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December 5, 2017 by Miranda
- written by The Umbrella's 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth KingOn my walks through the neighborhoods of Concord this month, I have developed an obsession with the way people maintain their yards. Gardening, weed whacking, and raking in some combination seem to be almost a way of life for many people. I am interested in the fact that yard work is a solitary, yet... Keep Reading »
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November 29, 2017 by Natalie
By Himani ParekhThe tables were arranged in a sort of oval and I was standing smack in the middle, peering curiously and a little shyly at their work. Around me the students of Kat O’Connor’s Technical Watercolor I Class were sketching, painting, mixing colors, and socializing, their voices converging and overlapping into a gentle hubbub that floated in the warm, bright... Keep Reading »
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November 15, 2017 by Danielle
The Umbrella Community Arts Center is seeking talented and creative performing arts instructor for its 2018 February Vacation Week Program.We have designed our February Vacation Week, Art Explorers program with variety in mind to give students the opportunity to discover, explore, and experiment in the arts.With the Winter of 2018 comes the Olympics!  This year the... Keep Reading »
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November 15, 2017 by Danielle
Position: Adaptive and Inclusive Art InstructorDescription: The Umbrella Community Arts Center in collaboration with Concord Recreation Department’s Adaptive and Inclusive Programs is providing and inclusive art experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs. The Umbrella is seeking an arts educator to provide needed access to creative art... Keep Reading »
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October 25, 2017 by Natalie
Written by Molly CohenZoe is a volunteer who has grown up with The Umbrella Community Arts Center. She began frequenting the gallery as a child when she attended the center’s summer arts camp. Her favorite activity quickly became ceramics. Flash forward several years, and now Zoe is an 11th grader. Her time at The Umbrella has come full circle; last February she was a... Keep Reading »
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October 17, 2017 by Miranda
- written by the 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth King.I am a superstitious painter. In each new studio, I must act out certain rituals to ensure productivity. There is a specific flat white that I am accustomed to seeing behind my paintings. There is specific warm gray that I need below me-even though I know it will almost instantly be covered with... Keep Reading »
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October 5, 2017 by Miranda
Support The Umbrella and celebrate abstract art by taking home one of Gifford Pierce's beautiful paintings! On view in Driven to Abstraction @ Villageworks through October 31, these five paintings are accompanied by the work of 19 local artists in a call for art show.Gifford Pierce (1937-1999) was born in Worcester, MA and educated in the Worcester Public Schools,... Keep Reading »
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September 8, 2017 by Miranda
On Monday afternoon, July 17, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the Legislature's Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Mass Cultural Council and cut arts funding by 14%. If lawmakers do not override this veto, the Mass Cultural Council's budget will be cut to $12.1 million from $14 million. With federal arts spending under attack from the Trump Administration, many... Keep Reading »
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September 7, 2017 by Miranda
Dear Umbrella Commuity,Last week we had an in depth meeting to get exact times for upcoming construction and we're excited to announce that "early early" construction starts on Monday, September 11! Starting on Monday September 11, our front entrance will officially be closed to the public. The main entrance will be the back teal door by Deb Richardson's studio... Keep Reading »
September 7, 2017 by Miranda
Somehow it’s been a year since I moved into a crooked little house and a warm, sunny studio at the Umbrella. A nearly brand-new easel stood in the studio corner, the walls were bare, and I was admittedly intimidated by the prospect of a whole year to make a new series of work. And how wrong I was, to be intimidated by what seemed like a huge stretch of time! How the year... Keep Reading »
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