The prolific Puget Sound Sumi Artists association is currently offering two free shows of sumi-e painting and mixed-media art: one at the Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake, the other at the Gig Harbor library, opening this weekend.
At Gig Harbor “The Spirit of Sumi-e” summarizes the ethos of this Asian-based brush painting style which dates to 8th-century China. With strokes and dots of water-based black ink the artist aims to capture the spirit of the subject, both visible and invisible, with as much simplicity as possible. Other paintings include watercolors and mixed-media. The opening reception on Saturday includes a demonstration of the art by Fumiko Kimura, a Japanese-born Tacoma sumi-e artist.
Reception 2-4 p.m., demonstration 2-3 p.m. March 3, then open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday through March at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor. 253-548-3305, www.piercecountylibrary.org
The second exhibition by the PSSA is on display 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through March at the Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake. Open through March. 31. 1919 South Tyler St., Tacoma. 253-591-6439, www.metroparkstacoma.org