President’s Message May 2021


May 2021 GHA Newsletter

President’s Message:

Spring has (finally) arrived. We see it all around us and, with climbing vaccination rates, feel it in our steps. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and support over the past year, the Guild is well positioned to emerge into a bright summer season.  The repainted Art Gallery featuring 24 artists opens weekends starting May 15.  Our reimaged Art-in-the-Park, chaired by Sedona Summer, is unfolding toward a Monday, July 5th debut with 21 artists offering a wide variety of artworks along weekly noontime music.  Bank lobby shows are up and running.  Members are starting to sign-up for plein air painting sessions to start in June.  All expectations suggest a robust summer season and we continue to look for ways for members to exhibit and sell their art.  And planning has started for a June 26th 5-7pm social gathering for members and guests. See below for more information and member resources.

Looking forward to seeing everyone together soon.  Any questions or concerns, let me know.

Michael Rudden, President



Art Gallery Opening

Kicking off the 2021 season, Katherine Vacca reports that the newly painted Art Gallery is now open on weekends. Beginning May 28th (Memorial Day Weekend), the Gallery will be open Fri-Sat-Sun, 11am and 4pm. Starting June 28th the Art Gallery will be open daily, and during Wednesday evenings during ‘Port Summer Nights.’  For more information about Gallery membership application click here:  Art Gallery Application; or contact Marlene Weil at

Bank Lobby Shows

The local bank lobbies are opening with increasing traffic. This is great way for emerging artist to venture into exhibiting and selling their work. Sedona Summer has set up a simple way to self-register to show your art in one of the local bank lobbies using SignUpGenius; try it at  Bank Lobby Art Shows Sign-up. She is working with Cape Cod Cooperative Bank in East Harwich to install a museum quality hanging system and coordinate after hours receptions for residential realtors.  This should increase viewing, and hopefully sales. For more information, contact Sedona directly at


Guild Spring Social – Picnic in the Park

Event Date: Saturday, June 26, 5-7 pm

Rain Date: Sunday, June 27, 5-7 pm

Location: Brooks Park – Picnic Pavilion,

1 Oak Street, Harwich MA 02645


Our members have been supportive of the Guild during the past year of Covid restrictions. Accordingly, the Board has chosen the new picnic pavilion in Brooks Park (by the tennis courts) to host a safe outdoor venue to renew our fellowship bonds. This event is open to all members who may bring guests.  We are asking for a $5 per head fee to offset related costs, and a RSVP via email by June to Michael Rudden at This will allow us to gauge the number of participants in advance. We can take cash and checks at the event.


Due to Covid precautions, members are asked to bring their own food and drinks; along with, if they have them, folding chairs and tables to supplement six available picnic tables. The Board will provide a surprise dessert.  We will abide by the Massachusetts and Harwich covid precautions in effect at the event time.  We anticipate that masks will still be required except when drinking and eating.  If you are interested in joining the hospitality team who is planning the event email Michael.


Note: Officially we have to state that alcohol cannot be consumed on Town property.


Opportunities to Volunteer

The Guild is ramping back-up and as such additional volunteers are needed to ensure a successful year.  If you find value in being a Guild member then maybe you can also see value in volunteering to help maintain our viability.  Like all non-profit organizations, we are only as strong as our member’s involvement allow us to be. We are looking for relatively new members who, given their available time constraints, would like to learn more about volunteering.

Our goal is to decentralize our organizational structure by identifying needs and then breaking down the effort into specific and manageable tasks.  Mentoring will be provided to those new to a role or task.  The following is a list of current volunteer opportunities for you to consider, along with a contact person.

  • Publicity Team:
    • Writing, editing and disseminating Guild news and feature articles for our newsletter, website & digital media outlets. Mentor: Michael Rudden at
    • Managing the Guild website ( Mentor: Erica Strzepek at
  • Monthly Artist Demonstrations:
    • Solicit and support monthly meeting artists to provide painting or other resources useful to our members.  We are currently asking members to contribute their expertise as this allows us to get to know each other better.  We will resume in-person demonstrations next fall and possibly bring in outside artists on a fee basis.  This is a great opportunity for new members to meet a variety of talented local artists.  Mentor:  Sedona Summer and Doris Mee at
    • Our featured May member demonstration will be Donna Tavano who will amaze with her creativity.
  • Harwich Cultural Council (HCC) Representative:
    • Chris Banks, past Guild President and current HCC board member, is looking for a Guild member to join the LCC board.  "The Harwich Cultural Council is dedicated to fostering the creative spirit through the organization, funding, and promotion of cultural activities and initiatives that serve the people of Harwich". Their website is Historically, the Guild has been awarded a applied for grant to underwrite our fall Make-It-Take-It community painting session.  Guild representation on the Board is important to stay attuned to local art and cultural organizations.  For more information contact Chris Banks at
-Michael Rudden, President

Sound Dunes Combo to Entertain at The Guild of Harwich Artists’ Art In The Park

The 8-piece Sound Dunes Swing Combo has been invited to entertain at this summer’s Art In The Park, hosted by The Guild of Harwich Artists. The combo will be performing from 2 to 4 PM on Monday, July 12th. The Art In The Park program allows members of The Guild to exhibit and sell original artwork in Harwich Port’s Doane Park, in what has become a highlight event of the summer.

Each Monday, Guild participants exhibit work in a wide range of artistic styles and mediums including pastels drawings, watercolor, and oil paintings. Artists are thrilled to engage with the public about their work.

Beautiful Doane Park, with gardens maintained by The Garden Club of Harwich, is utilized for many town events including the annual Tree Lighting and Family Carol Sing. Ample public parking available in adjacent Post Office Square host to the Harwich Port Post Office, CVS Pharmacy, True Value Hardware, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Strolling and shopping Harwich Port center? Doane Park is an easy walk from Harwich Port center including the Guild’s Art Gallery at 551 Route 28.

The Sound Dunes Swing Combo will be performing music from The Great American Songbook, written by greats such as Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Basie, Mercer, Carmichael and other contemporary composers. Their program, “A Musical Revue” will feature two vocalists and include a mix of swing, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, and soft rock music for your listening, singing, and dancing pleasure. Enjoy the show!

Guild of Harwich Artists – 2021 Plein Air Sessions

Last season, the Guild’s weekly outside painting sessions allowed members to meet and paint while respecting social distancing.  We are surrounded by picturesque settings including waterfronts and harbors, wetlands, village streetscapes, historic buildings, grist mills and blooming gardens.  Weather permitting, we plan to start the weekly sessions mid-May running through early fall.  If you are planning to join this year’s plein air painting sessions, or are just interested in learning more, email Michael Rudden at  Once enough members indicate interest a Zoom coordination meeting will be scheduled. 

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. Submit links to Joan Carroll.

Artist Opportunities
A way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more. The Mass Cultural Council - Art Sake website publishes a new roundup every week, so check back often.

Watercolor Fundamentals- Guidance and Demo with Andrew Pitt
Subject:  harbor side scene with clouds, shadows on buildings, grass, trees bushes. Length 48 minutes. Watch here:    

Snowy Lane in Watercolor with Graham Boothe
Subject: winter snow scene with trees, shadows on snow, realistic trees. Length 33 minutes. Watch here:

Find It All Online 

Did you miss the President's Message or maybe one of our previous newsletters? Looking for our event schedule or Zoom link, or do you want to apply to Art in the Park or the Art Gallery? Find it online on the website.
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