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Jean Kondek, U-12

Harwood Studio Artist since: 2011

Artist Bio

I'm an ex ad guy who spent 30 years on Madison Ave. as a copy writer and creative director. I loved that life and I'm loving this one even more. I'm now a New Mexico plein air painter working in the best state of all for plein air. I love putting paint on canvas and I've always enjoyed being outdoors. Now I can do both at the same time. And I even get paid for it. Life is good.

What Does the Harwood Mean to You?

When you've been an office person most of your adult life it's hard to just get up out of bed, walk into another room and start working. Harwood gives me a professional place to go to work, and forces me to work in a more professional manner. The yearly open house is a great opportunity to show work. The positive spirit of the staff is contagious as well as energizing. And I get a kick out of hearing the kids on the playground while I work.

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Susan Klebanoff

Susan Klebanoff

Former Resident Artist

I had the good fortune to be an artist at the Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005. It was wonderful being in a community of artists that were so creative and supportive of each other. Having just arrived in NM in ’96, it was particularly meaningful for me because I did not know anyone in this state, and it enabled me to create immediate friendships with like minded people. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work at Harwood and believe that the [Harwood] Art Center is vital to the neighboring community.

Susan Klebanoff is an internationally recognized contemporary tapestry artist who lives and works in Albuquerque. She kept a studio at Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005.

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