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 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  

If you haven’t visited our website recently, check out the new look that Erica Strzepek continues to work on at  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 If you have website or digital publishing expertise, and are interested in helping safely from home, contact Erica at  

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

Join Us En Plein Air

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 or email.

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

Chris Banks, En Plein Air Coordinator

Many guild members have taken advantage of the numerous plein air painting opportunities that Chris Banks has organized in and around Harwich this season. She provides reliable driving and parking directions, tips about the most comfortable locations with shade and breeze.  Locations have included, Fort Hill, The Lavender Farm, Bells Neck, the Hydrangea Festival, and  Stony Brook Grist Mill and Herring Run. Thank you Chris for providing the motivational boost to “just get out and paint." 

Joan Carroll

The Art Gallery News

We have been open since the end of June, seeing a steady stream of visitors wearing masks. This month's theme wall is Colors of Summer stop by to see us!

The Guild of Harwich Artists Gallery, located at 551 Main Street (Rt 28) in Harwich Port MA 02646, is now open for the season with hours from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, 7 days a week throughout the summer. You are invited to stop by see the works of twenty-four guild member artists in a variety of mediums.  We are practicing social distancing and wearing face masks to keep our community safe. 

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

Membership Committee Chair

Tara Goss has had to step down from her role as GHA Membership Chair to focus on the current challenges of running InsideOut Properties of Cape Cod that offers full service co-hosting (AirBnB and others). Over the past four years, Tara has mailed out new member welcome packets, maintained our membership list, staffed the sign-in desk at monthly meetings, and organized new member gatherings with great treats. For this, we all owe her many thanks. Tara will remain a Guild member and is willing to orient her replacement to ensure that new members are warmly welcomed and made aware of our many events and activities.

If you are a new member and looking for a way to give back to your Guild contact Michael Rudden at

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