President’s Message 

Like the endless March weather on Cape Cod, the Covid-19 pandemic is a cold dark cloud weighing on our individual and collective souls. This burden is clearly impacting our member’s lives, and those they love, regardless of where they are... Our Guild’s bonds, though strong, are being stretched by lack of physical sharing; especially for those living alone. The saving grace is that we are all in this together and together we will emerge.

On behalf of the Board, I wanted to wish everyone a safe passage through this difficult period. If you hear of a member in need of support, or comfort, please let me know so we can spread the word and respond appropriately.  
Several members are working together to beta test social media platforms to stay better connected, including Facebook, more members are needed.  The goal is to enable members to form groups within the Guild for the purposes of learning, sharing, and selling.  Does anyone still doubt the pressing need to hasten this development? If you are interested in learning more, contact Sedona Summer at

The eventual opening dates of the seasonal Gallery and AIP remain an unknown. The Board will again meet on-line on Monday, May 11 to address priority issues.  Our monthly member meetings will resume when the Harwich Community Center opens.

A growing number of members have voiced their support for our proposed fund-raising art sale to benefit a local non-profit helping those most impacted by the current shut-down, and our Guild.  The concept is for members to donate a recent painting ideally, but not necessarily, done during the ‘stay at home’ advisory.  We need at least thirty artists to make this successful. We now have painting donation commitments from over twenty members. Email me to add your name to the list. Date & venue to be determined.

Be safe, stay positive and, if possible, find some time for really helps.
Michael Rudden, GHA President

What Are You Working On?

We recently asked members to share what they are working on. The following is what we are hearing. Continue to send in your updates for inclusion in subsequent newsletters. Send information to Joan Carroll, at
Donna Tavano, like other members, are using their considerable talents to make masks at home.  But not your everyday masks.
Doris Mee is being creative out of her new primary home in Brooksby Village in Peabody. As always, her creative and whimsical collages are captivating.

Thursdays throughout the summer!

Considering we are not able to be in close groups; I am encouraging you to paint outside with our weekly Thursday en plein air group! The outdoors is the best teacher for perspective, color, light, and shadows. I’m such a fair-weather painter I need a push, maybe you do too! Weather and parking impact each week’s time, and location. Updated information on our website.

I look forward to painting and social distancing with YOU outside this summer!

Chris Banks, En Plein Air Coordinator

Abigail Kelley, graduating from Monomoy Regional High School, is the recipient of the guild’s scholarship of $1000.

Abigal Kelley will be attending the Maine College of Art next Fall. The Guild chose Abigail based on her accomplishments in her AP 3D Art class, her teacher recommendations, a portfolio submission, and her interview. During the interview, she discussed her senior capstone project, a study of folktales involving the human transformation. She selected stories of Native American, Japanese, and Celtic origin. She created multimedia artworks based on the tales. The artworks involved drawing, painting, block-printing, costume design, hand sewing, writing, and bookbinding. Abigail explains her fascination with and inspiration from the folktales, “These stories come from cultures all over the world. They can draw us together because we are so alike.”

The Art Gallery News

Beginning our 12th season on June 27!

The 24 artists who exhibit at the Guild Gallery all are inspired by the light, air, and ocean that surround the Cape.  Nestled in the village of Harwich Port, MA, we are closest to the warm waters of Nantucket Sound, and the marshes and bogs that Cape Cod is known for,  but we are also within just a few miles of the roaring Atlantic, the shelter of Cape Cod Bay, and innumerable ponds and trails that inspire our works.

The Town of Harwich and the village of Harwich Port, is a wonderful year-round community, however, it gets very lively during the summer season as vacationers and the sailing buffs return for their summer by the sea.  The visual inspirations are endless as a result.

We paint in various media including oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, paper/collage, ink, and graphite.  Usually, each artist has a favorite main medium, and may sometimes venture into the others.  Works are ready for hanging, and prices range from $100-$3,000.  We also keep a supply of small sketches that are matted but unframed, for a modest but original and one-of-a-kind piece to stow in a suitcase for our vacationers.

Learn more about The Art Gallery of The Guild of Harwich Artists online. The Art Gallery opens for the season on June 27 daily from 11:00 - 4:00 p.m. 551 MA-28, Harwich Port, MA 02646.

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