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                                   Focal Points

December 2015

Anyone who studies Ikebana knows how important a good focal point can be to an arrangement.  As 2015 comes to a close, we will look at the focal points from the past year and reflect on opportunities presented to us to learn and grow through the shared love of Japanese flower arranging.  We enjoy what we have done and we will continue to plan for the future of Denver Chapter66 of Ikebana International. Reflecting on our many programs and accomplishment gives us a moment to be grateful for the many talented members of our group.

Thanks to our members Eli, Akiko and Jan, we now have a smoothly running website and a Facebook page that puts us in contact with an audience that was never before possible. Anyone interested in the art of Ikebana can now see the beauty of the member’s creations by visiting the gallery or the website.  It is worthwhile to frequently visit the website and Facebook as new arrangements and the latest news and information is added.

The calendar for 2015 began with the Annual January Luncheon in the beautiful Waring House located at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The Beaux Style of architecture features a beautiful entrance, winding staircases and ornate arches which create a perfect palate whether the artist is using flowers, watercolors, oil paint or another medium.  Last year our group was honored to have Mr. Ronald Otsuka speaking on the Living National Treasures of Japan. As Director of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum for 41 years, his knowledge and his willingness to share was educational for us all.

The year would never be complete without the December visit to Tamai Towers to deliver a small Christmas bouquet to the senior residents of the tower.  This year was a special joy with a new meeting room, plenty of food and punch along with a gift exchange which was not an ordinary gift exchange.  It was a fun exchange with plenty of laughter as the final owner of a gift was decided.

Between January and December our program committee, Diana, Jamie and Yvonne were busy bringing more educational and fun programs to the Ikebana stage.  In February we were taught how to paint and texturize natural materials by our member, Jamie Bolane who is an artist par excellence.  While we may not all be as talented as Jamie, she made the learning process so easy that we all came away feeling that our creations were magnificent.

On April 11th, Musician Matheus Ferreira shared with us the history and development of the Japanese Zen shakuhachi flute.  Flower arrangements were made by Ikebana member as they were inspired by Mateus’ flute music.

May brought out the spring hats with fresh flowers and a new slate of officers.  Jamie Bolane opened her home in Boulder to us as arrangements were created by Midori Allmeyer from the Sogetsu school, Aki Buckmaster from Ohara school and Kozuko Kozai from the Ikenobo school.

July was a very special event with a tour of Robert and Lisa Kessler’s private gardens in Conifer, Colorado.  The tours were followed by a luncheon on the patio of their mountain estate.  How many ways can we say “thank you” for their hospitality?

Of course, August means preparing for the September show at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  With a focus on driftwood, this workshop was an opportunity to practice for the annual show

The September show at the Denver Botanic Gardens was once again a huge success.  Eight states and three countries were represented as over 100 visitors signing the guest book.

As fall approached, October was the perfect time for a Japanese Tea Ceremony in the Tea Garden, Shofu-en, of the Denver Botanic Gardens. The ritual and etiquette of the Tea Ceremony was a great example of Japanese culture being shared with us.   Thank you Diana Lee and all the other people too numerous to name who were responsible for the beautiful ceremony.

In November, our guest speaker was Mr. Larry Jackel, an expert on the growth, care and training of bonsais AND an entertaining speaker.  A visit to the bonsai gardens at the Denver Botanic Garden leaves no doubt that he is an expert in his field.

While we enjoyed the monthly learning experiences provided by our outstanding program committee, other events involving Ikebana were taking place.  In Colorado Springs, the students of Jan Cashman and Karen Hench present a yearly show that is not to be missed.  The talents of the students and the teachers are well demonstrated by the many creative and beautiful arrangements on display. The annual Japanese Doll festival is another opportunity for members to create Ikebana flower arrangements along with enjoying the annul tribute wishing good health and future happiness to young girls. We were given another great opportunity when we were invited to display two very large arrangements at the Denver Art Museum.  Many hours of planning and work produced creative works of art representing Ikebana Denver Chapter 66.  For any of us who visited the art museum this summer, it was a pleasure to see the arrangements at the entrance to the Hamilton Building.

As we reflect on all that was accomplished in the past twelve months, we must remember that none of this would have happened without the dedication of our members.  We honor and respect the friendships we share through the love of the art of Japanese flower arranging.  By working together, we will continue to grow, learn and share our talents and our knowledge. In the coming year, may each us find our focal points and plenty of open space.  Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year.

Ikebana International Denver Chapter
CO-Presidents, Catherine Baylis and Lois Brassfield

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Denver, CO, Chapter 66
August/September, 2015
Welcome Letter

As you can see by looking at our website,
www.ikebanadenver.com, and our Facebook page, II Denver is having a busy summer; beginning with the annual meeting in May, a lovely luncheon at the home of Jamie Bolane.

In July Diana Lee’s friends, Lisa and Robert Kessler, graciously hosted a garden party at their estate in Conifer.

Also in July II Denver presented a floral sculpture as a part of “In Bloom”at the Denver Art Museum. Diana Lee, Midori Allmeyer, Akiko Buckmaster, Kazuko Kazi, and Arous Christianian took their inspiration from the painting “Yellow Roses in a Vase” by French impressionist Gustave Caillebotte.

July 19 Jan Cashman and Karen Hench presented works by students en plein air in Monument. Jane Carpenter and her committee are planning our annual show at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

August 8th was an important workshop for all our members. We practiced making arrangements for the show using “drift wood”. Ruby Maruyama and Kinko Ohata gave us pointers on how to present our best works of Ikebana art on September 25th and 26th.

October 11th we are invited to a tea ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens. My sensei, Seiko Yoshikawa, will perform the ceremony. She has studied
this art since 1993 and tells me she is still not a teacher.

November 14 we will learn about the Art of Japanese Food.

December 12 Rita Dwivedi, June Ray and Kimiko Kuno will host our annual holiday party and outreach program at Tamai Towers. We will make many
small flower arrangements and deliver them to residents at the Towers.

Not every thing we do is artistic. Other skills are often necessary. Kazuko Kozai collected our membership information and sent it to Tokyo. Sakae Seki and Catherine Baylis are developing a workable budget for II Denver. Jan Cashman continues to keep us informed via email. Akiko Ishiyama and Eli Rabito are managing our website and Facebook page. They welcome your contributions of pictures and information about local cultural events.

Please join all of these active members of II Denver by contributing your special talents and skills to keep our chapter 66 vibrant.

Wishing all of us harmony, tranquility and true friendship through flowers,

Lois

I.I. 66 Annual Flower Show
Ikebana and Driftwood
September 25-26, 2015
Mitchell Hall, DBG

We are very excited about our I.I. Chapter 66 annual exhibition Our theme is Ikebana and Driftwood. You will be receiving an email soon from Jan Cashman with our
promotional flyer designed by Jamie Bolane. Please send to your friends and family to promote our show. It is
such fun to introduce people to the world of Ikebana.

• As an active member, please register for our I.I. Chapter 66 annual exhibition by filling out the attached registration form and mailing to SEIKO YOSHIKAWA.

We must receive your registration form by
Sept 1 at the very latest! The sooner the
better for our set up committee.

Demonstrations will take place on Saturday by master teachers Aki Backmaster at 11:00 am, Ruby Maruyama
at 1:00 pm, and Kazuko Kozai at 3:00 pm.
Programs

September 25- 26 Ikebana and Driftwood
October 11 – Tea Ceremony by Seiko Yoshikawa at DBG

November 14 – Art of Japanese Food

December 12 – Annual Holiday Outreach at Tamai Towers
Ikebana Iwaya Fund

The Ikebana Iwaya Fund (IIF) is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed by Sumako Iwaya Solenberger in 2006 to provide support for ikebana activities both in and out of the U.S. Donations to I.I.F.
are tax-deductible and can be designated for Ikebana International chapters or headquarters, ikebana schools,
study groups, or independent ikebana organizations. Income generated by its permanent endowment fund is
also disbursed to support the ikebana community. Any contribution to IIF is being matched by the estate of Sumako Iwaya Solenberger to the IIF Endowment Fund.

www.ikebanaiwaya.org

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Akiko Ishiyama at akiko.ishiyama@gmail.com

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For all the flowers of the world,beauty
takes many shapes and colors,
open your petals, embrace the sun, and
thrive!

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Beth’s Blossoms

Ah, Spring! What a wonderful time to
renew, refresh and revel in nature’s process of bringing forth what has been at rest for the months of winter.
Small leaves form on large branches, buds appear courageously, early blooms color our world even slightly to allow us that moment of wonder. It is with appreciating the wonder of the opening of a tulip (yes, I
saw many in Amsterdam!) that I write my final Beth’s Blossoms to you.

When I became your chapter president in May 2013, I was relatively new to ikebana, quite enthusiastic about learning, experiencing, and enhancing our chapter’s mission of fostering the motto, “Friendship
Through Flowers’ through ikebana and other related arts of Japan. With the wonderful support and guidance of
many of you, we accomplished much together in the ikebana spirit including the launch of our website, the revision of our bylaws, the establishment of job
descriptions for board positions, the success of two beautiful shows and the participation in enlightening and
informative programs. We also raised significant funds through our monthly Ginza as well as the exciting fall
haori jacket fundraiser.

All of these accomplishments, including many more not mentioned, came about because of your tireless dedication to I.I. 66 and your willingness to explore new pathways on our ikebana journey. The work was most definitely shared and the fruits of our labors can be enjoyed together. Bravo to you!

In the words of Teshigahara Sofu in Kadensho. “There are old, well-trodden paths and there are new, freshly made ones. You must not think that the only
paths are the old, comfortable ones. Even though they might be difficult and unfamiliar to travel, the new paths must also be taken, and this requires courage and effort. The old paths exist as they are, but the fresh ones and those yet to be created are endless in their possibilities. It is well if you discover a new path or even make one for
yourself.”

I sincerely thank you for your courage and
understanding in joining me on this amazing, creative journey.

In Heartfelt Friendship Through Flowers,

Beth

Nominated Board for 2015-2016

President – Lois Brassfield and Catherine Baylis

1st Vice President Programs – Diana Lee

2nd Vice President Membership – Kazuko Kozai

Recording Secretary – Cindy Livingston and Kimiko Kuno

Corresponding Secretary – Jan Cashman

Treasurer – Sakae Seki

Assistant Treasurer – Eli Rabito

Exhibition/Show Committee – Jane Carpenter – Chairman

Hospitality – Rita Dwivedi, and June Ray

Public Relations and Website Manager – Akiko Ishiyama

Assistant Website Manager – Eli Rabito

DBG Liaison – Lois Brassfield

Education Committee – Kazuko Kozai

Ways and Means “Ginza” – Arous Christianian, Christy Honnen, Carol Kolesnikoff

Programs
Saturday, May 9th
Hats Off to Spring – Annual Meeting & Potluck Luncheon
Celebration for Outgoing Board – Election and Installation of 2015-2016 Board
Place: Jamie Bolane’s home
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
http://www.ikebanadenver.com/may-2015-annualmeeting-
and-luncheon/

Please visit our website: www.ikebanadenver.com to see
pictures of the very successful April program.

Membership
It is time to renew membership in I.I. 66 for the year
2015-2016. The membership application will be e-mailed to you soon.

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Beth’s Blossoms

Welcome to 2015, the Year of the Sheep / Ram. It is said the Sheep brings with it a great deal of yin energy which will lead all to harmonious co-existence, a banding together with tranquility. This year is to be one of nurturing times.The sheep is also a symbol of the arts.
I share with you quote that stood out to me: “Allow the calming balance of the sheep’s vibrations to flow through you and to touch every heart you meet.” With these
auspicious predictions, we in I.I. 66 await wonderful working together to promote our study, interest and spirit of ikebana in the coming months.
Our second annual New Year’s luncheon held in the beautiful Great Room of the Waring House at Denver Botanic Gardens on January 14 was a tremendous
success. We had the special opportunity to hear an informative and inspiring talk on the Living National Treasures of Japan by Mr. Ron Otsuka, former curator of
Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum. Many thanks to Diana Lee and Jamie Bolane, our program chairs, for their dedication and hard work on this event. Gratitude also goes to our extraordinary hospitality chairs, Lois Brassfield and Catherine Baylis, for creating such a lovely environment in which to share good food and great company. The owl centerpieces made and
donated by Sakae Seki, our treasurer, were especially coveted door prizes to the lucky winners!
Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, will be our next hands-on workshop, “Vibrance and Depth: Painting and Texturing Natural Materials” presented by Jamie Bolane. We will begin promptly at 9:30am,
NOTE- earlier start time, in the DBG Plant Society Building. Space is limited so be sure to register to reserve your place. Details have been emailed to all
members and are also on the website,
www.ikebanadenver.com.
A new year also brings with it change. The I.I. 66 Nominating Committee (Midori Allmeyer, Eli Rabito and Arous Christianian) have already begun their task of creating a slate for the 2015-16 I.I.66 Board. Many board members will continue serving one more year and some will be finishing their terms in May. Please contact
the Nominating Committee if you have nominations or would like to serve on the board yourself. Please continue to check the website to view photos of our recent events and notifications of our upcoming
programs. Tremendous thanks to Akiko
Ishiyama for her tireless, efficient and thoughtful management of our website and Facebook page. She deserves a rousing hand! Brava!
May the slightly longer days and your continued support and involvement in I.I.66 nourish you and your “ikebana spirit”.

In Peaceful Friendship Through Flowers,
Beth

                     2015 Programs

Saturday, February 14th
Vibrance & Depth: Painting & Texturing Natural Materials
Hands-On Workshop presented by member Jamie
Bolane Plant Society Building – Denver Botanic Gardens
March – no program due to Sogetsu Colorado Annual
Ikebana Exhibition – March 20-22

Saturday, April11th
Shakuhachi Flute Music as Ikebana Inspiration
Matheus Ferreira, founder of the Suizen Shakuhachi
Dojo, an international training center for traditional
ancient Japanese Zen flute
Plant Society Building – Denver Botanic Gardens

Saturday, May 9th
Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Celebration for Outgoing Board – Installation of New
Board Location to be confirmed – possibly Japanese
Consulate’s home.

June – no program scheduled at this time

Saturday, July 11th
Tour of Gardens in Private Estate,
Conifer, Colorado tentative date

Saturday, August 8th
Hands-on Workshop focused on
theme of Annual Show Plant Society Building – Denver
Botanic Gardens

Thursday, September 17th
Set up for I.I. Annual Ikebana Exhibition Friday-Saturday 18-19th I.I. Annual
Ikebana Exhibition

Saturday, October 3rd
Ikebana & Japanese Tea Ceremony
Denver Botanic Gardens

Saturday, November 14th
Program still in planning – possible Haiku as Ikebana Inspiration
Plant Society Building – Denver Botanic Gardens

Saturday, December 12th
Annual Tamai Towers Outreach
Tamai Towers Community Room, Sakura Square

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Beth’s Blossoms
Once again, I greet you as the seasons are changing and we prepare for the holidays upon us. Joy, peace, love and appreciation of friends and family all contribute to our experiences of the holiday season and our ikebana practice is enhanced by this gratitude and time of giving.
We have had a fulfilling fall with our November workshop on “Origami and Ikebana” presented by Jane Nakama, a noted origami artist. Hands were busily constructing birds, boxes and flowers with such concentration and laughter, too! Thanks to Diana Lee and Jamie Bolane for organizing this workshop.
Our “Haori for the Holidays” fundraising event held on December 7 was a great success. We enjoyed lovely food, a bit of bubbly and “modeling” (and buying!) the haori jackets and scarves from Kyoto Kimono, the provider of vintage haori in Endicott, New York. We raised almost $700 for our chapter to help support our programs, assist in funding a reception after our annual show and additional monies inviting guest teachers to our chapter. It was a real treat to have friends and neighbors to share in appreciating these unique Japanese garments and to support our organization. In addition to the sales, we received some donations and a few new members, too! We give our deepest gratitude to Rita Dwivedi for opening her lovely home to us for this event. Her gracious hospitality and vivacious energy made the day even more special!
Our December program (Saturday, December 13) is a welcome expression of holiday giving when several of our members gather to deliver holiday-inspired arrangements to the senior residents of Tamai Towers. This is a wonderful time to share a bit of ikebana with those who truly appreciate this act of kindness. Thank you to all who contribute your time and ikebana spirit. We will have remaining haori jackets for sale during our holiday party time after delivering!
January 14, 2015 will be our New Year’s luncheon at the Waring House, Denver Botanic Gardens. Diana Lee has invited Mr. Ron Otsuka, curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum, to offer an enlightening talk on Japanese art treasures. This event is a wonderful way to enjoy our ikebana community in a beautiful setting and to look forward to the year ahead, the “Year of the Ram”.
Be watching for your invitation with all the important details coming soon.
Please remember to go to our website www.ikebanadenver.com to view photos of all of our events as well as notifications of upcoming programs. You are also encouraged to email photos of your favorite arrangements to

 

Akiko Ishiyama (akiko.ishiyama@gmail.com) to be posted on our gallery page and/or Facebook.

May your holidays be filled with light and abundant Friendship Through Flowers,

Beth

 January Potluck Luncheon

Speaker

Mr. Ron Otsuka, Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum

January 14, 2015

Time 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Waring House at the DBG

More detailed information will be mailed separately. This is a member-only event.

New Member

Mitra Adams (Sogetsu)
Welcome back, Mitra.

2015, The Year of the Ram

Begins February 19, 2015 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to February 7, 2016

Lucky Colors: green, red, purple

Lucky Numbers: 2, 7

Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose

Year of Birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The ram ranks the eighth of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the ram are mild mannered, pessimistic, shy, and sympathetic. Personality traits, such as creativity, dependability, intelligence, and calmness make them very charming to be with. They are more comfortable when left alone or staying at home.

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Beth’s Blossoms

The season of autumn brings with it a noticeable mixture of warmth and dropping temperatures, greenery touched with the dryness and dropping of leaves and flowers, the skies growing darker sooner and our need to reflect inward readying ourselves for the inevitable cold of coming winter. Our arrangements reflect this by including dry materials, more subtle colors and the calmness of quiet interlude.

As I write this, I also feel a mixture of sincere gratitude to all who made our fall flower show, “Ikebana and Glass”, a wonderful success and also of profound sorrow at the tragic loss of one of our devoted members, Denise Pimple, and the unfortunate injuries recently sustained by our dedicated board member, Catherine Baylis. Life truly is unpredictable even though we know fall follows summer as it does each year. It is why we do ikebana, why we can delight in the transient nature of living materials.

As Teshigahara Sofu writes in Kadensho:

“Ikebana is the coming together of nature and human life… Ikebana is an art of the moment… As years pass and we grow older, we realize that no moment repeats itself – they are all unique. Ikebana gives life to the moment.”

As we live each moment with conscious presence, we can all join together in expressing this through our study and self-expression through ikebana. We are so fortunate to have this and one another in our lives!

Looking to the future, there are many exciting opportunities for our members. We have a great workshop on origami and ikebana planned for November, our outreach program at Tamai Towers in December and our very special Waring House luncheon and lecture in January. Please be sure to check our website at www.ikebanadenver.com for details on events, photo galleries and other important information. If you have friends who are interested in finding a local teacher or who would like to become an I.I. member, the website is the place for them to visit as well.

Another significant way look to the future is to consider becoming more involved in I.I. Chapter 66. It is not too soon to begin thinking about serving our organization on the board or on a committee. Shortly after the first of the year, the nominating committee will be seeking nominations for President and other positions for the 2015-16 Board who will take office in May 2015. This is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the chapter in a meaningful way.

We certainly have come across a few bumps in the road recently, but this ride has been made all the smoother with such tremendous support and friendship from all of you.

With Continued Friendship through Flowers,

Beth

November Workshop

Origami and Ikebana

November 8, 2014

10:00 AM – Noon

Plant Society Building, DBG

Jane Nakama, a noted origami artist, will be teaching participants how to create origami suitable for incorporation in arrangements. Master teachers from different Ikebana schools will display arrangements featuring origami pieces. In addition, fun origami activities such as wrapping containers in origami and artfully folding the ends of toilet paper will be included in the Workshop.

Additional ‎information on the history and development of origami art and reference material will be forthcoming.

Please be collecting items to bring to the Ginza for sale.

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Akiko will be designing a memorial page for Denise Pimple. If you have pictures of Denise and/or her arrangements please send to Akiko.

Pictures of Ikebana and Glass are posted on the website ikebanadenver.com. Check us out on Facebook.

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August/September 2014 Newsletter

Beth’s Blossoms

Welcome to the official start to our “Ikebana year”! This is a familiar feeling for me and I’m sure for many of you who have experienced the “back to school syndrome” as summer winds down and we look ahead to exciting programs, workshops, classes and, of course, our annual fall flower show September 19-20, 2014. May we all engage our energy and enthusiasm for what lies ahead!

The 2014-15 I.I. Chapter 66 Board is up and running in full gear. We welcome Sakae Seki as our new treasurer following the resignation of Christy Honnen. Many thanks to Christy for her service and continued support as a member of our chapter. Our first program of the season on Saturday, August 9, offered us wonderful demonstrations and critiques of our own arrangements by Aki Buckmaster (Ohara School) and Midori Allmeyer (Sogetsu School) in arranging with glass containers, the theme of our fall flower show. Please be sure to submit your request to participate in the show using the attached reservation form, due to Seiko Yoshikawa by September 5. Thank you to Diana Lee, Jamie Bolane and their program committee for the great event, complete with fun door prizes!

Our membership is close to 60 at this writing. Jan Cashman and Kazuko Kozai are responsible for our new directory, available and distributed soon. Please remember, local (associate) membership is always open. Encourage your classmates, students and friends to join Chapter 66 at any time. Application forms are available on our website, www.ikebanadenver.com

Speaking of our website, our website manager, Akiko Ishiyama, and her assistant, Eli Rabito, and their committee continue to work tirelessly in improving, expanding and organizing the website to best meet our chapter’s goals and purposes. Please join me in thanking them for their expertise and energy.
The fall flower show committee, chaired by Midori Allmeyer, is very busy with plans for a spectacular “Ikebana and Glass” exhibition coordinating with the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Our large group arrangement promises to be unique under the direction of Kazuko Kozai and Aki Buckmaster. The publicity cards, designed by Jamie Bolane, will be distributed to all members in the near future. This year we will have an invitation-only reception on Friday evening, September 19 from 7-9pm, coordinated by our hospitality chairs, Lois Brassfield and Catherine Baylis. Be watching for RSVP details coming soon.

Once again, as your president, I am honored to witness the commitment our members show to the meaningful art and culture of ikebana. It offers us all a means through which we can express ourselves and continue to remember that “Friendship Through Flowers” is always our foremost goal.

Best Regards for a Fulfilling Fall,
Beth

I.I. 66 Annual Flower Show
Ikebana and Glass
September 19-20, 2014
Mitchell Hall, DBG

Ikebana and Glass will be our flower show theme this September. Midori Allmeyer and Akiko Buckmaster demonstrated Sogetsu and Ohara representations of this theme at our August workshop. The participants in the workshop learned that arranging in glass is a challenge. Pictures of the arrangements will be posted to our website, www.ikebanadenver.com. An application form to participate in the show is attached with this newsletter.

Denver Art Museum Presents
At the Mirror
July 6-September 21

This exhibit is reflections of Japan in 20th century prints. It is showing in the Hamilton Building, Level 2, Martin and McCormick Gallery. For more information www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0130.

Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI) Worldwide Festival
Sunday, September 7, 2014

This is an all day affair with vendors showing off cultural, artistic, and craft talents. The event will be held at the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center building. For more information: http://artsandvenuesdenver.com/venues/mcnichols-civic-center-building/

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Please send any pictures you have of past or present years’ events to Eli Rabito at erabito@gmail.com Summer night—– Soon after dusk the sun rises. Where does the moon stay in the clouds? Kiyohara no Fukayabu

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Newsletter 5 June 2014 (Autosaved)

Beth’s Blossoms
Denver, CO, Chapter 66 Cloud streamers broken by thrusting peaks April, 2014 The spring night’s floating bridge of dreams is interrupted. Fujiwara no Teika
April Workshop
With the Stroke of the Pen
Date: April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Plant Society Building – DBG
Subject: Calligraphy
Instructor: Harrison Tu
Cost: $10
All materials provided
The importance of lines makes ikebana closer to Japanese calligraphy than painting. The writing in calligraphy is a combination of lines. To understand ikebana, you should study calligraphy.
Sofu Teshigahara – Kadensho
On April 26 Chapter 66 will host master calligrapher, Harrison Tu. Mr. Tu is a well known calligraphy artist in Denver where his work has been displayed in the Denver Art Museum since 1999. We are most fortunate to have this caliber of expertise guide us into an understanding of this art which is also a part of our Ikebana Journey
Mr. Tu will guide us through the beginning strokes of calligraphy in this very important workshop showing us the connection to Ikebana. This workshop will make our Ikebana study even more complete.
There are materials for 25 participants so reservations are important. Members of Chapter 66 will be given first preference. If you are not one of the first 25 to RSVP please come and observe. Please RSVP to Karen Hench
ksysse@comcast.net or 719-579-9788
Please don’t miss this program.
Mr. Tu will speak for about 30 minutes on the history and philosophy of calligraphy and there will be one hour and 15 minutes for participants to practice calligraphy.
Check Harrison Tu out on the web.
See you there
Karen Hench

Save the Date
May 10 – Friendship through Flowers
Potluck and Installation of new Board
Chihuly comes to Colorado
Dale Chihuly will exhibit at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs April 26-September 28. He will be at the Denver Botanic Gardens June 13-November 30.
“Beth’s Blossoms….”
Spring has officially arrived and with it our ikebana practice has been enlivened once again, a welcome ‘rebirth’ of all that flourishes!
Many of I.I. 66 members participated in the Annual Sogetsu Flower Show at the National Western Complex. Please enjoy photos of the wonderful arrangements on our Facebook Page, Ikebana Denver Chapter.
The chapter bylaws are now revised and approved by I.I. Tokyo Headquarters. Before our Annual General Meeting (and picnic) to be held on May 10 (details to follow soon), we will ask members to vote to approve the bylaws.
You also see the Proposed Slate of I.I. 66 2014-15 Board in this newsletter. We will ask for your vote of approval of the slate via email.
If you have additional nominations, please submit them in writing via email to either Midori Allmeyer or Beth Nelson.
Happy Spring to you all!
In Friendship through Flowers,
Beth

Proposed Slate for I.I. 66 Board 2014-15
President: Beth Nelson
1st Vice President- Program Co-Chairs: Jamie Bolane and Diana Lee
2nd Vice President- Membership Chair: Kasuko Kozai
Corresponding Secretary: Jan Cashman
Recording Secretary: Kimiko Kuno
Treasurer: Christy Honnen
Nominating Chair: Midori Allmeyer
Historian: Karen Hench
Committee Chairs:
Exhibition/Show Committee: TBA
Hospitality Co-Chairs: Lois Brassfield and Catherine Baylis
Public Relations / Website Manager: Akiko Ishiyama
Assistant Website Manager- Eli Rabito
Facebook Page Manager: Sakae Seki
Education Committee: Kasuko Kozai
Ways and Means Committee-“Ginza”- Fusa Wakumoto and Michiko Yamamoto
Please send any pictures you have of past or present years’ events to Eli Rabito erabito@gmail.com

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April Workshop
With the Stroke of the Pen
Date: April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Plant Society Building – DBG
Subject: Calligraphy
Instructor: Harrison Tu
Cost: $10
All materials provided

The importance of lines makes ikebana closer to Japanese calligraphy than painting. The writing in calligraphy is a combination of lines. To understand ikebana, you should study calligraphy.
Sofu Teshigahara – Kadensho
On April 26 Chapter 66 will host master calligrapher, Harrison Tu. Mr. Tu is a well known calligraphy artist in Denver where his work has been displayed in the Denver Art Museum since 1999. We are most fortunate to have this caliber of expertise guide us into an understanding of this art which is also a part of our Ikebana Journey.

Mr. Tu will guide us through the beginning strokes of calligraphy in this very important workshop showing us the connection to Ikebana. This workshop will make ourIkebana study even more complete.
There are materials for 25 participants so reservations are important. Members of Chapter 66 will be given first preference. If you are not one of the first 25 to RSVP please come and observe. Please RSVP to Karen Hench
ksysse@comcast.net or 719-579-9788
Please don’t miss this program.

Mr. Tu will speak for about 30 minutes on the history and philosophy of calligraphy and there will be one hour and 15 minutes for participants to practice calligraphy.

Check Harrison Tu out on the web.
See you there
Karen Hench

“Beth’s Blossoms….”
Spring has officially arrived and with it our ikebana practice has been enlivened once again, a welcome ‘rebirth’ of all that flourishes!

Many of I.I. 66 members participated in the Annual Sogetsu Flower Show at the National Western Complex. Please enjoy photos of the wonderful arrangements on our Facebook Page, Ikebana Denver Chapter.

The chapter bylaws are now revised and approved by I.I. Tokyo Headquarters. Before our Annual General Meeting (and picnic) to be held on May 10 (details to follow soon), we will ask members to vote to approve the bylaws.

You also see the Proposed Slate of I.I. 66 2014-15 Board in this newsletter. We will ask for your vote of approval of the slate via email.

If you have additional nominations, please submit them in writing via email to either Midori Allmeyer or Beth Nelson.
Happy Spring to you all!

In Friendship through Flowers,
Beth

Proposed Slate for I.I. 66 Board 2014-15
President: Beth Nelson
1st Vice President- Program Co-Chairs: Jamie Bolane and Diana Lee
2nd Vice President- Membership Chair: Kasuko Kozai
Corresponding Secretary: Jan Cashman
Recording Secretary: Kimiko Kuno
Treasurer: Christy Honnen
Nominating Chair: Midori Allmeyer
Historian: Karen Hench
Committee Chairs:
Exhibition/Show Committee: TBA
Hospitality Co-Chairs: Lois Brassfield and Catherine Baylis
Public Relations / Website Manager: Akiko Ishiyama
Assistant Website Manager- Eli Rabito
Facebook Page Manager: Sakae Seki
Education Committee: Kasuko Kozai
Ways and Means Committee-“Ginza”- Fusa Wakumoto and Michiko Yamamoto

Please send any pictures you have of past or present years’ events to Eli Rabito erabito@gmail.com


Save the Date

May 10 – Friendship through Flowers
Potluck and Installation of new Board

Chihuly comes to Colorado
Dale Chihuly will exhibit at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs April 26-September28. He will be at the Denver Botanic Gardens June 13-November 30.

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