Studio Arts

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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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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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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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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