Please check out the photos taken at the club’s recent bonsai exhibit on October 4th, during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk.
Celebrating the art of bonsai
The Cascade Bonsai Society, in collaboration with Ashland Art Center and local Ikebana artists, will be exhibiting a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons during the October 4th, Ashland First Friday at the Ashland Art Center. The exhibit is a collection of Bonsai Society member’s finest trees and is timed to celebrate the fall colors.
To enhance the viewer’s experience, Art Center painter’s and photographer’s work has been paired with the trees to complete each display. From rocky hillsides and mossy forest floors to urban environments, each respective display tells its own story.
A collection of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), created by local ceramic and Ikebana artists will also be on display. These seasonal works of art will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the Art Center. “It is the Bonsai Society’s way of supporting the Art Center and thanking them for this wonderful opportunity to collaborate,” states club president Len Vaglia. “By participating together we can celebrate how each of our respective art forms views nature from a different perspective. It makes the exhibit that much richer of an experience.”
Ashland Art Center Education Coordinator, Jo Ann Manzone agrees, “It’s rare when we get an opportunity to collaborate with artists whose work involves living trees and plants. It gives our studio artists a way to participate from another perspective and to celebrate how they perceive the same landscape or season.”
Members of the Cascade Bonsai Society will be on hand to answer questions and shed light on the process of bonsai development and refinement.
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The Cascade Bonsai Club is on vacation during the months of July and August. Our next meeting will be on September 19th. See our events page for directions to the club’s meeting location.
Image: Dennis Robertson’s Azalea
The Cascade Bonsai Club is incredibly fortunate to have someone of Lee Cheatle’s caliber willing to travel to southern Oregon to teach us. The two-day workshop was full of useful information. Lee was always ready to answer any question anyone had. He instructed non-stop for 2 days straight and members went home with fabulous root over rock plantings on Saturday and better-styled trees on Sunday.
Saturday 30 March – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Baptist Church (site of previous workshops) 675 Keen Way
Brief discussion on soils…properties and composition. This is for our club novices and was requested. Covering the importance of correct soil mixes for conifer and hardwood bonsai. Then Lee will conduct a “root over rock” workshop. Members are required to bring their own trees, pots, rocks, tools, etc. Lee will be bringing supplemental soils, rocks, pots, wire and muck. He has also gathered a bunch of good sun moss for the students to use and will show us a barrier building technique that he learned from Ryan that may help stabilize root over rock plantings.
Sunday 31 March – 9 AM to 3 PM
Rec Room at the “Aspen on the Creek” trailer park, 2252 Table Rock Road. This site is only 1 mile off/west of I-5 Exit 30, next to area attraction Railroad Park. The Rec Room is in the center of the trailer court and obvious when you enter. Workshop timing
Members will bring in bonsai that they need help/direction with. A critique of their tree, followed by some hands-on work between Lee and tree owner to assist in furthering the bonsai’s progress. No repotting, rather pruning, shaping and wiring. You may bring more than one bonsai for critiquing, but Lee will only do one member’s bonsai at a time…then move on to a second tree if time permits. Please bring a drop cloth, tools (if you have them) and perhaps some wire. The Rec Room is a very nice facility, so we need to keep our mess to a minimum. There is a full kitchen, restrooms and handicap access to the building. Parking is available behind the building.
Workshop participants must provide their own brow bag lunches, to avoid the delay of folks going out for lunch. The same will apply for both days. We are expecting approximately 11 people per workshop.
Many thanks to Lee and the Bonsai Society of Portland for providing our club with a $250 grant to assist with costs. Incredible!