Events

Head Over Heels

May 14 – June 6, 2021

Music & Lyrics by The Go-Go’s

Original Book by Jeff Whitty

Adapted by James Magruder

Directed by Brian Boruta

Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”

A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.

05/15/2021 – 8:00pm
05/16/2021 – 3:00pm
05/20/2021 – 7:30pm
05/21/2021 – 8:00pm
05/22/2021 – 8:00pm
05/23/2021 – 3:00pm
05/27/2021 – 3:00pm
05/28/2021 – 8:00pm
05/29/2021 – 8:00pm
05/30/2021 – 3:00pm
06/03/2021 – 7:30pm
06/04/2021 – 8:00pm
06/05/2021 – 8:00pm
06/06/2021 – 3:00pm

Detroit ’67

April 2 – 25, 2021

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Michelle Aguillon

It’s 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots.

Morrisseau’s powerful portrait of an explosive moment in American history with striking relevance for today’s audiences.

04/02/2021 – 8:00pm
04/03/2021 – 8:00pm
04/04/2021 – 3:00pm
04/08/2021 – 7:30pm
04/09/2021 – 8:00pm
04/10/2021 – 8:00pm
04/11/2021 – 3:00pm
04/15/2021 – 7:30pm
04/16/2021 – 8:00pm
04/17/2021 – 8:00pm
04/18/2021 – 3:00pm
04/22/2021 – 7:30pm
04/23/2021 – 8:00pm
04/24/2021 – 8:00pm
04/25/2021 – 3:00pm

Winter Habits and Winter Movement

Animals respond and adapt to the winter by burmiating, aestivation, hibernation, migration, and embracing the snow! Learn about all the cool ways animals thrive in the winter through interactive stations, games, creative movement, investigations of art and nature, and creating original art projects for the whole family! Families can cut, glue, and construct original printmaking blocks in the shapes of animal feet, claws, paws. Attaching your block to your feet, print life-like animal tracks to make abstract paintings to take home.

Families are encouraged to sign up ($20/individual kid, $30/family). To limit numbers, we will divide sign ups into two groups. One at 1:00pm and one at 2:30pm. Everyone who attends this outdoor workshop must wear a mask and appropriately social distance. For questions, please email Caroline Provos at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org.

In the event of bad weather, we will reschedule the workshop to another date.

Painting the Northern Lights

Learn about how gaseous particles combine with the Earth and sun’s atmosphere to create impressive auroral colors, scattered clouds of light, and shapes in the northern and southern hemisphere! Follow a little girl named Aurora and her caribou friend as they fill the sky with beautiful hues as we read the beautiful children’s book Aurora and the Northern Lights. Translate the brilliant forms of streamers, arcs, rippling curtains into elegant watercolor paintings. Study key painting techniques and experiment with different non-toxic medium combinations to capture our observations of nature’s magic!

Love Birds (@ Home)

Join us for a fun morning creating a small messenger of love to give to your favorite Valentine. Via Zoom, participants will learn basic needle felting techniques while enjoying the creativity of constructing an imaginary bird-like critter who can perch on a shelf or hang from a plant. All materials will be supplied and shipped to students in advance, shipping fees included.

These one-day workshops are offered through The Umbrella @ Home virtual classes winter session. See all offerings at https://TheUmbrellaArts.org/Classes

Natural Form: Three Journeys

December 7, 2020-January 31, 2021
Hours: 10AM-5PM (by appointment)

Natural Form: Three Journeys in the main gallery at The Umbrella Arts Center features three Umbrella Studio Artists whose recent work, in a variety of media, has employed careful observation of nature and its structure at the micro, macro and human scales. Louise Arnold is a landscape painter working in oils; Craig Elliott is an architect and artist creating large-scale charcoal drawings; and Suzanne Hill is a ceramic artist specializing in saggar fired vessels.

The exhibition is viewable by special appointment only, following public safety protocols. For information see TheUmbrellaArts.org/NaturalForm or contact NaturalFormExhibit@gmail.com.

Art and Birding Workshop

People are becoming more aware of the birds in their own backyards during quarantine, and many more people are becoming birders. This silver lining of taking more time to notice and listen to the life around us is one that I hope we can carry with us beyond these challenging times. In this class we will focus on the group of birds known as seabirds. There are many species of seabirds that are foraging just offshore in the Winter, so now is a great time to learn a little bit more about the beautiful seabirds that call MA home during this season. We will start with a slide show illustrating many of the species you can expect to see, and some of the coastal areas that are best for spotting them. We will then draw (or paint, if you have watercolors) a particular species of seabird from a photo. This class will be very interactive and allow for questions about local birds that participants are seeing and hearing.
As a life-long artist and biologist, I love to teach the art of noticing – let go of what you think something should look like, and notice the shapes and darks and lights first, not the overall outline of an object. We will work on pencil drawings of birds by experimenting with techniques (shading and smudging, etc.), focusing on ways to make our drawings look most realistic. If we have time (and participants have paints) we will also practice some watercolor techniques for painting waterfowl and water. I have really enjoyed teaching parents and their children together – often kids feel a little more free to make mistakes if they see their parents willing to try and try again.

Materials: pencil, paper, eraser; watercolor optional; binoculars and field guide to birds helpful but not required.

Classes will be held virtually using Zoom and Google Classroom depending on the teacher’s preference. For questions email Caroline Provost at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org.

These one-day workshops are offered through The Umbrella @ Home virtual classes winter session. See all offerings at https://TheUmbrellaArts.org/Classes

Winter is for the Birds!

If winter is getting you down, why not lift your spirits by making some gifts for the birds in your yard? In this outdoor, in-person workshop, we will be crafting a simple coffee mug bird feeder and a nesting ball. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving because you will be delighted by all the bird watching available! Please bring an old coffee mug for us to repurpose. All other supplies will be provided!

Families are encouraged to sign up ($20/individual kid, $30/family). To limit numbers, we will divide sign ups into two groups. One at 2:00pm and one at 4:00pm. Everyone who attends this outdoor workshop must wear a mask and appropriately social distance. For questions, please email Caroline Provos at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org.

Owls (@ Home)

Join us for a pleasant morning needle felting owls via Zoom. Participants of this workshop will learn basic needle felting techniques, which are fun and easy to learn. All materials will be supplied and shipped to students in advance, shipping fees included.

These one-day workshops are offered through The Umbrella @ Home virtual classes winter session. See all offerings at https://TheUmbrellaArts.org/Classes