Baltimore Group and Metro Washington D.C. Chapter set up the 4th annual spring Ikenobo exhibition at Brookside Gardens Visitor's Center On March 26-27, 2011.
As we know, pictures do not always complement the beauty of Ikebana arrangements. But they inform on what was happening. Imagination helps a little, too.
Here is an atrium arrangement. "A Tribute to Japan" The idea was to use sacura with pine, considering the Japanese symbolism, attributed to sacura - fleeting life of heroes and in general... But the forced branches had been gone right before the day of placement, creating a lot of frustration. They were substituted by magnolia. We deliberately restrained from something bright and showy.
A lot of people had to do something with this arrangement. First Ursula invited to pick up her Japanese black pine branches, and Kyoko was so kind as to go all the way to Columbia, MD to load them and bring to my place. Nohra and her husband Carlos spend time and money to bring those outstanding bamboo containers from Columbia-Columbia to my studio. Kathy and Pat arranged the design. Kathy transported heavy containers to Brookside Gardens together with a lot of other things.
As I mentioned above, we could use these extraordinary bamboo containers, thanks to Nohra and her brother-in law. Eduardo is in building business, which involves bamboo as a material, and he also does beautiful things out of it for sale. These traditional Japanese bamboo containers were made in Columbia and shipped all the way from that tropical country. Thank you, Nohra, they are really special and most gorgeous.
Lanna's Rikka and Sensei's Shoka Shofutai against the screen.
Sensei's shoka with the most beautiful Japanese quince was a highlight of the exhibit. Perfection itself, as Nohra said.
Lanna used all green materials for her Rikka Shimputai. She arranged it in the gorgeous Shigoraki container, brought from Japan by the kindest and loveliest lady in the world - Fay. She bought it in Kyoto from the famous Shop Across The Gates.
I am glad Reiko made this classical Rikka Shofutai! It takes a lot of knowledge to make it, using all the traditional plants, positioning "yakuedas" just so, balancing everything accordingly... This was the only Rikka Shofutai at the exhibit, and beautiful. Thank's, Reiko!
Nohra arranged Shoka Shimputai with sacura branch and pine in Angela Fina Ikenobo vase. It reminded me a flying crane - a powerful symbol. What a mighty branch!
Mitsuko san arranged Rikka Shimputai with sacura, pine, camellia and orchids in an elegant ceramic blue container.
Below is a big scale miniature ensamble of arrangements, made by Kathy and Rosalie. The scale was a surprise to me - a lot of work!
Miniature style is much more difficult to arrange nicely for obvious reasons. A lot of visitors' attention was payed to Kathy's and Rosalie's work. I admired them very much, too
Patty arranged a traditional Shoka-Tsurihana - in a Moon shape bronze container. Tulips and cherry branches worked so beautifully together!
Alice arranged protea in a container she brought from Taiwan. It's her second exhibit, and she did well. Again! The goose is admiring Alice's arrangement from the outside.
Kyoko created an elegant Rikka Shimputai with two of my favorite plants - Willow and Japanese Quince. A touching beauty, making me emotional. Very, very photogenic, too! I am gald we can save it in a picture.
Fay arranged Futakabuike shoka - classical style of divided Shoka, picturing water and land scenery. She used a Shigoraki made suiban of the nicest proportion. Fay is famous for finding the best possible containers. The Dutch irises - are a compromise.
Narine arranged a free style with beautiful ash tree branches in bloom and white Lisianthus in yellow tall vases. One can feel spring breeze, looking at it.
Marjorie's free style in the black vase.
Margue's Shoka Simputai.
This exhibition could happen, thanks for the arrangers' love for Ikenobo Ikebana, marvelous enthusiasm, great input, and extraordinary help from Ikebana friends and husbands. It's one of the best experiences in life - to create something beautiful in a big company of beautiful people...