Paintings by sumi-e artist coming to gallery

Darlene Dihel’s ink paintings will be on display until May 1.

Artist Darlene Dihel explained the art of sumi painting and gave a demonstration during an open house April 6 in Gallery 2018. KEVIN HANSON PHOTO

Artist Darlene Dihel explained the art of sumi painting and gave a demonstration during an open house April 6 in Gallery 2018. KEVIN HANSON PHOTO

The city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2018 is presenting work by local sumi-e artist Darlene Dihel.

Her show, entitled “Simply Spontaneous,” opened April 5 and runs through May 1 at Enumclaw City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave.

A reception and demonstration by the artist took place in the gallery April 6.

Dihel is a native Washingtonian and a retired teacher who spent half her career in the South Pacific (Guam and Kwajalein) with her husband, Merle, and two children. She came full-circle about 20 years ago, returning to the Pacific Northwest.

Her love for sumi-e, a Japanese word which translates to painting a picture with black ink, began more than 40 years ago following a few days in Japan. Dihel began studying and sumi painting on her own until 1999 when she discovered the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization. After studying under the group’s masters, she now teaches sumi-e classes to all ages, enters shows and festivals, has solo shows and offers demonstrations.

Gallery 2018 is in the council chambers at Enumclaw City Hall. Hours for the exhibition space are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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