Welcome to the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for earlier days.)
So here’s Day 6:
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby heads and a deck of Tacoma playing cards.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Tacoma’s become a hotbed for sumi-e painting, a contemporary Zen mixture of Japanese brush and ink, Chinese detail, Western watercolor and overall serenity. The Puget Sound Sumi Artists association keeps it all going with classes, meetings and exhibitions, and its members produce work that takes this thousand-year-old art form into the 21st century Pacific Northwest.
There are many local sumi artists worth choosing for your true love’s gift, but six of the best are Selinda Sheridan, Fumiko Kimura, Ellen Miffit, Bill Colby, Bill Havens and Nola Tresslar. Find their work and that of others priced from $15-$100 at Flow Gallery and Studio, 301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma. It’s open 2-4 p.m. this afternoon, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 20 for ArtWalk and by appointment any time. 253-255-4675