President’s Message February 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 www.guildofharwichartists.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://doodle.com/free-poll. And if you receive an email form Doodle it likely contains a Guild related poll.
Michael Rudden, GHA President