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Presentation => Bonsai Shows Discussion => Topic started by: MatsuBonsai on April 22, 2011, 03:02 PM

Title: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 22, 2011, 03:02 PM
We are pleased to announce that the American Bonsai Society (http://absbonsai.org/) (ABS) and Bonsai Clubs International (http://www.bonsai-bci.com/) (BCI) will be holding a joint Bonsai Convention and Learning Seminar in Louisville, KY (U.S.A.).  The Greater Louisville Bonsai Society (http://www.louisvillebonsai.org/) has been working with both organizations to bring this wonderful seminar to the Bluegrass State.

Titled "Bonsai in the Bluegrass (http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com)", this 4-day Learning Seminar will be held June 16-19, 2011 in Louisville. We have scheduled International Bonsai artists from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the United States. There will be a large number of bonsai vendors on hand to provide a variety of trees, pots, tools, and various other supplies. Also, part of the program includes a terrific bonsai display of well styled trees from across the United States.

Home to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville has quite a bit to offer including: Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Frazier International History Museum, Muhammed Ali Center, and much more.

With an International Airport located just south of downtown, Louisville is an easy travel destination. Home of UPS Air Cargo hub, you can rest assured that shipping to and from the event will be an easy and painless experience.

Plan now to attend! There will be plenty to see and do at this wonderful event. We hope to see you there!

http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com/ (http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com/)
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: KoPiSan on April 24, 2011, 11:32 AM
Thanks! I'm registered and looking forward to it.

Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 26, 2011, 02:06 PM
Here's the list of instructors that will be on hand for the Symposium:


Enrique Castano
Jim Doyle
Robert Kempinski
Min Hsuan Lo
Boon Manakitivipart
Jonathan Maples
Ryan Neil
Chiara Padrini
Doug Philips
Martin Schmalenberg
Andy Smith
John Thompson
Ed Trout
William Valavanis


More information regarding the instructors can be found here (http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com/page/instructors.aspx).
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 27, 2011, 09:19 AM
Have I mentioned the vendors?


Bogan's Bonsai
Lang Bonsai
Cass Bonsai
Sara Rayner Pottery
Adams' Bonsai
Wildwood Gardens
Meco Bonsai
Nature's Way Nursery
Golden Arrow Bonsai
Von's Gardens
William N. Valavanis
Custom Japanese Calligraphy
Ancient Bonsai Company
Scribbles Embroidery of Arkansas llc
Basically Bonsai
Kittle Studio
Wild Things Bonsai Studio
Bonsai West
Bonsai by Fields
Myrick Bonsai Pottery


More info here (http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com/page/Vendors.aspx).
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: mcpesq817 on April 27, 2011, 09:36 AM
Wow, that sounds like a really great event with an all-star cast.  I'm jealous that I won't be able to make it.  Hope it is a great success - I'm sure it will be.
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 03, 2011, 09:07 AM
Please note that after May 15, the registration fee increases to $330, from the current $295.

A number of the workshops/classes have filled and a waiting list has been started.

Don't be disappointed! Send in your registration!!


http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com/page/Online-Registration.aspx (http://www.bonsaiinthebluegrass.com/page/Online-Registration.aspx)
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on June 21, 2011, 10:40 AM
It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun.  All in all I would say it was a success, but I'm glad it's over.

- Overview of the exhibit
- Randy's HUGE forest
- Congrats to Bill Valavanis, Best in Show!
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on June 21, 2011, 10:42 AM
Ryan Neil was there with some impressive Rocky Mountain Junipers for an all day workshop.  He also did an exhibit critique on Friday.
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on June 21, 2011, 10:44 AM
I sat in on a few of Boon's sessions and provided an extra hand for his demo on a rather large and leggy Blue Alps juniper.  It's going to be an outstanding bonsai once the foliage is brought in closer over the next few years.
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: Larry Gockley on June 21, 2011, 01:23 PM
I really like Randy's forest, but  wondered how big it was. The first pic of it on the back table gives me a good idea. Thanks Larry
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: bwaynef on June 21, 2011, 01:53 PM
What kind of tree did Bill V. win best-in-show with?
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on June 21, 2011, 01:57 PM
What kind of tree did Bill V. win best-in-show with?

Randy is calling it Carpinus laxiflora, Japanese Loose Flowered Hornbeam.  I trust that is accurate.
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: MatsuBonsai on June 21, 2011, 01:58 PM
I really like Randy's forest, but  wondered how big it was. The first pic of it on the back table gives me a good idea. Thanks Larry

It's big.  As you can see, it required it's own table.  There was extra bracing under the table as well.  When it came time to move it sadly I was needed elsewhere.  ;)

I'm told it took quite a few strong men to get it loaded and unloaded.
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: good_ol_jr on June 21, 2011, 04:15 PM
What kind of tree did Bill V. win best-in-show with?

Randy is calling it Carpinus laxiflora, Japanese Loose Flowered Hornbeam.  I trust that is accurate.

I can confirm that is correct.  Its killer this time of year with the hop like flowers.
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: William N. Valavanis on June 29, 2011, 06:49 PM
Just returned home from Japan, photographing for a large format bonsai art book and noticed my Red leaf hornbeam discussion. It is a Carpinus laxiflora, Loose flowering hornbeam or Red leaf hornbeam.

Actually at the ABS/BCI Convention the bonsai was in FRUIT, not flowers. Attached is a photo taken in early April when it was just loaded with flowers. I got lucky and many of the fruit developed. Glad you enjoyed this bonsai.

Bill
Title: Re: Bonsai in the Bluegrass
Post by: John Kirby on June 30, 2011, 06:13 AM
Very, very, nice Bill.