President’s Message March 2021

Hello Everyone!  

Despite the recent snow squall, drop in temperature and stiff winds, we are inching toward a much-anticipated transition to Spring.  Robins are back on the Cape, we spent Sunday morning moving clocks forward an hour, and more of us are finally securing reservations for covid shots. Positive signs all around.

The recently distributed March 13 General Meeting Minutes pretty much covers what is happening and being planned.  Highlights include:

  • Barbara Grasso has been elevated to Honorary Member.
  • Welcome new members:  Natalie Stafford and Peter Saverine
  • Bank shows are starting back up as lobbies open to the public.  This is great opportunity for first time hanging of one’s work. For more information, contact Sedona Summer, AIP Chair at:  Sedona Email.
  • Donna Tavano and Peg Rose are approaching their goal of collecting eighty-five Easter/Spring cards created by members. These will be distributed with meals provided by the local Council of Aging.  Peg has volunteered to deliver supplies and pick-up completed cards. Peg contact info: or 508-364-5256.
  • Everyone is invited to the upcoming Chatham Bars Inn ‘Meet the Artists’ art exhibition by 17 Guild members on Saturday, March 20, 1-5pm. 
  • Karen Shortsleeve won First Place, and Phyllis Charles was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the Creative Arts Center ‘Member Exhibition.’
  • Thirty-day notice has been given to amend our by-laws to allow expanded artworks at Board designated shows and venues. See March 13th Minutes for details. 

Last Saturday I presented a short tutorial on our webpage and Sedona Summer summarized the major digital payment apps to allow artwork sales from your phone.  I encourage you view the video, to be posted on our website, to learn the various resources and tools available to members. 

Next General Meeting is Saturday, April 24, the 4th weekend of the month due to Easter on the 3rd weekend.  Our demonstrator, Larry Folding, will host our first ‘Artist Studio Tour.’

Stay well and positive….and paint when you can.

Michael Rudden, President

Find It All Online 

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


Chatham Bars Inn ‘Meet the Artists’ Art Show – March 20

Submitted by Michael Rudden, GHA President

Chatham Bars Inn winter ‘Meet the Artists’ art show series will host the Guild of Harwich Artists on Saturday, March 20, 1-5pm. The lobby exhibition will feature seventeen artists whose paintings were curated by Domonic Boreffi of the Gallery Antonia, Chatham. 

Attendees will be welcome to view and purchase the art on display, and speak with the artists to gain further insight into the paintings or works of art. Each 30-minute session will host 20 attendees and all sessions are complimentary and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged by contacting the concierge at (508) 945-6871. More information about the CBI art show series can be found at:  

Seeking Spring and Easter Themed Cards for COA

Valentine cards made by Guild members for the Harwich COA lunch program were well received. Harwich COA director Emily Mitchell shared with event coordinator Peggy Rose, “recipients love getting little extras with their lunch!”

Being so successful, we are planning to continue the card making program but with a Spring/Easter theme. We have available for the membership card stock cut to size and scored along with envelopes. We ask artists to include an inscription on the inside of the card for example: “Enjoy the spring season from the Guild of Harwich Artists” or “Hope you are doing well from the Guild of Harwich Artists.” Similar sentiments acceptable.

The Spring/Easter themed cards need to be completed by March 25, 2021. Pick up blank materials at our Thursday Open Painting Sessions held at the Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak St., Harwich, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. In keeping with socially distant times, your cards can be dropped off or picked up by a Guild member with advance notification. The Guild is looking to complete a total of 85 cards, so as the old saying goes, many hands make light work! We thank you in advance for your participation.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Peggy Rose for further information.

In Our Thoughts

Anne Briggs, who was a GHA member and a Gallery participant for a number of years, passed away at her home in Arlington, MA.  Anne grew up in Attleboro and spent summers in Harwich Port.  She loved the beach and everything the Cape had to offer.  Anne was an award-winning artist at the Cape Cod Art Center, the Creative Art Center as well as in the Arlington area. 

Copely Society of Art, Boston

Karen Shortsleeve was recently accepted into the Copley Society of Art in Boston, a high honor, and has sold her first painting through them. The Copley Society of Art, Co|So, is the oldest non-profit arts association in the United States, with a history dating back to 1879. Learn more at

Congratulations, Karen!
Karen Shortsleeve recently sold Blue Hydrangeas through the Copley Society of Art in Boston.

Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Guild of Harwich Artists is accepting applications for the 2021 Guild of Harwich Artists Inc. Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is open to any graduating senior who meets one of the following criteria: attends Monomoy Regional High School or Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, is a homeschooled Harwich resident, or a Harwich resident attending a private school. Applicants must be planning to pursue their education in the field of visual arts at an accredited college. Scholarships will be awarded to the prospective recipient upon the successful completion of their first college semester. Application is available online at or by email A completed application must be postmarked by April 1.

Members' Exhibition

The Creative Arts Center in Chatham presents the 2021 Members' Exhibition from March 8 - April 2, 2021. “The Members’ Exhibition is a sampling of works from our talented members. Contributing working and professional artists, along with lay members and our faculty provide a fantastic range of styles and mediums,” notes the Creative Arts Center website.
The show can be seen online in a slideshow and a grid view. It also can be viewed in person Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Watch for the virtual tour available soon online. Click here to see the entire show!
Karen Shortsleeve: West Harwich: Oils,  First Place Award  in the Creative Arts Center Members Show, March 8- April 2, 2021.
 Phyllis Charles- Cosmic Turtle: Acrylic/Multimedia, Honorable Mention in the Creative Arts Center Members Show, March 8- April 2, 2021.

Sally Brown, A Cape Cod Mermaid

Why are Cape Cod Mermaids the only mermaids in the world to have a bellybutton in the shape of a heart? Could it be because their hearts are true and loyal to the man they love? They never forget him no matter what happens to separate them or for how long. Cape Cod mermaids are thought to be the most beautiful mermaids in the world with sweet voices like angels. Some people call them “Angels of the Sea”.

Written and illustrated by Guild member Marion Harcourt, Sally Brown, A Cape Cod Mermaid, is available on Amazon or directly from Marion. Call (508) 375-6359 for more information.
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
Sell Art Outdoors in Chatham
Gail Tilton would like to announce openings for "Art on the Hill" in Chatham this summer.

This eight-week opportunity to sell art outdoors at the Unitarian Universalist ​Meeting House of Chatham on Route 28 each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The fee is $150.00 for the season with no commissions charged. Interested artists may email Gail Tilton for further details.

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. Send to Joan Carroll, she can share these in our future newsletters as you send them.  If we get sufficient submissions we can start a list categorized by artist or medium and post on our website. 

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:
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