Carol Adamec, S-5 | Harwood Art Center

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    Oil, mixed media on gessoed panel

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    Oil, alkyd on gessoed panel

Carol Adamec, S-5

Harwood Studio Artist since: 1996
I am an oil painter, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and have been involved in the arts for over 40 years: as a fine arts instructor, gallery director, art juror, exhibition curator, panelist, speaker, and professional mentor to artists. Since arriving in Albuquerque in 1994, I have exhibited in exhibitions at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, The Harwood Art Center, Art Santa Fe, and out-of-state venues as well, and enjoy local representation by the Weyrich Gallery. In 2003 I became a Trail of Painted Ponies Artist with the acceptance of my design, “Running with the Ancestors.” My recent studio interests are inspired by the traditional patterns of Native American pottery. I also enjoy painting the New Mexico landscape en plein air, and engage in "digital printmaking" based on drawings created on a Boogie Board Tablet eWriter with digital manipulation in Adobe Photoshop.

What does Harwood mean to you?

I've been a Harwood Studios artist for many years, enjoying the support of a dedicated staff and the camaraderie of other artists. Harwood provides a haven for artists needing an affordable place to create, along with exhibition opportunities. The annual Open Studios Night is a huge event, one that I look forward to participating in. In addition to serving local artist, the Harwood provides high quality art classes and art events for the community as well. In my opinion, the Harwood Art Center is a key contributor to Albuquerque's reputation as an "art town."

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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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