Sing Hanson: Selected Works — an exhibit and sale at Concord’s Umbrella Arts Center

January 30, 2024
The welcome wall outside Sing Hanson: Selected Works in the Outside of the Box Gallery at the Umbrella Art Center in Concord ~ Image (c) Carl Hanson, 2024
Sing Hanson, framing a Lanesville quarry print ~ Image (c) Carl Hanson

An opening reception for Sing Hanson: Selected Works, an exhibit and sale of art by the long-time Umbrella Arts Center studio artist and late Bedford resident, will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Outside of the Box Gallery at the Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow St., Concord. The exhibit will be up through Feb. 24.

Digital photography allowed Hanson to expand her horizons — creating work to support her vision of passing time as she recorded the beauty of decommissioned trains, salvage yards, and abandoned granite quarries — according to her husband Carl Hanson.

Including original prints, artist’s proofs, and artist-bound books the work on offer represents a range of price points. At the request of the Hanson family, the work will be sold to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Umbrella Arts Center Director Jerry Wedge said, “We were all saddened by Sing’s decline from Alzheimer’s. Yet, what joy there is to once again be surrounded by her work in the gallery. Over 40 images, each one worthy of a half hour meditation. It is wonderful to have Sing back at The Umbrella!”

Hanson’s studio mate for several years, multi-media artist Max Payne felt fortunate for that connection. “It was such a creative, fun adventure, and although we made very different kinds of work, I like to think that we both thrived in each other’s company.”  

Fiber artist Barbara Willis recalled that Sing brought many gifts to the Umbrella community when she moved into her studio in 2005.  “She was always exploring, finding new paths in the arts, and was generous in sharing what she had learned with the Umbrella community.” Willis added, “In addition to supporting the artists and the community in many other ways. I miss her wonderful sense of humor and lovely spirit.”

Often repeating her mother’s refrain, “Didn’t we have fun?” and her Scandinavian ancestors’ blessing, Takk for Alt (thanks for everything), Sing did not let Alzheimer’s overwhelm her grace, humor, courage, and beauty. Read Sing Hanson’s artist’s statement.

Editor’s Note: Sing Hanson and the writer co-chaired Bedford Center for the Arts’ board of directors from 2008 until 2014.

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