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bwaynef

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #45 on: October 16, 2014, 09:51 AM »
I realized I missed one picture.  There was a small Japanese Maple potted very uniquely on the ballot table.  I believe Owen had a hand in its presentation ...if it wasn't him directly who brought it.  Does anyone have a picture of that one?
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #46 on: October 16, 2014, 11:16 AM »
That was Owens tree. He showed it at the National show. He set it on the table and just left it there. Not really set up to "show".
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #47 on: October 16, 2014, 05:49 PM »
That was Owens tree. He showed it at the National show. He set it on the table and just left it there. Not really set up to "show".

Was it this one?
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #48 on: October 16, 2014, 06:31 PM »
That's it!
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #49 on: October 16, 2014, 10:33 PM »
I brought it just in case.  I forgot it  :-\ then it kind of looked nice there.

Thanks for posting all the photos  ;D.  This year and last year had great trees on display. 
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #50 on: October 17, 2014, 03:53 AM »
That's it!

It's on bonsaitonight.com where I made a comment. It's more than "kind of nice" IMHO ;D
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #51 on: October 17, 2014, 01:18 PM »
Wow Wayne, that was a lot of work posting all those photos. Thank you. I tend to post long posts, and I have trouble going through the effort of posting more than 20 pictures. You really out did all of us. Thank you. I couldn't make it to the show, now I feel I at least saw a full complete pictorial. Thank you. Wish I could have made it but my schedule did not allow.
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #52 on: October 20, 2014, 09:38 AM »
Wayne,

Thanks very much.

Ray
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #53 on: October 20, 2014, 10:15 AM »
I'll save everyone else the trouble:  You're sincerely welcome. :)

What do y'all think of the trees?  This show ('s curator?) prides itself (himself?) on creative display.  I kept my commentary to a minimum while posting.  Did you see anything out of the ordinary?  Did any of it "work"?  What didn't?  There was a discussion/debate at this show that centered around the state of American Bonsai, ...with one of the participants wanting to get away from the "Japanese Aesthetic".  Did you see anything in this show that warrants any further exploration?
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #54 on: October 20, 2014, 02:31 PM »
From the photos it looked pretty clean, nothing looked crowded, or messy.  I do like the solid backgrounds better than the drapes, it's really just the fullness of the drapes that make the tree harder to read.  Maybe the drape panels could be hung flat? But other than the cartoon leaves, I didn't see anything that looked awkward.  Great trees, loved the water elm, and Daves JRP.  I actually liked the barn siding(?) picture frame display. 
I found that after seeing the tree names in the permanent collection, that I wanted to see them on the exhibition trees too.  Some trees are easy, but some, I couldn't put a name on, like the water elm. 
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #55 on: October 20, 2014, 03:15 PM »
There were a couple of tables that were too crowded. The Judge commented that there were accessory plants on the table, and he couldn't figure out which tree the accessory plant went with.

There were some scrolls and other artwork depicting trees. The Judge commented that the picture of a tree distracted from the actual tree.

There was one display of a dead tree. It used to be a nice shohin. I'm sure someone was sorry to lose it. But I didn't think it should be on display.

There were a couple of displays where it seemed to me to be more about "the display" than the trees. Personally, I think the focus should be on the trees.

It was a fun show, and I was glad to have the opportunity to participate.
 

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Re: 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo
« Reply #56 on: October 20, 2014, 08:49 PM »
For those not up on the Asheville Bonsai Expo, the exhibition is set up so that each organization gets two tables for their group.  Novel display attempts are encouraged.  I've been attending the Asheville Bonsai Expo for a number of years off and on.  This year and last year have had the best bonsai quality IMO.  Many of the displays this year had many bonsai in them but were displayed well given the space limits.   A few displays had way too many items no matter if they were novel or adhering to contemporary Japanese display standards. 

I really enjoyed the Susquehana Bonsai Society's display with the framed paintings depicted "from the wall's perspective" and tribute to the late Mary Kay Doyle.  Atlanta's organization also brought some nice bonsai.  Many clubs brought nice bonsai really.  Overall, stand and container selection was greatly improved; this exhibition is a loose representative cross section of the Southeast. 

While I rarely like the novel displays, I always keep in mind these are club displays taking a great deal of coordination and compromise.