A Letter from the Director, April 2015

Dear Friends,
This is one of those moments that I can’t bite my tongue. We talk a lot about building a vibrant community through the Arts.  I sometimes wonder; how large is the community we are talking about? 
This past weekend we held our annual Open Studios and we had an awesome turn out; a record number of regulars and newcomers came out to see our artists. While this is a relatively local event, we had visitors from Boston and Worcester. It is clear that our community is bigger than Concord!

Eleven Artists Selected for the Art and Agriculture Project

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 Museum met to consider the applicants.  The jury was impressed with the high level of experience and varied points of view from all who submitted. 

Arts Advocacy Day is a Week Away!

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 with colleagues, and an “Arts Matter March” to the State House to meet with our legislators.

Featured Artist: Nina Earley

-written by Jack Hile

Like 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 instant, with her dog Watson by her side, Nina walked into the gallery:

ArtTalk: Stories of Walden Pond with Nina Earley

In January and February, The Umbrella's Artist-in-Residence Nina Early collected stories centered around Walden Pond from the the community. These stories will inform this year's Artist-in-Residence project, a collaborative work by Nina and several of the other artists at The Umbrella. Join us in the gallery to hear Nina share these stories during this ArtTalk on March 19 from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP  below to let us know if you're coming!

Teacher Spotlight: Bryony Bensly

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 spiritual, ethnic and social influences.

Making a Thought Mosaic by Pamela Landi

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 from the idea of the classic artist’s salon where individual makers would gather to share not only work but also to collaborate and critique, this Salon serves as a vehicle of discovery where hands and heart engage with an external task, wi


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