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April 24, 2018
Bonsai Fest! Comes to Federal Way
A two-day celebration over World Bonsai Day- / Mother’s Day-weekend
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This May, Pacific Bonsai Museum hosts its first annual Bonsai Fest! The event features local bonsai enthusiast’s best works of art, as the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PBSA) presents their member’s annual spring show. The public can view the club members’ bonsai, ask questions, and watch bonsai-making demonstrations. Demonstrations will be made by Tony Fajarillo–silver medal winning ‘Pot Party’ bonsai garden creator from the 2018 Northwest Flower and Garden Show–at 1:00 pm on May 12, and by Frank Heidt–longtime friend and student of Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens–at 1:00 pm on May 13. Visitors can vote for their favorite PSBA bonsai to win ‘best in show.’ People’s choice voting concludes at 2:30pm Sunday with winners announced at 3:00pm.

 

Visitors can tour Pacific Bonsai Museum’s groundbreaking 2018 special exhibit ‘Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design’ that compares bonsai with other works of art and reveals the secrets of good bonsai design, breaking-down how exactly bonsai artists make tiny trees appear big, old, and interesting. Free, docent-led tours of the exhibit begin at 12 noon and 2:00 pm, both days. (Advance registration is not required.)

 

Bonsai Fest! offers visitors a pop-up shop where the inspired can buy their own bonsai to practice the art at home, as well as bonsai pots, bonsai books, and other gift items. Visitors can also enter a free drawing to win a bonsai tree. (The drawing winner will be chosen at 3:30pm Sunday.) An art station will be available to kids and adults who want to get creative and make cards for mom.

 

On Mother’s Day–May 13–local poet Alexandria Manalo will be on-site from 11am to 2pm to writing complimentary, personalized poems for moms and other loved ones. Visitors can also pose at a bonsai selfie-station to take a photo with mom or snap a pic to share with her.

 

Main Street Gyro food truck will be onsite Saturday, May 12 and Chebogz food truck will be here Sunday, May 13.

 

Admission is free; $5 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.

 

 

 

WHEN:

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (World Bonsai Day), 10am to 4pm; and Sunday, May 13, 2018 (Mother’s Day), 10am to 4pm.

 

 

 

WHERE:           

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001. Visitors are advised to search ‘Pacific Bonsai Museum’ in google maps on their gps-enabled devices to navigate to the Museum.

PARKING:        

Free parking is available across from the Museum at the West Parking Lot; handicapped parking is available at the museum entrance.

 

MUSEUM HOURS 2018

Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

March 22 to Sept 20: Extended Thursday hours, 10am to 7pm. (Other days the same as above.)

The Museum is closed: Every Monday as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

 

 

 

MORE INFO:   

The public can call the Museum with any questions in advance at (253) 353-7345 or email info@pacificbonsaimuseum.org.

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ABOUT THE PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM:

Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through the living art of bonsai. Fifty to 60 of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor fine art museum setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of only a handful of public museums in the world solely dedicated to bonsai and the only one in the western United States. Offering contemporary exhibitions, docent-led group tours, education, workshops and more, with a flair for PNW-style innovation, the Pacific Bonsai Museum is poised at the forefront of an evolving art form that is transforming in a uniquely American fashion. 33,000+ people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Open six days a week, year-round; admission by donation. Learn more at http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE PUGET SOUND BONSAI ASSOCIATION (PSBA):

The Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA) was formed in 1973 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. More at: http://www.psba.us.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE WORLD BONSAI FRIENDSHIP FEDERATION (WBFF):

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is designated a World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) Cooperation Center, one of 14 such Centers worldwide. WBFF exists to exchange knowledge, technology, and information on the art of bonsai among countries of the world, in order to promote appreciation of bonsai as a living art and advance international friendship and goodwill. WBFF hosts the World Bonsai Convention once every four years (occurring next in 2021) and promotes World Bonsai Day (occurring every year on the second Saturday of May).

March 27, 2018
Beyond Cool
New exhibit reveals to visitors what-makes-a bonsai-a-bonsai
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‘Cool!”, ‘Beautiful!,’ ‘Amazing!’: bonsai have universal appeal, as evidenced by these common, cross-cultural, post-viewing reactions. But why? What makes them so beautiful? What exactly makes a bonsai, a bonsai?

Through Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design, visitors will be able to study bonsai trees and describe what they see. The exhibit will break down major design elements of bonsai art — line, shape, form, space, color, and texture — exploring each element in detail. It will demonstrate, with trees from Pacific Bonsai Museum’s collection, how these design elements are used in bonsai.

As visitors enter and move through the exhibit, they will find bonsai trees that elegantly express design elements, displayed alongside images of artworks and interpretive text offering insights into the bonsai design process. As they explore the exhibit, visitors will be prompted by provocative questions to help them discover things they hadn’t seen before and put into words what they are learning. In the end, after experiencing all six elements, they will have become savvy about bonsai design, appreciative of the craft, and empowered to draw new connections between bonsai and other works of art.

WHEN:

Exhibit opens Saturday, April 21, 2018 and runs through Sunday, Sept 30, 2018.

OPENING DAY PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Schedule for Saturday, April 21

Throughout the Day

  • Art Station
  • Kids activities
  • Pop-up Shop
  • Food Truck

 

  • 9:00 am: Pacific Bonsai Museum Members’ Preview & Curator-led Tour (by invitation)

 

  • 10:00 am: Exhibit opens to the public

 

  • 10:30 am: Presentation, The LAB: Experimenting with a 1000-year-old art form, with Aarin Packard and Austin Heitzman, in the Pavilion

 

  • 11:30 am: Public Tour of the Exhibit (led by a Pacific Bonsai Museum docent; gather in the Courtyard by 11:25 am)

 

  • 12:00 pm: Presentation, Printing in trees: Fostering a healthier relationship between humans and nature through art, with linocut printmaker Kelli MacConnell, in the Pavilion

 

  • 1:00 pm: Presentation, American bonsai display: The Japanese influence on American furniture through the lens of bonsai, with furniture maker Austin Heitzman, in the Pavilion
  • 2:00 pm: Dance Performance by Khambatta Dance Company in the exhibit display area
  • 2:30 pm: Public Tour of the Exhibit (led by a Pacific Bonsai Museum docent; gather in the Courtyard by 2:25 pm)
  • 3:00 pm: Dance Performance by Khambatta Dance Company in the exhibit display area
  • 4:00 pm: Opening day ends

 

MUSEUM HOURS 2018

Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

March 22 to Sept 20: Extended Thursday hours, 10am to 7pm. (Other days the same as above.)

The Museum is closed: Every Monday as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

 

WHERE:           

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001. Visitors are advised to search ‘Pacific Bonsai Museum’ in google maps on their gps-enabled devices to navigate to the Museum.

 

PARKING:        

Free parking is available across from the Museum at the West Parking Lot; handicapped parking is available at the museum entrance.

 

EXHIBIT SPONSOR:

4Culture

 

MORE INFO:   

The public can call the Museum with any questions in advance at (253) 353-7345 or email info@pacificbonsaimuseum.org.

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RELATED PROGRAMS:

Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design complements two adjacent Pacific Bonsai Museum programs: Youth Education and the LAB (Living Art of Bonsai Project).

This year, Pacific Bonsai Museum launched a youth education school Field Trip Program. Field Trips include pre-tour and post-tour classroom lessons about bonsai history and design, a self-guided tour, a bonsai-inspired art activity, and their own living bonsai to take home. The exhibit will make abstract art concepts tangible for the students and provide a memorable, sensorial experience. Interested teachers, parents and students can learn more at: http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/learn/fieldtrips/.

Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design sets the baseline in bonsai art from which the LAB departs. The LAB is an advanced, experimental collaborative that will reimagine traditional bonsai practices by resequencing the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist, and standmaker. Products of this resequencing will be created (in some cases, before a live audience) and revealed to patrons of the project through gatherings both live and online. Details will be announced this spring on http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.

 

ABOUT THE PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM:

Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through the living art of bonsai. Fifty to 60 of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor fine art museum setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of only a handful of public museums in the world solely dedicated to bonsai and the only one in the western United States. Offering contemporary exhibitions, docent-led group tours, education, workshops and more, with a flair for PNW-style innovation, the Pacific Bonsai Museum is poised at the forefront of an evolving art form that is transforming in a uniquely American fashion. 33,000+ people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Open six days a week, year-round; admission by donation. Learn more at http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.

March 6, 2018
Introducing the LAB
First-of-its-kind collaboration to shake up the art of bonsai
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WHAT:

Pacific Bonsai Museum’s LAB (Living Art of Bonsai) is an experimental collaborative for bonsai design innovation.

This multiyear endeavor kicks off in 2018 with its inaugural LAB project investigating sequence. The project will reimagine traditional bonsai practices by resequencing the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist, and standmaker.

Rather than starting with a styled tree and asking both the pot and the standmaker to respond to it (as is traditionally practiced), the LAB asks: what if the stand comes first?; or the pot?; where can these makers take the art of bonsai if they allow themselves to influenced by each other in an entirely new way?

The LAB is a multi-year project consisting of collaborative working sessions and presentation sessions that will produce three, one-of-a-kind works of living art. These works will be created (in some portions, before a live audience) and revealed to patrons of the project through gatherings both live and online. All members of the design team will be present for each gathering to answer audience questions and discuss their work philosophies and design decisions in detail.

 

WHO:

The 2018 inaugural LAB design team will include three renowned artisans and a facilitator:

Standmaker: Austin Heitzman, Austin Heitzman Furniture, Portland, OR

Ceramic Artist: Ron Lang, Lang Bonsai Containers, Southport, NC

Bonsai Artist: Ryan Neil, Bonsai Mirai, St. Helens, OR

Facilitator:  Aarin Packard, Curator, Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way, WA

 

WHEN & WHERE:

The project kicks off in 2018 and continues through 2020. The artists will each work in their respective studios and then come together in presentation sessions scheduled as follows:

Session I August 4, 2018 at the Chauncey L. and Johanna Griggs Residence, Lakewood, Washington; home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Session II March 2019 (day and location TBA)

Session III August 4-5, 2019 (location TBA)

Session IV Reveal & Artist’s Reflection (date and location TBA)

 

TRAILER & DOCUMENTARY

A three minute video trailer to the forthcoming documentary is available for viewing and sharing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS8dUUeWF8o

An episodic documentary of the LAB project will feature excerpts from each LAB Session and in-process interviews with the artists while they work. Episodes will be released on at a time starting after the first LAB session (August 2018).

 

HOW THE PUBLIC CAN BE INVOLVED

In addition to following the project on social media (@pacificbonsaimuseum), the public may become involved with the project as patrons. The Museum is currently seeking individuals and organizations who would like to support the project financially and, as a thank you, be invited to attend live styling sessions among other benefits. Benefits and patrons levels are detailed in full: http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/lab/

 

ABOUT THE PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM:

Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through the living art of bonsai. Fifty to 60 of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor fine art museum setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of only a handful of public museums in the world solely dedicated to bonsai and the only one in the western United States. Offering contemporary exhibitions, docent-led group tours, education, workshops and more, with a flair for PNW-style innovation, the Pacific Bonsai Museum is poised at the forefront of an evolving art form that is transforming in a uniquely American fashion. 33,000+ people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Open six days a week, year-round; admission by donation. More at: http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.

 

ABOUT AUSTIN HEITZMAN:

Austin Heitzman’s interest in bonsai lead him to pursue woodworking and then furniture making, so it was only fitting that he would apply skills and knowledge as a furniture maker in the production of bonsai stands. Heitzman is exacting about the materials he uses. He sources lumber from salvaged city trees, seeking out lumber with the most exceptional and interesting qualities. His chosen trees are milled locally on a farm in the Columbia River Gorge, and then left to air dry for several years. This labor-intensive but ecologically sustainable process ensures the integrity of the wood , produces the most vivid colors, saves trees from the wood chipper, and gives them new life as heirloom furniture. More at: http://www.austinheitzmanfurniture.com/.

 

 

ABOUT RON LANG:

 

Ron Lang is a renowned bonsai potter based in North Carolina. He began working with clay in 1971 and for 30 years served as the Chairman of the Ceramics Department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a background in sculptural ceramics and is now primarily focusing on bonsai pottery. More at: http://www.langbonsai.com/.

 

ABOUT RYAN NEIL:

Ryan Neil is a bonsai professional, visual artist, and entrepreneur who is redefining the world’s understanding of bonsai from a technical hobby to a fine art medium. His approach reflects the interdependent relationships between nature, culture, and the individual. In 2010, Ryan founded Bonsai Mirai. Throughout the last 8 years, Mirai has developed into an incubator, school, and full-service nursery that is at the very forefront of the Western bonsai movement. More at: http://www.bonsaimirai.com and http://www.live.bonsaimirai.com.

 

ABOUT AARIN PACKARD:

Aarin Packard is the Curator of Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, WA.  Aarin received his MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. In 2006, Aarin was hired as the assistant curator of The National Bonsai and Penjing at The U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C. before joining Pacific Bonsai Museum in 2014. As the Museum’s Curator, Aarin oversees the horticultural and artistic care of the bonsai collection and creates new exhibits that honor the tradition of bonsai while advancing the art form in the 21st century.

 

ABOUT THE CHAUNCEY L. AND JOHANNA GRIGGS HOUSE

Frank Lloyd Wright–honored by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”–began designing a home for the Griggs family in 1945 set within dense fir forest near Chambers Creek in Lakewood, WA. This 5,000 square-feet, “Usonian” style home features soaring ceilings, concrete block wall construction, double clerestory windows, and long, cedar trusses holding up a cantilevered roof extending 14 feet past a glass wall over a terrace towards the creek. Construction began on the project in 1946 but work was halted. Tacoma architect Alan Liddle was commissioned to act as supervising architect to continue the project, which was completed in 1954. Current owners Mark and Phyllis Griggs generously agreed to open up their landmark home to artists and patrons of the LAB as the setting for the first live bonsai styling session on August 5, 2018.

November 27, 2017
Begin Winter Attuned to Nature with Living Art at the 4th annual A Bonsai Solstice
Take in a big breath of fresh air and enjoy the unique beauty of the bonsai illuminated by serene candlelight.
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WHAT:
A Bonsai Solstice is back! The Pacific Bonsai Museum welcomes the public to enjoy the collection by candlelight.

To add to the meditative atmosphere, world-renowned Native American Flute artist Gary Stroutsos will join us as a special guest artist this year.

We invite guests to BYOF (Bring-Your-Own-Flashlight) and sip a cup of hot cocoa or coffee compliments of Caffé D’arte. P&J’s Waffle Delights Food Truck will be onsite for those who’d like to treat themselves to a sweet or savory waffle dinner.

This event is kid-friendly. Admission to the event is free (donations to support the museum are always much appreciated). For those who would like to make a ritual of it, commemorative votives will be available with a $5 donation.

WHEN:
Sunday, December 17 from 4pm – 7pm

WHERE:
The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001.

PARKING:
Free parking is available across from the Museum (follow signs to ‘Garden Parking’); handicapped parking is available at the museum entrance.

EVENT SPONSOR:
Caffé D’arte

MORE EVENT INFO:
The public can call the Museum with any questions in advance at (252) 353-7345 or email Liz Sullivan, Liz@pacificbonsaimuseum.org.

ABOUT THE PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM
The Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through living art. Fifty of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor, fine-art-museum-setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. The Museum is poised at the forefront of an evolving art form that is transforming in a uniquely American fashion. Approximately 35,000 people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Admission by donation. Learn more at: http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.

MUSEUM WINTER HOURS
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm. The Museum is closed every Monday, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

ABOUT GARY STROUTSOS
Gary Stroutsos is a world flute artist and storyteller with a mission of promoting stewardship of diverse cultures and the natural environment. Each of Gary’s meditative, solo, Native American flute performances given over the course of his 35-year career is distinct, drawn from the inspiration of the space and the audience. More at http://www.garystroutsos.com/.

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