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March 13, 2017 by Miranda
As a portrait artist, one of the great joys of my work is being able to celebrate people and their stories. My current work explores the intimacy of relationships, personal narratives, and how we take care of each other.If you have a special relationship in your life, I invite you to participate in this unique series of portraits. Perhaps you have a close sibling, a... Keep Reading »
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March 13, 2017 by Miranda
written by Meghan Murray, The Umbrella's 2016-2017 Artist-in-ResidenceIn honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I thought I would focus March’s blog post on a few women artists.A social media trend has been making the rounds this month, called #5WomenArtists, and simply asks people to name five female artists. The campaign was launched by the... Keep Reading »
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March 6, 2017 by Natalie
by Rebecca CookWhen passion meets purpose, it’s a beautiful thing.Sunny Tang is a senior at Concord-Carlisle High School who discovered her affinity for volunteer work early. The school requires students to perform 40 hours of community service before they graduate. Sunny burned through those 40 hours by the end of her freshman year. As a sophomore, she looked around for... Keep Reading »
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February 17, 2017 by Danielle
Description:The Umbrella Community Arts Center is seeking a talented and creative teacher for our adult ceramics program. The right candidate should be able to facilitate an established group of committed students who operate at an advanced skill level. The instructor should be able to supplement a strong wheel based course, with hand-building elements and cone10 glaze... Keep Reading »
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February 15, 2017 by Miranda
written by Rebecca CookOh, the irony. An artist labors to make their work ready to send out into the world – for an art show or a website – only to realize an entirely new art form is required first. Photography. The art of capturing the art.“If you want to be a successful artist, you have to put yourself out there in a professional manner,” says Carol Krauss, an Umbrella... Keep Reading »
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December 19, 2016 by Miranda
written by 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence, Meghan MurrayMotivation comes to us in many forms. Perhaps it’s a goal that motivates us (“I’d really like to finish these five paintings for that exhibition coming up!”)Perhaps motivation comes in a talk with a good friend, or a great presentation like the ArtTalks here at the Umbrella.Motivation recently visited me in the form... Keep Reading »
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December 2, 2016 by Danielle
The Umbrella Community Arts Center is looking for friendly makers to help monitor our Maker Space opening this winter!  The Umbrella is looking for DIY'ers, makers, crocheters/knitters, inventors, coders, designers, artists and more to inspire and develop our community of future inventors and artists. Maker Space volunteers manage the shop, maintain tools,... Keep Reading »
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November 21, 2016 by Miranda
-written by 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Meghan MurrayIn a historical moment of American history, many of us have been rudely awakened to a tendency of hatred in our country. I suppose I have lived in a bubble that envelopes educated and liberal communities, and was blissfully ignorant to the feelings of much of the nation. I am very lucky – I was born white, into the... Keep Reading »
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October 19, 2016 by Miranda
I have now lived in Concord for three weeks, and I am still overwhelmed by many things. Firstly, the sheer beauty of this very warm and colorful October. I have made a habit of walking to the Sleepy Hollow Burial Ground, up on the hill over Monument Square, to sit and read amongst the falling yellow leaves and the weathered tombstones. I look forward to strolling onto... Keep Reading »
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October 2, 2016 by Natalie
By Jerry WedgeMy family and I arrived in Concord in 1993. We were told by a neighbor who had been here since the 50’s this was not nearly long enough ago to be considered true Concordians. One of the very first institutions we fell in love with was Town Meeting. Our first encounter was a debate over affordable housing on land controlled by the School Department. Two... Keep Reading »
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