Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 31th Annual Exhibit April 6 – 7, 2019 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days MAH – Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The highlight of each day’s show will be at 2:00 p.m. when Bonsai Masters, Mike Pistello (Demonstrator for Saturday) and Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita (Demonstrator for Sunday) will demonstrate the techniques of creating an artistic tree from common nursery stock. The newly created bonsai tree will then be offered in a raffle drawing along with other trees and items donated by club members. These trees have been cared for, designed, wired, and potted in bonsai pots so individuals winning the trees can begin enjoying this art form immediately.

Other activities: On Saturday: Watsonville Taiko performance, 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Pacific and Cooper. On Sunday: The Nori Project performance, 11:00 a.m. Carolyn Fitz, calligraphy and Sumi-e ink painting artist, and Lesley Hasegawa, origami artist, will demonstrate Sumi-e ink painting and origami throughout both days. Additionally, there will be sales of bonsai and pre-bonsai trees. Sales area will have new trees each day. Also featured are door prizes as well as free tea, coffee, and cookies.

Entrance to the Museum and the bonsai show is $5.00 per person – HALF OFF the normal Museum entrance fee.

Scott's demonstration was a fascinating mix of science, aesthetics, philosophy and comedy. There was also some talk about Bonsai.

As Scott prepares the 10 year old maple trees for their forest planting, he describes the key design elements for creating a Bonsai forest composition that's visually interesting.

Plant 70% of the trees in 30% of the space. This dense clustering mimics that which we find beautiful in nature.

Select 3 focal trees and arrange them to create the effect of a scalene triangle.

Allow space between the two groups to create an inviting path between them.

In nature, trees at the edge of the forest, reach out to grab as much light as they can. So trees planted on the edge of the forest, should be tilted at an angle.

Scott's demonstration included so much more than the guidelines for composing forests. His insightful comments and interesting stories made for a well rounded presentation that had the audience engaged.


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1900 17th Avenue

Santa Cruz, 95062

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9am - 2pm


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2444 Mar Vista Drive

Aptos, CA 95003

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