Studio Arts

September 4, 2020 by Rachel Olson
By Aimee KhanImagine a far-off beautiful place only spoken about in stories from early childhood onward, somewhere your grandparents once called their home, a place they left behind. The concept of home is difficult to define, but we all know it as something that should be good. Lois Andersen heard stories about family she hadn’t met, their personalities, reputations, and... Keep Reading »
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July 23, 2020 by Anonymous
By Wendy LovelandThe Umbrella Arts Center suspended public programs on March 24, following Gov. Baker's closure order in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While The Umbrella's 50+ studio artists were permitted to access their private studios, most artists did not come in. One would surmise that COVID-19 interrupted art as it did most other endeavors. However, it... Keep Reading »
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July 23, 2020 by Rachel Olson
While The Umbrella Studio Artists have not all been able to return to The Umbrella in person just yet, they have been keeping busy and connected online these past few months. We have been motivating and inspiring one another from afar, whether it be through sharing their work, having lunchtime Zoom calls together, or creating a collaborative Spotify playlist.... Keep Reading »
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May 4, 2020 by Rachel Olson
On Tuesday April 23, 2020, while on Covid-19 shutdown, Umbrella Studio Artist Lonnie Harvey gave a special, detailed demo of water-based ink on rice paper print technique from her temporary studio on the Cape.Hosted by Umbrella Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Warren, this Zoom appreciation event for Umbrella volunteers was recorded to share in lieu of a planned behind-the-... Keep Reading »
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April 26, 2020 by Anonymous
The Umbrella's Artcubator program awards studio space to visual artists for short-term projects throughout the year. Established and emerging artists alike benefit from the input of a creative community of more than 50 artists in the iteration and innovation of their ideas. Visiting artists can belong, experiment and establish leveraging Umbrella studio space,... Keep Reading »
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April 2, 2019 by erinruvalcaba
When Wayne Geehan came to The Umbrella in the late 90’s he had his share of experiences with various artist studios. From renting spaces in Watertown Square, Belmont and Carlisle, Wayne was finally able to obtain a studio in Concord at The Umbrella in 2005.When he was living as a full-time artist, Wayne needed a space where he could come and create his work. When asked he... Keep Reading »
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April 2, 2019 by erinruvalcaba
The convenience of The Umbrella is what attracted Tracy Bull back in 2013. If you ask her she’ll say, “Nothing would have held me back from The Umbrella because it’s a convenient specter.” With three kids and a busy schedule Tracy was able to take advantage of The Umbrella’s beneficial location and kid friendly opportunities.The Umbrella plays an important role in Tracy’s... Keep Reading »
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March 28, 2019 by erinruvalcaba
Carol Krauss, a longtime friend of the Umbrella, first came here back in 1996.With three little kids in school and not wanting to dive back into the corporate life, she had more time on her hands to dedicate herself to something creative. Taking classes at The New England School of Photography and building a little dark room in her basement, Krauss made the best of her... Keep Reading »
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Barbara Willis
March 28, 2019 by erinruvalcaba
Barbara Willis has been a part of the Umbrella community since before the Umbrella was even established.If you ask her about it, she’ll tell you the story getting the lease for the building and ultimately getting permission from the town of Concord to move into the building, despite disapproval from some of the Concord residents. She was originally interested in a studio... Keep Reading »
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November 26, 2018 by Jess
Written by Priyadersini Eramath-MuraliIt has been two weeks since The Umbrella Community Arts Center welcomed its artists back to a newly renovated building with renovated modern studios. The project was made possible by generous donations from the community and other well-wishers. I took the pleasure of visiting two artists at their new studios to talk to them about... Keep Reading »
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