A Gift to the Community, Tilting at Windmills Gallery to Host Ikebana Demonstration
Tilting at Windmills will host Mary Bohnet, an authority in Ikebana, on Saturday, May 28. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It’s more than simply putting flowers in a container; it’s a disciplined art form and a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. Made of living branches, leaves, grasses and blossoms, its beauty is derived from the interaction of color, shapes, lines and the latent meaning behind their arrangement. Mary Bohnet began as a student of Sogetsu Ikebana in 1977, and continues to be taught under Judith Hata, a senior teacher of Sogetsu Ikebana Riji Rank (the highest teacher’s degree). Mary has given numerous demonstrations and exhibited her arrangements all over New York State.
In Japan, Ikebana has a recorded history backed up by articulate theories and is an art form on a level with painting and sculpture. The Japanese have always felt a strong bond of intimacy with their natural surroundings, and even in contemporary concrete-and-asphalt urban complexes, they display a remarkably strong desire to have a bit of nature near them. Foreign visitors to Tokyo are often surprised to notice that their taxi driver has hung a little vase with a flower or two at the edge of the windshield. Most Japanese households always contain some sort of floral arrangement. In principle, ikebana aims not at bringing a finite piece of nature into the house, but rather at suggesting the whole of nature, by creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors. Nature is always changing; plants grow and put forth leaves, flowers bloom and berries are borne regularly and repeatedly throughout the seasons. The awareness of this is the first step in involving oneself in Ikebana.
Tilting at Windmills Gallery is located at 24 Highland Avenue in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-3022 or visit tilting.com for further details on the event.