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Ikebana Meets Art on the Rocks

Spring will finally be in full bloom during the first week of May, as our Biennial Ikebana Show with the Washington, DC Sogetsu School returns. And, this year, our Ikebana Show collides with our cocktail competition, Art on the Rocks!

The Biennial Ikebana Show

May 1-6, 2018
Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6:30–8:00 pm
Flower arranging demos: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday May 6 at 1:00 pm in the gallery.

From the 2016 exhibit. Ikebana artist: Carol House; Painting: David Carter; Vessel: Carla Amerau

Every two years, art and nature converge for The Art League’s Biennial Ikebana Show. 

Members of the Washington, DC Sogetsu School select works of art by Art League instructors to inspire and complement their Ikebana arrangements. This year, 15 carefully crafted compositions of art and nature will create a peaceful and reflective environment in the gallery. A Sogetsu member will always be present, tending to the arrangements and answering questions about their art form.

Recognized as a sculptural form of art, Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has over 300 schools of thought. Sogetsu promotes an Ikebana of no limits, in which plant materials of any kind may be used and displayed anywhere and in any circumstance.

The Ikebana Show is sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Charles Schwab, Genesco Sports, and the Hunting Creek Garden Club.


Art on the Rocks

Event Date: Friday, May 4, 7:30–10:00 pm
Tickets$45 each. $55 after April 21 (must be 21+ to attend)

Art on the Rocks, 2016

Mixologists from Chadwicks, Brabo, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Virtue Feed & Grain, and The Wharf have been challenged to each select an installation from our Biennial Ikebana Show as inspiration to create the most artistic cocktail and appetizer pairing. They will compete for the title of ‘Art on the Rocks’ champion at the event on Friday, May 4.

Art on the Rocks ticket holders may sample all of the delicious pairings and vote for their favorite during the event. A panel of experts will crown the winners of the most creative cocktail, appetizer, and artwork pairing. Save $10 on tickets through Saturday, April 21 – purchase here!

Join us for some creative fun – delicious cocktail and food pairings, music, and imaginative art and Ikebana installations, all while supporting The Art League and our local business community!


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