President’s Message June 2021


June 2021 GHA Newsletter

President’s Message:

Welcome new members Martha and Jackie (daughter) Kempe, Nicole Cashen and Peter Saverine.

Welcome back also to our many ‘snowbirds’ who are returning to the cooler Cape. Things have certainty changed since you departed. Most of us are vaccinated and able to resume an almost normal lifestyle, just in time for the warm weather. The weekly Open Painting Sessions at the Harwich Community Center have been replaced by our seasonal weekly plein air sessions. Date (weather dependent) and location of plein airs will be e-mailed to all members at the beginning of each week.

The Art Gallery welcomes new members Heidi Brueckkner and Martha Kempe bringing our total back up to 24. The Art Gallery, currently opened on weekends, will move to seven days a week 11am-4pm on June 28th. You can find out more about Art Gallery application on our website:

Reminder: Hoping to see old friends and meet new members at our upcoming Saturday, June 26, from 5-7pm Spring Picnic in the new picnic pavilion in Brooks Park. Rain date is Sunday, same time. Bring your dinner and drinks, we will provide dessert. There are six picnic tables, but feel free to bring your own chairs and tables if you have them.

Our 41st year of Art-in-the-Park resumes Monday, July 5th at Doane Park (Post Office Square) in Harwich Port. Fourteen members have signed up for all ten weeks. An additional twelve members have selected a new option this year, selecting specific dates that they will exhibit their art. Expanded offerings now include fine arts and crafts in a variety of mediums. Come check us out. For more information about joining AIP, contact Sedona Summer at

Additional Alternative Art Shows: The Guild has been invited back to mount an art show at the Cape Cod Community Media Center (CCCMC), 17 Shad Hole Road in Dennis Port for the months of July and August in October, the Guild will mount an art show at the Brewster Ladies Library at 1822 Main Street. The large venue allows members to show art of all sizes using a sophisticated hanging system. This has proven to be a successful opportunity to sell paintings. If you would like to submit some paintings to either show, or volunteer to help hang, contact Sedona Summer, Vice President for further information.

There are no further Board or General Meetings or newsletters till September to allow everyone to enjoy family and all the many joys of our being on the Cape in the summer. Announcements will be sent periodically to keep everyone in the loop.

Hope to see everyone at the picnic!

Michael Rudden, Pres.



Art-in-the-Arboretum: Robbin Kelley, Cemetery Administrator for Harwich has invited the Guild to join other artists and photographers in a Wednesday July 21, 11am-4pm plein air session in the Island Pond Cemetery, in Harwich Center. Come join our regular plein air artists who will have over sixty species of trees to paint, while being entertained by a Celtic Band and violinists. Rain day is Thursday. Access to drop off gear is Island Pond Road off Main Street which runs between the funeral home and stone monument store at 672 Main Street, Harwich Center. Then, park in the First Congregational Church parking lot and short walk west along the bike path to the cemetery.

Bank Art Shows are currently being scheduled for Cape Cod 5 in Harwich Port and Cape Cod Cooperative Bank in East Harwich. Members can either mount a solo show or team with others for the month exhibit.

Can You Help?

Volunteers with website and social media savvy are needed to maintain/upgrade our website as Erica Strzepek will no longer be able to assist. Without several members stepping up we may soon lose our website. If you can help us maintain this vital form of communication, contact Michael at

Michael Rudden, President

Eleven members recently painted at Celine Federici's hydrangea forest of a yard overlooking a pond on a beautiful day.  This was followed by a lunch around the patio table where Celine graciously provided soup, tea and cookies.

Above: Peg and Rich Orbon with Larry Folding.

Last week we gathered at the iconic Wychmere Harbor overlook in Harwich Port on a beautiful Thursday.  Members painted in watercolor, pastels and oils. Peg Orbon did a Zoom painting demo for her Arizona artists friends. 
 This week we will gather at Bells Neck Conservation Area in West Harwich, 9-Noon on Thursday June 24th; weather looks good.  Meet on Bells Neck Road, north of the 'N' Road intersection. There the road narrows and 'bridges' West Reservoir.  There is a hikers info kioski nearby. 
See this link:

 If you get lost, call my cell: 617.851-3960.
Martha Kempe painting Wychmere Harbor
Katherine Vaccas painting on location.

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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