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Bonsai Banter Issue # 47 It's About Time!
January 31, 2014

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Recognition of Bonsai as an Art Form

In the 1970s a bonsai friend sent photos of his bonsai (mostly tropical yamadori) to be evaluated by the jurors of the Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, Florida.

He was told it was an art show and "plant vendors" were not accepted.

We've come a long way. Today bonsai artists around the world are setting new goals to introduce bonsai to the public as a true art form.

Almost every state in the United States has a permanent public exhibit and there are many others around the world.

Last week I had the honor of participating in an exciting advance in this effort.

The Marion County (Florida) Bonsai Society coordinated a temporary outdoor exhibit at the Appleton Art Museum in Ocala, Florida.

My presentation was 'Bonsai Myths and Magic,' a power-point program and talk on some of the most misunderstood aspects of bonsai.

Although temporary, it is longer than most. This exhibit will last for three months ... coordinated with the museum's 'A Celebration of Japan' displaying pieces from both the Appleton Museum of Art and the Mulvane Art Museum Japanese collections.

During the setup, Randall Moring took pictures for an upcoming souvenir book.

Sometime near the end of the exhibit, 'winter' trees will be switched out for spring and summer bonsai. (Date dependent upon weather.)

This is a major project.

The museum built and contributed the display tables, printed programs and included the exhibit on their website.

Demonstrations, scrolls, moving and switching out trees, watering and checking the bonsai every day ... are all provided by society members.

Scrolls, created by David VanBuskirk, showing the "life of a Serissa bonsai" in stages (from nursery stock to bonsai) have been placed on an outside museum wall.

I asked who was responsible for this wonderful event, how it came about, and who takes care of the trees etc.

Everyone was quick to include someone else to receive credit! This is a well coordinated joint effort with fantastic results.

Congratulations To

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Jackie Barrett, Tom Brantley, Marion-Alice Burke, David Cutchin, Connie Mangrum, Susan Moring, Randall Moring, David VanBuskirk, Linda VanBuskirk, Ron Weiss, Peter Wood and all the members of the Marion County Bonsai Society as well as the Hayashi Study Group.

Job well done.

Special recognition goes to the Appleton Museum for acknowledging bonsai as an art form!

New Pages

This month, Bonsai-Mary added two new pages to the website.

Tips on Taking Bonsai Tree Pictures was first.

Visitors responded and let me know how much they liked the progression pictures, so I added the Bonsai Tree Progression page.

Site Reminders

Don't forget, if you have a bonsai business or are a bonsai speaker, I have very reasonable prices and excellent exposure (hundreds of visitors a day)available for Your Advertising.

Until next month, thanks for your input and for visiting my site.


Mary Miller

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