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Far East-inspired art exhibit coming to Bloomington

The Far East beckons you in an exhibit with 90 works of local art. Artistry brings the Sumi-e Society of America’s 56th Annual National Juried Exhibition to the Bloomington Center for the Arts.

The show hails from artists across the nation and was juried for exhibition by master Sumi-e artists, Yuming Zhu and Bloomington’s own Hong Zhang. In Sumi-e (Japanese for black ink brush painting) soft but powerful brush strokes, depict the elegance of calligraphy, landscape, flora and fauna, and much more—all in an Asian light.

Find out why Sumi-e is synonymous with serenity. Delve into Asian art and culture three times over—all from a Bloomington base. Visit the six-week long exhibit, hosted by the local Ming Chiao Chapter, August 9 – September 20. Attend the reception, Friday, September 6, 6 – 8 p.m. Both are free and in the Inez Greenberg Gallery, Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.

Take the experience another step and participate in a Sumi-e painting class, Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fee required: Artistry members $98 and nonmembers $108.) Learn how to paint tranquil, Asian-inspired scenes using ink, watercolor, rice paper and bamboo. Practice and refine your brushwork skills in a safe, relaxing environment. Register at artistrymn.org or call 952-563-8575.

For other information, visit blm.mn/artistry or call 952-563-8575.