Since we opened in 1983, The Umbrella has been a home-away-from-home for hundreds of artists throughout the region. Our 50 studios have been the center of activity for fine arts as wide-ranging as painting, woodworking, violin-making, photography, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, and weaving.
In community interviews this past spring, the artists described the importance of having a separate space to pursue their work that buzzed with energy. “The character and support of this place is like what I had at the Art Students League in Manhattan. I left there when I married and thought I’d never find it again. And yet here I am,” said painter Lois Andersen.
On April 7 and 8, join us for Open Studios for your chance to engage with the talented resident artists at The Umbrella! Between our annual Winter Market and Open Studios, over 3,500 people visit The Umbrella to meet our artists and experience artwork made in their hometown. During these events, the artists get as much out of the interaction as the public. As Mary Pope described, “It keeps you very vital to have a responsibility to an organization.”
While you’re visiting the studios, make sure to stop by the gallery to see DUALITIES, an exhibition that showcases the many different media in which our resident artists work.