- Way of the Brush
Deer Isle artist keeps alive ancient art form
January 4, 2018 by Jennifer Osborn on Arts & living, Lifestyle (Ellsworth American)
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
- Yin Fire Rooster – Painted For 2017
- Peninsula Painters Exhibit – Sept 1-29 2016
- 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!
BLUE HILL LIBRARY
5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME
- 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.
MOBILE ARTS COUNCIL
318 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602
- National Exhibition 2014 – Sumi-e Society of America
Frederica’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.
THE GLENVIEW MANSION
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.
PORTSMOUTH ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER
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.
PEARSON LEGACY GALLERY
13 Dow Road, Deer Isle, ME
Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Annual Juried Exhibition – Sumi-e Society of America
Frederica’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 www.sumiesociety.org.
- 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.
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