Mark your calendars. This is an event that will be talked about for years. We are presenting three artisans, bringing you information you will not find elsewhere. There was a time when teaching bonsai was constrained - you had to be an associate or student to learn its secrets. This program breaks through all those restrictive approaches by providing you access to artists who are experienced and willing to share. The Round Tables will be run simultaneously and repeated once so you will be able to see two of the three demonstrations. Vicki Ridgeway will demonstrate how to prepare your tree for a show, Eric Ridgeway will show you how to transform a shiny, new pot into a unique piece full of character that will enhance the beauty of your trees and Dan Robinson will show you the technique of air-layering which will allow you to create new trees from existing ones in your collection or even in your yard. Don't miss this opportunity!
The Puget Sound Bonsai Association was formed in 1973 and is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Club members have bonsai experience that ranges from beginner to recognized experts in the art. The PSBA holds regularly scheduled club meetings featuring demonstrations and educational programs by national and international bonsai artists. The club also stages public shows and participates in community events where members' trees are showcased.
Thanks to all those new and renewing PSBA Members who have already paid their 2015 dues. For those renewing members who have not yet paid your dues, please take a few minutes and submit them now. You must pay your dues in order to be included in the 2015 Member Directory. This year you can pay with a credit card, check or cash. Please send checks by mail, pay with a credit card on the PSBA website or with cash at the Feb. 23 meeting. Click to read more below for details. Renewal dues remain $30 for individuals and $40 for couples. New members who joined PSBA on or after Sept. 1, 2014, do not have to pay dues in 2015. Your dues go toward defraying the costs of bringing guest artists to our meetings and workshops, room rental at CUH and for events such as our spring show, the annual auction and our displays at Aki Matsuri and Sakura Con.
At our Nov. 24 meeting, Larry Jackel, curator for the Bonsai Collection at the Denver Botanical Gardens presented a slide show of his collecting activities and his strategy for finding and successfully collecting wild trees. He then demonstrated his process for styling a collected ponderosa pine, creating an exciting semi-cascade which was taken home by a lucky PSBA member who won the raffle at the meeting. He also held a well-attended and, by all accounts, highly successful workshop on November 23.
Known as the father of American Bonsai, Dan Robinson gave American bonsai a face and a voice some time ago. He has defined the relationship between bonsai and the natural world. At the October PSBA meeting, Dan worked on a giant, weeping red pine on which he had already carved the dead wood. His demonstration focused on wiring and foliage design around the 7-inch-diameter trunk. While the carving on the trunk provides the focal point, designing and wiring the foliage makes it a bonsai, not just a beautiful tree in a pot. Dan showed how he creates dramatic effects with foliage and shared his unique view of the art of bonsai.
Two new member workshops, headed by Elsa Durham, were held on October 12 & 19 at Bonsai Northwest. New members developed a design with guidance from Elsa and pruned, wired and took home their new tree. As usual, all materials were included in the workshop. Next spring, new members who participated in these workshops will have the opportunity to attend a workshop to repot their new tree. Details will be publicized as the date approaches.