The Arboretum will host a combined exhibition of The Fiber Art of Japan (quilts and kimono) and The Art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) for the month of February in the John J. Willaman Education Center.
The Fiber Art Exhibition
The Tokugawa or Edo Period (1603 - 1868) in Japan encompasses those items that westerners most closely associate with Japanese culture, art, and costume.
The fiber art on Japan is based on many elements which include kamon, Japanese family crests; sashiko, Japanese stitchery; the amazing indigo dyes; a group of resist dyeing and weaving processes and the work of the woodblock artists of the period.
On display will be beautiful and colorful handmade quilts by Nancy Long, Japanese Fiber Artist, and authentic kimono.
The Art of Ikebana
The English translation of Ikebana is "making flowers come alive" which is what Jose Juico, Ikebana artist, does in artistic arrangements. Ikebana is accomplished by learning and practicing a set of principles that determine stem placement, scale, and choice of container. The result is a stunning and distinct style of floral arrangement.
On display will be Jose's handmade vessels and his exquisite Ikebana floral arrangements.
The John J. Willaman Education Center at the Arboretum is open daily 7 days a week from 9am - 4pm. The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public, as is the Arboretum.
An opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Friday, February 1 from 6pm - 8:30pm