June 29: Japanese Flower Arranging Demonstration

Join us at Foundry Vineyards to learn about the art of Japanese Flower Arranging (Ikebana) from Sensie Yabe Keishu. Yabe's demonstration will start at 6:00 p.m; but she and several of her students will be teaching the art of flower arrangement (before and after her performance) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Those interested in learning more about Japanese flower arrangements should bring their own flower vases and flowers for a free lesson. About Yabe Keishu For over 60 years, Yabe Keishu has devoted her life to both the Japanese art of flower arrangement and the Japanese art of serving tea. She serves as the primary tea instructor at the residence of the 14th generation Grand Master of the Yabunouchi tradition and she leads the Kyoto branch of the Sogetsu tradition of flower arrangement. In addition to creating and displaying her flower arrangements at prominent temples and galleries and department stores throughout Japan, she continues to exhibit her creations with Akane Teshigahara, the Fourth generation grand master of the Sogetsu tradition. She also worked closely with Hiroshi Teshigahara, the third generation grand master both in his work as a flower artist and in his work as a director of movies like Rikyū and Gohime, films that focused on chanoyu (the art of serving tea). At all of the annual Sogetsu exhibits over the past 30 years, Yabe has contributed complementary arrangements to the work of both Hiroshi and Akane Teshigahara. What is Sōgetsu? Sōgetsu, 20th-century Japanese school of floral art that introduced the zen’ei (“avant-garde”) ikebana style in which freedom of expression is preeminent. It appeals to contemporary tastes by largely disregarding the classic formal rules; containers of any shape and material are used, and man-made materials are incorporated into the arrangements together with the flowers or plants.

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