Exhibit dates: July 21-August 28
Artist Reception/Demonstration: Saturday, July 31, 2-4pm

Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. (10 am- 5pm)
9419 Battle St, Manassas/703-330-2787
The art is for sale and available for shipping. jexum@virginiaARTfactory.org

ARTfactory presents “Becoming Summer”, a group art exhibit featuring 15 artists from the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of Sumi-e Society of America. Established in 1972, The NCAC of Sumi-e Society of America is a multi-cultural community of artists, teachers, students, and others with interest in supporting, creating and promoting the art of Sumi-e in America. The chapter provides platforms for the community to share, inform, and grow a broader understanding of this unique art in order to bridge the Easter and Western Influences. Their works of art are ink and/or watercolor on paper or shikishi boards (gold or silver boards with a thin layer of rice paper on top). Their paintings depict both traditional and non-traditional topics and calligraphy, all of which are beautifully presented in matted frames or scrolls.

What is Sumi-E?
Sumi-e or traditional East Asian brush painting is an ancient and unique art form. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Sumi-e is frequently distinguished by its use of the Four Treasures consisting of 1) Rice Paper 2) Ink Stick  3) Ink Stone and  4) Brush. Sumi-e originated with Literati Painting centuries ago and spread through other parts of the world including the United States. All East Asian brush painters, regardless of location, use the same tools and similar brush techniques in the creation of traditional compositions as well as more contemporary works.

Participating Artists:
Cathy Chi
Mei Lih Chiang
Tiny Cholvibul
Charlene M. Fuhrman-Schulz
Lilya Greyson
Bingjib Huang
Carla Jaranson
Bok Kim
Anne Klein
Li-Wen Quach
Carolyn Jackson Sahni
Jean Seelig
Suzanne Tolstoy
Carol Waite
Carole Yee