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Harwood Art Center

Harwood, the outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori, is a creative center for community and the arts. Participating at a grassroots level, we work to build a sustainable and more vibrant local, statewide and regional community by using the arts as a catalyst for personal empowerment, cultural enrichment and social change.

We believe that equitable access to the arts is an integral part of a vibrant community, and our programs manifest this belief. We provide art education for all ages; community outreach projects and events; teaching and apprenticeship opportunities; and studios, exhibitions and professional development programs for both emerging and established artists.

Events and classes take place in our main building at the corner of Seventh Street and Mountain Road, at our art studios at the corner of Sixth Street and Mountain Road, and at many and varied locations around the neighborhood, city and state.

ABOUT HARWOOD & ESCUELA

For over 40 years, Escuela del Sol, an independent Montessori school, has nurtured creativity, independence and academic excellence in pre-K through elementary aged children. Escuela’s Harwood Art Center expands the school’s philosophy to serve a broad audience of youth and adults with a variety of arts programs. Escuela and Harwood are dedicated to instilling a passion for lifelong learning, creative expression and positive impact on our world.

HARWOOD STORIES

Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist


I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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