Saturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m.—South Pomfret—Join ArtisTree for a day of art workshops, demonstrations and celebrations for all ages with Kamu Design Studio of Kobe, Japan. The day showcases a variety of art forms, most prominently ikebana, the elegant and disciplined Japanese art of flower arrangement that brings together nature and humanity. The day begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m.
“Kamu” means “flower dream” in Japanese. Kamu Design Studio will present many creative Japanese traditions throughout the day, including ikebana: the elegant Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana is a disciplined art form that is steeped in Japanese philosophy, uniting nature and humanity in the living arrangement.
Japanese Arts Festival schedule:
10:30 a.m.-12p.m. Children’s Origami and Japanese Calligraphy Workshop. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure a place in this workshop. $10 per person.
12-6 p.m. Ikebana Flower Exhibition in the Gallery. Ikebana reveres the sacred relationship between humans and nature with the flower arrangement usually practiced in a silent and meditative state. This event is free and open to the public.
1-1:30 p.m. Ikebana for Families. Together, you and your family will explore ikebana basics while artfully arranging flowers in this time-honored Japanese art form. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure a place in this workshop. $10 for adult/child pair, $5 per additional family member.
1-2 p.m. Ikebana Flower Arranging Workshop for Adults. Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure a place in this workshop. $20 per person.
2-3 p.m. Kimono Demonstration and Traditional Tea Ceremony. The kimono, the traditional form of dress, and the tea ceremony is at once an art form, a spiritual discipline, a way to socialize, and a window on Japanese culture. This event is free and open to the public.
3:15-4 p.m. Ikebana Flower Arranging Demonstration. Award-winning ikebana artist Ryoku Hamada and her studio of flower designers offer this free demonstration open to the general public.
4-6 p.m. Gallery reception with Japanese-inspired hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All flower arrangements will be available for purchase. This exhibition will be on view in the gallery from 12-6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
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