World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience

Pacific Bonsai Museum’s special exhibition for 2020 and 2021, World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience, traces the cultural practice of bonsai in location and time—in Japan and in the United States, from the pre-war WWII period, through wartime, amid incarceration, and at peace. With bonsai, artifacts, documents, and photographs, the exhibition shares the little-known stories of the people who ingeniously and courageously cared for bonsai, shared their art, and spurred a flourishing, global practice despite overwhelming hardships. Exhibition on view now through October 2021.


Video Introduction

Watch a short video introducing the exhibition with Curator’s voiceover.

Film by Bonsai Mirai

Watch a short film featuring Curator Aarin Packard and featured exhibit artist, Erin Shigaki.

Video Documentation

If you can’t make it into the Museum, Momiji-en En Bonsai & Garden has kindly documented the whole exhibition for you. Watch on YouTube.

Photos from the Exhibition

Read & Learn

View sample pages and purchase the exhibition catalog.

View a PDF listing suggested sources of further information on topics presented in this exhibition.

FOLSE: a retrospective

What grounds and connects you to the things that are most important in your life? For artist Roland Folse, it is certainly bonsai. Having practiced for 60 years, Folse’s deep relationship to the art of bonsai has made it inseparable from everything that matters most to him: family, community, exploration, and nature.

A fateful meeting with Seattle bonsai master Kelly Nishitani, was followed by a life-long, healthy obsession with bonsai and many of its associated arts. Folse has spent much of his life crafting raw material into expressive art; plants trained into bonsai, clay shaped into ceramic vessels, wood carved and constructed into display stands, and paint mixed to conjure images of the environments and trees that inspired him.

In September 2020, Roland Folse donated 20 bonsai from his personal collection to us: some to add to the Museum’s collection and others to sell in support of the collection. To recognize Roland’s generosity and his lifetime of achievement in American bonsai, we have created a small exhibition of bonsai Roland created so we can share his life story with you. We hope that the exhibition will inspire you to follow your own passions and creative pursuits.

FOLSE: a retrospective on view at Pacific Bonsai Museum May 29 through August 28, 2021.

Photos from the Exhibition

Past Exhibits

Stone Images X

OCT 15, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020

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Principles of Design

MAY 11 – OCT 15, 2019

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Stone Images IX

OCT 16 – DEC 16, 2018

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Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design

APR 21 – SEPT 30, 2018

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stone images vii

MAR 26 – APR 24, 2016

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APR 8 – OCT 8, 2017

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MAY 8 – SEP 30, 2015

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Stone Images VIII

FEB 18 – MAR 26, 2017

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APR 30 – OCT 2, 2016

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Stone Images Vi

APR 3 – MAY 3, 2015

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