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September 15, 2016 by Natalie
By Happy Goethert and Emily Wheeler We are members of Concord’s Agriculture Committee and aspiring artistsand farmers. Last year, Happy proposed inviting community members to visit Concord farms and create artwork based on what they saw and experienced—not just in the high season of summer, but through four successive seasons. That time is needed to learn the farming... 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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July 26, 2016 by Laura
By Rebecca CookWe all know tiny houses are hot, but on a recent Saturday in Concord they were scorching. And yes, it was one of the dog days of summer, but this event didn’t need the sun to sizzle.The Umbrella and Miranda’s Hearth held the 2nd Big Tiny House Festival on July 16th. The Umbrella staff estimate that three thousand people attended this swirling, multi-layered... 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 24, 2016 by Miranda
Tiny houses have recently made a gigantic splash, attracting a lot of attention from the media and even starring in their own cable television series. The Umbrella Community Arts Center has joined the party, with two tiny houses on the front lawn for the past year, and the 2nd Big Tiny House Festival coming up on Saturday, July 16th. The event will feature over ten... 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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April 27, 2016 by Miranda
-written by The Umbrella's 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence, Sarah FaganIt's Earth Month at the Umbrella. As a nod to the gallery's current Mother Earth-revering show entitled "It's About Time," I write about just that.In the late fall, it is hard to watch daylight slip away. Days shorten at a seemingly alarming rate, taking me off guard year after year. And turning back the... Keep Reading »
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April 20, 2016 by Laura
Mary Curtin: Arranging Entertainment for the Earth Day ParadeWritten by Dan KempConcord, MA (April 2015) - Mary Curtin began her journey to Musketaquid Arts & Environment’s Earth Day as a Cyclops. A young Emerson graduate with a background in traditional theater, she was walking down Newbury Street in Boston and noticed a sign for a puppet production of The... Keep Reading »
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April 2, 2016 by Laura
"Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do."–Richard Daley, Former Mayor of ChicagoGreat places depend on their artists in order to thrive.Communities around the world are facing critical challenges that require creative ideas and solutions. From income equality to healthcare to education, all challenges could use an artist’s mind, a creative question or a... Keep Reading »
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