Studio Arts

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August 20, 2018 by Jess
Our 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence Elizabeth King currently has her culminating exhibition on view through September 10th at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA. While our gallery is under construction, we are pleased to partner with the church to present this work in their beautiful gallery.Elizabeth King graduated in 2017 from RISD with her MFA in... Keep Reading »
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December 5, 2017 by Jess
- written by The Umbrella's 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth KingOn my walks through the neighborhoods of Concord this month, I have developed an obsession with the way people maintain their yards. Gardening, weed whacking, and raking in some combination seem to be almost a way of life for many people. I am interested in the fact that yard work is a solitary, yet... Keep Reading »
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October 17, 2017 by Jess
- written by the 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth King.I am a superstitious painter. In each new studio, I must act out certain rituals to ensure productivity. There is a specific flat white that I am accustomed to seeing behind my paintings. There is specific warm gray that I need below me-even though I know it will almost instantly be covered with... Keep Reading »
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September 7, 2017 by Jess
Somehow it’s been a year since I moved into a crooked little house and a warm, sunny studio at the Umbrella. A nearly brand-new easel stood in the studio corner, the walls were bare, and I was admittedly intimidated by the prospect of a whole year to make a new series of work. And how wrong I was, to be intimidated by what seemed like a huge stretch of time! How the year... Keep Reading »
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August 16, 2017 by Jess
We’re excited to announce our fourth Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth King!Elizabeth King graduated in 2017 from RISD with her MFA in painting. In 2011, she received her BFA in painting from Boston University. She makes paintings that showcase her interests: ranging from printmaking to textiles. Growing up in Massachusetts, her tropical paintings rely primarily on... Keep Reading »
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June 28, 2017 by Jess
ritten by The Umbrella's 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence, Meghan MurrayIf 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.I’ve been doing green underpaintings on my portraits for a few years now, and there’s a few benefits to this technique. Underpainting is... Keep Reading »
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April 20, 2017 by Jess
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... Keep Reading »
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April 18, 2017 by Jess
written by Meghan Murray, 2016-2017 Artist-in-ResidenceHappy spring! Like many of the artists here at the Umbrella, I am now working with my window open to let in the sunlight and warm breeze. With the spring weather comes a feeling of renewal and opportunity. I’ve already been overcome by a desire to stretch out, in more ways than one. Mentally I feel refreshed, as... Keep Reading »
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March 29, 2017 by Admin
Wherever there is some light, a white wall, and a blank surface, you’ll find artists eager to get to work. The Umbrella is no exception. With fifty-five artists working year round in their studios, the building is always brimming with creativity.  Open Studios is our annual tradition of inviting the public to interact the creativity we get to live with every day... Keep Reading »
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March 13, 2017 by Jess
As a portrait artist, one of the great joys of my work is being able to celebrate people and their stories. My current work explores the intimacy of relationships, personal narratives, and how we take care of each other.If you have a special relationship in your life, I invite you to participate in this unique series of portraits. Perhaps you have a close sibling, a... Keep Reading »
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