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2018 Biennial Ikebana Show

Exhibit dates: May 1–6, 2018

Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm

Flower arranging demos:

Saturday, May 5, 1:00-2:00 pm with Sheila Advani
Sunday, May 6, 1:00-2:00 pm with Jane Redmon

Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogetsu School for our 17th Biennial Ikebana Show. Join us at Art on the Rocks on May 4 and sip cocktails inspired by the Ikebana installations!

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 will select works of art by Art League artists to inspire and complete their harmonious installations. The 15 carefully crafted compositions of art and nature will 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. 

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