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Posted on: April 5, 2018

The City of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2018 presents: Darlene Dihel, Sumi-e Brush Painter

Dihel Image Bird nest

The City of Enumclaw and 4Culture of King County look forward to an exhibit of sumi-e paintings featuring local arts commissioner Darlene Dihel, a dedicated painter. Her practice lead to her her mastery of the brush. Sumi-e painting is a serious effort that takes hours of practice.

A reception and demonstration by the artist will take place in the gallery from 3 - 5 pm on April 6, 2018. Children and their parents are encouraged to attend. Darlene teaches private lessons for children in her home.

Dihel was an active artist at last year’s Enumclaw Whistle-Stop Arts Fair. Whistle-Stop Art Fair applications are available on the city’s website or from

Darlene Dihel - Artist Statement

Darlene, a native Washingtonian, is a retired teacher who spent half of her career in the

South Pacific (Guam and Kwajalein) with husband, Merle, and two children. She came full-circle about 20 years ago, returning to the Pacific Northwest.

The love for SUMI-E, a Japanese word which means painting a picture with black ink, began over forty years ago following a few days in Japan. Darlene began studying and

sumi painting on her own until 1999 when she discovered the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization. After taking many classes from the group's masters Darlene now teaches sumi classes to all ages, enters shows and festivals, has solo shows, and does presents demonstrations.

 Gallery 2018 is located in the Council Chambers at Enumclaw City Hall. 1339 Griffin Ave. Enumclaw, WA 98022. Hours for the exhibition space are 9:30 a. m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. Gallery 2018 is closed to the public on Tuesday of each week for municipal court proceedings.

Darlene Dihel Press Release
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