Sumi art and handblown glass share center stage

The Rob Schouten Gallery will hold an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at its Greenbank Farm location.

Featured will be the work of respected sumi artist Angie Dixon, with her first exhibition of new work following a 10-year hiatus. This show combines the traditional expression of Asian brush and ink painting, also known as sumi painting, with Dixon's own expression that uses traditional materials in non-traditional ways.

"The expressive quality of brush and ink captivated me while in college at the University of Washington where I studied art with George Tsutakawa and then with visiting masters from Japan who taught sumi painting and calligraphy,” said Dixon. “When I went to the People’s Republic of China in 1984, where Asian brush and ink painting originated in the Tang Dynasty, I was given yet another perspective on creating images with brush and ink. The common thread through all these teachings was a profound respect for nature and the forces of creative energy.”

Also featured will be the impeccable handblown glass art of Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell, who have pursued their love of handblown glass for over forty years. Adamson has served as Technical and Assistant Director at Pilchuck Glass School and founded The Glass Eye Studio in Seattle with Swalwell. Working from their own studio and hot shop on Whidbey they continue to explore sculptural directions in contemporary art glass, including blown, pate de verre, cast and deeply carved forms.

This exhibition will open in conjunction with "First Fridays at the Farm Art and Wine Walk.” The artists will be in attendance and Baby Bahia will provide musical entertainment.

For information call 360-222-3070 or email


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