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June 28, 2017 by Miranda
ritten by The Umbrella's 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Meghan MurrayIf you peek into my studio, you may notice something odd. Whatever painting is in-progress most likely features a couple people (or aliens??) with cool green skin.I’ve been doing green underpaintings on my portraits for a few years now, and there’s a few benefits to this technique. Underpainting is... Keep Reading »
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May 23, 2017 by Natalie
The Umbrella invites community members to the opening reception of BIG Art: Metal in Motion on June 1 from 6-8pm at 40 Stow Street in Concord, MA. BIG Art: Metal in Motion features work from local sculptors Gillian Christy, Michio Ihara, and Murray Dewart. Each of these artists work large scale with metal but despite the rigid medium their pieces are full of movement.... Keep Reading »
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April 25, 2017 by Natalie
One of the most influential contemporary artists of our time, William Quigley, is auctioning work at The Umbrella in Concord through May 25, with a percentage of the proceeds going to benefit The Umbrella. The auction includes original new and rare works, as well as 15 limited edition prints of Lin-Manuel Miranda as HAMILTON available for... Keep Reading »
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April 20, 2017 by Miranda
The Umbrella’s Winter Market is an annual three-day juried show and sale of work in Concord, MA.  This sale has been in existence for nearly three decades and has a dedicated following. This year, Winter Market will take place on Friday, December 1 from 1-6 pm, Saturday, December 2 from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, December 3 from 1-5 pm.  In... Keep Reading »
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April 18, 2017 by Miranda
written by Meghan Murray, 2016-2017 Artist-in-ResidenceHappy spring! Like many of the artists here at the Umbrella, I am now working with my window open to let in the sunlight and warm breeze. With the spring weather comes a feeling of renewal and opportunity. I’ve already been overcome by a desire to stretch out, in more ways than one. Mentally I feel refreshed, as... Keep Reading »
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April 18, 2017 by Natalie
Written by Dan KempGeraldine (Geri) Barney connects worlds. On Earth Day, April 22, the singer-songwriter will take part in the River Ceremony near the Old North Bridge, walk in the Musketaquid Earth Day parade and perform at the Arts and Environment Festival at The Umbrella.Geri is a Navajo woman from Tohatchi, New Mexico, who has lived in Boston for the past twenty... Keep Reading »
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April 10, 2017 by Natalie
Written by Dan KempOn Saturday, April 22, a ceremony at the Concord River near the Old Manse in Concord will kick off the Musketaquid Earth Day events, followed by the Earth Day Parade, and the Arts & Environment Festival on The Umbrella front lawn. Hundreds will gather on the riverbanks to participate in the River Ceremony. Near the Old North Bridge, CC King, as the... Keep Reading »
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March 29, 2017 by Natalie
Wherever there is some light, a white wall, and a blank surface, you’ll find artists eager to get to work. The Umbrella is no exception. With fifty-five artists working year round in their studios, the building is always brimming with creativity.  Open Studios is our annual tradition of inviting the public to interact the creativity we get to live with every day... Keep Reading »
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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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