Events

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.
Artist statements, wayfinding, audio and other details can be found at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Ramble.

Workshop: Wet Felted Autumn Leaves

Students will learn how to make beautiful wired and bendable autumn leaves out of felt to adorn a table or one’s self. Each student will complete at least 3 leaves.

Fiber arts instructor Elizabeth Stubbs studied art at Boston University, where she earned a BFA in painting. Following graduation, she spent many years as an art teacher at the Winsor School in Boston. Later, she studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and became a freelance illustrator. She discovered the ancient art of felt-making during her training to become a Waldorf teacher and has been exploring it for 20 years.

For additional arts classes and workshops for youths, teens, and adults, see TheUmbrellaArts.org/Classes.

COVID-19: Effective August 2, to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and in keeping with updated CDC guidance, The Umbrella is instituting policies requiring visitors, artists, staff and students to wear a mask in indoor public areas at 40 Stow Street, regardless of vaccination status. Additional updates to health policies will be made on an ongoing basis at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Covid.

ASK ABOUT: New student, military family, sibling discounts, and tuition assistance opportunities and the MCC Card-to-Culture program.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Umbrella is a multifunction, nonprofit regional arts center dedicated to enriching lives and building a vibrant and inclusive creative community in historic Concord/Greater Boston-Metrowest. Its programs encompass arts education classes and summer camps, professional theater, music, film, visual arts galleries, sculpture exhibits, makerspace, public art and environmental events, artist residencies, and 50+ artists studios.

The Last Wide Open

The Umbrella Stage Company returns to live theater with this romantic comedy with live music by Audrey Cefaly. Limited capacity with COVID health safety protocols required.

Fate plays its hand in this romantic comedy by Audrey Cefaly, featuring original songs by Matthew M. Nielson and directed for The Umbrella Stage Company by Nancy Curran Willis.

Lina (Rebecca Shor), a young waitress, and Roberto (Ethan Butler), an Italian immigrant, have been working together for years but rarely talk. If they do, it’s from a distance or gets lost in translation. But when a late-night thunderstorm finds them alone in the restaurant at closing time, they find their lives intersecting in surprising and mystical ways. Over wine and conversation, they test the waters of happiness and intimacy. Also starring Kayla Shimzu as Stagehand.

A love song in three movements, The Last Wide Open imagines how the universe conspires to bring us together.

This production is staged with limited capacity and enhanced COVID health safety protocols in The Umbrella Main Stage Theater144.

Workshop: Autumn Wool Painting

Using both wet and dry felt-making techniques, we will create a beautiful landscape inspired by the color that surrounds us. Taking place over two mornings, this workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with previous felt-making experience.

Fiber arts instructor Elizabeth Stubbs studied art at Boston University, where she earned a BFA in painting. Following graduation, she spent many years as an art teacher at the Winsor School in Boston. Later, she studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and became a freelance illustrator. She discovered the ancient art of felt-making during her training to become a Waldorf teacher and has been exploring it for 20 years.

For additional arts classes and workshops for youths, teens, and adults, see TheUmbrellaArts.org/Classes.

COVID-19: Effective August 2, to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and in keeping with updated CDC guidance, The Umbrella is instituting policies requiring visitors, artists, staff and students to wear a mask in indoor public areas at 40 Stow Street, regardless of vaccination status. Additional updates to health policies will be made on an ongoing basis at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Covid.

ASK ABOUT: New student, military family, sibling discounts, and tuition assistance opportunities and the MCC Card-to-Culture program.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Umbrella is a multifunction, nonprofit regional arts center dedicated to enriching lives and building a vibrant and inclusive creative community in historic Concord/Greater Boston-Metrowest. Its programs encompass arts education classes and summer camps, professional theater, music, film, visual arts galleries, sculpture exhibits, makerspace, public art and environmental events, artist residencies, and 50+ artists studios.