President’s Message July
First, we welcome our newest artist member, Douglas Karlson, of Harwich Port. I look forward to introducing Douglas at our next member meeting. This will happen when we can all re-gather at the Harwich Community Center, hopefully Saturday, September 26th.
Mid-summer finds our members venturing outdoors to enjoy, and hopefully paint, this wonderful time of year, while maintaining Covid-19 precautions. Though our normal summer activities are limited the Guild remains active in several ways. Thanks to Chris Banks, members can come together every Thursday to paint plein air at picturesque local sites. Email Chris at email@example.com to receive weekly locations. Our Gallery is now open all week between 11am and 4pm staffed by 14 Gallery members. Feel free to stop by to say hello and enjoy impressive works by 24 established and new members. Barbara Hageman is pioneering a new Guild initiative by taking the Gallery artists on-line at https://www.artcapecod.net/.
If you haven’t visited our website recently, check out the new look that Erica Strzepek continues to work on at http://guildofharwichartists.org/. Erica and Joan Carroll are collaborating on the new monthly newsletter format you are now reading. If you have any news or images that you would like to share with members, simply send a paragraph and .jpg to Joan Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have website or digital publishing expertise, and are interested in helping safely from home, contact Erica at email@example.com.
Looking ahead, we had to cancel our popular Make-It-Take-It event that was to take place during the September Harwich Cranberry Festival which was cancelled. In September, the Board will determine the feasibility of the December 4-5 Ornament Sale based on whether the Christmas Harwich Port Stroll is happening.
We continue to plan for a Saturday, September 5th, Fundraising Art Show in Doane Park, pending final town approval as we approach the date. So far, we have 30-members willing to donate a prized artwork. We are partnering and splitting the proceeds for this event with ‘Harwich Helping Harwich’. HHH is a new local non-profit building an endowment to support current Harwich needs, especially those needs exacerbated by COVD-19. They will assist with spreading the word and helping during the event. For more information about Harwich Helping Harwich visit Chronicle article on Harwich Helping Harwich. To achieve our fundraising goal, we need volunteers who can help with the planning and outreach which can be done at home; as well as those willing to sign-up to assist on the day of. If you can pitch in, email me so we can discuss how best to align your interest and skills with our event.
If you have been wondering how best to give back to the Guild, this is your chance. We continue to break down event activities into discreet tasks that allow members to contribute in many ways. Like with any non-profit organization, the more you contribute, the more you will find enjoyment and satisfaction. I recommend that you to try it.
Be Safe and Stay Positive,
Michael Rudden, GHA President