New Cargill Gallery Exhibit: Poetry of the Brush

A new exhibit at the Cargill Gallery is focused on traditional and contemporary Sumi-e, or black ink paintings. The Asian artform uses different concentrations of ink to paint in shades of black, with brushstrokes that convey an essence or sprit of nature. Located on the skyway level of Minneapolis Central Library, the exhibit runs from December 3 to January 20.  

Poetry of the Brush features artists Ben Wong and Craig Steinmetz, who studied under master sumi artists for many years. Wong enjoys painting with traditional techniques using black ink and different concentrations of water to create depth and texture. Steinmetz learned a more Western style that is both contemporary and abstract, while still preserving the Sumi-e philosophy of painting. 

The library will host an artist reception on Sunday, December 11, 2-4pm. The event is open to the public.