Harwood Art Center event features three exhibitions, hands-on art creation and more

Deconstructed rug, Linda Montagnoli.

Seventh and eighth grade students at Escuela del Sol Montessori worked hard to create a project.

This project is like no other, as students are creating it to be part of the Harwood Art Center’s upcoming exhibit, “Encompass: An All Ages Art Celebration At Harwood.”

The exhibition starts on Monday March 7 and ends on April 14. A community celebration will be held on April 2.

According to Jordyn Bernicke, associate director of engagement at the Harwood Art Center, “Encompass” is a celebration of art for all ages and the flagship celebration of the year at Harwood, featuring three exhibitions, art-making projects, music and food trucks.

The exhibition is both a reflection and an offering to our community, she says.

Projects include:

• “(Re)Designing: Salvaged Works” – A group exhibition that deconstructs and reconstructs notions of social order – in particular by exploring the norms of domesticity, constructing spaces of comfort and redefining what is and which is the house.

It features works by MK, Lindsay Brenner, Jami Porter Lara, Linda Montagnoli, Margarita Paz-Pedro, Kei and Molly Textiles and Robyn Tsinnajinnie.

• “Splish Splash” – An exhibition born out of a mutual affinity for quiet silence shared with oneself in a bath featuring Caitlin Carcerano and Charis Fleshner. There is a tension with vulnerability in bathtubs; the bather is in a position where he is very exposed, but at the same time feels safe, calm, cared for and even healed. It is a brave thing to want to address and share this vulnerability. Artists make the public private and invite people into the space.

• “Dr. Dayloncar’s Dreamatorium” – Imagined by the Escuela del Sol Montessori Jr. High, and produced by the Escuela Elementary and Jr. High Students, this exhibition welcomes you to Dr. Dayloncar’s Dreamatorium! In this magical place, the doctor will study your dreams, document them and mount them on his dream wall.

“Untitled”, Margarita Paz-Pedro, porcelain plate, 2020.

With the help of the art studio guide, Christy Cook, the students began to explore the meaning of the dream.

Students began to research the history of dreams, the meaning of dreaming in different cultures, and even attempted lucid dreaming. A lucid dreamer is aware of being in the dream itself and has the ability to change the dream as it progresses.

“We were toying with the idea of ​​standards for medical practices, and then finding ways to make it something special and unique,” ​​says Amélie, a seventh-grader who is taking part in the project.