Programs 2019-2020

Programs for 2019-2020

September 16, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Highlights of the Sogetsu School

The philosophy of the Sogetsu school is that Ikebana can be arranged by anyone, anywhere, with whatever material is available.  Natural and man-made materials are widely used, often in unexpected ways. 

Barbara Goss is a Second Grade Sanyo in the Sogetsu school.  She and her teachers provided an overview of specific principles by creating an arrangement live and then discussing a second example.

In the afternoon, a Sogetsu workshop gave all chapter members the opportunity to create an arrangement.

Enjoy our photos from this event to the right–>

October 21, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Discover the World of Miniature Designs & Techniques

A terrific program was offered by  Sensei Muriel Scrivner, Senior Professor 1st Class of the Ikenobo School!

Enjoy photos of these delightful miniatures in the slide show to your right—>

November 18, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Leaf Manipulation

Chapter member Gail Newman, Susan Taylor and Laurel Fooks will be demonstrating various types of manipulation such as weaving, plaiting and how to change the shape of aspidistra leaves.  When altered, they can be used in exciting ways to create Ikebana arrangements.

December 16 2019 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Tampa Taiko: Traditional Japanese Performing Arts

For hundreds of years, the bamboo flute has been used to meditate and create awareness.  This presentation will center around the Shakuhachi, the Japanese Bamboo Flute.  Ron Collins will perform traditional and neo traditional music.

January 22, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

Annual Demonstration and Luncheon

The annual demonstration and luncheon event for 2020 will feature Valerie Eccleston, an Executive Master of the Ichiyo School.  Ms. Eccleston comes to us from the Washington, DC Chapter #1 (Yes, the original founding chapter in the US) and is a favorite on the Ikebana circuit.  Following the demonstration, a delicious three course luncheon will be served with the ever-popular basket raffle.

Please note the change of location for this year’s event.

On January 23, 2020  (8:00 – 3:30) Ms. Eccleston will conduct workshops at Evans Hall.  Details and registration materials are forthcoming.

Courtesy of II Chapter #1 Website

February 17, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Learn All About Kimono!

Presenters, Joan Gushiken and Kimiko Ikeda, will explain everything you wanted to know about kimono.  The presentation will include the history, types of kimono, dressing process and the care of kimono.  They will illustrate their presentation with various kimono from their personal collection.

March 23, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

What is Sumi-e???

Join Beverly Feldman, a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. as she explains how from an early age, she found the art of Sumi-e or Black Ink Painting and Chinese Brush Painting to be very beautiful.  She has studied with Master Jiashan Mu, Helene Sze McCarthy and Keiko Romerstein.  Recently, she has become interested in the art of calligraphy, the strokes of which form the basis of Sumi-e.

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April 20, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Highlights of the Banmi Shofu Ryu School of Ikebana

Dr. Ric Carrasco and his teachers will explain the history and principles of the Banmi Shofu School and provide a demonstration.  There will be an afternoon Banmi Shofu Workshop for members.  Bring your lunch!

May 18, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Evans Hall

Using Baskets to Create Ikebana Arrangemenets

Members representing all schools of our chapter, Banmi Shofu Ryu, Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu will demonstrate.  Additional information is forthcoming.