On September 2-3, 2017 the Upstate New York Suiseki Study Group held their 5th exhibit during the International Bonsai Arboretum Open House & Sale in Rochester, New York. The greenhouse was transformed from a working area to an unusual setting to highlight the beauty of suiseki.
A total of 39 suiseki were displayed from members in New York State and Pennsylvania. Stones originated from New York, California, China and Japan.
Members who displayed suiseki included: Ron Maggio, Harvey Carapella, Joe Moore, Les Allen, Harry Clark, Bob Blankfield, Marc Arpag, Ken Buell, Fran Mahoney, Joe Letner, Rick Marriott, Tom Friday and Wm. N. Valavanis.
A variety of suiseki forms were displayed including figure stones, landscape stones, and object stones. The stones were displayed in hand carved daiza as well as in American, Chinese, Japanese and antique ceramic and bronze water basins.
On Saturday Les Allen spoke on American suiseki and on Sunday Marc Arpag discussed Japanese suiseki. They took visitors into the suiseki exhibit and answered questions as well as discussed interesting stones.
The 6th Upstate New York Suiseki Exhibit will be held in 2019.