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December 28, 2015 by Miranda
Throughout the summer and fall, the community of Miranda's Hearth built a tiny house on The Umbrella's front lawn as a public art project.  The exterior of the house was finished on November 21, 2015 and is documented in a two minute timelapse video, shown below.  It took nearly 800 hours, spread out over 34 weekends days with 3-4 volunteers per day to build the... Keep Reading »
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December 23, 2015 by Miranda
written by Sarah Fagan,2015-2016 Artist-in-ResidenceWith winter upon us, one of my favorite outdoor activities enters an off season: mushroom hunting. Mushrooms are quite extraordinary beings. They are more closely related to animals than plants. Some are choice eating, and fetch high market prices. Mushrooms are powerful, and can kill and heal alike. They are... Keep Reading »
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December 2, 2015 by Miranda
written by Sarah Fagan,2015-2016 Artist-in-ResidenceEarlier this month I gave my first talk as the Umbrella's Artist-in-Residence. The topic was the meaningful use of emptiness in art: the power of a Rothko color field, for example. After much musing about the utility of emptiness this month, the world was sure to remind me of the yin to the yang of the void. So this post... Keep Reading »
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December 1, 2015 by Miranda
The Umbrella is excited to open submissions for proposals from Directors for projects which are:Bold. We are committed to producing work that pushes boundaries and presents challenges; encourages the audience to think and feel.Daring. Our programs tell stories and spark conversations. We believe that the stage provides a place for new ideas and voices to be heard.... Keep Reading »
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October 27, 2015 by Miranda
written by Sarah Fagan, 2015-2016 Artist-in-ResidenceA few weeks back, I was at the opening of a show featuring work by myself and two fellow artists who happened to be women. We were all asked if our work sprung necessarily from the feminine, or domestic, experience. My fellow artists mused about their mothers, about the way the home was kept growing up. Eyes... Keep Reading »
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October 16, 2015 by Miranda
Last night, forty five people found their way to The Umbrella Gallery for our second formal ArtTalk, a panel on Creativity and Education.  Priscilla Sanville from Lesley University, Brenna McCormick from Emerson College, and Jennifer Hurley-Wales from From the Top sat on the panel, which was moderated by Michael Goodwin and Tracie Dunn from the Concord River... Keep Reading »
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October 7, 2015 by Miranda
The Yale School of Architecture’s First Year Building Project and NeighborWorks New Horizons have teamed up with Artspace and Guest Curator Elinor Slomba to present temporary and permanent artworks throughout the rooms and grounds of the newly constructed house at 193 Winthrop Ave in New Haven, CT. This space is open to the public during City-Wide Open Studios... Keep Reading »
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October 5, 2015 by Miranda
Fold up those lawn chairs, and put away the ball gloves - it’s time for the pleasures of the cooler months.  And right here in the heart of Concord, The Umbrella Center will be aglow on many evenings with a new season of theater. Three sought-after directors are on board to work with Brian Boruta, The Umbrella’s Director of Performing Arts, in creating a lineup... Keep Reading »
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October 2, 2015 by Miranda
-written by Caitlyn MarshEmpty Bowls is happening again at The Umbrella. This is only our second time, and the event has already grown beyond last year!We kicked off summer with an all day adult student Bowl-A-Rama in late June. About 60 bowls were made here by our talented Spring student body. Over the course of the summer all of these were glazed. Many were... Keep Reading »
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September 30, 2015 by Miranda
-written by Artist-in-Residence, Sarah FaganI pride myself in packing light, but with an odd brand of efficiency that reveals my priorities. Six years ago I moved from Quincy, Massachusetts to Portland, Oregon with only what fit in the car. This involved leaving quite a bit of furniture and a tennis racquet on the side of the road, but included such necessities as a... Keep Reading »
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