Beginning today and continuing throughout October, Edmonds' Gallery North is presenting "Curiosity; feather and flow," an exhibition of the work of contemporary sumi-e artist, Karen Dedrickson.
The artist pushes the traditional boundaries of sumi-e ink painting in her abstracted paintings of birds. “I am intrigued with painting emotions as movement,” she says. “I use the simplest of materials: brush, ink, water, and handmade paper. As I work, it is a lively balance between being an observer and a partner with my humble materials.”
Sumi-e is a form of East Asian brush painting that has been practiced for well over a thousand years. It strives to distill the essence of an object or scene. It is a technically demanding art form requiring skill, concentration, and years of training. Once a stroke is painted, it cannot be changed or erased.
The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy her paintings at two artist receptions" Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 1-4 p.m.. Refreshments will be served, and the artist will be available to discuss her work. Dedrickson also will attend the Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk on Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m.
"The Curiosity; feather and flow" exhibit is through Oct. 31 at Gallery North, 508 Main St., Edmonds. For more information, visit the Galley North Web site or call 425-774-0946.