Bonsai is Back!

September 7, 2013 - September 8, 2013
Event By: ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site Address: 1212 Suncrest Drive Gray, TN 37615 Email: barberj@etsu.edu Phone: (423) 439-3642
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On Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m., bonsai artist Owens Reich will give a workshop for experienced bonsai workers. Attendees must bring their own trees. The cost of the workshop is $75. At 2:00 p.m., he will demonstrate the art of bonsai styling. Reich completed a formal two-year apprenticeship in Japan with Kouka-en. Reich will critique and present awards on Sunday, September 8. Awards include “Best in Show,” “Best Shohin” (small), “Best Chuuhin” (medium), and “Best Ogata” (large). Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree to win the “People’s Choice” award and a “Peers’ Choice” award, voted upon by show participants, will be given. Dr. Karl Joplin, associate professor in ETSU’s department of Biological Sciences and Bonsai event organizer encourages the community to come out for this special weekend exhibition. “The MABK bonsai show is one of several held in the region, but due to the museum’s excellent facilities and the quality of the trees, the public has the opportunity to see some truly outstanding examples of the many facets involved in the art of bonsai.” Essential bonsai supplies, trees and pottery will be offered by vendors for those who wish to begin pursuing the hobby. A silent auction that includes various bonsai and garden-related items will be held during the exhibit and will close on Sunday at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Mid-Appalachian Bonsai Kai and all winners must be present. The museum is located 1.8 miles from exit 13 on Interstate 26. The museum will return to a winter schedule after Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, or special assistance for those with disabilities, call toll-free (866) 202-6223 or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum. Additional information on the exhibit or local bonsai groups is available by contacting Dr. Karl Joplin, ETSU associate professor of Biological Sciences, at (423) 439-6921 or joplin@etsu.edu. # # #

City: Gray, TN
Region: East Tennessee
Subregion: Northeast

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