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March 17, 2015 by Miranda
-written by Jack HileLike an x-ray, Nina Earley’s homemade photograph in The Umbrella Gallery sliced through my line of sight.  My mind raced as I tried to decipher the code of bright streaks covering the rich, ebony canvas.  The piece reminded me of a thunderstorm, marked with symbols forming a secret language I longed to understand.   At this very... Keep Reading »
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February 26, 2015 by Laura
Article by Kiirja Paananen. Bryony Bensly always knew how to draw because she spent her life drawing. Her father, a single parent, was very supportive of her art when she was growing up in Hong Kong. There, she had ”a multicultural childhood. My early years were spent in Hong Kong surrounded by people of all ethnicities,” she says, which brought with it a melange of... Keep Reading »
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February 20, 2015 by Miranda
On a sunny but chilly afternoon in January I returned to the Musketaquid Arts workshop to mortar the mosaic coaster initially constructed during this month’s Thursday Night Winter Salon.   Nancy Lippe, the director of Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program and host of the Salons, has designed these monthly soirees as a type of maker’s circle.  Inspired... Keep Reading »
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February 12, 2015 by Laura
From all of us here at The Umbrella, we wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the year. We truly appreciate your friendship and contributions. Because of your generosity we are able to bring quality arts programs to you, our community.This Valentine’s Day, help us share the love of arts and culture throughout... Keep Reading »
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January 28, 2015 by Miranda
Color and shapes have flooded The Umbrella's gallery this winter in their juried show, Driven to Abstraction.  During the opening reception on January 8, nearly 200 people filled the gallery to admire work from over 40 artists. Resident artists and visiting artists mingled with their guests while visiting the eighteen studios that were open as part of The Umbrella’s... Keep Reading »
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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 26, 2015 by Miranda
The Wicked Local's Readers Choice Awards are once again up online.  Please vote for The Umbrella Community Arts Center in the following categories: Place to See Theater, Place for Family Entertainment, and Summer Camp. We would be honored to have your vote and support. Thank you!To view the ballot click here.To learn more about the awards click here.
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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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2014 Checklist
December 31, 2014 by Laura
2014 has been an incredible year for everyone at The Umbrella, our end-of-year checklist has never been more full!  Between our growing theater program, our education outreach, and our monthly open studio events, the building feels more alive than ever. Become a part of our growing community and help make the checklist for 2015 even longer!  You can support... 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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