Seaside Garden Club presents The Art of Ikebana

The Seaside Garden Club presents The Art of Ikebana – Ikebana Demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh on Tuesday, June 14th at the Manchester Community Center.  Doors open at 7:00 pm for a social time and the demonstration begins promptly at 7:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.Displaying Art of Ikebana.jpg

The Seaside Garden Club is pleased to announce that this program is supported by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Local Cultural Council (LCC) is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen. This grant enables the Seaside Garden Club to reach new audiences and provide quality programs that integrate the arts into community-based programs.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.  Kaye will demonstrate 7 to 9 arrangements beginning with the arrangement that a new student would learn in class.  This classic style is similar to ikebana created hundreds of years ago.  The Sogetsu School of Ikebana is known for its creative and expressive designs.  Most of the program will be this contemporary style of ikebana that is popular in Japan today.

Kaye Vosburgh is a Sogetsu Ikebana teacher of the highest rank, Riji, as well as a Master Judge and Design Instructor for the National Garden Clubs.  She has won numerous medals and awards in the New England Spring Flower Show.  She teaches in New York where she used to live and in Massachusetts where she now resides.  She has demonstrated in New England, Central Atlantic Region, Florida and Ecuador.  She has traveled to Japan on several occasions for conferences and lessons at the Sogetsu School.  Her favorite activity is sharing creative moments with other designers and students.

This is the Seaside Garden Club’s final program for the year.  Membership is now open for the 2016/2017 season ($25).  The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We invite you to become a member and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers, creative workshops and a chance to socialize with fellow gardeners.  The Seaside Garden Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Visit our blog or like us on Facebook: Seaside Garden Club Facebook

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