Jim Gremel is a bonsai artist and an achiever. His trees are universally praised as beautiful and he has thousands of them in various states of progress at his home deep in the redwoods in California. One of his grafted Shimpaku Juniper bonsai won the top prize in the First National Bonsai Exhibit in New York in 2008. And Jim is a popular guy. When his award was announced he received three standing ovations! His classes and demonstrations are sold out wherever he is, whether it is in the West or in the South. From New York to California to Tennessee, when Jim Gremel speaks, people listen. Jim Gremel was chosen for the PSBA artist series because he has the ability to create a bonsai that transports the viewer to a different time and place. There are only a few seats left for the workshops to be held at Bonsai NW with Jim during his series. In keeping with the investment strategy of the artist series, those who sign up are committing to all three workshops. Mark your calendar now for Jim Gremel's artist series. Demonstrations will be held on April 27, June 22, and November 23 at the Center for Urban Horticulture at 7pm. Workshops will be held on April 26, June 21 and November 22 at Bonsai NW.
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.
It's time to start preparing your trees for the Spring Show coming up on May 2-3 at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Members wishing to exhibit their trees should follow the guidelines below. Trees should be delivered to the back gate at the Pacific Bonsai Museum between 8:00 am and 9:30 am the morning of May 2. Please prepare your trees and include all of the information requested according to the guidelines below. Trees can be picked up at 4 pm on Sunday May 3. A link to a printable version of the Spring Show flyer is located in the full text below. Thanks in advance to all PSBA members who will be showing trees!!
PSBA's 10th annual auction again will be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way Saturday June 6, from noon to 4 pm. To make the auction a success, we will need plenty of volunteers to help out and auction chairman Jason Eider reminds members that they can still participate in the live and silent auctions while volunteering. Credit cards will be accepted for any purchases made at either the silent or the live auctions. All participants in either auction must sign up for a paddle number prior to the start of the event. No paddle, no bidding. Sellers will be paying 10 percent of sales prices to PSBA instead of the old 15 percent, and buyers will be charged a 10 percent premium on all purchases.
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.
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. At this well-attended meeting, PSBA members were treated to an inspiring talk encouraging members to expand their thinking about American bonsai, the incorporation of Naturalism into American bonsai and how these concepts might influence their own collections. This visit to PSBA was Arthur's first foray into the west coast bonsai scene. Thanks to all those who came out in force and gave Arthur a warm welcome to the world of west coast bonsai!