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Tag: Puget Sound Sumi Artists


Two sumi-e and mixed-media shows at Tacoma Nature Center and Gig Harbor

Mixed media sumi work by Fumiko Kimura. Courtesy photo.

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.

Darlene Dihel, "Butterflies." Courtesy image.

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

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The Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery shows 25 years of Puget Sound Sumi Artists

It must be something in the air or the water – the Puget Sound region sports a lot of passionate sumi-e painters. At the forefront is the Puget Sound Sumi Artists association, which has shown regularly at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with another large show there, as well as at the University of Washington Tacoma’s reference library and Mavi Contemporary gallery.

As always, the PSSA showcase a wide variety of sumi-e interpretations, from traditional Japanese and Zen to Chinese landscape and Western watercolor. Stretching around the back

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