Society Meetings

Friends of Taka Sumi-e society workshop meetings are held the first Saturday of every month, September through May, in Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, 9 to 11:30 am. A brief FOT membership meeting follows the workshop, 11:30 to noon.  Please bring your own tea mug. Hot water and tea are provided. A potluck is voluntary.  (Alternative locations to Room 104 will be announced.)

Benefits of joining Friends of Taka Sumi-e

Workshops, museum field trips, outdoor field trips to sketch and paint in nature, potlucks, holiday parties, and the annual art show and fashion show at San Diego beautiful Balboa Park are just some of the opportunities students have to expand their knowledge of sumi-e and to enjoy socializing with fellow students.

For NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS, click 2018 Yearly Membership Registration.pdf

Annual Membership Fees Deadline

Yearly membership, which runs from October to the following September, is $20.

Mail your check to:

Teri Ashabraner

454 Inkopah Street

Chula Vista, CA 91911


Alice Rogow, President

Stephanie Mast, Vice President

Stella Ting, Treasurer

Secretary, Gaye Lingley

Teri Ashabraner, Membership

Joan Rasp, Workshop Coordinator

Iris Lowe, Communication Coordinator

Joe Cross, Photographer

Karen Straus, Webmaster

Sarah Barnes, Hospitality

In order for Friends of Taka Sumi-e to continue to be a successful society, we need everyone to get involved.  Members can work together as co-chairs/team.  The board welcomes you to be a part of a great team.

Please notify Stella or Gaye if you are interested  in nominating someone (yourself, perhaps) or have further questions regarding the responsibilities of the positions.




OCTOBER:       Chrysanthemum, led by Joe Cross

NOVEMBER:    Card Making led by Roz with Trish


Tuesday Painters is a group of FOT members and sumi-e students who meet to paint outdoors, or plein air painting. The informal group meets the 1st, 3rd, 4th and any 5th Tuesdays of each month from 9 am until noon. If you'd like to join in with the Tuesday Painters, contact Gaye Lingley  Any suggestions as to places to paint are appreciated. This is a great way to expand artistic horizons and sumi-e really lends itself to the out-of-doors.


Friends of Taka Sumi-e Kinu-e Kai silk painting group meets monthly. This is an open group for all levels. We paint together and share experience, ideas, supplies, resources, and camaraderie. Beginners are most welcome as are artists curious about the process and want to observe. Contact Sensei Stephanie Mast for questions, location and beginning instruction information. For more on silk painting, click HERE.

To see photos from recent workshop meetings, click HERE.