Exhibition Runs: March 6 – April 13, 2023
Community Celebration: Saturday April 13th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm 

Harwood Art Center and Escuela del Sol Montessori are pleased to present Encompass, a unique multi-generational art event that takes place annually. Featuring five invitational exhibitions, open studios, hands-on art-making projects, live music, food trucks, and activities for all ages, Encompass is both a reflection of and an offering to our community; this year’s theme is Embodiments of Wonder.

Reception + Community Celebration

Encompass is Harwood’s capstone celebration for the year. We invite everyone to this free event as we come together in community! You are invited to the Exhibition Reception + Open Studios on Saturday, April 1st from 4:30-7:30pm at Harwood Art Center.

All five of the featured Encompass exhibitions will be displayed March 7 – April 13, 2024 at Harwood Art Center.

Public Gallery Hours

This exhibition is accessible to view by the public on Thursday – Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Embodiments of Wonder

Embodiments of Wonder features commissioned site specific installations by artists whose work is alive with mystery and magic, sparking both curiosity and joy. Participating artists include: Monika Guerra, Adrian Martin, Audrey Montoya, Adrian Pijoan, Sallie Scheufler, and Shawn Turung.

About the Artists

Monika Guerra is a Mexican-American contemporary artist born in Southern California and raised in Southern New Mexico. Guerra’s studio practice explores and creates different planes of existence through painting, photography and print – where she constantly questions her position in this reality and her state of the human experience. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2022.

Adrian Martin was born and raised in New Mexico. She received a BFA from the University of New Mexico in 2010, and currently lives in Albuquerque. She spent most of the 2010s as a commercial photographer, and currently works in sculpture and photography. Her pieces have been used in film productions, decorated bars and cluttered up a number of public and private spaces all over the world.

Audrey Montoya is a Albuquerque based artist who has been making needle felted monstrosities for the past several years. These monsters are created in reaction to the current state of everything; that bad haircut she had in the 8th grade; and the way lucky charms are slimy and crunchy at the same time. These soft sculptures take the form of anthropomorphic clouds and iconic charms and shapes. Realistic detail and cartoon abstraction make unsettling yet relatable monsters. Montoya received her BFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico.

Adrian Pijoan is a new media artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sightings of Adrian have been reported at UFO festivals, Bigfoot research conferences, and in the dark recesses of the comments sections of low-viewcount YouTube videos. Adrian is drawn to the paranormal because he finds his own ecstasies and anxieties in tales of UFOs, cryptids, and the other fantastical horrors that have plagued and delighted humans for centuries. The New Mexico sky provides the perfect tapestry in which to find “them,” and by extension, ourselves. Adrian’s work has been shown internationally. He received his MFA in art and ecology from the University of New Mexico in 2016.

Sallie Scheufler is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and educator. Scheufler has exhibited their work at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Northlight Gallery in Phoenix, AZ, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Wo/ Manhouse 2022 in Belen, NM, and during Miami Art Week at Fair Play, among others. Their work has been featured in Southwest Contemporary, Aint-Bad, Glasstire, and more. Scheufler has received numerous awards including the Beaumont Newhall Fellowship and the Robert Heinecken scholarship. In 2018, they earned their MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico. When not in the studio, Scheufler is the assistant director at Richard Levy Gallery. They currently reside on Tiwa Territory in so-called Albuquerque, NM with their spotted dog and partner.

Shawn Turung is a multi disciplinary artist and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with focus in kinetic sculpture, stone lithography and16mm film-making. As a student, Shawn interned with an art restoration company working in Chicago’s historic district. Simultaneously, Shawn worked in rotation as a set designer, stage manager and large scale puppets engineer, with Victory Gardens, Torso, and Red Moon Theater companies. After graduation, Shawn located to Houston, TX, creating a small business with an initial focus on architectural finishing. Local Color Studios (1991-2002) soon expanded into Historic Art Restoration, Museum Exhibits, Murals and Product Design. Shawn remained general partner until 2002. In Houston, Shawn attended graduate school at the University of St. Thomas with a focus on 20th C. Art History. In 2002, Shawn relocated to New Mexico to reconnect  with practicing Fine Arts. Shawn continues Art Restoration and Conservation as Milagro Fine Art Services.