Join bonsai lovers throughout the east in Kannapolis, NC, on December 6-7,2014 for the second Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo.
Last year Steve Zeisel organized the highly successful event in an elegant venue and I’m certain this year’s event will be even more crowded with people wanting to see the beauty of naked bonsai, but there might be a few clothed as well to avoid a peep show.
Artists are provided with a table and it’s up to them to come up with an attractive display of bonsai, although some simply place their trees next to each other in a row. But, the emphasis of this exhibition is the beauty of bonsai and how it can be effectively presented to the public.
The unusual venue in a rotunda complete with inlay marble floors and tall pillars provides the perfect setting for displaying bonsai.
Additionally, a room filled with vendors bringing their finest bonsai, pre-bonsai, containers, tools and supplies will tempt people to add to their bonsai collection or help in their maintenance and enjoyment.
On Saturday, December 7th, I’ll be presenting an educational program on Chinese Quince Bonsai showing its beauty, how they are trained and tips to develop your own specimens. To complete this comprehensive program a Chinese quince seedling which was field grown, then established in a container will be shaped. Since some people don’t have areas to develop trees in the ground, another container grown specimen will also be shaped.
On Sunday, bonsai artist Owen Reich, Bonsai Unearthed from Nashville, TN, will be presenting a lecture/demo on Pitch pine bonsai. This should be a great program because his demo tree has an interesting story, I think.
On Saturday evening a dinner and auction will be held in the second floor area of the rotunda. Vendors will be donating interesting items for the auction to help this important bonsai event for the east coast. Last year’s dinner, even without the auction was fun.
Check out last year’s blog entry for the first Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo:
I hope to see many long time friends, many with their bonsai and make new friends as well. Let’s hope for good weather this year. So after you celebrate Thanksgiving and before you finish your holiday shopping, visit the Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo. You can purchase gifts for your family, friends and even yourself too in the sales area!
For detailed information on the venue, accommodations, demonstrations and more check out: