New visions of Maine in watercolors and sumi-e (Asian brush) paintings by Deer Isle artist Frederica Marshall will be on exhibit at the Blue Hill Public Library during the month of December in a show called, Fresh Ink. The public is invited to a reception for the show on Saturday December 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Haiku poetry, in many forms, will be presented at the reception by the Haiku Project, a group of local poets who have been writing together in Deer Isle for two years.
A demonstration of the art of sumi-e, Asian brush painting will be given by Frederica on Thursday December 5th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, in the Library’s Howard room. About this style of painting she offers, “The beautiful materials and energy of the brush strokes are very different from Western style painting.”
Frederica grew up in Japan, and lived there for 28 years. She studied brush painting for 10 years as well as Ikebana flower arranging, calligraphy, Bingata textile dying, pottery and language. She has exhibited her work in Japan and the US since 1973 in more than 100 group shows and 28 solo shows. Her paintings have won awards at the Tokyo Fine Art Museum, national exhibits in America and in local Maine gallery shows. Frederica Marshall is an artist, teacher and researcher. She received a BFA in Painting from Miami University in Ohio and an MA in Art Education from Michigan State University.
Frederica moved to Deer Isle 10 years ago. She says, “I have challenged myself to paint the Maine landscape by adapting traditional Japanese methods to this environment. Deer Isle reminds me of Japan; the fishing boats, islands and the fog moving through the pines. I feel my new work in this show is closer to my artistic vision than it has ever been. “
The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting December 2nd. For more information, call the library at 374-5515. Frederica’s work may also be viewed at www.fredericamarshall.com.