Studio Arts

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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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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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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August 16, 2016 by Miranda
-written by 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence, Sarah FaganIn less than a month, my year as The Umbrella's artist-in-residence will be over. I spend the next few weeks installing my show and wrapping up work in my studio. (I look forward to seeing everyone who can make it at the opening reception of my year-end exhibit "Accumulations," in the gallery on Thursday,... Keep Reading »
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July 28, 2016 by Laura
We are thrilled to announce Meghan Murray has been chosen as The Umbrella's 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence!The Umbrella’s Artist-in-Residence program, which offers free housing and studio space to an emerging artist, started in September 2014 with Nina Earley. Nina is a conceptual artist who uses an endless range of... Keep Reading »
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June 29, 2016 by Miranda
written by Sarah Fagan, The Umbrella's 2015-2016 Artist-in-ResidenceLists are a way of life for me. There is forever a growing grocery list on my refrigerator, files that list and track my expenses on my computer, and small notebooks dedicated to lists such as "art ideas" and "movies to watch." There are so many small pieces of paper littering my desk/kitchen... Keep Reading »
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June 6, 2016 by Miranda
Suddenly, it feels like summer! As "Accumulations," the late-summer show of my year's work as artist in residence approaches, I wanted to take this time to remind the Concord community about a group-sourced artist's book I will be binding as a part of the exhibit. The editioned book, entitled "Hold," will contain transfer prints of black and white sketches of empty... Keep Reading »
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