President’s Message February 2021

President’s Message:


Year 2020 was a challenge for all of us.  Thanks to the efforts of so many members, we finished last year financially strong and looking forward to a much better 2021.  

Sometime mid-year we anticipate (make that ‘hope’) that many of us will have been vaccinated.  This will allow ramping up of in-person meetings, plein air outings, art-in-the-park (AIP), alternative art exhibitions and hosting community painting projects.  In the interim, the Guild is creating “studios” around members who share painting mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel with others to follow as interest grows. Studios will connect like-minded members to share knowledge and resources.  This will start to rollout in January using Zoom to connect and share. Further information is found in this month’s newsletter. 

Upcoming Guild meetings (via Zoom unless otherwise noted) are listed below in the newsletter, and through June on our website calendar.  Instructions on how to easily join Guild meetings via Zoom (no registration required) will be sent via email one day prior to the meeting. If you would like to join the informal Thursday Open Painting Sessions (1-3:30 pm in the Harwich Community Center) just show up with your painting supplies. Capacity due to coronavirus is limited to ten people to allow safe distancing. For more information, Contact Chris Banks  Details regarding our March 20, Chatham Bars Inn ‘Winter Art Series’ will be forth coming.  The effort is being coordinated by Sedona Summer and Karen Shortsleeve.

Karen Shortsleeve, Membership Chair, will be sending each of you a revised membership form and a reminder that 2021 dues ($35 Artists/$25 Associate) are now payable.  The new form allows members to provide information regarding interests and skill sets that will be used to enhance member engagement. Mail completed forms, with checks if applicable, to Guild of Harwich Artists, P.O. Box 382, Harwich Port 02646. Amy Banford has volunteered to assist Erica Strzepek maintain the Guild website. Together they will ensure that the website calendar and event postings are timely and informative. Maryrose Reynolds Schofield has volunteered to assist at the Welcome Desk at our monthly meetings and promoting Guild mugs and hats. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for the Guild contact me at

The Guild’s 41-year-old mission is to encourage artists and those interested in art through education, fellowship and exhibition while engaging in charitable and educational works.  As a member of the Guild, you have access to a variety of events, venues, and activities; and eligibility to apply to exhibit in the Gallery of the Guild of Harwich Artists located in Harwich Port.  If you have not already, please remit your 2021 dues ($35 Artists / $25 Assoc.) by end of the month. For membership new/renewal form go to

Stay safe and positive…painting does help focus the mind. 

Michael Rudden, GHA President


Upcoming Guild Meetings (via Zoom). 

Note: Thursday’s Open Painting Sessions is taking place at the Harwich Community Center, 1-3:30 PM, Activity Room 4. Masks are required.

FEB 20 Sat: Member Mtg 2:00 PM 4:30 PM / Demonstration Artist- Chris Banks

 On December 21st, Kathrine Vacca, representative of the Gallery of the Guild of Harwich Artists, presented Abby Newberry-West, director of The Children’s Center in Harwich Port a check for $1000. The funds were raised during the Guild’s annual member painted ornament sale.  Thanks to many member volunteers we sold over 250 ornaments.




Introducing Guild Studios 

 The Guild of Harwich Artists (GHA) is forming “studios” around members who share a common painting medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel with others to follow as interest grows. This initiative is in response to last January’s ‘Listening Session’ where members expressed a collective desire for more art education and mentoring opportunities. The studios will connect members to share knowledge and resources, develop art education and exhibition opportunities for new and longtime Guild members.  This approach will continue when we can again meet around a table.  This new initiative will start to rollout in January using Zoom to connect and share. Fifteen members who have expressed interest will meet via Zoom this month to start getting organized. If you would like to join in the discussion, email M. Rudden at

Art-in-the-Park Re-imagined 

 For forty years, Art-in-the-Park (AIP), located in Doane Park (across from the Harwich Port Post Office, has provided members an opportunity to sell their works during the summer months.  This is a tradition that we want to continue but changes are needed to expand membership and enhance sales.  In February, a Zoom meeting of current and interested A.I.P. members will be announced.  The purpose of the meeting is to solicit ideas on reinventing A.I.P.  Nothing is off the table.  Watch for the February Newsletter for more information about the meeting. 

j a Doodle?

You may have received an email from Doodle©, an application widely being used to schedule meetings with multiple participants. You can easily create a free Doodle poll in minutes and send it off to participants via email to let them choose the best days and times to meet.  Doodle allows you to determine the most convenient time that most of the participants are available to meet (via Zoom for now).  For more information visit the Doodle website at And if you receive an email form Doodle it likely contains a Guild related poll.  

Michael Rudden, GHA President

February Zoom Presentation: Painting Oils on a Black Surface with Chris Banks

The Guild of Harwich Artists will host Cape Cod artist and former Guild President Chris Banks virtually via Zoom on February 20 2021, after the members’ meeting at 2:00 p.m. Banks will discuss tips and techniques for painting in oils on a black surface.

Milk & Cookies

Just some of what Banks intends to share with the virtual audience includes, “lots of tips I have come across in my 40 plus years of painting with many teachers. Painting on a white surface, toned surface, or black surface. What to do with: Baby oil? A wire brush? Elastics? Dropper bottle? Angle brush? T-square? Bridge? And what’s that thing with rubber tips? When to use a bristle brush and when to use a soft brush. Don’t forget, how to blend values. These are some of the tips I can’t wait to share with you!”

For Art and Community

Do you have specific questions you’d like to discuss? Send your questions ahead of the event via email or on our Guild of Harwich Artists Facebook page. Not a member of the Guild? Our presentations are free to attend. Email Guild President Michael Rudden to receive the February 13th Zoom Meeting link.

Learn more about Chris Banks – Art from the Heart on her website, on Facebook, or by email.

Membership Oppertunities

Looking for a list of Membership Opportunities? You'll find a list of events on our website here. Do you have something to add or an opportunity you'd like to present? Reach out to Michael Rudden to discuss.

Kelley Completes First Semester at MECA

Monomoy Regional High School 2019 graduate Abigail Kelley is shown holding the Guild of Harwich Artist’s 2019 Art Scholarship award of $1000. Abby received her $1000 check after successfully completing her first semester at the Maine College of Art.
"Jenny's Wave" by Guild member Michael Hilbig. Inspired by the natural beauty found on family hikes and geocaching adventures, Hilbig enjoys painting a variety of landscapes and seascapes with an affinity for waves. Using various techniques and colors, he loves to capture their uniqueness of form, strength, and movement. 

Time to Update Your Artist Profile

Do you have an artist's profile on our website? Do you need to make updates? Well, now's the time! 

The Guild of Harwich Artists offers members an Artist Profile on our website as part of your paid annual membership dues. After initial publication, changes to your artist profile may be made once a year during the membership renewal period at no additional charge or during the year for a $25 fee made payable to the Guild of Harwich Artists. Use the guidelines below to submit/email your artist profile information to the website committee at Download a copy of our profile guidelines here.

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. 
My new book written and illustrated by me, SALLY BROWN, A CAPE COD MERMAID, ages 7 – 12, is available
at Amazon or from
me for $15.00. 
Phone # 508-375-6359,  Marion Harcourt.
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