The Viewing Stone Interest Group invites PSBA members to participate in Stone Images VI exhibit which will run from April 3 through May 3 at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Stones for the show will be selected on Saturday, March 7 by a panel of three judges. Individuals do not have to be members of the Viewing Stone Interest Group, a study group affiliated with PSBA, to submit stones for consideration in the show. To be eligible for the show all stones must be of North American origin and cannot have been exhibited in a previous Stone Images show. In addition, each stone must be properly displayed in or on a daiza, suiban, doban, jita or pillow. Each individual may enter up to 10 stones for consideration. Judging will be held in the Cool House at the museum and participants are requested to bring their stones there no later than 11:45 a.m. on March 7 so they can be registered.
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.
There is much conversation lately about American bonsai. This talk ranges from people who deny that such a thing exists, to people who talk as if the idea is something new and they just invented it. Arthur Joura, bonsai curator of the North Carolina Arboretum, is certain that American bonsai exists because the public collection he manages is entirely American. It is American in its origins, its philosophy and its presentation. But Arthur does not think the concept of American bonsai is anything new. Rather, he believes it is an idea that originated a long time ago but is still in the process of being defined, and is in need of better understanding by the very audience that should be most attracted to it. This is an outstanding opportunity for PSBA members to see a talk that will inspire you to expand your thinking about bonsai and your own collection. This visit to PSBA will be Arthur's first foray into the west coast bonsai scene. Let's come out in force and give Arthur a warm welcome to the world of west coast bonsai!
Here's the first entry for 2015 from Ken Wassum's series, Now is the Time - It has been a warmer than usual winter and time is drawing short to complete repotting. Buds are swelling on maples, elms and other deciduous trees, and once they get to a certain point it is best to wait until the next year to repot. For this reason it is best to start repotting with deciduous trees, followed evergreens. Chinese junipers usually the most forgiving and can be done last.
At our Feb 23 meeting we presentied three artisans who brought 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. Vickie Ridgeway demonstrated how to prepare your tree for a show, Eric Ridgeway showed us 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 showed us the technique of air-layering which will allow you to create new trees from existing ones in your collection or even in your yard.
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.