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Ikebana International Exhibition at the U.S. National Arboretum

April 18th, 2014 by Keith

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Today the third and last exhibition installation of ikebana by the Washington,DC Chapter of Ikebana International opened at the U.S. National Arboretum. All of the ikebana arrangements are on view from 10AM until 4PM thru Monday, April 21. At the exhibition you can see the piece I did using bamboo, colored contorted filbert branches, craspedia, mosses, and aspidistra leaves.
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Demonstration forBCC Workshop

April 13th, 2014 by Keith

Earlier this month I did a demonstration for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Workshop of the Washington,DC Chapter of Ikebana International. They are always such a warm and receptive group and it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with them. I managed to get some quick photos afterwards and You can see my work below. Now I am getting ready for the Ikebana International Exhibition at the United States National Arboretum. Today I went with Frederick to view the second installion of ikebana on exhibit(which can still be seen tomorrow, the arboretum is closed Tuesday-Thursday). The last and final installion of the show is on Thursday and will open to the public on Friday April 18th. The exhibition will continue thru April 21 from 10AM until 4PM daily.

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Ikebana at The Art League Gallery

March 7th, 2014 by Keith

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Ceramic container by Carla Amerau, framed photography by Erin Tetterton

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Thursday night The Art League Galley opened the Biennial Ikebana Exhibition featuring works of art by Art League artists paired with ikebana artists from the Washington, DC Sogetsu Ikebana branch. Frederick and I went to Alexandria to install my piece in the afternoon, most of the other ikebana artists were done and my spot was ready and waiting for me to work. I choose a ceramic piece by Carla Amerau (who is also a very accomplished Sogetsu ikebana artist as well) and an intriguing photography piece by Erin Tetterton. Both of their pieces had very organic feel to them, and I was very pleased with how well they worked together. For my ikebana arrangement in the exhibition I choose some pink mink proteas, split bamboo, and some bird of paradise leaves that I wove with strips of red colored wool. After the installation we had dinner and came back for the opening which was really wonderful, a great chance to talk, view all the work and meet other artists too. This exhibition is up thru Sunday March 9th and I hope that you get a chance to go to Alexandria to see it!


To see more photos from the exhibition you can take a look at the Art League Gallery Flickr page

The Art League Gallery- 15th Biennial Ikebana Show

March 5th, 2014 by Keith

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March 6–9, 2014

Ikebana Events:
All events are in The Art League Gallery and are free and open to the public
Reception: Thursday, March 6, 6:00–8:00 pm. Performance by the Washington Toho Koto Ensemble beginning at 6:00 pm
Washington Toho Koto Ensemble performance: Saturday, March 8, 2:00 pm
Flower Arranging Demonstration: Sunday, March 9, 2:00 pm

Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogetsu School for our 15th Biennial Ikebana Show. This popular exhibit will be featured in The Art League Gallery from March 6-9, 2014.

What is Ikebana?
Recognized as a sculptural form of art, Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has over 300 schools of thought. Sogetsu Ikebana is a three-dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material arranged in a container. Sogetsu promotes an Ikebana of no limits, in which plant materials of any type may be used and displayed anywhere and in any circumstance. Sogetsu does not encourage students to emulate nature; they encourage students to use lines, hues, and masses provided by nature to inspire their own creations. Combining the arrangements with two and three dimensional artwork results in stunning, contemporary installations.

The Ikebana Exhibit
Sogetsu members have selected works of art by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists to inspire and complete their harmonious installations. The carefully crafted compositions of art and nature create a peaceful and reflective environment in the Gallery. A Sogetsu member is present at all times, watering the arrangements as needed and answering questions about their art form. This dynamic, interactive collaboration brings fresh and calming energy to The Art League Gallery.

Ranunculus, Anemone, Seeded Eucalyptus and Dried Pods

February 15th, 2014 by Keith

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Anthurium and Philodendron Selloum

February 13th, 2014 by Keith

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You Are Invited to Preview My New Book!

December 9th, 2013 by Keith

My first book featuring photographs from “365 Days of Ikebana”is now available for purchase. If you would like to make a purchase Blurb books is offering a 20% discount on any order placed by December 15, just use code BLURBGIFT-1 at checkout.

Hanakubari with Anthurium, Willow and Dried Strelitzia Leaf

October 11th, 2013 by Keith

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I love building structures, and this one was quick and easy to make. Hanakubari is the technique of building fixtures with natural materials to support flowers without wire, nails, or screws. But more important is the fact that it is meant to be part of the design, not hidden like a kenzan or kubari fixture in traditional ikebana. For this particular piece I used mostly “Y” shaped pieces of willow, all held together with some light tension. Strong tension in this ceramic container, and the swelling of wooden stems could cause too much stress on the vessel and cause it to crack or break. There is just enough tension joining it will to form a Hanakubari that is interesting and secure for stems.

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Nature Inspired Bouquet

September 11th, 2013 by Keith

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As promised, another bouquet that was nature inspired. Actually the materials are gathered from the woods around my parents home in the mountains in the western part of Virginia. I found so many little mosses and lichens,their growth aided by an usually cool and wet summer, and it was a pure delight. Little pieces of treasure all around, slowly revealing small gems of color and texture. Lovely red begonia blooms grown by my mother, they were such a joy to use. She was thrilled that I used them and I cut pieces of them to take home and start my own plants (which made her so happy). The strange coincidence was that I had brought her rooted cuttings of my periennial begonias from my garden to transplant into hers. Delicate lichens and mosses were used to cover the underside of the bouquet, and I wrapped the handle with the soft leaves of lamb’s ear. The experience of searching for enough material to make this was interesting, I really kept my eyes wide open and used things I might not otherwise think of. At some point there will be another bouquet, and yes I will also be posting new ikebana for all to see!

Wedding Bouquet

September 5th, 2013 by Keith

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This is my garden inspired bouquet, using what I could find still in bloom in the late summer heat. I bought the kale leaves and glued them to the underside of the bouquet to start, and glued a leaf to cover the handle. Flowers were collected and cut from the garden and our potted plants and I got a nice mix of flowers and leaves, pods and acorns. It was a race against the rising summer heat in the studio, and I wanted to get photos done while we still had good light outdoors. After I finished I asked Frederick to go with me over to Fort Bunker Hill Park here in Brookland to do the photographs. It is a lovely place to shoot photos, but sadly is FULL of poison ivy, and now Frederick has it all of his legs and feet despite our attempts to be careful. Since then I have scouted some better areas to shoot photos in with less chances of getting into poison ivy. My original idea was to do cool colors, but with a limited amount of flowers I had to go with many colors instead. Perhaps the next one will be the cool colors using some local flowers from the farmer’s market to add to what I have in the garden. I will also be posting photos of the bouquet I did earlier in August using materials collected from the woods in the mountains and my mother’s garden, hopefully sometime this weekend.

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