President’s Message October 2021


October 2021 GHA Newsletter

President’s Message:

Welcome new artist member Peter Sivco, husband of artist Carroll Sivco.

Your Guild is coming off a busy summer season.  We kicked off the summer season with a June picnic at the new pavilion at Brooks Park. We ended it September 26th with the sold-out annual dinner at Jake Rooney’s organized by Chris Banks.

During the past four months, we launched a re-imagined Art-in-the-Park experience, explored new plein aire sites, mounted an art show for new members at the Cape Cod Community Media Center, and held our first ‘Art for Good’ fundraising sale in partnership with The Harwich Fund.  Art Gallery members successfully staffed our Harwich Port gallery seven days a week during the season. So, in retrospect, how did we do? What have we learned to inform future activities?  To find out, join us at our General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Oct 16, 2:00-4:00pm, via Zoom.  An agenda with Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before.

November Officer Elections Are Upon Us

Election of Guild Board Officers will be held during our Saturday, November 20th Annual Meeting.  As per our by-laws, (available on our website at Guild By-laws), elected officer’s positions include: President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer to be elected every two years at the November Annual Meeting.  Chris Banks, Katherine Vacca and Weedie Tyldesley volunteered to serve on the nominating committee formed to coordinate the election. We anticipate that by November the Harwich Community Center will be open on weekends.  Regardless, the process will allow voting online so our snowbirds and other members can participate.

The Guild has been around 42-years because experienced members are willing and able to mentor newer members into leadership positions.  Successful leadership transitions happens when new members are able and ready to step up. Members are encouraged to learn more and then nominate themselves, or other members, by contacting Katherine Vacca at 508-292-8912.

Thanks to all you who have contributed so much to out community during this past year. We would not succeed without your continuing efforts.


Michael Rudden, President

The Guild of Harwich Artists art is currently hanging  at the Brewster Ladies Library from October 1st through October 31st.
Please remember to pick up art on the morning of October 31st 10 AM until 11:30 AM promptly.
Gallery News
The gallery will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. until October 11th, Columbus Day.  The gallery will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday through the remainder of October and until the middle of December, when we will close until Spring of 2022.  This schedule may be subject to change as we get closer to the holidays.  
Thursday Open Painting Sessions Resume
Starting Thursday, September 23, interested  artists can meet at the Harwich Community Center every Thursday from 1-3:30pm to informally paint with other members.  Just bring your paint supplies and whatever you want to paint with you.  The room layout allows for social distancing.  For continued plein air painting information  in October,  see notice below.
Martha Kempe provided this fall plein aire painting schedule. Individuals can decide for themselves whether the weather is a deterrent.  

Monday, October 4, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
Gray’s (Bass Hole) Beach, 400 Center Street, Yarmouth Port
There is a boardwalk, picnic area, and osprey nest. The beach overlooks dunes and the marsh. There are porta potties. Lots to paint.

Tuesday, October 5, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
Burgess Park, 559 Cotuit Road (also known as Route 149), Marstons Mills
There is a historic home on the property with gardens around it. There are trails that lead to a pond. People also come here to play “disc golf” (the disc golf stations are not by the house).

Monday, October 11, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
Bog, W. Yarmouth Road, W. Yarmouth
The bog is on W. Yarmouth Road between Old Town House Road and Buck Island Road. This is not your typical bog. It has a couple of interesting bog sheds (which I’m afraid might be torn down soon) and Plashes Pond connects to it. There are several trails that go around the bogs and into the woods. There are grass pasture and marsh areas. It is a special place.

When I hear from the bog owner in Harwich, I will let you all know. They are away and weren’t sure of when they were doing their bog. Most bog owners harvest their bogs around Columbus Day. But due to weather and availability of trucks to load their crops, the times and dates are hard to schedule in advance. So, I’ll keep you posted on a harvesting bog. In the meantime, check out your local bog.

Tuesday, October 12, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
Rock Harbor, Bayview Drive, Orleans
This is the harbor that has the trees in it for markers. I don’t know if they will still be there. They take them out at some point. But this is a beautiful little harbor. No matter which side you set up on. When using your GPS, I had to plug in Rock Harbor Bay to get the directions.

Monday, October 18, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
Nye Homestead, 85 Old County Road, Sandwich,
The Nye Family Homestead has given us permission to paint there. They are closed on Mondays. There is plenty of parking. When you look across the street from the homestead, you will see a paved road – you can park along there and you have permission to park on the grass along that road. Make sure you pull off enough for others to pass by.

There are no restrooms, but if you follow the road out to 6A, go to the right and there is a gas station. It is beautiful here even in the middle of winter. There is a herring run through it and the trees should be starting to turn. There are usually swans across the street in the little pond.

Tuesday, October 19, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30

The herring run is rocky and can be muddy, but beautiful areas to paint. The Grist Mill is amazing any time of year. There is path with a fence and a pond...and of course the grist mill itself.

Monday, October 25, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
St. Mary's Church, 3055 Route 6A, Barnstable.
It is located across the street from the Sturgis Library. When you get there, drive around the back. There is a little donation box at the gate. Please drop something in it. They work hard on the garden and have it open all year for anyone to use. I did schedule us to be there though. It has a beautiful garden in the back. There are gazebos, benches, and stone walls. Their gardens and trees are turning to autumn foliage.

Tuesday, October 26, 9:00-12:00, critique at 11:30
Nauset Light and Lighthouse, Ocean View Drive, Eastham
For those not familiar, this is the light on the Cape Cod potato chip bag. There is a big parking lot where Nauset Light Beach is. You can park there. Across from the lighthouse there is a grassy area that will be a nice spot to set up to paint. Down the street is the Old Coast Guard Station. This is another beautiful area to paint.

New member Mike Novik is also a member of the Eastham Painters Guild. He is organizing plein air outings this fall with the Eastham painters.  It should be fun. 

Annual Holiday Ornament Sale

Our annual miniature holiday ornament sale is a major fundraising event with proceeds contributing to a $1000 donation to a local charity.  The Art Gallery will sell member painted ornaments from November 20th through mid-December.  Ornament supplies including precut watercolor paper and 3”x3” primed canvases will be available for member pickup starting October 23rd at two places:  Art Gallery Friday-Saturday-Sunday 11am to 4pm and Thursday Open Painting Sessions, 1pm to 3:30pm, at the Harwich Community Center.  Watercolor/pastel papers should be 3¾” x 2¾” with a ½” border to fit in a gold frame. Painted ornaments should be taken to the Art Gallery as they are completed for final assembly allowing us to continually refresh our inventory.  If each artist member can paint 5-10 ornaments, we can exceed the 250 ornaments sold last year.  Traditional best sellers depict cape cod holiday themes.   

Annual Art Student Scholarship

The Guild Board recently approved a $1000 scholarship to be awarded to a local high school graduate planning to pursue an art education degree.  The scholarship committee will be developing criteria and soliciting applications that will distributed widely.


Larry Folding's watercolor "Ha Long Bay" received an Honorable Mention at the Cape Cod Art Center 2021 National Show.  The painting is of Vietnamese women rowing towards a floating village.  

Natalie Stafford's watercolor is in the Addison Gallery Show:

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