“Becoming Summer” Sumi-e Society of America Artist Reception and Demonstration

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Becoming Summer
National Capital Area Chapter of
Sumi-e Society of America
Exhibit Dates: July 21 to Aug. 28, 2021

Artist Reception & Demonstration: Saturday, July 31, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
(9419 Battle St., Manassas)

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The ARTfactory presents “Becoming Summer”, a group art exhibit featuring 15 artists from the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of Sumi-e Society of America. Established in 1972, The NCAC of Sumi-e Society of America is a multi-cultural community of artists, teachers, students, and others with interest in supporting, creating and promoting the art of Sumi-e in America. The chapter provides platforms for the community to share, inform, and grow a broader understanding of this unique art in order to bridge the Easter and Western Influences. Their works of art are ink and/or watercolor on paper or shikishi boards (gold or silver boards with a thin layer of rice paper on top). Their paintings depict both traditional and non-traditional topics and calligraphy, all of which are beautifully presented in matted frames or scrolls.

Mei Lih Chiang, “Summer Scenery at Countryside”, 30” x 18”, Ink and watercolor on rice paper

What is Sumi-E?

Sumi-e or traditional East Asian brush painting is an ancient and unique art form. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Sumi-e is frequently distinguished by its use of the Four Treasures consisting of 1) Rice Paper 2) Ink Stick  3) Ink Stone and  4) Brush. Sumi-e originated with Literati Painting centuries ago and spread through other parts of the world including the United States. All East Asian brush painters, regardless of location, use the same tools and similar brush techniques in the creation of traditional compositions as well as more contemporary works.

Participating Artists:

  • Cathy Chi
  • Mei Lih Chiang
  • Tiny Cholvibul
  • Charlene M. Fuhrman-Schulz
  • Lilya Greyson
  • Bingjib Huang
  • Carla Jaranson
  • Bok Kim
  • Anne Klein
  • Li-Wen Quach
  • Carolyn Jackson Sahni
  • Jean Seelig
  • Suzanne Tolstoy
  • Carol Waite
  • Carole Yee

Carole Yee, “My Goldfish Pond”, 20.5” x 17”, Watercolor on shikishi board


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