In The Inez Greenberg Gallery
Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.
56th Annual National Juried Exhibition
AUGUST 9 – SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
Juried by: Yuming Zhu and Hong Zhang
Hosted by: Ming Chiao Chapter
Artists’ Reception: Friday, September 6, 6 - 8 p.m.
Artistry is pleased to present the Sumi-e Society of America’s 56th Annual National Juried Exhibition, hosted by the local Ming Chiao Chapter. This large group exhibition will display examples of the best current East Asian brush painting and calligraphy as well as further the Society’s mission; to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting techniques; serve as a cultural bridge between East and West; and to furnish information to all persons who wish to learn about this art.
This year’s exhibition will be juried and judged by nationally recognized artists Yuming Zhu and Hong Zhang. A combination of cash and other awards, approximating $4500 in value, will be awarded.
ABOUT THE SUMI-E SOCIETY OF AMERICA
The Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization founded in New York by Professor Motoi Oi in 1963 to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting techniques through publications, workshops, lectures and exhibitions; to serve as a cultural bridge between East and West; and to furnish information to all persons who wish to learn about this art. Oi spoke of providing “a means through which the fresh, new spirit of American culture could be viewed in Sumi-e.”
Ayako Abe-Miller, Soon Dan An, Aiko Anderson, Eiko Anderson, Heidi Bhak, Judie Bordic, Amy Bounds, Susan K Chang, Nancy Cheung, Cathy Chi, Mei Lih Chiang, Sharon Crosby, Collette Cummella, Mary Cummings, Susan Davies, Nancy Dellamura, L. Kellie Dixon, Sally Feng, Katie Feucht, Susan Frame, Susan Fredrickson, Jeanne Frink, Judy Giguere, Patricia Gustafson, Blanche Gyberg, Ann Haseman, Bing Huang, Carla Jaranso, Francine Joyal, Wynne Keller, Bok Kim, Jade Lam Paul Lifton, Joan Lok, Nell Maha, Frederica Marshall, James (Jim) McGuire, Ting Mei, Thomas Merwin, Heesook Moon, Linda Mulhauser, Simona Nemcova, Yvonne Palka, Maria Papp, Chung Park, David Patten, Marnie Peichel, Li-Wen Quach, Mary Rodning, Keiko Romerstein, Susan Ryan, Bob Schmitt, Sungsook Setton, Casey Shannon, Regina Siske, Renee Sonka, Karen Sontag-Sattel, Frank Spink, Craig Steinmetz, Kay Storck, Kay Stratman, Judith Sutton-Fagan, Mikiko Tanaka, Ileane Tatar, Hitomi Tatsumi, Jane grace Taylor, Delene Teller, Joyce Thompson, Gail Threinen, Vienna Volante, Carol Waite, Kathryn Weese, Ben Wong, Kyong Sook Woo, Carole Yee, Jae Soon Yi, Yong Suk Yi, Fumiyo Yoshikawa, Song Zhao
About the Jurors
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In the Atrium Gallery
Ways of Seeing: Bog Tapestries
JULY 25 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
Works by: Elizabeth Blair
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Impressionist artist Claude Monet described his Water Lilies paintings as “a study of water and how it reflects light and the world above it.” Elizabeth Blair’s photographic series performs a similar study in a northern cedar bog.
“One day, as I walked past a small pool in a northern Minnesota black spruce, cedar, and tamarack bog, I noticed the reflections in it. I keep looking into the pool as I passed it that summer and found that the view was never the same twice.”
Ways of Seeing: Bog Tapestries depicts complex, layered images of water and trees in bog pools. The pools present the attentive observer with endless variations on the colorful bog world that surrounds them. Blair captures these abstract images using a macro lens and focusing on only a few square inches of the water surface.
About the Artist
As an undergraduate, Elizabeth Blair minored in art and majored in English. She went on to earn an MA and a PhD in Literature, and taught English for 20 years. In 2008, she took a class in fine art photography and fell in love with the medium. The next year, she won the Nadine Blacklock Women’s Nature Photography Fellowship. Since 2009, her work has been selected for two dozen juried shows and has been shown in solo and collaborative exhibitions. For the past five years, she’s been working on the photographic series, Ways of Seeing: Bog Tapestries, for which she won a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board grant. During her grant year, she had two solo exhibitions in outstate Minnesota, and, with six other artists, participated in a sustainable art and design exhibition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). In 2017, her work was featured in Northern Spark, and she was awarded a Next Step Grant to build an art studio in her basement. Her most recent exhibition was held at Tettegouche State Park in 2018. Her current exhibition at Artistry is her first solo show in the Twin Cities.