October 4th | First Friday Art Walk Bonsai Exhibit

Living Sculpture
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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