An Appreciation of Japanese Brush Paintings Today

MISSION TRAILS -- The Friends of Taka Sumi-e art society will exhibit traditional Japanese-style brush paintings, called sumi-e, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, as part of the Mission Trails Regional Park concert series featuring the Japanese bamboo flute.

The concert is at 3:00 pm in the Visitor Center Theater and features the soothing and haunting sounds of the shakuhachi, or Japanese bamboo flute, played by Mary Lu Brandwein. The sound of the flute, used by Zen monks for meditation as well as music, lends itself to inner reflection and peace, according to Brandwein. Traditional and more contemporary pieces will be experienced.

The pop-up art exhibit features works of the members of the Friends of Taka Sumi-e, an art-based society in San Diego, California, dedicated to studying and sharing the art of Japanese-style sumi-e brush painting. The society was founded in 2002 and currently has more than 100 members.

The society's founder and guiding light is Takashi Ryuho Ijichi, long-time San Diego Community College art instructor and a leading figure in San Diego's Japanese cultural community. The exhibit includes live demonstrations of brush painting by Takashi and his advanced students and will be held in meeting rooms adjacent to the Visitor Center Gallery.

For additional information on Japanese brush painting visit here. For information on the Japanese bamboo flute and Mary Lu Brandwein, visit here.

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