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March 31, 2015 by Miranda
We are proud to announce that eleven local artists have been selected for the yearlong Arts & Agriculture collaboration between the Concord Agriculture Committee and The Umbrella’s Musketaquid Arts and Environment program.Last week, a jury consisting of Jerry Wedge from The Umbrella, Kate James from the Concord Art Association, and David Wood from the Concord... Keep Reading »
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March 27, 2015 by Miranda
Musketaquid Arts And Environment: 25 Years of Celebrating the Confluence of Art and NatureBlog 2 of 5written by Deb RichardsonThe year 1990 marked the 20th anniversary of National Earth Day. I approached Ellie Bemis with the idea of co-teaching a spring art class for children at the Emerson Umbrella to honor that event. After all, Concord has always been... Keep Reading »
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March 20, 2015 by Miranda
Earth Day 2015Musketaquid Arts And Environment: 25 Years of Celebrating the Confluence of Art and NatureBlog 1 of 5Twenty-five years ago, Umbrella artists Ellie Bemis, CC King, and Deb Richardson, merged their artistic talents and with their passion for the environment. As artists, they understood the power of art to nurture a sense of... Keep Reading »
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March 19, 2015 by Miranda
The Winter session of Fiber Arts just wrapped up with a big final project!  Students between ages 8 and 12 made their own custom pillow covers that are fully removable and washable from scrap fabric.  Each student learned to make a paper pattern, measure and cut fabric, pin fabric for sewing, and use a sewing machine in this project.  Although there was a... Keep Reading »
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March 18, 2015 by Miranda
On March 25, The Umbrella is partnering with MASSCreative for Arts Matter Advocacy Day, to show our state political leaders that arts matter in Massachusetts.   Beginning at the Citi Wang Theatre in downtown Boston, Arts Matter Advocacy Day will bring together the statewide creative community for a half-day event, featuring speakers, performers, connecting... Keep Reading »
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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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