It brings us a sigh of sadness to announce that Caitlyn Marsh will be leaving her employment at The Umbrella for another professional opportunity. Her new venture will also regrettably prevent her from continuing as a valued member of our ceramics teaching faculty. While this is a double loss for the Education Department, as with all things that change and evolve it is not without some equal measure of good news too. This is of course a great opportunity for Caitlyn and we hope a huge next step in her career.
By Wendy Seadia
Arlington resident Shayna Loeffler is a highly creative person. Trained as an industrial designer with a degree from New York’s renown Pratt Institute, she brings her many talents & abilities to the Umbrella. With her extensive background in product development, graphics, advertising, mechanical engineering and marketing, Shayna worked with her late husband building a design business in Arlington that lasted for twenty-eight years.
When you visit The Umbrella this fall, you will see that we are embarking on a transformational project. Our improvements will make the Arts accessible to all and expand our ability to provide the highest quality programs in state-of-the-art spaces. Both the renovations and new construction are designed to foster natural interactions and collaborations between artists, students, visitors, and theater-goers.
by Jenn Houle
“We must look a long time before we can see.” - Thoreau
In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday this exhibit encourages a slowing of the viewer’s experience of the natural world. What can we learn from looking and how long does it take us to see? As a species we can now exist without stepping foot in the woods. But what happens when we do?
ritten by The Umbrella's 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Meghan Murray
If you peek into my studio, you may notice something odd. Whatever painting is in-progress most likely features a couple people (or aliens??) with cool green skin.
The Umbrella invites community members to the opening reception of BIG Art: Metal in Motion on June 1 from 6-8pm at 40 Stow Street in Concord, MA. BIG Art: Metal in Motion features work from local sculptors Gillian Christy, Michio Ihara, and Murray Dewart. Each of these artists work large scale with metal but despite the rigid medium their pieces are full of movement. Ihara’s kinetic sculptures spin in the wind, while the sweeping arcs of Christy and Dewart’s work move the eye throughout their pieces and The Umbrella’s lawn. Work is on view through September 2017.
One of the most influential contemporary artists of our time, William Quigley, is auctioning work at The Umbrella in Concord through May 25, with a percentage of the proceeds going to benefit The Umbrella. The auction includes original new and rare works, as well as 15 limited edition prints of Lin-Manuel Miranda as HAMILTON available for purchase.
The Umbrella’s Winter Market is an annual three-day juried show and sale of work in Concord, MA. This sale has been in existence for nearly three decades and has a dedicated following.
This year, Winter Market will take place on Friday, December 1 from 1-6 pm, Saturday, December 2 from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, December 3 from 1-5 pm. In addition to the juried vendors and resident artists, The Umbrella will be filled with food and music.
Written by Dan Kemp
Geraldine (Geri) Barney connects worlds. On Earth Day, April 22, the singer-songwriter will take part in the River Ceremony near the Old North Bridge, walk in the Musketaquid Earth Day parade and perform at the Arts and Environment Festival at The Umbrella.
Geri is a Navajo woman from Tohatchi, New Mexico, who has lived in Boston for the past twenty years, and whose songs express the difficulties and satisfactions of bridging two cultures.