Super Simple Sumi-e won another gold medal last fall in the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book awards! These awards highlight excellence in family-friendly books – which in this case is in the Arts category. This medal is in addition to a Gold Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards and a Silver from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. And along with another gold medal I had the chance to teach sumi-e in a variety of settings in Minnesota during the fall and this very cold winter. Two highlights stand out – the first was teaching at a Conference for Young Artists in Marshall, MN which drew inspired kids from all over the southwestern part of the state. And then this winter I had a chance to teach sumi-e to adopted Chinese children and their parents to celebrate Chinese New Year – the year of the horse – sponsored by the the Families with Children from Asia. And also a first for me – getting to demonstrate super simple sumi-e and later teach a class for Wet Paint Art in St Paul, MN! Here are some photos from that event.
Sumi painting this summer took the form of meeting the public and getting them excited about sumi painting in various Farmer’s Markets on beautiful Whidbey Island where I live in the summer. Plus sketching and hiking in the Olympic Mountains and visiting the home of the dragons – Shi Shi Beach! We took 10 adults and 10 teenagers out to that magical world. The dragon back rocks aren’t so visible this year – perhaps they are sleeping through the summer instead of being out to play? But still they showed up to play soccer with a group of enthusiastic teens!
There were two sumi-e highlights. One was being a guest presenter introducing sumi-e at the Art Therapy Group at the Cancer Partnership of Providence Hospital in Everett, WA. It was a gift to be able to give back to the institution where I received treatment less than a year ago.
And the other was being accepted as an exhibiting artist at the Whidbey Art Gallery, the artist coop gallery, in Langley, WA. It’s a thrill having my work on the wall and prints and cards in the print bin! Stop by any time you’re in the neighborhood.