President’s Message April 2021

We are all sadden by the sudden loss last month of longtime member Peg Rose.  And we are not alone. Peg was an integral member of numerous non-profits and town committees, many feel her loss. Her family will announce memorial plans later. See below for additional efforts to commemorate her. As we mourn the loss of a longtime member, we welcome our newest artist member, Patricia Krystofoski of Harwich. And thus, we are renewed.
The Board met via Zoom on Monday April 12.  The following is a summary of the proceedings:
  • Art-in-the Park. Sedona Summer, chair of Art-in-the-Park (AIP), reported that 21 members have indicated their intention to participate in the 2021 season that will run from July and early September.  For more information, contact Sedona at
  • By-Law Revision Motion: Earlier you received the Board supported motion to revise our bylaws to expand the types of artwork and juried crafts that will be allowed in Board designated venues. The purpose of the motion is to increase AIP traffic, expand the number of exhibiting artists and heighten satisfaction of those exhibiting. The motion, and instructions on voting in advance of the April 24th General Meeting, is found later in the newsletter. Two-thirds majority vote of membership present and by proxy is required to revise the by-laws.
  • Bank shows have resumed in two local bank lobbies. Phyllis George is at Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod in East Harwich. Michael Hilbig is at Cape Cod Five in Harwich Port through April, followed by Jay Tichenor in May. Bank shows are a good way to mount your first art exhibition. Contact Sedona for more details.
  • Member Directory: Expect to receive the 2021 membership contact information shortly. You are asked to respect member’s privacy by using “bcc” for mass mailings. To update your information, contact Karen Shortsleeve, membership chair, at
  • Art Gallery: Katherine Vacca announced the Art Gallery will open by May 15th with Saturday and Sunday initially, then Memorial Day weekend Friday to Sunday. Starting June 25, the Art Gallery will open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with extended hours during Wednesday evening Harwich Port Stroll.
  • Student Scholarship: The Scholarship & Education Committee, co-chaired by Erica Strzepek, Elaine Ostrander, and Joan Carroll, has received two applications for the 2021 $1000 scholarship.
-Michael Rudden, President
Peg Rose, Tom and Jackie Leech, and Weedie Tyldesley at Chatham Bars Inn Winter Art Series in 2020.

Remembering Peg Rose

 “Where is Peg?” If you find yourself attending local events this summer and asking yourself this question, you are not alone. Peg contributed her time to many difference local organizations over the years.She was President of the Harwich Historic Society, treasurer and fundraiser for the Harwich Town Band and Guild of Harwich Artists board member. Leading by example she was a tireless volunteer for the Harwich Conservation Trust, The Children’s Center, Harwich Chamber of Commerce, Council on Aging, Farmer’s Market, Cape Cod Theater, and the Harwich Mariners. Peg also served on the town’s Brooks Academy Museum Commission and Harwich’s Voter Information Committee.Town Selectman Chairman Larry Ballatine was quoted as saying “there is not much she wasn’t involved in.” Peggy’s email – peginharwich-- says it all. We will all have to step up to fill the void in her absence.
The Guild has partnered with numerous local organizations to nominate Peg for this year’s Mercy Otis Warren “Cape Cod Woman of the Year” award. We are exploring other avenues to commemorate her many contributions.

Demonstration and Studio tour - April General Meeting

Larry Folding will be giving a tour of his Harwich studio and a 1/2 hour watercolor demonstration at the April 24th General Meeting. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting via email and also available from our website

Motion to Revise By-Laws

The following motion, unanimously supported by the Board, would replace Article III - Section B and add a Section C as follows:
  • “B. Artists shall exhibit and offer for sale only their own work. Prints, reproductions, three-dimensional art, and fine crafts shall not be exhibited, except at Board designated shows and venues.
  • C. All exhibited artworks to be monitored by the event or venue chair to ensure conformance with event and venue policies”.
You can vote online using the following link. The results will be announced at the upcoming April 24 General Meeting.
Peg Rose was requested that we do a last round of cards for Memorial Day

One More Round!

After successfully gathering over 80 member-created “sunshine cards” that Council on Aging distributed for Valentine’s Day and Easter/Spring, can we do it one last time for Memorial Day? The COA distributes the cards with their delivered lunches. Donna Tavano and Peg Rose were behind this effort. Donna notes that Peg requested that we do a last round, which as it happened, was her “last wish.” Donna has already created 54 cards and needs only 31 cards to meet our goal.If you can contribute an uplifting image on a 4x6 paper these will be placed into an envelop and delivered to COA on May 27th. Supplies are available at the Open Painting Session held each Thursday at the Harwich Community Center, room #3 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Supplies can also be picked up at Donna’s house, please email for more information.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Society 2021 Hydrangea Festival

Gardens for the 2021 Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s Hydrangea Festival will be in East Falmouth, West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, Cummaquid, East Dennis, South Chatham, Brewster, and Orleans from Saturday, July 10 through Sunday, July 18.

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society (CCHS) anticipates strong attendance again this year. CCHS welcomes artists to show and sell their work while painting in the gardens. This is a great opportunity to get exposure, surround yourself with beautiful gardens, and perhaps make a sale (a donation of 10% is required of any sales made during the event). With respect to CDC guidelines, artists and attendees will be wearing masks and social distancing.

Consider joining the CCHS in one or more gardens this year! Artists must register in advance with Wendi Smith. Email Wendi for more information, please put “CCHS-HF” in your subject line.

Guild of Harwich Artists – 2021 Plein Air Sessions

Last season, the Guild’s weekly outside painting sessions allowed members to meet and paint while respecting social distancing.  We are surrounded by picturesque settings including waterfronts and harbors, wetlands, village streetscapes, historic buildings, grist mills and blooming gardens.  Weather permitting, we plan to start the weekly sessions mid-May running through early fall.  If you are planning to join this year’s plein air painting sessions, or are just interested in learning more, email Michael Rudden at  Once enough members indicate interest a Zoom coordination meeting will be scheduled. 

Guild Members Exhibit at Chatham Bars Inn

The Guild of Harwich Artists was recently featured at the Chatham Bars Inn ‘Meet the Artist’ Winter Art Series on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Paintings by seventeen Guild members were selected for the show by Dominic Boreffi of Gallery Antonia, Chatham.

Reportedly over 100 resort guests and local visitors viewed the 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. exhibit in the main lobby while maintaining social distancing. Congratulations to Brian Powers whose ‘Marsh Mooring’ oil painting was sold during the show. While David Schofield’s ‘Birch Dog’ was the overwhelming crowd favorite.

Kudos to Sedona Summer and Karen Marshall Shortsleeve for planning and executing a flawless show.

Helpful and Inspiring Websites

Members have been asked to submit links to artists' demos in any medium along with a short description of why you found it useful. They are typically available via YouTube, Pinterest, and various social media outlets. Submit links to Joan Carroll.

Artist Opportunities
A way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more. The Mass Cultural Council - Art Sake website publishes a new roundup every week, so check back often.

Watercolor Fundamentals- Guidance and Demo with Andrew Pitt
Subject:  harbor side scene with clouds, shadows on buildings, grass, trees bushes. Length 48 minutes. Watch here:    

Snowy Lane in Watercolor with Graham Boothe
Subject: winter snow scene with trees, shadows on snow, realistic trees. Length 33 minutes. Watch here:

Find It All Online 

Did you miss the President's Message or maybe one of our previous newsletters? Looking for our event schedule or Zoom link, or do you want to apply to Art in the Park or the Art Gallery? Find it online on the website.
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