Thanks to all those who helped with the convention bonsai photos for this page.
The guest artist was Robert Steven - author of “Vision of My Soul” and “Mission of Transformation”.
(A 36 hour trip from Indonesia - one way!).
Robert did several programs - workshops, demonstrations and a critique.
He is shown here working a Ficus nerifolia workshop.
Bob Yarhling sent us the following convention bonsai photos as a good representation of the trees on display. Sorry, the wallpaper is a little distracting.
The BSF President's Award frequently goes to a large impressive bonsai.
This year there was a much talked about, but relatively small bald cypress bonsai.
A group of us stood observing it, and found several "faults" by traditional standards, but it was still a charmer. We liked it. Apparently, BSF president Charlie Michelson did too.
I asked Rick Jeffery about his Cypress.
"The tree is a whopping 17” tall ... I bought it from a
vendor at a convention in Orlando at the Peabody several years ago ...
Now, there's another great reason to attend a bonsai convention - the bazaar area!
Dorothy Schmitz, Ft. Myers, won the Joe Samuels' Award for this beautiful Casuarina bonsai.
Dorothy said it is "still a work in progress".
It is much taller than it appears here. Approximately 45 inches tall. We will look forward to seeing it again, soon.
I hope to have more details about this tree, on a forthcoming Casuarina page.
Conventions are busy. There is always something going on.
Ed Trout even had an impromptu buttonwood demonstration in the hallway! Great job Ed, and it was great to see his Mom.
|This buttonwood bonsai was originally styled by Ed Trout. The new owner had allowed it to get a bit out of hand and generously donated it to BSF.||Ed saw the tree and asked the owner if he would like to have him trim it up before the raffle. The owner accepted the offer and Ed went to work.||With a lot of trimming and wiring, some time later Ed had completely restyled the tree. Back to the raffle. Someone got a real prize!|
Ernie Fernandez, Ft. Myers, created a rock planting with an imported Fukien Tea and a wonderful Florida rock.
It was a struggle to get the perfect placement, but Ernie did it!
In addition to Ernie's bonsai talent, he is a fine artist.
This is the drawing he created for the new owner of the Fukien Tea demonstration tree. Imagine this future root-over-rock.
There were many more programs by other Florida bonsai artists ... Erik Wigert, Reggie Purdue, Jim Van Landingham, Toby Diaz, Alan Carver and Rob Kempinski.
The next time you see a notice of a "bonsai convention coming soon," check into it!
I can promise new friends, lots of laughs, great things to buy and a real learning experience.
You're invited to add your own convention bonsai photos to this site.
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