Programs 2020-2021

Covid19 Special Message

Covid19 has challenged our Chapter to provide our  2020-2021 Programs in a safe environment for our members and guests. Thus the Chapter’s Programs for the foreseeable future will be held virtually on Zoom. The Board and the Program presenters are working diligently to ensure we all enjoy a quality presentation as well as finding a satisfactory means to provide for the social and business aspects of our meetings.

Our program offerings have been expanded this year. There will be special programs offered through North & Central American Regional Conference (NCAR) and the Iwaya Fund.

See below for our regular programs, now being offered virtually as well the the NCAR programs

Check this page for Programming updates.


September 21, 2020 10:00 AM on Zoom
Virtual Program

Palm Leaves and Inflorescence

Welcome back to a new year of Ikebana!

10:00 am Aimee Jackson, Sogetsu

10:45 am Laurel Fooks, Banmi Shofu


Rerun November 6, 2020 7 pm on Zoom of October 3rd Program

Japonismes 2018 Art Floral

This video was only available for purchase in Paris to commemorate the 160th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and France. The video features 5 Iemotos (Headmasters) from 5 different schools of Ikebana.and highlights the classic, modern, and contemporary aesthetics of each of the five schools.  This was the first time these iemotos showcased their artworks together.

This program is meant for non-members, as well as members and their guests. There will be opportunity ask questions and to learn about the different schools, availability of lessons and Chapter membership.

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

October 23, 2020 7:00 PM on Zoom

Demonstration from the18th North & Central American Region Conference

Featuring Soho Sakai - Sogetsu

Please note new time. Presented by NCAR Advocate Committee 18th NCARC 2019 In collaboration with Ikebana Iwaya Fund

Soho Sakai charms and delights in this, her Ikebana International NCAR Dallas conference demonstration. Ms. Sakai holds the prestigious title of Riji, the highest teaching rank of the Sogetsu School. A native of Japan, she began practicing Ikebana in 1957 and today has garnered some of the Sogetsu school’s most coveted awards to include the ”SOGETSU SHO” award. A prolific and beloved teacher, Soho Sakai’s Dallas demonstration is visual proof of her consummate artistry and why a generation of students have flocked to her tutelage.

Members and their guests and non-members invited.


October 19, 2020 7:00 PM on Zoom
Virtual Program

Palms Leaves and Inflorescense

Kathy LaDuke, Ichiyo

Trish Weimer, Ikenobo


November 16, 2020 7:00 PM on Zoom
Virtual Program

What is Banmi Shofu?


Iemoto, Dr. Ric Carrasco, and his teachers will explain the history and principles of the Banmi Shofu School and provide a demonstration. 


November 20, 2020 7:00 PM on Zoom

Demonstration from the 18th North & Central American Region Conference

Featuring Jose Salcedo - Ohara School

Jose Salcedo is an ikebana rarity. Accomplished in both Ohara and Ikenobo, he holds the Ohara title of 1stTerm Master and Senior Professor of Ikenobo. Mr. Salcedo is a natural instructor. His demonstration at the Ikebana International NCAR Dallas Conference is a master class in balance and harmony. His choice of containers and manipulation of plant material are the hallmarks of his strong oeuvre and solidify his place among today’s modern ikebana masters.


December 5, 2020 2:00 PM on Zoom

Demonstration from the 18th North & Central America Regional Conference

Featuring Elaine Jo - Ichiyo School

Elaine Jo is ikebana’s everywoman! An Ichiyo Executive Master, At Home with Ikebana is not just the title of her book, it is her mantra. At the I.I. NCAR Dallas conference Elaine created her capstone. With graceful ease she demonstrated how to elevate your living space with ikebana. Her composition and technique are unparalleled. Able to balance the seemingly impossible, Elaine Jo is a joy to watch. An approachable, modern sensibility rooted in Ichiyo’s natural beauty makes Elaine Jo’s demonstration a must see!

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December 19, 2020 2:00 PM

How to Photograph Ikebana

Dale Leifeste’s photographic career has taken him around the world. He currently divides his time between Beacon, NY and St. Petersburg, FL. He specializes in photographing artworks for artists, galleries, and museums as well as dance and architecture. Plans are underway for an exhibition of his work at the Mirella Cimato Gallery in St. Petersburg in January 2021.

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January 16, 2021 2:00 PM on Zoom
Demonstration from the 18th North and Central Regional Conference

Featuring Senko Ikonobo - Ikenobo School

Senko Ikenobo is Headmaster Designate of IkenoboIkebana.Taking her place in an illustrious lineage beginning in the Muromachi Period, Senko Ikenobo has found her unique voice amongst her ancestors. Her I.I.NCAR Dallas Conference demonstration authenticates Senko’s vision.She acknowledges her traditions while beautifully unfolding the future of the Ikenobo Ikebana School. Each arrangement is a movement that builds upon the next, culminating in this floral opus. Senko and her translator Professor Noda have collaborated for many years and their natural ease is a delight and privilege to watch.


February 6, 2021 2:00 PM on Zoom

Demonstration from 18th North & Central Regional Conference

Featuring Susan Cano "Focus on the Color of the Container"

The essence of ikebana lies in the relationship between flowers and the container. When we do an arrangement we normally think of the materials first, especially for new students. Focusing on the container first, new ideas of composition may come to mind. SusanCano illustrates this concept several ways with over eight different creative arrangements.The colorwheel and how colors contrast and harmonize impact the color of the container when selecting yourmaterials. You will see how an arrangement is enhanced when shown in one color container versus another. Her arrangements alone are inspiring, but when you see how they change depending on the color of the container, you will be inspired yourself to consider container color when selecting your materials and create even more beautiful designs.


Click Photo for Patricia Larkin Green Studio on YouTube

February 20, 2021 2:00 PM

On Zoom

What is Sumi-e?

Patricia Larkin Green, Chicago, Il USA: sumi-e artist and oil painter recipient of many international awards, including the prestigious “Special Cultural Award” from the China Modern Ink Painting Institute and Art Museum, Beijing, China and “Second Grand Prize” from the Jade Buddha Temple, in AnShan City, China.

Larkin Green studied sumi-e with the masters Madeleine Stanley-Jossem at The Art Institute of Chicago, and is “soto-deshi” ( 外弟子 ) to International Zen Master, Shozo Sato. She has qualified for 8th Dan from Genshin-kai, Japan
under the teachings of master calligrapher Hekiun Oda. Currently Larkin Green teaches sumi-e classes in the Rinsai method at The Japanese Culture Center in Chicago.


March 20, 2021 2 PM

Virtual Annual Exhibition

Enjoy our virtual presentation of  member’s exhibition arrangements.




Glimpse the behind the scenes efforts to bring you our virtual exhibition in our second video.

March 6, 2021 2:00 PM on Zoom

NCAR Ikebana Sensei Demonstration

Featuring Satsuki Palter - Ohara School

Ms. Palter has performed ikebana demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions at the Getty Museum, LA County Museum, LA Arboretum, and Japanese American National Museum,as well as many events such as Anime Expo, and is regularly invited to teach workshops throughout the country. In addition to her role as a leader in the Ikebana community, Satsuki also teaches Japanese tea ceremony. Born and raised in Kobe, Japan,Satsuki has resided in Los Angeles since 1996.

Please register for this meeting.


April 10 2:00 PM on Zoom

NCAR Ikebana Sensei Demonstration

Featuring Valerie Eccleston - Ichiyo

Ms. Eccleston has demonstrated, taught and exhibited extensively in the USA and Canada, having lived in Connecticut, Texas, Arizona, Virginia and Toronto. This includes demonstrating and exhibiting at the Metropolitan Museum Asian Galleries in NY and participating in an Ichiyo School Exhibition in Soho with the late Iemoto Akihiro Kasuya and other visiting teachers from Japan and the USA.

Rescheduled to 2021-2022

What is Ikenobo?

Featuring Muriel Scrivner


May 8 2:00 PM on Zoom

NCAR Ikebana Sensei Demostration

Featuring Stephanie English - Ikenobo

Ms. English has been studying ikebana since 1994. In the fall of 2016,she received her 18th certificate or degree, Senior Professor First Grade. She has traveled to Japan on multiple occasions for special Ikenobo study tours and attends similar special workshops all around the U.S.


May 22, 2021 2:00 PM

On Zoom

Art in Bloom - Interpretations of
Hiroko Borish's Art

Barbara Goss, Monique Noujaim and Bet Groshong will demonstrate an arrangment interpreting Hiroko Borish’s Art.


June 12, 2:00 PM on Zoom

NCAR Cultural Series

Endless Possibilities With Washi

Featuring Laura Felt

For some, creating with washi paper might be challenging. Not so for Laura Felt who can cover most anything with washi paper. Working with washi is easy when you follow Laura’s start to finish instructions for covering napkin rings, ornaments, and tissue boxeswish washi paper. Don’t forget to check out her list of materials (including ordering washi paper on the internet), and step-by-step directions for all three items she demonstrates in the video.

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July 10, 2021 2:00 PM on Zoom

NCAR Cultural Series

One Hundred Years of Kimono

Featuring Paul MacLardy

Paul MacLardy, proprietor of Arise Bazaar and co-author of Kimono-Vanishing Traditions will present rare kimono and discuss the meaning, weaving and surface finishing of kimono in the context of strict rules governingkimono production. He illuminates the ingenious ways those rules were bent during the Edo period.

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August 21 2:00 PM

Member Sharing of Washi Projects

Share what you made after attending last month’s NCAR presentation on Washi with Laura Felt and socialize with your ikebana friends.