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

Happy Valentine's Day! Share your love of arts & culture!

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 Massachusetts. Right now, Governor Charlie Baker is planning out his first budget for the Commonwealth. Let’s make sure arts and culture stay strong in his fiscal plan for the state. Sign the 

The Umbrella has been Driven to Abstraction

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 monthly First Thursday event.

Artist Spotlight: Wayne Geehan

“I was never good at math,” says Wayne Geehan, a resident artist at The Umbrella. In his studio of seven years, across from a crackling fire in a brick-laden hearth—“painted,” he explains, “for a play”—and surrounded by portraits of swashbuckling pirates—characters for an aspiring board game—lay several stacks of books with medieval knights and castles adorning the covers. Wayne is the illustrator of the successful Sir Cumference math adventure series. The irony is not lost on him. “Luckily someone else figures out the math part.”


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