Current & Upcoming Art Exhibits / Events

  • Advanced Sumi-e: New Book by Frederica Marshall – Spring 2019
    Advanced Sumi-e

    Advanced Sumi-e

    Advanced Sumi-e, Frederica’s newest book in The Way Of The Brush Series, has covers in color to refer to the techniques inside. Ancient and modern painting methods include suminagashi, tarashikomi, gong bi, watercolor batik, mounting on foam core, wood and canvas.

    This is an exciting workbook to explore experimental sumi-e art. Purchase Advanced Sumi-e here.

  • Sumi-e Exhibit And Sale Of Works – October 2018

    Sumi-e Exhibit and Sale of works by Frederica, Mary Gray and Mike De Matteo at Blue Hill Library for the month of October. Everyone is invited!

    5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME

    Cloud Dragon

    Cloud Dragon

    Winter Fox

    Winter Fox

    Wave Woman

    Wave Woman

  • Wings, Waves, & Woods Sumi-e Demos – May 19, 2018

    Sumi-e demos will be on going 1:00 – 4:00 at Frederica’s studio, May 19th, during the Wings, Waves, and Woods Festival in Deer Isle. Stop by and visit the gallery and the studio!

  • Wings, Waves, & Woods Exhibit – May 5-26, 2018

    Frederica’s paintings will be displayed at The Wings, Waves, and Woods Exhibit
    10:00 – 4:00 Mon – Sat May 5 – 26, 2018

    The Island Heritage Trust Barn Gallery
    240 Sunset Road, Deer Isle, Maine

  • Exhibit of Renga Linked Haiku Scrolls – May 1-30, 2018

    Renga ScrollThe Haiku Project Presents an Exhibit of Renga Linked Haiku Scrolls at Blue Hill Library
    May 1 – 30, 2018
    Reception 5:00 – 6:30 Friday May 18th

    The Haiku Project is a group of local poets who write and meet about haiku poetry. We have linked our poems into Renga – longer length groups of haiku, and mounted them on to 14 painted scrolls.

    There will also be a display of traditional Japanese clothing from Frederica’s collection at the library May – July.

    Everyone is invited!

    5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME

    More info from Blue Hill Public Library Press Release:

    Deer Isle artist Frederica Marshall will present two exhibits at the Blue Hill Public Library in May, an exhibition of Renga Scrolls in the Britton Gallery by herself and her students as part of the “Haiku Project,” and a display of traditional Japanese clothing in the Howard Room glass cases.  The public is invited to a reception for the shows on Friday, May 18th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

    Renga are groups of haiku written about one theme. Frederica and her Haiku Project students organized haikus they had all written into themes, and arranged them into longer poems that were then written onto scrolls with motifs painted in sumi ink by herself and her student Mike De Matteo. This exhibit will be in the Britton Gallery during the month of May.

    The display of traditional Japanese clothing include an embroidered wedding kimono, shibori haori jackets, silk obi belts, brocade geta and hairpins, all items collected by Frederica when she lived in Japan. This display will be in the Howard Room cases for the months of May through July.

    Frederica grew up in Japan, and lived there for 28 years.  She studied brush painting, Ikebana flower arranging, calligraphy, Bingata textile dying, pottery and language.  She has exhibited her work in Japan and the US in more than 100 group shows and 28 solo shows. She is an artist, teacher and researcher.  She has a BFA in Painting from Miami University in Ohio and an MA in Art Education from Michigan State University.

  • Way of the Brush

    Deer Isle artist keeps alive ancient art form
    January 4, 2018 by Jennifer Osborn on Arts & living, Lifestyle (Ellsworth American)

    In Japan, the fabrication of paintbrushes is an ancient craft steeped with tradition and history. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

    Frederica Marshall’s largest paintbrush, made of wood and four horsetails, stands at about 64 inches, taller than she is.

    The horsehair brush looks like a witch’s broom, and while heavy, it moves easily.

    In her 57 years as an artist and master Japanese sumi-e brush painter, Marshall has collected more than 500 brushes.

    “My husband and I call ourselves tool gatherers and skill learners,” the Deer Isle artist said. “We’re really fortunate because we both understand the need to create. We have a rule that tools don’t count. Buy what you need.”

    All those brushes, in Marshall’s skilled hands, have created countless works of art, which are included in private collections in Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States. Read more…

  • National Sumi-e Exhibit – July 7-29, 2017

    Knot“Knot” by Frederica was chosen to be in the Calligraphy part of The National Sumi-e Exhibit in Tallahassee Florida by judge Nan Liu. The exhibit will be at Le Moyne Center in Tallahassee July 7-29 2017.

    “Moonlight” was chosen for the painting section of the exhibit.


  • Yin Fire Rooster – Painted For 2017

    Yin Fire Rooster

  • Peninsula Painters Exhibit – Sept 1-29 2016

    Dream JourneySee Frederica’s painting “Dream Journey” at the The Peninsula painters Exhibit Sept 1-29, 2016.

    5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME

  • Asian Pottery Show – June & July 2016

    Frederica & Herman’s Asian Pottery collection is on display at Blue Hill Library for June and July 2016. Please come view it!


    5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME

    Asian Pottery Collection of Frederica and Herman

  • 2015 National Sumi-e Society Exhibit – Mobile Arts Council

    The 2015 National Sumi-e Society Exhibit is open Tuesday – Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) October 9th – 23rd, 2015.

    318 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602

  • National Exhibition 2014 – Sumi-e Society of America

    Incoming TideFrederica’s painting “Incoming Tide” has been selected for The 51st Annual Exhibition of The Sumi-e Society of America, which will be on display September 5 – September 26 at The Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD. The opening reception will be Sunday, September 7 from 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Open to the public.

    603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

  • 2014 National Sumi-e Exhibit – Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center

    Frederica’s painting “Impermanence” has been selected for the 2014 Annual Juried Exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America. The exhibit will be held Sep. 6 – Oct. 20, 2014.

    521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Solo Show – September 2014

    Island Reflections, a solo show of recent paintings by Frederica Marshall, will be exhibited September 10 – October 1 at the Pearson Legacy Gallery (open daily 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). The opening reception will be 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on September 10. The new works reveal a greater fusion of Western and Asian painting techniques and compositions. Celebrating 10 years of living on Deer Isle, the artist feels she has developed a deeper understanding of the natural environment and energy of her beautiful surroundings.

    At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, Frederica will present The Evolution of American Watercolor Painting, a slide lecture on the history and changing use of watercolor painting from the 1800s to modern times.

    13 Dow Road, Deer Isle, ME
    Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Annual Juried Exhibition – Sumi-e Society of America

    DragonFrederica’s painting “Dragon” has been selected for the 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America. The show was judged by Dr. Kan Kit-Keung, the best Asian brush painter in America.

    The exhibit will be on view June 20, 2011 through January 30, 2012 at

  • Tokyo Fine Art Museum

    The invitational juried 2011 International Sumi-e Exhibition accepted “Long View,” a painting of birch trees and a canoe by Frederica Marshall. It will be mounted on a scroll and shown at the Tokyo Fine Art Museum in Japan. The exhibit will be shown 2011-2012 and will travel to Osaka and Taipei, Taiwan. The painting is done on washi paper with sumi ink in the classical style.

Stephanie M. asked for permission to have Frederia's sumi-e owl painting tattooed on her shoulder!

The painting is 24" x 16" and is done in the tarashikomi technique of painting with water on sized paper then touching color and ink to the wet area. Small lines of dry paper allow the definition of the shapes in the painting. This was inspired by a sculpture I studied in The Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art in New York on a recent trip there.
Selected for the 2014 Sumi-e Exhibit at the Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center in Portsmouth Virginia.