Current & Upcoming Art Exhibits / Events

  • 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.