“World of Ink and Water,” a show of both Asian brush paintings and watercolors by Jean Kigel of Waldoboro, is on view this month at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans, located at 149 Maine St. in the Tontine Mall. There will be an artist’s reception in conjunction with the city’s Second Friday Artwalk Friday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

“World of Ink and Water” presents a variety of Asian brush styles. A spontaneous style of floral and landscape painting uses hand-ground ink and color. Some of these florals are painted on gold-leafed shikishi boards from Japan, and some are quite small. Also included are pure sumi-e paintings of crows and sumi-e abstractions from Kigel’s kayak series. The gallery also has hung a magnificent gyotaku monoprint of a sturgeon. Gyotaku prints are made using the real fish, inked in multiple colors, as the plate while the artist’s hands serves as the press.

This show coincides with the opening of the “Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which ushers in a series of contemporary Chinese brush-painting at major museums in the United States. Brush painting is moving into the spotlight and receiving its long-deserved recognition in this country.

Kigel has traveled extensively in Japan and China for personal, intensive study in brush painting with international master.  Her work is exhibited in Maine, Vermont, and New York City. For more information, call 373-1810 or visit jeankigel.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.