Jean Kondek, U-12 | Harwood Art Center

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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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John Garrett
John Garrett


I seem to have known about Harwood Art Center since I moved to Albuquerque in 1996. I have always enjoyed seeing the exhibits there and visiting the studios when they are open to the public. I have taken a couple of classes there, and this last year I have taught a class there myself. This last spring I also had an exhibit of my wire sculptures and wall works at Harwood. I am pleased to contribute work which supports the work of the [Harwood] Art Center.

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