March 2 – April 2, 2017
- First Thursday Opening Reception: March 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- ArtTalks: Starting The Umbrella - March 23 at 5:30 pm
- On view during Open Studios on April 1 and 2, 2017
The Umbrella has been a haven for artists since its founding in 1983. Our 55 current resident artists, some of whom have been in the building since the very beginning, keep alive The Umbrella’s commitment to the arts through their daily creative process. When they started, the old Emerson High School was a run-down, abandoned shell. Through their efforts, both to fix the building itself and to create their own art, what was once an eyesore is now a point of pride for the Concord Community
In recognition of over 12,400 days of artistic practice, Then and Now: 34 year, 55 artists exhibits two pieces of art from each of our participating resident artists: an example of their current work and a piece from the beginning of their career. Visit our gallery any day of the week to see the stories held in between the rich history and the inspiring current work of The Umbrella’s community of artists.
Annual Musketaquid Earth Month Exhibit
April 6 – May 7, 2017
- Opening Reception: April 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Throughout its history, Concord has been a gathering place for native peoples, and revolutionaries, writers and philosophers, literary and historical pilgrims. Concord also provides natural gathering spots: communal nesting sites for herons, refuges for migratory birds, dens for foxes and other mammals, lodges for muskrats and beavers. Some gathering places are relatively permanent, but others may be ephemeral: a tree where birds roost for a night, a stump where squirrels gather to eat nuts, or a table where friends gather for coffee and conversation.
Gathering Places can reinforce our shared bonds, our commitment to happy and healthy communities, and our resolve to defend the vulnerable places and populations (human, plant, and animal) that need our care and attention. See how artists from The Umbrella Community interpret Gathering Places in the Musketaquid Earth Month Exhibit, a non-juried exhibition open to artists of all ages and experience.
Where Am I, When Am I: Spring Time by a Vernal Pool
Featuring Students in the Concord River Institute
May 12 – June 11, 2017
- Opening Reception: May 24 from 6:00-8:00 pm
In the fifth year of The Umbrella’s partnership with the Concord River Institute, CRI students are exhibiting work created out in the natural environment. The Concord River Institute's goal is to transform schools by developing students', teachers' and administrators' collaborative capacities and unlocking their creative potential. Experience the student’s creativity in this month-long exhibit at The Umbrella.
Featuring Lois Andersen, Sing Hanson, Lonnie Harvey, and Max Payne
June 16 – Aug 14, 2017
- Opening Reception: June 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Stillness is an intensely active word. It is the birthplace of creativity and when artists practice their art with full presence and concentration and lose themselves in the act of making, the most wondrous, terrifying, and amazing things can happen. Umbrella Resident Artist’s Lonnie Harvey, Sing Hanson, Lois Andersen and Max Payne have spent the past year considering the effect of stillness, especially in a time increasingly filled with activity that seems to have little meaning.
As artists, their goal is to try to transmit wonder to those who see their work; to transport, engage, and include the viewers in their acts of creation, whether it be the play of light through trees and on water, the sacred nature of artifacts from the earth---seeds, pods, shells, feathers, the dark beauty of vast fjords and oceans, or a riverbed holding the stones and treasures of our lives. They hope that through printmaking, painting, photography, and mixed media they will be able to engage viewers in a visual conversation, and perhaps to create an atmosphere where they can begin to enter into the stillness that they themselves have come to know as the ultimate gift.
Selfless: An Exploration of Relationships through Portraiture
2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
August 16 – September 14, 2017
- Reception: September 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Meghan Murray, Artist-in-Residence 2016-17, has spent her year at the Umbrella examining relationships. As a portrait artist, she finds inspiration and joy in people and their narratives, especially those of the unique Umbrella community. Her series this year pushes the boundaries of formal oil portraiture in an attempt to capture the intimacy and presence of relationships.
Selfless is a celebration of the narratives that surround us. The work explores the human capacity for care and empathy, while also challenging the exchange between viewer and subject. In Selfless, Murray presents portraiture as a tender observation of the relationships in our lives and how we take care of each other.