President’s Message
December 2020

GHA Newsletter - December 2020


The Guild entered this fall poised to end 2020 with a financial deficit for the first time in our 41-year history.  The cancellation of this year’s ‘Harwich Port Holiday Stroll’ negated our traditional one-day miniature ornament sale.  Without our major fundraiser of the year the Guild would be hard pressed to make ends meet; let alone make our annual donation to a local children’s non-profit.  What to do? 

The challenge involved getting ornament supplies to and from home-bound members and asking Gallery sitters to sell ornaments as they come in on weekends from late October to mid-December.  We needed to sell about 100 ornaments to raise $1500.  I am proud to announce that we have exceeded our sales goal by 85% with two more weekends to go.  My heartfelt thanks to the many members who volunteered to manage and handle supply distribution, paint quality ornaments, sit weekends at the Gallery and spread the word to our local community.  We could not have done it without your collective efforts. We are now assured that this year’s donation to the Harwich Children’s Center will match our goal, and the Guild will end the year with a slight positive cash flow.  Hopefully, that helps make your stay-at-home holiday a little merrier. When we all work together, much can be done. 

Looking beyond 2020 (thankfully) there are several initiatives that will start in January.  Our future Member Meetings (via Zoom for now) will feature Guild members as artist demonstrators.  Jay Tichenor led the way at our November meeting with his ‘Travel Sketches.’  Joan Carroll be the demonstrator on Saturday, Jan 23rd followed by Chris Banks on Feb 20th. Mark your calendar.  If you have some skill or knowledge you would be willing to share at future meetings, please contact me.  We can assist you with any Zoom technology issues. Topics can range from any painting medium, sourcing supplies on-line, matting and framing, and marketing your work on-line. 

Members (25) who responded to our fall on-line survey fully endorsed our recent dues increase of five dollars: Artists $35 / Associates $25.  Payment is requested by end of the year. Payment can be mailed to Guild of Harwich Artists, P.O. Box 382, Harwich Port 02645.  Respondents also overwhelmingly supported (75%) creating “studios” around members who share painting mediums.  This will start to roll out early in the year using Zoom to connect and share. This approach will continue when we can all meet again in person around a table.  More information to follow.  The survey also revealed that at least ten non-fulltime residents are interested in participating in our monthly meetings via Zoom – one of the few positive impacts of the pandemic. 

In parting till January, I wish you and your family a safe and meaningful holiday, even though many of us are apart this season.  

Michael Rudden,
GHA President

Member News

Congratulations are due to three Guild members who were recently selected to participate in the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s juried winter show entitled ‘Changing Tide.’ The show attracted 225 submissions from 114 artists. Of these, 75 were accepted for the show including:  Barbara Hageman (‘Thoreau’s Summer View’), Martha Little Fuentes (Channeling Santiago’) and Doris Mee (‘Sea Treasures’). Well done! For more information about the show go to .

Last January, the Guild was invited to participate in the Chatham Bars Inn ‘Winter Art Series’ to much acclaim.  Thanks to Sedona Summer, we have been invited back for this season, albeit under new Coronavirus parameters.  The show will take place in the CBI Main Lobby on Saturday, March 20, 1-5pm.  The lobby location across from the check-in desk will provide great exposure.  We will be issuing complete submission guidelines and schedule to members in January.  Due to space and health requirements the number of displayed works is limited.  Our plan is to have an outside curator who will view images and select 12-18 works to be displayed on floor and table easels.

Curated Cape Cod Museum of Art's winter show entitled "Changing Tide." More than 225 works were entered for jurying by 114 artists and I am thrilled to have mine be one of the 75 accepted works. 

Little Fuentes Exhibits

Member Martha Little Fuentes shares, "I am grateful to have my painting Channeling Santiago selected to be included in The Cape Cod Museum’s upcoming show, Changing Tides."
From the Cape Cod Museum of Art website: Changing Tide is as predictable as the swing of a pendulum. It can represent a cleansing exchange of life-giving seawater, or fuel a destructive surge onto land. The theme is a starting point that encompasses both representational and more conceptual artwork. Cycles can be found everywhere, and Changing Tide encourages CCMoA Artist Members to consider the many possible ways the theme can be expressed through their art in this time of extreme environmental, social and political fluctuation.

The show will run from December 10th - March 7, 2021. Please come by if you are in the area and it will also be online.

Interactive Art Demo: Gelatin Printing

Joan Carroll will be the presenting artist for January’s on line guild meeting. She will do a demonstration of a gelatin printmaking process, an easy nontoxic method of creating images that resemble photographic negatives. Viewers may work along with Joan, following her instructions to create their own prints. The recipe for creating the gelatin block is included below. Block must be be made and gelled in advance of  the demo if you would like to try the process. This form of mono printing can be complex or extremely simple and can serve as a fantastic printmaking introduction for children. Other media can be used along with the basic process. Water color may be applied to the printing paper in advance. Media, such as drawing ink, pencils, and pastels can be introduced after printing. 

Materials needed to print will include:

  • gelatin block on which to roll out water base ink, water based oil printing ink can also be used, though I have not tried it. Recipes below, Recipe 3 uses isopropyl alcohol and smaller proportion of glycerin. I have used a recipe without glycerin, but the block was fragile and deteriorated with  use.
  • a clean cookie sheet or clean plastic surface like cutting board on which to sit the gelatin block. Block can be stored in fridge and reused many times. 
  • water base block printing ink, possibly in more than one color to create overlapping images, to provide variety and to blend colors
  • opt. flat surface such as a linoleum tile  or cleaned styrofoam meat tray on which to roll out the ink
  • ink roller
  • variety of found objects, see list below
  • paper for printing - all kinds possible, but I like, printing paper, rice paper, white drawing paper or newsprint. More absorbent papers picks up fine details better. 

Recipe for making the gelatin plate- I highly recommend watching the video about the specific recipe you choose or watch all of them.  Each recipe has different instructions based on ingredients.  links below

Glycerin is expensive, about $9 for 6 oz. bottle at CVS, but is much cheaper on-line. 
Mix ingredients in very clean glass Pyrex containers, flat bottom, no raised logo on inside or bevel,  Gelled plate will  be transferred onto a very clean metal cookie sheet or a plastic hard surface.. If during printing, the gelatin block surface develops  dents, block can be microwaved and re-gelled. 

Recipe 1  yields 9 by 12 pan gelli plate     Build Your Stash and Craft  al john

Step 1: Pour 2 cups of glycerin in a container and sprinkle in 8 packages of gelatin. Stir gently. Step 2: Add 2 cups of hot (boiling) water. Gently stir until the gelatin has dissolved.
Recipe 2  yields 5 by 7 gelli plate    CraftTestDummies
Box of 4 pks of Knox gelatin
2/3 c cold water
1 6 oz. glycerin bottle 
1/3 c boiling water

Recipe 3 Very small  round pyrex size    (smells like alcohol and may eventually mold)
Homemade Gel Plate     Janelle Nichol
1 1/4 T gelatin
1/4 C water
1/8 isopropyl alcohol
1/8 C glycerin

Possible Materials for Printing
From your home:
Embroidery floss, thread, flat metallic objects like washers, rubber bands, and metallic alphabet/number stickers, pencil, paper clips, ponytail holders, crumpled tissue paper, rubber stamps, lace or paper doilies, round hole punch reinforcements, art stencils, and alphabet stencils. You can also cut shapes from index cards. 
From nature: Blades of grass, delicate flowers, leaves, stems, petals, soft twigs, and pine fronds, shells, seaweed

Websites on Gelatin Printing

See you at the Demo!
Joan Carroll

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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. 
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