Studio Arts

Wayne Geehan
January 27, 2015 by Laura
“I was never good at math,” says Wayne Geehan, a resident artist at The Umbrella. In his studio of seven years, across from a crackling fire in a brick-laden hearth—“painted,” he explains, “for a play”—and surrounded by portraits of swashbuckling pirates—characters for an aspiring board game—lay several stacks of books with medieval knights and castles adorning the covers... Keep Reading »
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January 16, 2015 by Miranda
-written by artist-in-residence, Nina EarleyHappy New Year! My December felt like one big blur of art making, winter market-ing, and holiday preparation, and after taking a few days off from my studio I feel refreshed and excited to start this new year. I have been thinking a lot about how my work has changed based on where I am currently located. I set out at the... Keep Reading »
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November 17, 2014 by Miranda
“Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere.” - Henry David Thoreau, WalkingThis is the quote with which I began my MFA thesis, which I wrote at the beginning of this year, at which point I could not have imagined how... Keep Reading »
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November 10, 2014 by Miranda
During our November First Thursday last week, over a hundred people came to The Umbrella to participate in our first Empty Bowls event for an evening of charity, art, food, and fun.  Three tables laden with bowls were set out in our brand new gallery while wave after wave of visitors searched for the bowl that spoke to them.  These bowls were made by our... Keep Reading »
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Barbara Willis, Resident Artist
September 29, 2014 by Miranda
The first thing you notice when you enter Barbara Willis’s sunny corner studio at The Umbrella is a dazzling rainbow of spooled fibers: bold jewel tones, glittering metallics, delicate pastels, and smoky earth hues. Silk and cotton yarn sits beside chenille, bamboo, wool, mohair, and rayon on shelves, tabletops, and windowsills.After drinking in the spectrum of colors and... Keep Reading »
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Waterworks Artist Talk
September 26, 2014 by Miranda
Artists tend to be visually oriented, more comfortable with shapes and colors than sounds and words, which means that many of them view talking about their work with a certain trepidation.  But yesterday three of The Umbrella's resident artists took the challenge and stepped forward to share the inspirations, stories, and processes behind their artwork.  ... Keep Reading »
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Pets of The Umbrella
September 2, 2014 by Miranda
The Umbrella is always full of different sorts of people, from teachers to artists to performers and more.  But if you've ever come into our building, you know that there are other creatures who visit as well.  Many of the resident artists have animals and some bring them to The Umbrella quite regularly.  To recognize these non-human Umbrella goers, we... Keep Reading »
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