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Cositas: Emily Schuyler & Lisa Alessio, C

Harwood Studio Artist since: 2008
“Cositas” is an artistic partnership between Lisa Alessio and Emily Schuyler, producing locally made folk art which incorporates local products and recycled materials. “The word “cositas” translates to “little things,” and is reflective of the wide variety of items and merchandise which they produce. Their work speaks to all ages, providing merchandise for both adults and children. Most of the products produced for the Grower’s Market are a result of their unique collaboration. Full time Montessori kindergarten teachers at Escuela del Sol Montessori during the school year, Emily and Lisa create art which is inspired by their life in New Mexico and the community of which they are a part.

Emily Schuyler Artist Bio

Emily Schuyler has lived in Albuquerque for the past decade, and is deeply inspired by the folk art of New Mexico. She holds a B.F.A. in Textile Design from the University of Kansas, and currently produces art in her studio at Harwood Art Center in town. Her art includes woodblock prints and screen-printed designs, as well as jewelry and work produced through collaborative collage. Much of her work is collaborative, produced and inspired by her partnership with Lisa. Emily’s woodblocks are primarily printed on paper purchased from independent, local stores, and the beads and jewelry supplies she uses are purchased from small, local shops whenever possible.

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Lisa Alessio Artist Bio

A full time Montessori kindergarten teacher, Lisa Alessio’s art is inspired by her life growing up in Albuquerque and her Mexican-American background. She currently produces work as one of the Harwood art studio artists. Lisa creates art in a variety of media including mixed-media collage, jewelry, and work produced by sewing and appliqué. Whenever possible, local resources are used. For example, clothing featuring screen-printed images are printed by local, independent shops, and artistic papers incorporated in her work are found at local paper stores. Lisa uses a variety of recycled fabrics in her work, and is experimenting with up-cycling found local materials to create vases and jewelry.

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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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