Ikebana of Arizona’s membership tea was held in the North Valley Visitor’s center and included live music as well as a Sogetsu demonstration by long-time member Susan Allen.
Having just learned of the passing of Janet Ikeda, longtime member of Ikenobo Ikebana and Ikebana of Arizona, and for many years our primary translator and host for visiting Japanese professors, we would like to dedicate this past week’s Ikenobo demonstration to her memory. Janet made us all better and embodied the spirit of Ikenobo ikebana.
The 2018 visiting professor demonstration was held on March 9, 2018 at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Please enjoy the pictures from the demonstration.
Ikebana of Arizona hosted the the 34th annual presentation of flower arrangements in the Asian Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum this month. Thanks to all who contributed to making Ikebana of Arizona’s exhibit this year so very lovely. Dr. Janet Baker’s comment was “fantastic”! We had many visitors and countless positive responses. Many visitors thanked us for sharing our ikebana and remarked on how much it meant to them. Thanks also to members who volunteered to act as “docent hosts” to share information about the different arrangements and provide information about Ikebana of Arizona and the various schools.
Ikebana of Arizona’s Fall Fest attendees enjoyed a full day of demonstrations, culminating in a workshop where they were able to employ the techniques demonstrated by our three instructors. Sogetsu instructor Retta Marconi-Dooley demonstrated how to create striking effects with leaves.
Striking Effects with Leaves
Next, Ikenobo instructor and rosarian Marylou Coffman demonstrated jiyuka arrangements with roses. Last was Ikenobo professor Pat Kuffler who led a demonstration and workshop designing with leaves and roses. Attendees, then created their own arrangements which are displayed below.
The 8th Annual Ikebana Exhibit at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, sponsored by the Sonoran Desert Sogetsu Study Group had more than 40 displays, representing Sogetsu and Ikenobo styles. The 4 day event from Jan. 26-29, included live music, Ikebana information artist booth, Ikebana presentations and hands-on-experiences, and a pottery display by Ping Wei.
The Holiday workshop, held at the North Mountain Visitors Center, was a great way to wrap up 2016. Tasty snacks were shared, while creative juices flowed. Carol Brecker lead the workshop, using aspen branches, pine, red lilies, red and silver roses, amaranth and baby’s breath to create arrangements that expressed holiday feelings and wishes.
Continue to see a sample of arrangements.
Minnette Marmot Siedenberg shared her heartfelt Chiko ikebana at our fall program and luncheon on Oct. 21. Chiko School arrangements generally tell a story and include some accessories, such as seasonal fruits or vegetables, ornament, doll, or other artistic or folk object, in addition to the container and floral materials.
Ikebana of Arizona and Sonoran Desert Sogetsu Study Group presented Renga Style Live Ikebana at the Japanese Friendship Garden Oct. 2016
Live Ikebana Renga Style set to music for the moon viewing festival Otsukimi at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, on October 15, 2016. Arrangements were presented by Susan Allen, Carol Brecker, Wanda Collins, Janet Millard and Mary Ann Palmer. Narrators Sharon Ady and Joan Foltz read the haikus the ikebanists chose to represent and described the materials and inspiration for their design. The moon was full and high in the sky behind the exhibit. Perfect evening in Phoenix.
Carol Brecker demonstrated techniques to shape branches into unique structures.
Ping Wei demonstrated miniature Ikebana arrangements at the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. After everyone completed their own grouping of miniatures, Ping gave a thorough design review with helpful tips.
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