April Exhibitions

Friday, April 07, 6:00pm

Featuring The Lovegomerys and Leo Neufeld

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: April 7 - 27, 2017

______Stand: The Lovegomerys

Jessamyn Lovell, Lee Montgomery, and Rudy Montgomery

The Lovegomerys seek practical and impractical ways to deliberately intersect art and commerce in a critically meaningful way that they can share with the public.  Starting from a juvenile perspective triggered by our youngest member, we are building lemonade stands inside the gallery and creating works that can be dispensed by a vending machine that we will install in the gallery. All work displayed via the “lemonade” stands at Harwood will be for sale at very reasonable prices, with the hope that the work will be accessible to people of all incomes. {main gallery}

The Lovegomerys will hold “Open Hours” on three occasions during the exhibition:

  • Friday, April 7, 6 - 8pm (during the opening reception)
  • Friday, April 14, 12 - 4pm
  • Thursday, April 20, 4:30 - 5:30pm (prior to the Artist Panel Discussion from 5:30 - 7:30pm)

During "Open Hours", all three Lovegomerys will offer something special to their visitors, from lemonade and punch served in “art cups” to mini DIY Private Investigator kits and DIY PI consultations.

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The First 50 Years: Leo Neufeld

This exhibition presents a glimpse into Leo Neufeld’s career and relationship with art. Throughout his creative journey, Neufeld’s masterful skill and passion for aesthetics is evident. Whether painting commissioned portraits, commemorative works, or New Mexican and Californian landscapes en plein air, his works radiate beauty and exuberance. {front gallery}

As part of this exhibition, Leo Neufeld will be hosting a one day workshop and artistic critique session at Harwood’s 6th St. Studio and at his home studio.

      Artistic Development Workshop & Critique with Leo Neufeld
      Saturday, April 22, 1 - 5pm

      Receiving constructive feedback about your art can greatly improve your
      skills and take your work to the next level. Tap into Leo’s extensive
      knowledge and expertise by bringing up to 5 of your  current paintings or
      drawings to class for discussion. Leo will give insight into what makes an
      artwork successful, covering an array of art concepts and philosophies.
      The workshop will end with a visit to Leo’s studio where he will examine
      his own work for the participants.

      Location: Harwood’s 6th Street Studio & Leo Neufeld’s Studio
      Class Fee: $60 ($50 Harwood Members)
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MODERATED ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSION

Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 - 7:30pm
at Harwood Art Center

Our April exhibitions each exemplify their own distinct approach to art making, however it is apparent that the act of creation is essential to both the Lovegomerys and Neufeld. Together, the works in these exhibitions provide a very interesting view of differing philosophies on art.

To make sense of it all, the artists will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Julia Mandeville on Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 - 7:30pm to explore their motivations for making art and what makes art successful. Please join us to learn more and hear what the artists have to say.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

THE LOVEGOMERYS: Jessamyn Lovell, Lee Montgomery, and Rudy Montgomery

The Lovegomerys are a family of collaborative art makers who live in Albuquerque, NM. Jessamyn Lovell and Lee Montgomery are artists, educators and the parents of a four year old. Their son Rudy is most interested in experimenting with icons of popular culture and imaginary things using a limitless pallet of media.  jessamynlovell.com

    “As artists, we are working together to envision alternate and sustainable economies for art making, and a critique of contemporary markets. We are fostering an openness and sense of inquiry that is appropriate to the culture and aesthetics of the entire family.” – The Lovegomerys

LEO NEUFELD

Leo Neufeld graduated from the University Wisconsin Madison in 1972. After graduation, Neufeld moved to New York where he studied at the Arts Student League for 5 years. As a contemporary realist landscape and portrait painter, Neufeld has exhibited work all over the country and completed numerous commissions. One of his most notable exhibitions was in 1986 at the Grand Central Art Gallery. This exhibition opened the door to a teaching position at the National Academy of Art and Design. Neufeld has taught for over 30 years, 19 of which were at the Harwood Art Center. Neufeld currently lives and works in Albuquerque. leoneufeld.com

    “I didn’t choose to be an artist. I feel compelled to do this work, like I was born to paint in the tradition of the Old Masters. The Old Masters are profound in their interpretations of life, and art provides a deeper, more meaningful way for me to connect with, observe, and interpret the world. In the act of creation, I feel connected to something greater than myself. This universal feeling transcends time and space.

    “Art is the divine line to God. Art is an expression of humankind and has been with us from the beginning of civilization. I believe this need for visual communication is part of a vital need to feel alive – to document life – and to be a part of the life around us. I believe art is surely a path to enlightenment. Art will always be with us. It is part of who we are.” – Leo Neufeld

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HARWOOD STORIES

Richard Goulis

Former Harwood Employee

In 1992, I answered a HELP WANTED ad for substitute teachers at Escuela del Sol Montessori. There I met Friedje, who astutely noticed I had some experience in organizing artists and arts organizations. I began searching for interested artists and set out creating art workshops for the community. We soon began offering about 30 workshops, in everything from pinhole photography, drawing, performance art, to ceramics, mask making, video production and more.  After this successful summer session, I was offered a managerial position and began to see what could come of the newly minted “Harwood Art Center.”  After about one year we had 65 amazing artists in the studios, with a growing waiting list of well over 50 people, a working performance space, dance floor and darkroom, various gallery spaces, as well as classes just about every night of the week.

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