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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ikebana Show at the Art League/Torpedo Factory March 4-8, 2010

Every two years, the Art League hosts a juried show by members of the Washington, DC chapter of the Sogetsu Society. The members select work from all mediums by artists of the Art League and Torpedo Factory for an installation.

My recycled glass work (Infinity) was selected by Ms. Jane Redmon. Ms. Redmon has taught classes in Sogetsu Ikebana for over 30 years, privately, and at the Smithsonian Associates, the World Bank, and the Library of Congress. She has presented demonstrations to many ikebana groups and garden clubs, including the Ikebana International Chapters in Baltimore, Maryland; Naples, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Chinook, Montana; and the Washington, D. C. Chapter. She has participated in exhibitions in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as at the 1996 Ikebana International World Convention and at Sogetsu and Ikebana International conferences in the United States.

I was fortunate to be in the show two years ago and look forward to seeing the stunning minimalistic arrangements again.

According to Wikepedia, Ikebana is the "Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō (華道?, the "way of flowers".

"More than simply putting flowers in a container, ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of particolored or multicolored arrangement of blooms, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line, form. Though ikebana is a creative expression, it has certain rules governing its form. The main rule[citation needed] is that all the elements used in construction must be organic, be they branches, leaves, grasses, or flowers. The artist's intention behind each arrangement is shown through a piece's color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the usually implied meaning of the arrangement."

"Another aspect present in ikebana is its employment of minimalism. That is, an arrangement may consist of only a minimal number of blooms interspersed among stalks and leaves. The structure of a Japanese flower arrangement is based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points, usually twigs, considered in some schools to symbolize heaven, earth, and man and in others sun, moon, love. and earth. The container is a key element of the composition, and various styles of pottery may be used in their construction."

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