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Ikebana in the Garden

November 29, 2015 , , , ,

Ohara School

Ohara School

outdoor exhibit

outdoor exhibit

outdoor exhibit

outdoor exhibit

outdoor exhibit

outdoor exhibit

indoor exhibit

indoor exhibit

Tomorrow is the last day of the annual Ikebana event at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson.  This delightful addition to the garden’s peaceful atmosphere is wonderfully worth a visit.  The works are displayed in all parts of the gardens as well as in two interior galleries. There are well defined spaces that allow contemplation or mindfulness practice at Yume any time you visit.  To see these adorned with Ikebana is a real invitation to deep meditation. The work itself is done as a meditative practice, finding the best way to use the plant materials to express art.  The relatively short life of the materials is an element of the contemplative experience for me.  Like sand mandala they will be discarded in the future, with less ceremony.

I was very lucky to be invited to the arranging pre party where I met artists and teachers working on the show.  The universe of Ikebana was unknown to me, but it took a very enjoyable guided tour.  It was clear to me that in the group situation some found it more difficult than others to be immersed in the creative process.  I asked questions but did not want to get carried away and become a big distraction. Once I tuned in to what was happening it reminded me of yoga. The teacher comes around and gives assistance and guidance to to student while the work is in progress.  There is a reverent attitude toward the plant materials, and quiet concentration.  When I saw all the finished pieces in the show I was impressed with the work in all of them.  They caught a seasonal natural harvest in whimsical harmony with the moment in which it was created.  The curation of the show is done so that every piece looks natural and harmonious with the surroundings.  For this Thanksgiving weekend Yume, which means dream, is one big flower arrangement containing many arrangements.  It is the perfect place to be one with nature right in the center of the city of Tucson.

 

Ikebana in the garden

Ikebana in the garden

Ikebana in the garden

Ikebana in the garden

Ikebana in the garden

Make sure you take a look around all the corners because there are arrangements tucked into the gardens like a treasure hunt.  The indoor galleries are also very well curated to show a range of styles.  I am a happy newcomer to this exciting form of art and meditation.

indoor gallery

indoor gallery

indoor gallery

indoor gallery

indoor gallery

indoor gallery

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Wow.. such gorgeous arrangements. Lucky you .. that you get to see these are a local person. It sounds like fun and an amazing experience!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 29, 2015

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