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Peninsula Art League
P.O. Box 1422
Gig Harbor , Washington 98335
United States

Company Description: An organization of Gig Harbor and Peninsula area artists dedicated to the arts. The group represents Northwest artists who paint, sculpt, draw and create art. PAL...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Active Member
    Puget Sound Sumi Artists
  • Member
    Sumi Artists' Organization


  • Central Washington College
17 Total References
Web References
Peninsula Art League ~ Classes and Workshops, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Sumi-e Painting Workshops -- on Bainbridge Island with PAL Member Darlene Dihel. Contact Darlene for information.
Darlene ..., 8 Sept 2012 [cached]
Darlene Dihel Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Sumi-e - Darlene Dihel
(Photo courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Sumi-e: Black Ink Painting.
Before Darlene discovered sumi, she attended Central Washington College to study education and discovered a talent in art. The abstract expressionist era pre-dominated the arts at that time. She experimented with different media, but favored the spontaneity of water-based paints. Through the years she has painted with acrylics and watercolors, but eventually returned to her passion - sumi-e.
At the present time, Darlene still studies the traditional Japanese sumi painting, but adds Asian watercolors. In the last few years she has added collage to her work as well as approaching her paintings in an abstract style to which she worked in earlier years.
Since sumi painting is not well-known in the Western world, Darlene's mission is to promote an awareness and understanding of sumi-e. She enters shows, teaches children and adult workshops, participates in festivals, and does demonstrations. She has won several awards including Best of Show at Seattle's Convention Center.
Darlene's journey as a sumi artist is passionate as she experiments with the black ink, watercolors, and collage materials in an innovative direction.
Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Sumi-e by Darlene Dihel Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Sumi-e - Darlene Dihel
(Photo courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Sumi-e: Black Ink Painting.
SUMI-E, Japanese ink-brush painting has captured the heart and spirit of Darlene Dihel for over 40 years. The more she learns about painting SUMI the more evident it is that she'll always be a student.
(Photos Courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Time spent in Darlene's studio escapes her as she studies and paints and prepares her work for shows, festivals, and workshops. She is an active member of Puget Sound Sumi Artists and also belongs to the Peninsula Art League in Gig Harbor.
Please visit Darlene's booth where she will have original sumi paintings for viewing and purchase as well as note cards, book marks, Asian birthday prints (the 12 animals), Zen Stones, and Zen Gardens.
The Peninsula Gateway, 14 Sept 2006 [cached]
Darlene Dihel
Background: Dihel first learned of Sumi painting during a trip to Japan in 1965.She is now a member of the Sumi Artists' Organization.
Darlene Dihel - (253) ..., 5 May 2007 [cached]
Darlene Dihel - (253) 857-9038 or email
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