Art Ramble: Something in the Air

On display through November 14 in Hapgood Wright Town Forest, the 6th annual Art Ramble Exhibition continues The Umbrella Arts Center’s thematic exploration of “Air” that began with the spring’s Earth Month and Artfest celebrations. “Something in the Air” is presented by The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program and curated by Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding, who asked artists to creatively grapple with an element that is invisible and yet essential to life.
“Our call seek works that illustrate human, animal and botanical interactions with air,” the curators wrote, “and encourage exploration of the atmospheric aspects of the Hapgood Wright Town Forest” – the historic site of the Emerson-Thoreau “amble” to Walden Pond.
The phrase “Something in the Air” suggests drama, mystery, change, or movement. The 15 diverse works selected for the 2021 Art Ramble are all evocative of these concepts in one way or another. Fiber works Windblown (Kiyomi Yatsuhashi), The In-Between Series (Nilou Moochhala) and The Shutter Dresses (Martha Heller) embody movement, as they shimmy in the breezes. Air Currents (Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer) suggests movement despite its rigid metal construction.
There is an air of mystery in the dancing figures of Forest Air (Melissa Shaak), the quiet cubes of Collected Breath (Janet Kawada), the floating, pillowy Foggy Morning (Liz Helfer), the translucent birds and frogs of Waves of the Aerial Sea (Lisa Nelson), and the tall creatures Breathing (Paul Angiolillo). In and Out (BARD) dramatizes the relationship between trees and human breath while Every Breath You Take (Silvina Mizrahi) shows the drama of humans interacting with the environment. The Ethereal Dreamer (Laurie Bogdan & Kimberley Harding) dragonfly is a symbol of change; The Luna Moth Life Cycle (Jude Griffin) and Up in the Air (Jennifer Fuchel) depict the amazing metamorphoses of insects; and Airing Out the House (Rebecca Tuck) symbolizes a hope for positive changes in our lives.
This free, family- and dog-friendly exhibition is presented in collaboration with Concord’s Division of Natural Resources, and supported in part by a grant from the Foundation for Metrowest.
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Wrack Line

On view through October 31, Wrack Line features new paintings by Michael MacMahon, created during his two-year residency at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord. Originally from Ireland, MacMahon now resides in the United States, and these dual perspectives prominently inform the works in Wrack Line. Part of the painting faculty at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, he has shown work both nationally and throughout the region. His practice utilizes landscape imagery and color theory to further his interest in the representation of the American landscape with an exploration of home as a place and a state of mind. Awards include the Dana Pond award for painting. In addition to painting he has enjoyed interdisciplinary opportunities that bridge art and other ventures, most recently as curator of The Umbrella’s group exhibition, Dazzleship. See

Native American Jewelry Show

Artisans Way, 18 Walden Street in Concord, will be hosting Sandia East, a Native American Jewelry retailer, as part of their 10th anniversary celebration! Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17, Diane Whitman from Sandia East will be in the gallery showcasing hundreds of Native American jewelry pieces and hand carved spirit animal fetishes from the Southwest.