Rachel Olinger, N-6 | Harwood Art Center

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  • Rachel with her studio mate, Debbie Kmak

Rachel Olinger, N-6

Harwood Studio Artist since: 2011
I have been delighted with beads since a baby. Self taught and still learning, seeking, exploring, discovering and enjoying finding new and different beads to create wearable adornments.

What Does the Harwood Mean to You?

To me Harwood Art Center means joy, freedom and the ability to discover where my passion for expression will lead me on the journey that is my life.

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Former Director of Harwood

When I started the building was primarily a studio center for artists with very little public programming. The only staff members were the Building Manager Marshall Kovitz and me, and we were both part-time. I worked to expand the reach of Harwood through lots more exhibitions, classes and events, and the Harwood Summer Arts Camp. I focused on community involvement and marketing, which transformed Harwood from a mostly quiet studio center into a public venue that was always buzzing with activity.

I am grateful to the Harwood for launching my career in arts administration over 20 years ago and for serving as the umbrella for 516 ARTS in our first year.

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