Open Studios

Open Studios 2024

Saturday, March 16 - 12-5PM
Sunday, March 17 - 12-5PM

40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742



For 2024, we're delighted to welcome you back to our studios and beautifully renovated galleries!

The Umbrella Arts Center is home to more than 60 working artists skilled in a variety of fine and applied arts including ceramics, glass, fiber arts, jewelry making, illustration, mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, woodworking, writing and more. Since the organization's founding Studio Artists have been at the heart of making this facility a community asset and wellspring of creative activity. Our annual Open Studios is an incredible opportunity to meet our artists, learn about their process, and share in celebrating their work.


  • Kaleidoscope: Changing as We Change exhibition in the Allie Kussin Main Gallery
    February 28 - March 20

    New Work by Umbrella Studio Artists, inspired by the poem Kaleidoscope by fellow Studio Artist Max Payne

changing as we change;
rearranging colors;
dark and light;
as patterns disappear 
then reappear in different forms
in the spiral game of light;
changing as we change;
the patterns of our lives,
our art refined
in the kaleidoscope
of time.

            —Max Payne


  • Three Floors of Open Studios Participating Artists ready to share their process
  • Live Music by Backwards Hats (Saturday) and Them City Ducks (Sunday)
  • Family-friendly Activities
    Saturday, March 16, 2-4pm: 
    This session is taking place during The Umbrella's Open Studios. Stop by to partake in a craft inspried by local author, Linda Booth Sweeney's newest book: Apart, Together: A Book about Transformation.  Together, through a simple craft for little ones and an age-appropriate art activity for older children, we’ll explore how individual pieces can come together to form something new, and wonderful!
    Parents and caregivers: there will be something for you too! Linda will share three deceptively simple questions to help children (and adults) be curious about everyday interconnections. Developing early habits to imagine interconnections (how this is connected to that) can help children build important critical thinking skills and feel more confident when dealing with complex problems as they grow older.
    Register Here

    Sunday, March 17, 2-4pm: Free activity during Open Studios (more information coming soon!)
  • Live Arts Demos
    Saturday 3/16

    Jean Lightman, Oil Painting/Studio 306A - 1:30-2:30pm
    Jill Goldman-Callahan, Painting/Studio 303 - 2:30-3:30pm
    Sunday 3/17
    Paul Ruhlman, Woodworking/Studio 206 - 2-2:30
    Suzanne Hill, Ceramics/Studio 113 - 3-3:30

Kaleidoscope image: Nightlights (2024) by Lisa Wickenden Charles

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