique of wet felting, make your own backyard birdhouse. Fiber artist and popular Gala instructor, Sheila Burns, will guide you through this delightful project.
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Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($48.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Zentangles with Martina Sestakova — 

Let’s zentangle!…And, enjoy this relaxing technique that increases concentration and creativity as you transform simple lines into striking patterns.

Gala artisan and textile designer, Martina Sestakova, will guide you as you learn about the accessible art of creating zentangle drawings and its meditative aspects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have made several “tiles” (3.5” x 3.5”) with your own unique designs.

Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($40.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop..

 

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Watercolor Bookmarks, Martina Sestakova

 

Watercolor Bookmarks with Martina Sestakova

Have fun learning the basics of watercolor painting! Teaching artist and textile designer, Martina Sestakova, will share several water coloring techniques– including using salt and plastic!– ​while you explore shape and color in creative ways.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have painted onto a variety bookmark-sized papers (8” x 2.5”), meanings of which you will enjoy shar​ing ​with others. And your artworks will make for pretty page markers in your favorite books.

Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee
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New! Create a Collaged Landscape with Susan Farrer

Explore collage as you create an 8- by 10-inch landscape “painting” with colorful, textured papers. This new workshop will introduce basic collage materials, design, and assembly as you create a frameable artwork to keep or give as a gift.

Adults and children (ages 11+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($55).

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Intro to Making Beaded Jewelry with Ruth Beer Bletzinger0

Have fun learning the basics of making beaded jewelry from stringing, to using crimps to attach clasps, to making wire loops to create dangle earrings. Gala’s Ruth Beer Bletzinger will guide the way.
Students will complete 1 to 2 pairs of earrings and a bracelet or a necklace.

Adults and children (ages 13+). No experience required.  Kit with materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

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Origami that Flips, Flaps and Flies Cindy Renteria
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Create origami with easy step-by-step instructions from Cindy Renteria, Gala artisan, origami expert, and fine artist. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, she’ll instruct you on folding origami designs that express your creativity.

You’ll craft animals and decorations to make your home or office shine. Fold-up stars, boxes, flowers, birds, dragonflies, and much more!

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed several one-of-kind origami designs.

No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($35.00). 

 

 

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Create a Colorful 3D Mandala with Martina Sestakova – Sunday, July 8, 10:00 am – Noon

Join teaching artist, Martina Sestakova, on a journey of creative self-discovery through the art of mandala. Popular for centuries, mandalas are symbols of harmony and a wonderful tool for gaining insight and joy.

Together, we will learn about the history of mandalas and explore 3D paint as an artistic technique.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed a distinctive mandala ready to display in your home or to give as a gift! And bring a friend along for an evening of fun and creativity.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($40.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Classic Knotted Necklace with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Learn to make beautifully draped necklaces and bracelets with a classic knotting technique.

You’ll also be able to repair that beloved pearl necklace that’s been sitting in a drawer, as well as create brand-new pieces.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a knotted necklace that you’ve made yourself!

No experience required. All materials (beads, cord, clasps) included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

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Create a Mandala with Pencils & Markers with Martina Sestakova 

Mandalas are symbols of wholeness and balance. Let’s get together to craft a distinctive colorful mandala design from scratch using rulers, pens, and color pencils and markers. During this workshop, you will learn the meanings of mandalas, explore their unique features, and create one that reflects your inner beauty and creativity.

Martina Sestakova, Gala artisan and textile/print designer, will take you on a journey to express your creative skills. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed a unique mandala reflecting your positive energy.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Needle Felt a Flower with Sheila Burns 
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Lets welcome spring with some felted flowers!  During this workshop students will learn the basics of needle felting within a flower form to create their own flower(s).
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Sheila Burns, Gala artisan, will be providing instruction using her own sheep’s wool.
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Adults and children (ages 8+).  All materials included with the fee ($35.00).

 

 

 

 

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New! Make a Spring-Inspired Floral Collage with Susan Farrer 

Welcome Spring by making a flower-inspired collage using a selection of fun, colorful papers. Learn about collage planning, materials, and assembly as you create your own artwork, ready to frame and hang on a wall.

Adults and children (ages 11+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($55).

 

 

 

 

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Heart Pin Workshop

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Adventures in Felting: Needle Felted Hearts with Sheila Burns 

And, speaking of Valentine’s Day…Sheila Burns has a special workshop for you to create a personalized needle-felted heart for the one you love! Using wool from the sheep Sheila raises, you’ll embellish the heart with stitching and beads.

Adults and children (age 10+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($40), as well as felting tools for you to take home.

 

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Create a Mandala with Watercolors with Martina Sestakova

Let’s get together to enjoy the beauty and meanings of mandalas! During this workshop, you will learn the basics of watercolor painting and then apply them to create a colorful mandala in a pre-drawn template.

Martina Sestakova, Gala artisan and textile/print designer, will take you on a journey to express your creative skills. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed a unique mandala reflecting your positive energy.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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New! Make a Valentine Box with Susan Farrer 

Learn collage basics as you transform a simple papier-mâché box into a red-inspired work of art by adding layers of colorful papers and more. Use the four-inch lidded box to hold a special note or Valentine’s Day gift, or keep the box for yourself!

Adults and children (ages 8+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($45).

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Twisted Wire Branch Necklace with Ruth 464E4DB6-0172-4D20-85ED-13D965B4FC13Beer Bletzinger 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn this simple and relaxing technique for creating an elegant and graceful necklace. If you’ve never made jewelry before, or you’ve made a lot, you’ll enjoy the ease of making this necklace and the beautiful results.

Adults and children (ages 12+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

 

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Locker Hooking with Anne Stone

Come learn the English craft of locker hooking!  Gala’s Anne Stone will show you how. You will make (but may not finish) a trivet and in the process will learn all the steps necessary to create more trivets or expand to other sizes. If you have unused fabric laying around in your home, this is an ideal way to reformulate it into a usable item.

No experience required.  All materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

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Creating a Mandala with Photos with Martina Sestakova 

Let’s explore the beauty and meanings of mandalas! During this workshop, you will create a vibrant mandala using colorful photographs. We will learn about colors and shapes and how they interact visually within a mandala, a symbol of wholeness and harmony.

Martina Sestakova, Gala artisan and textile/print designer, will take you on a journey to express your creative skills. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed a unique mandala reflecting your positive energy.

 Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Felting: Coin Purses and Pouches with Sheila Burns

Felting artist and popular Gala instructor, Sheila Burns, is back with a workshop that folks love! Learn how to make beautiful and practical pouches using the ancient art of wet felting. A terrific workshop for adults and kids, alike!

You’ll be using locally produced wool from Sheila’s very own sheep. You’ll have a selection of beautiful colors from the wool that Sheila hand-cards and hand-dyes herself.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience required. All materials provided with the fee ($48.00).

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New! Make Your Own Collage Ornaments with Susan Farrer 

Create a pair of collage ornaments to decorate for the holidays or to hang in your home all year round. Perfect as gifts, too!

During the workshop, you’ll choose from a selection of fun, textured papers that you’ll layer onto papier-mâché forms to make these beautiful ornaments, uniquely designed by you!

Adults and children (ages 9+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($43).

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Drawing Basics: Watercolor with Martina Sestakova

​Have fun learning the basics of watercolor painting! Gala artisan and textile designer, Martina Sestakova, will share several watercoloring techniques — including using salt and plastic! — while you explore shape and color in creative ways.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have ​painted two to three abstract scenes (8.5” x 5.5”), the meanings of which you’ll enjoy shar​ing​ with others.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($55.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

 

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Knitted I-Cord Friendship Bracelet with Sheila Burns
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Learn how to knit an I-cord, which is a lovely tube, while creating your own personalized friendship bracelet!
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Working with yarn, beads, and double-pointed knitting needles, you’ll make as many friendship bracelets as time permits. You’ll love the technique, as Sheila Burns expertly shows you how.
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Adults and kids (10 and up). No experience required. Materials included with the fee ($35.00), including yarn, beads, and needles.
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NEW! Knitting in the Round with Sheila Burns
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Master the technique of knitting in the round using double-pointed needles, as you create a sweet knitted bag, which works as a sachet bag or a soap sack. Great to use at home or give as a gift!
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Some knitting experience required, such as the Knitting for Beginners workshop. All materials — yarn, needles, & pattern — included with the fee ($53.00).

 

 

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NEW! Create a Colorful Collaged Box with Susan Farrer

Learn collage basics with artist Susan Farrer, as you transform a papier-mâché box into a work of art by adding layers of colorful, textured papers. Give the lidded, four-inch diameter box to someone special, use it to hold a special gift, or keep it for yourself to enjoy!

Adults and children (ages 11+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($53).

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NEW! Knitted Cable Stitch with Sheila Burns: Two-Part Weekend Workshop
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Learn how to cable stitch while completing your own cozy neck warmer in this two-part, weekend workshop. Sheila has created a lovely pattern that you’ll be using, and she will guide you every stitch of the way!  You’ll start on Friday evening and come back on Sunday morning to finish off the project.
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Bring 130 yards of chunky-weight yarn of your choosing and size 11 knitting needles. Sheila will provide the rest — cable needle, buttons, and the pattern!
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Some knitting experience required, such as the Knitting for Beginners workshop, and comfort with working on the project at home between the two sessions. Cable needle, buttons, and pattern included with the fee ($65.00).

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Natural Perfume-Making Workshop with Mary Kearns
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Enjoy a hands-on lesson on crafting your own natural perfume. After an explanation of the properties of various essential oils and absolutes, enjoy formulating your own personalized scent using perfume-grade ingredients.

Throughout, expert perfume-maker, Mary Kearns will give you the tools and knowledge that can be applied to your future DIY projects. Head home with some Herban Lifestyle sample products, as well as your own aromatic creation!

Adults and children (ages 14+). No experience required. All materials provided with the fee ($70.00).

 

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Simply Knitting: Mini-Workshops for Beginning Knitters with Sheila Burns
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Enjoy 75-minute sessions of learning the basics of knitting by completing a variety of projects in these twice-monthly workshops. You can sign up for just one session, or sign up for more…Perfect and fun opportunity to create handmade gifts for the holidays!
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Adults and kids (10+). No experience necessary. All materials & tools provided with workshop fee ($19 per session).

 

 

 

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NEW! Crochet Pumpkins with Michelina Castelli

It’s pumpkin season, when the weather cools and the holidays are around the corner!

What to do? Learn to make these adorable crochet pumpkins with Gala artisan and crochet expert, Michelina Castelli!

Some experience with crocheting chain stitch and single crochet. All materials included with fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

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Felted Beads with Sheila Burns

Learn to make felt beads from locally raised wool, as well as combine them with glass beads to design your own necklace.

Your instructor is Sheila Burns, felting expert, artist, and someone who raises sheep to produce her own wool. You’ll love this class and learning from Sheila!

No experience required. All materials included with the fee ($52.00).

 

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Drawing Basics: Create Mandalas Using Watercolors with Martina Sestakova

Let’s get together to enjoy the beauty and meanings of mandalas! During this workshop, you will explore two ways of creating mandalas, symbols of harmony and wholeness. We will draw in watercolor within a preset pattern and then explore a freestyle abstract technique to create colorful mandalas.

Martina Sestakova, Gala artisan and textile/print designer, will take you on a journey to express your creative skills. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have completed 2-3 unique mandalas rich in color and positive energy.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Make an Autumn Leaf-Print Box with Susan Farrer

Use paint, real leaves, and simple tools to create a beautiful three-dimensional artwork inspired by Autumn!

Starting with a plain papier-mâché box, you’ll paint a base layer, then add colorful leaf prints in your own unique design. Teaching artist Susan Farrer with guide the way. You’ll love the results! Perfect to keep or give as a gift!

Adults and children (ages 11+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($53).

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Felted Soap with Sheila Burns
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Good clean fun in just one hour! Relieve tension, get messy, but stay clean while making your own felted soap.
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When you’ve made the felted soap, it’s perfect for scrubbing little hands, as well as big hands, after a day in the dirt!

Adults and children (ages 6+). No experience required. All materials provided with the fee ($24.00 per one-hour session).

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Intro to Wire Crochet Jewelry with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Expand your jewelry-making know-how by crocheting with wire. The technique is straightforward and fun with beautiful results that look deceptively intricate! Gala’s Ruth Beer Bletzinger will show you how.

During the class, you’ll combine thin-gauged wire with beads and a couple of simple crocheting techniques to create your choice of a necklace or bracelet.

Adults and children (ages 13 and up). Experience crocheting is helpful, but not required. All materials included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

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Drawing Basics: Zentangles with Martina Sestakova

Let’s zentangle!…And, enjoy this relaxing technique that increases concentration and creativity as you transform simple lines into striking patterns.

Gala artisan and textile designer, Martina Sestakova, will guide you as you learn about the accessible art of creating zentangle drawings and its meditative aspects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have made several “tiles” (3.5” x 3.5”) with your own unique designs.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($40.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Classic Knotted Necklace with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Learn to make beautifully draped necklaces and bracelets with a classic knotting technique.

You’ll also be able to repair that beloved pearl necklace that’s been sitting in a drawer, as well as create brand-new pieces.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a knotted necklace or bracelet (your choice) that you’ve made yourself!

No experience required. All materials (beads, cord, clasps) included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

 

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New! Knitting for Beginners with Sheila Burns
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Learn the basics of knitting — casting on, knit stitch, and binding off — in this two-part, weekend workshop. You’ll get the knack of knitting by making a wash cloth using cotton yarn. You’ll start on Friday evening and come back on Sunday morning to finish off the project.
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Adults and kids (9 and up). No experience required. Materials provided with the fee ($53.00).
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Explore Surface Textures & Applied Color on Copper with Carol-lynn Swol

Personalize copper disks with steel stamps and hand-drawn imagery that inspires you.

In this workshop you will learn to stamp and etch copper having the opportunity to make up to five charms or pendants.

Adults of all ages. No experience required. All materials included with the fee ($70.00). Tools provided for use during the class.  

 

 

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NEW! Fun with Crochet with Michelina Castelli

Join Gala artisan and crochet expert, Michelina, to make a beautiful cowl with buttons. Cowl can be worn in many ways. The size of the cowl is 8 x 32. Bring one ball of 4-ply yarn of your choice and two 1″ buttons. Crochet needles will be provided for use during class.

This is an advanced-beginner class for students familiar with chain stitching and double crochet. Practice yarn included with fee ($60.00) along with tools for use during the class. (Don’t forget to bring a skein of 4-ply yarn and a couple of 1-inch buttons to make the cowl!)

 

 

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Felting for Kids: Felted Bowls with Sheila Burns

Just for kids, this workshop explores using a resist with wet-felting technique to make a personalized bowl. Great Mother’s Day gift! Students will make the bowls with wool that comes from Fiona and Irish Rose, the sheep raised by Instructor Sheila Burns. Sheila also prepares the wool and dyes it into an array of gorgeous colors!

Ages 9 and up. No experience required. Materials provided with the fee ($35.00).

 

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Adventures in Felting: Coin Purses and Pouches with Sheila Burns

Felting artist and popular Gala instructor, Sheila Burns, is back with a brand-new workshop! Learn how to make beautiful and practical pouches using the ancient art of wet felting. A terrific workshop for adults and kids, alike!

You’ll be using locally produced wool from Sheila’s very own sheep. You’ll have a selection of beautiful colors from the wool that Sheila hand-cards and hand-dyes herself.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience required. All materials provided with the fee ($48.00).

 

 

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The Art of Felting: Bowls with Sheila Burns

Who knew that you can make bowls using the ancient craft of wet felting! And, this is a terrific workshop for adults and kids, alike.

Felting artist and instructor, Sheila Burns will show you how by teaching you the basics of wet felting. You’ll be using locally produced wool from Sheila’s own sheep. You’ll have a great time exploring your creativity in this workshop.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience required. All materials provided with the fee ($48.00).

Fabric Postcards with Jacqueline Bryant Campbell

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Create truly individual small works of art that you can mail as is, or give as gifts! During the workshop you’ll use fabric paint, make your own stamps, fuse, add beaded embellishment, and do simple hand embroidery.

You’ll love learning from instructor and Gala artisan Jacqui Bryant Campbell of Jacq’s Dolls!

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience required, just a willingness to cut things up! 

Materials provided with the fee ($50.00).

 

 

 

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Fabric Postcards with Jacqueline Bryant Campbell

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Create truly individual small works of art that you can mail to the one you love, or give in-person as a gift! During the workshop you’ll use fabric paint, make your own stamps, fuse, add beaded embellishment, and do simple hand embroidery.

You’ll love learning from experienced instructor and Gala artisan Jacqui Bryant Campbell of Jacq’s Dolls!

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience required, just a willingness to cut things up! 

Materials provided with the fee ($50.00).

 

 

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Knotted Cord Bracelet using a Lucet with Carol-lynn Swol

What’s a lucet? It’s a wonderfully simple tool for making beautiful knotted jewelry with cord and bead embellishments.

During the workshop, you’ll choose from a variety of cord colors and colorful beads. Gala’s Carol-lynn Swol, jewelry artist, metalsmith, and educator, will instruct you.

No experience required. All materials are included with the workshop fee ($40.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

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Drawing Basics: Florals with Martina Sestakova

Let’s get together to admire the beauty of flowers! During this workshop, you will explore three ways to turn a photo of your favorite flower into a unique creation of yours. We will draw in color, explore the world of black-and-white sketches, and delve into abstract art.

Bring 3-5 images of flowers you love and let these take you on a creative journey with Martina, Gala artisan and textile/print designer. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have made 2-3 note cards with your own unique floral designs you may want share with your loved ones.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience necessary. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

 

 

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The Art of Felting: Beaded Necklaces with Sheila Burns

This is a two-in-one-workshop!  You’ll learn to make felt beads from locally raised wool, as well as combine them with glass beads to design your own necklace.

Your instructor is Sheila Burns, felting expert, artist, and someone who raises sheep to produce her own wool. You’ll love this class and learning from Sheila!

No experience required. All materials included with the fee ($52.00).

 

 

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Intro to Making Beaded Jewelry with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Have fun learning the basics of making beaded jewelry from stringing, to using crimps to attach clasps, to making wire loops to create dangle earrings. Gala’s Ruth Beer Bletzinger will guide the way.
Students will complete 1 to 2 pairs of earrings and a bracelet or a necklace.

Adults and children (ages 13+). No experience required.  Kit with materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

 

 

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Felting Fun for Kids with Sheila Burns, 

Learn the basics of wet felting while making your own soap and bowl. Felted soap is fun and useful…and who wouldn’t like their very own felted bowl?!

Students will be using locally raised wool and will see samples of wool fresh off the sheep to be dyed and felting ready.

Ages 8 and up. No experience required. All materials included with the fee ($40.00).

 

 

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Locker Hooking with Anne Stone

Come learn the English craft of locker hooking!  Gala’s Anne Stone will show you how. You will make (but may not finish) a trivet and in the process will learn all the steps necessary to create more trivets or expand to other sizes.

If you have unused fabric laying around in your home, this is an ideal way to reformulate it into a usable item.

No experience required.  All materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

 

 

 

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Adventures in Felting: Needle Felted Hearts with Sheila Burns

And, speaking of Valentine’s Day…Sheila Burns has a special workshop for you to create a personalized needle-felted heart for the one you love! Using wool from the sheep Sheila raises, you’ll embellish the heart with stitching and beads.

Adults and children (age 10+). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee, as well as felting tools for you to take home.

*Already taken Discover Zentangle Drawing? Continue the journey with Discover Zentangle Drawing II on Friday, June 17, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm!

 

Into to Wire Crochet with RuthIntroduction to Wire Crocheted Jewelry with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Expand your jewelry-making know-how by crocheting with wire. The technique is straightforward and fun with beautiful results that look deceptively intricate! Gala’s Ruth Beer Bletzinger will show you how. During the class, you’ll combine thin-gauged wire with beads and a couple of simple crocheting techniques to create your choice of a necklace or bracelet.

 

Experience crocheting is helpful, but not required. Ages 13 and up. All materials included with the fee ($60.00). Tools provided for use during the class.

 

 

Needle Felting Fun, Coasters

Needle Felting Fun with Sheila Burns

Have fun learning the basics of needle felting!

Gala artisan and expert felter, Sheila Burns, will start with a brief history and overview of felting and the uses of felted wool.

Then, using locally raised fiber, she’ll show you how to needle felt a set of four coasters,

 No experience required.  All materials will be provided, and felting tools will be yours to keep. Fee $52.00

 

 

Wire Wrapped Rings, Gala

Wire Wrapped Rings with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Fun and fabulous, wire-wrapped rings have pizzazz!

Learn how to make three different kinds of wire wrapped rings with wire, beads, and buttons.  Gala’s Ruth Beer Bletzinger will demonstrate the techniques.

You’ll have a blast making as many rings as you like during the class!

 No experience required.  All materials included with the fee ($35.00).  Tools provided for use during the class. 

 

Springtime Needle Felting, Birds

Springtime Needle Felting with Sheila Burns

Celebrate spring and warmer weather with expert felter and Gala artisan, Sheila Burns.

She’ll show you how to create your own needle felted birds and flowers. Birds can be hung, and felted flowers can be made into an eye catching pin or make a few for a bouquet.

No experience required. All materials will be provided, and felting tools will be yours to keep. Fee $52.00

 

 

 

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Intro to Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Open a world of possibilities with just a few wire wrapping techniques!

During the workshop, you’ll get the feel for working with wire to wrap beads, as well as stones without drilled holes. You’ll love how each piece is unique and uniquely created by you.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have made a pair of earrings and two to three pendants.

No experience required. All materials included with the fee ($50.00). Tools provided for use during the workshop.

 

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Light Catcher with Hillary Blackton

Hillary’s light catchers are gracing windows and yards throughout Montgomery County and elsewhere. Now, learn to make your own beautiful and decorative hangings for outdoors, as well as indoors. When hung outside, your light catcher will sway in the breeze and glitter in the sunlight.

Using mirrors, wire, and beads, you’ll make up to two light-catching hangings that will add sparkle to the summer season. Great as gifts or for your own use!

Adults and kids (12 and up). No experience required. All materials are included with the fee ($50.00). Tools are provided for use during class.

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Adventures in Felting: Flower Pin with Sheila Burns

Encourage springtime by creating a wet-felted flower pin. In this fun new workshop, felting expert, Gala artisan, and instructor, Sheila Burns, will guide you through the cool process of wet felting. This is another good workshop for kids, as well as adults.

You’ll be using locally produced wool from Sheila’s very own sheep. You’ll have a selection of beautiful colors from the wool that Sheila hand-cards and hand-dyes herself.

Adults and children (ages 10+). No experience required. All materials provided with the fee ($48.00).

 

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Felting for Kids: Felted Bookmarks with Sheila Burns

Designed especially for kids, this workshop is in honor Kensington Day of the Book festival coming up on April 23. Students will learn the basics of wet felting while creating a colorful bookmark. What’s more, they’ll use wool that comes from Instructor Sheila Burns’ own sheep, Fiona and Irish Rose!

 

Ages 7 and up. No experience required. Materials provided with the fee ($24.00).

 

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New! Adventures in Felting: Necklace/Choker with Focal Button Closure with Sheila Burns

Come and learn the basics of wet felting while creating your own one-of-a-kind necklace/choker.  The wool is locally sourced; raised and processed
from instructor Sheila’s pet sheep. Bring your own special button to customize your piece. Buttons will also be available for purchase. Buttons should be approximately 2½ inches in diameter.
You’ll enjoy this class and learning from Sheila, who says: “The world is a warmer place when we create together!”

 

No experience required. Materials provided with the fee ($48.00), except the button, which will be available for purchase separately for $5.00 each, or bring your own!

 

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Create Small, Colorful Epoxy Personal Collage Pendants with Carol-lynn Swol

Create fabulous resin pendants with Carol-lynn Swol, jewelry artist, metalsmith, and educator. During the workshop, you’ll mix a variety of dry media with hardware-store type fast-curing, 2-part epoxy* to fill rhodium-plated pewter pendant frames.  Bring paper-based images and/or text, small objects, and small samples of your favorite dry spice and/or your favorite eye shadow for color.

You’ll leave the workshop with three pendants that you’ve designed and made yourself!

No experience is necessary.  Except for the personal items you wish to include, all materials are included with the workshop fee ($45.00).  Tools provided for use during the workshop.

*Please note that when mixing and working with epoxy there is a strong scent, but once it is fully cured there is no smell. A fan to help disperse the smell will be employed and nitrile gloves will be available for your use. If you have a known allergy or sensitivity to these materials, please consider your participation in this workshop wisely.

 

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Make Your Own Jewelry Clasps & Ear Wires with Ruth Beer Bletzinger

Take the next step in designing your own jewelry by making your own clasps and earring wires. During this workshop, you’ll learn how to bend and hammer wire to create closures for necklaces and bracelets. It’s fun, not hard, and you’ll have the satisfaction of saying, “I made this jewelry, including the clasp!”

If you’ve got a stash of beads or a project underway, bring it along in case there’s time to complete the piece with a clasp that you’ve made yourself.

Adults and children (ages 13+). No experience required.  Kit with materials included with the fee ($60.00).  Tools provided for use during the class.

 

 

 

Previous Events

4th Annual Gala CREST Craft Fair

Sunday April 24 — 11am-4pm

In conjunction with the 11th annual Kensington Day of the Book, GALA invites fabulous local artists to join the fun on Armory Ave. Find one of a kind and unusual arts and crafts while enjoying live music, food trucks and fun!

See you on Armory Ave (behind the Safeway)

Gala Crest 2015

Gala Crest 2015

Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joining us on Sunday April 24 11AM – 2 PM … Local author/illustrator Susan Stockdale will read and sign her award-winning picture books that celebrate animal life. She will show her book illustration sequences, from sketches to finished images, and play a matching pattern game included in her book, Stripes of All Types. Every child will receive a sticker of an animal featured in the book, ranging from a ring-tailed lemur to a brilliant poison dart frog. Susan’s books can be viewed at www.susanstockdale.com.

 

Valentine’s Day 2016!

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Fourth Annual Cupid Rescue and beer tasting! Saturday,  February 13, 6-8. Stop by for an easy shopping experience for that special someone. We will fill your cup with a tasty brew and help you find the perfect gift in any price range. Don’t forget our wish list! Make the choice even easier for your sweetie by filling out a wish list with exactly what you want! ♥

 

 

 

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Cannot wait for the fun!

 

 

VALENTINES DAY 2015:

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3rd Annual Cupid Rescue and beer tasting! Friday February 13, 6-8. Stop by for an easy shopping experience for that special someone. We will fill your cup with a tasty brew and help you find the perfect gift in any price range. Don’t forget our wish list! Make the choice even easier for your sweetie by filling out a wish list with exactly what you want! ♥

 

 

 

 

Holiday Open House Friday December 5, 7pm-9pm

 

 

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is Saturday, November 29. Please support local, independent businesses like Gala.

Trunk show Saturday November 29, The Chocolate Theory. 10am-2pmThe Chocolate Theory sampler 1

In keeping with our commitment to supporting local artists of all types and introducing them to our wonderful customers, we are hosting Sofia Goodwin of The Chocolate Theory  for a trunk show from 10-2 on Saturday November 29. (Small Business Saturday). Stop by Gala to meet this wonderful culinary artist and taste her small batch, hand mixed fudge.

Sofia creates artisanal fudge in 10 flavors using only the best, freshest ingredients. and packs her products in original, eco-friendly and reusable containers to conserve the environment.

The Chocolate Theory: Our fudge is not your average fudge. It is a “Sinful Experience”. Dreamy and creamy — made from scratch in small batches and mixed by hand. A perfect gift! Triple Chocolate, Peanut Butter,  Pumpkin Pie are some of the flavorsmade.
The Artisan Fudge Collection is a twist on an old, traditional, family fudge recipe.Just try to walk away after tasting a free sample … Enjoy life and have some chocolate!”See you at Gala — November 29 from 10-2!

 

 

 

September 19th, It’s our Birthday!

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Gala’s 2nd birthday! Join us Friday September 19 from 6-8 pm for a birthday open house!