His Excellency Ambassador Ishikane opened the “Discover Ikebana” Exhibition at the Embassy of Japan on Saturday, October 13. Ambassador Ishikane and Mrs. Ishikane enjoyed the exhibition with the guidance of Exhibition Chair Marie-Eve Fuki Coupal and exhibitors including Sub-Grand Master Mitsugi Shinran Kikuchi. Nearly 600 guests attended and for the first time were able to try out ikebana at a “discovery table.” The exhibits were stunning, with three large driftwood arrangements prominent on the stage, backed with sumptuous gold screens. A gallery of exhibits will be forthcoming.
Our Exhibition “Discover Ikebana” is coming up fast! The inspiration for this title is the desire of the Exhibition Chair and board members to introduce ikebana as an art and a practice to visitors. Visitors will be introduced to the process of making an arrangement with the hope that some may follow up with the introductory workshop or classes with a teacher. An introductory workshop will be held at the McNabb Centre the following Saturday, October 20, at 2:30.
As usual Cliff Byrnes and his students, with exhibitors from the Ottawa Chapter, put on a very attractive and imaginative exhibition at the Carveth Care Centre in Gananoque. With most exhibitors taking advantage of seasonal wild and garden flowers and foliage and even herbs and vegetables, visitors were intrigued with the variety of arrangements and the art of the exhibitors.
An inspiring, original, and really enjoyable workshop was held at Christ Church Hall, Gananoque, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 with Cliff Shinju Byrnes instructing. Hosted by Cliff and his students, Sandra Olney gave a brief introduction on the Zen of ikebana based on her own practice and the classic book, Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement by Gustie Herrigal. She emphasized that because you and I as well as branches and flowers are the essence of existence, and not separate from the rest of the universe, in doing ikebana we try to do things that increase our awareness of being ‘one with’ the ‘doing’ and the flowers. We were encouraged to ‘lose ourselves.’
In the first workshop students worked on a Free Style form roughly based on Rising Form or Inclining Form using their favourite vase, and placed emphasis on the vase and the sculptural quality of the plant material. Cliff provided a vast array of over 30 very interesting materials to choose from.
For the second workshop students created a One Row arrangement using three vases that they brought. They used peonies as the main flower material for this workshop. Results were stunning, and working in three containers was challenging and provided an excellent learning opportunity.
Our Chapter held its annual general meeting on Sunday, May 6th. We had an excellent turnout, and it was a great opportunity to connect with members we haven’t seen for a while.
As this is an alternate year AGM, there was no change in the Board.
It has been an active year, as usual, for our Chapter. There were numerous workshops, exhibition participation, and attendance at NAOTA.
Reports were presented by board members about Chapter business. Our finances are in good shape. We have great communication modalities to keep both our members as well as the community informed.
As a result of the new constitution given to us by Headquarters in Japan, the board revised our bylaws to be consistent with the new constitution. These were presented to the membership and were passed at the meeting.
Liz Armstrong reported on the planning for our 30th anniversary celebrations. The tentative dates are either at the end of September or mid-October, depending on the availability of the Centrepointe Theatre. We plan on having four workshops, a big demonstration and a reception. Its very exciting that our guest master will be Marcel Vrignaud of France. He trained with Houn Ohara, is a good friend of the current Headmaster, and holds the highest honours in the School for someone living outside of Japan.
An enormous thank you to all the people who donated items for sale and silent auction. There were some amazing containers, and many of us count ourselves lucky with our finds. We raised over $1,000 towards our 30th! Thank you to: Irene Bond, Catherine Seaborn, Jeanette Arthur (a former member) and Hélène Vigeant. And thank you to Mona Forzley for suggesting the container sale with a percentage to the chapter. A major success for all of us!
And thanks to Liz Armstrong for providing the hospitality and to our members who provided the treats.
The meeting will be held at the home of Liz Armstrong, from 2:00 to 3:30. Please let her know if you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a selection of books from our Library on display, but if there is a specific book in our library that you’d like to borrow, please contact Lindsay at email@example.com The library holdings are now on our website at https://oharaottawa.com/about/library-holdings/
Do you have containers, kenzans, ikebana books etc.that you no longer need? There are two ways you can help the chapter with your donations.
Any surplus items that you wish to donate to the chapter can be brought to our sales table.
If you are interested in selling items, Please bring them with the prices attached. 15% of the sale price will be donated to the chapter anniversary fund.
On February 17 the beginner workshop was given by Nancy Macleod to five participants who had signed up at the fall exhibition at the Embassy of Japan. It was given at Maki House which was easy to find and had lots of parking. The room was really spacious and nice and bright. Penny Davis was there to assist. Nancy gave a brief history of Ikebana and the Ohara School before demonstrating the arrangement using carnations, baby’s breath, teepee fronds and leather fern in a Rising Form. Participants enjoyed the experience and had many questions. The workshop was a great success.