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2012 Biennial Ikebana Exhibit

14th Biennial Ikebana Show
May 31–June 3, 2012



Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogestu School for our 14th Biennial Ikebana Show. This popular exhibit will be featured in The Art League Gallery from May 31–June 3, 2012 in conjunction with our first internationally juried exhibit, "Tea."

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.

For our Ikebana Show, Sogetsu members select 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 energy to The Art League Gallery.

Ikebana Events (all in The Art League Gallery):

  • Reception: Thursday, May 31, 6:00–8:00 pm. Awards for Tea will be presented by juror John Neely. Performance by the Washington Toho Koto Ensemble beginning at 6:00 pm.
  • Flower Arranging Demonstration: Sunday, June 3, 1:00–2:00 pm
  • Washington Toho Koto Ensemble performance: Sunday, June 3, 2:30 pm

Click here to see images from the 2010 Ikebana Show.





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