About Us

Welcome to the Puget Sound Sumi Artists website.  We are a very active group numbering nearly 70 members from all over Washington.  Puget Sound Sumi Artists was created in 1986 in Tacoma to promote an understanding and appreciation of sumi painting (Sumi-e) and Asia calligraphy (shodo). We work with traditional materials and encourage individual creativity.  The artists are committed to share their Asian art interest with the public.  Many members teach classes/workshops and give demonstrations at various functions in the community. 

Our 10 monthly meetings begin at 11:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, except for July and August.  Most of our meetings are held at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma, but some meetings are in the Bellevue area.  After the formal meetings we have a light lunch and a program from a guest artist.


    1. To promote friendship and goodwill amoung the PSSA members.
    2. To encourage each member to advance his/her standard of artistic sumi related works and Asian brush calligraphy (Shodo) by monthly programs.
    3. To foster sumi painting and brush calligraphy appreciation in the community by demonstrations, exhibitions and lectures.
    4. To arrange exchange of sumi/calligraphy works with Japanese master artists for goodwill and learning experience.  In turn, PSSA members are invited to exhibit every three years at Kyoto International Cultural House in Japan.




      1. Education: 
          • Members volunteer to teach this art form to fellow members, K-12 school children and adults in the community.  The supplies are offered free to the schools and community through PSSA annual budget.  Asian calligraphy is offered to interested members on the third Tuesday of selected months.
      2. Community:
          • We support two charities:
            1. Eugene Tone Children's Care is a Tacoma Public School and community partnership advocating for homeless students and families by removing barriers assisting with transportation, basic needs and stability by facilitating community connections.
            2. YWCA Tacoma Woman's Shelter provides a safe place offering basic needs and support to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.  It is the oldest facility of its kind in Washington.
      3. Scholarship Program:
          • Since 1999, a $500 scholarship is offered annually to a college or university student studying, specifically, Asian culture or studio works reflecting Asian influence, i.e. brush calligraphy, sumi painting, print making or ceramic, etc.  Students who live and attend an institution in the Puget Sound corridor are eligible.
      4. Exhibits:
    • Annually, there are approximately three to four Puget Sound Sumi Artists (PSSA) sponsored exhibits in various venues that include galleries, libraries, and cultural centers.  Any member can enter a show by following the guidelines outlined in the show prospectus.
    • Occasionally we have exchanges with Japanese artists who participate in combined exhibits with PSSA. 


Check our website regularly to find up-to-date information about PSSA exhibits.

MEETING: Always the first Tuesday of the month from September to June.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, Washington 98409

You will need to know at which facility we will be meeting, if you do not know please contact us.