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Fumiko Kimura blends sumi-e paint with tea bags in inventive new series at Flow Gallery, Tacoma

Fumiko Kimura, "City of Destiny." Courtesy image.

If you haven’t already realized, Tacoma is a hotbed of sumi-e painting – and the latest show at Flow Gallery and Studios underlines the inventiveness of local artists to expand this traditional Asian brush-art with all kinds of new techniques and styles. It’s a mini-retrospective of the work of Fumiko Kimura, a renowned sumi-e artist, teacher and co-founder of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists Association, who learned her art growing up in Japan but who takes it to new levels with her latest series, “Poetry of Tea Bag Art.”

Tea bags? Yep: those thin paper bags, emptied of leaves but stained ochre by them, bring sumi-e into the 3D world of collage and open up new avenues of form in the world of curvy brushstrokes. Kimura places them thoughtfully into small works (created this year and displayed in the back of the gallery) where the black sumi ink is used more like a pencil to create sketches of people, places, things. In “Peggy’s Ukelele” a female mouse is bent happily over her instrument, the ink-dot notes wafting up into birds that fly through a tea-bag window into a drifting sky. “City of Destiny” fits a dreamy Tacoma skyline underneath a just-visible Mt. Rainier in gray ink, all over a tea-bag square. The effect is veil-like, transforming a landscape into a vision of the future, or a dream, mixed with Japanese and English calligraphy like layered annotations of meaning. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: “A Chorus Line” at the Pantages, Second City Chamber Series, sumi-e at Flow and the AMOCAT awards party

Chorus Line at the Pantages

It’s one singular sensation: The national tour of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, one of Broadway’s longest-running, comes to the Pantages Theater this weekend.7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. $49/$59/$69/$84. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

Second City Chamber Series opens its season

SCCS opens the season with “In Sickness and in Health,” turbulent music from Schubert and Sibelius played by the Aeolis String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $32/$29/$10/free for 18 and under. Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, scchamberseries.org

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Lynn Di Nino sculpts Twinkies with ironic flair at Flow Gallery, Tacoma

Lynn Di Nino, "Ejectulation Confection." Courtesy image.

If you’re still thinking of Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino as a concrete sculptor it’s time to get up to date. In the last few years Lynn has turned her hand to everything from jewelry to coffee filters as a medium, and her latest expedition into mixed-media art involves junk food. Specifically, Twinkies – and Sno Balls, Ding Dongs, Cupcakes and various other Hostess food products – enshrined in snarky, tongue-in-cheek installations at Flow Gallery that’ll have you laughing (and reaching for the organic whole wheat).

Around the walls of tiny Flow on Puyallup Avenue are around 15 of these sculptures. Enclosed behind plastic muffin-tray lids, they preserve Twinkies (in hand-made vintage packaging – look for the stitches) in any number of ‘archival’ situations. They perch in a rusty Radio Flyer toy wagon or huddle in WWI-era ration cans. They’re inserted phallically by tiny toy hands into a suggestive jack-in-the-box hole, or pounced on by a miniature Howdy Doody puppet, made in clay by Di Nino with a Wallace-and-Gromit innocence. Read more »


Mixed-media cleverness from Nola Tresslar at Flow gallery, Tacoma

Since it opened, Flow gallery on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma’s Dome district has devoted a lot of space to creative extensions of sumi-e brush painting, and the latest show “Full Spectrum”  – vibrant, mixed media work by Nola Tresslar – follows the theme.

Apart from the straight sumi-e, however, Tresslar’s work is as much a fascinating “how did she do it” puzzle as art. The artist uses a lot of recycled and found materials, but transforms them almost beyond recognition: cheap packing paper hardened into metallic chain mail, foam filler gilded and sculpted into encaustic-like bubbles, patinaed copper and rusted

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