Harwood Art Center and Escuela del Sol Montessori are pleased to present Encompass, a unique multi-generational art event that takes place annually. Bridging all of our programs, Encompass expresses the breadth of experience and expression that is unique to Harwood’s creative community. This year’s cohort of Encompass Artists were invited together for their fiercely poignant visual voices. With them, we reflect on nourishment and interconnection in a time of distance.


The Chimera Manifesto by Viola Arduini, dreams of chimera as violence and kinship. The chimera, a mythological body that puts together different species, allows for new hybrids, intersections and contact points. The exhibition brings together scientific data, fabulative imagining and poetic writing on hybridization to rethink and connect with the more-than-human.


Online Store NOW OPEN!
As we cannot host large in person gatherings we have reimagined our Open Studios night that usually happens at Encompass to move online and to our online store. Studio artists normally make enough to cover the cost of their rent at Open Studios, connecting with and selling their work to our beloved community. If you’re in the market for original local artwork consider purchasing from a Harwood Studio Artist! All works will be featured until May 2021.


Registration for Spring Art School classes are now open!
Harwood Art Center is offering pay what you can and entirely online classes available to anyone aged 16 or older. These unique classes are taught by artists who have experience and a passion for sharing their skills with others. These classes are a great way to connect with others while being apart in these time, working hands-on on new and exciting projects in the comfort of your own home!


Our annual community art collaboration is a fun and easy project called “Safety Net”. Everyone is invited to participate using whatever materials are available at home. This project is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.


At Harwood Art Center, we continue to adhere to and implement expert public health and safety advisories, and in alignment with our parent organization Escuela del Sol, all of which now direct limiting social gathering in order to limit the acceleration of COVID-19.
As such, Harwood Art Center is closed to the public until further notice. While our campus is closed, our programs stay open. Stay tuned for adapted ways to engage!

Harwood, the public outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori, is a creative center for community.

Participating at a grassroots level, Harwood deploys the arts as a catalyst for personal empowerment, cultural enrichment and social change. We believe that equitable access to the arts and opportunities for creative expression are integral to inspired, passionate individuals and to healthy, vibrant communities.