‘Cool!”, ‘Beautiful!,’ ‘Amazing!’: bonsai have universal appeal. But why? What makes them so beautiful? You are invited to experience our 2018 special exhibit, Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design, in which we’ll break down major design elements of bonsai art—line, shape, form, space, color, and texture—and explore each element in detail. See how these design elements appear in bonsai, in trees, and in other works of art. Explore the exhibit and discover things you may not have seen before. Exhibit runs April 21 to September 30, 2018.
Opening Day Program: (will be updated as more information becomes available)
Throughout the Day:
9:00 am: Pacific Bonsai Museum Members’ Preview & Curator-led Tour (by invitation)
10:00 am: Exhibit opens to the public
10:30 am: Presentation, The LAB: Experimenting with a 1000-year-old art form, with Aarin Packard and Austin Heitzman, in the Pavilion
11:30 am: Public Tour of the Exhibit (led by a Pacific Bonsai Museum docent; gather in the Courtyard by 11:25 am)
12:00 pm: Presentation, Printing in trees: Fostering a healthier relationship between humans and nature through art, with linocut printmaker Kelli MacConnell, in the Pavilion
1:00 pm: Presentation, American bonsai display: The Japanese influence on American furniture through the lens of bonsai, with furniture maker Austin Heitzman, in the Pavilion
2:00 pm: Dance Performance by Khambatta Dance Company in the exhibit display area
2:30 pm: Public Tour of the Exhibit (led by a Pacific Bonsai Museum docent; gather in the Courtyard by 2:25 pm)
3:00 pm: Dance Performance by Khambatta Dance Company in the exhibit display area
4:00 pm: Opening day ends
Free and open to the public.