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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #45 on: October 13, 2009, 02:46 PM »
Wayne,

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to document the displays so thoroughly.

I'm nothing if not efficient.  (HA!  I'm sure in our limited contact even you can see the humor in that.)  Could you spill on the other awards and how the critique went?  Anyone know what was said of the Upstate Study Group trees (for starters)?  I could only attend Saturday afternoon for a few hours (much to the chagrin of others in my group, since they had to do all the set up.  I just got to come around and take pictures).

I hope the auction (among other things) was a success.  (How many parentheticals can I include in one post?)

Thanks again for organizing, hosting, and pulling off another wonderful show.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #46 on: October 14, 2009, 12:38 PM »
Wayne,

This twin trunk Shimpaku Juniper from the Triangle Bonsai Society Display won the Peer Award for Best In Show, and the Instructors' Award for Best In Show:

 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #47 on: October 14, 2009, 12:40 PM »
This miniature Japanese Black Pine was selected by Kathy Shaner for the Best In Show, Individual Award:

 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #48 on: October 14, 2009, 12:44 PM »
This LARGE Robusta Green Juniper group planting won the People's Choice Award:

 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #49 on: October 14, 2009, 12:51 PM »
The display by the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group won Best In Show Group Display from Kathy Shaner and The Curator's Award for Most Creative Display. I don't know if you were able to get a picture of the entire display, but here are the bonsai that were in it:

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #50 on: October 14, 2009, 01:08 PM »
All in all, the 14th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo was another outstanding success! We don't have a good method for getting an accurate count of visitation over the weekend (8 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday), but it's safe to say that we were within our usual range of 2,500 to 3,500 people. The auction went well; way up from last year. I can't tell you what Kathy Shaner said about the Upstate display, because I didn't get to hear it. As usual, I had things to do that prevented me from participating in the program. By all accounts she did a terrific job in the critique. But then, she did a terrific job in all aspects of her participation in the event. The advance word on Kathy Shaner was that she is a true professional and a great guest artist. She lived up to her reputation completely.

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #51 on: October 14, 2009, 06:37 PM »
Wayne,

This twin trunk Shimpaku Juniper from the Triangle Bonsai Society Display won the Peer Award for Best In Show, and the Instructors' Award for Best In Show:



This is a very nice shimpaku
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #52 on: October 15, 2009, 12:26 PM »
From the looks of it there are a lot of trees crammed into the display.  Do you get that sense in person?  Also, some of the cloth backdrops are pretty wrinkled and distracting, something I noticed at our own last club show. 

Some of the displays did seem to have more trees than others.  I've found it very difficult to whittle the trees displayed down to a number that doesn't look a little crowded once on the table.  Obviously our club isn't the only group where this tendency is visible.

The backdrops are out of our control ...I think.  The venue is set up before trees are brought in.  Someone could probably bring in a steam iron or something but it doesn't look like anybody thought of that.

In reality, the wrinkles, while visible, weren't very distracting in the venue.  The (necessary) flash photography seems to accentuate every wrinkle too.
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So, which ones are yours?  :)
None of my trees were displayed, but our group's display started w/ the 2nd tree in post 10 to the 1st tree in post 12. 

I really need to make an effort to get pictures of the entire displays of each club.  Taken individually they don't show the creativity involved in several of the displays.  Its a little difficult to get unobstructed views long enough to get the shot though (and lighting ...evenly... 16 linear feet is challenging).

One thing I'll mention is that display creativity seems to be rewarded at this show.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #53 on: October 15, 2009, 12:29 PM »
Wayne,

What can you tell us about this one:



If I remember the forest next to it correctly, this one must have been HUGE!  I recognize a few others from the Nashville club.  Looks like it was a good show.

It was pretty large.  I think I recall seeing it at a previous show, probably last years.  I like the effect the deadwood has to break up those large fans of green.  I'm not a fan of hinoki usually (for a plethora of reasons, not the least of which is I'm not familiar with how to grow them), but this one really is nice.

There were a few hinokis at this show that held my attention.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #54 on: October 15, 2009, 12:32 PM »
Wayne,
I think one of my favorites was this shohin display:


Do you have a wider shot of it? Unless I miss my mark, both the accent plant in lower right and the tree on the left are part of this well-done formal shohin display.

Sadly, I don't have a wider shot.  I don't think the tree on the left was part of the display (it was a twisty juniper ...shimpaku maybe).  The accent plant thats half in and half out of my image ....I should probably have been a little more careful in composing that shot.  (If I recall, I was in a hurry to zoom in and capture detail of the cascade pine at the top of this display.)
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #55 on: October 15, 2009, 12:36 PM »
I know that last tree (0060)! :)


I REALLY liked this tree.  There was excellent movement in the trunk, especially for such a small tree. 

Is this yours?  Is it grafted onto jbp?  I was also captivated by that pot.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #56 on: October 15, 2009, 12:50 PM »
This twin trunk Shimpaku Juniper from the Triangle Bonsai Society Display won the Peer Award for Best In Show, and the Instructors' Award for Best In Show:


I did not vote in the Peer Award as it completely slipped my mind.  Its moot anyway as I'd have voted for this tree as well.  It was fantastic.

The display by the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group won Best In Show Group Display from Kathy Shaner and The Curator's Award for Most Creative Display. I don't know if you were able to get a picture of the entire display, but here are the bonsai that were in it:


I didn't get a picture any entire displays.  The pictures I did get were a struggle since the ceiling above their display is 20'-ish high and slanting.  I tried for a while, but I could tell I was exhausting the patience of those in the queue forming behind me.  As I mentioned earlier, getting entire display pictures is something I'll do a better job of in years to come.


This LARGE Robusta Green Juniper group planting won the People's Choice Award:


My wife seemed to like this tree a lot, but when I told her it won the People's Choice Award she was shocked.  I can't recall for sure, but it seems like large trees seem to do pretty well with the public.  This one certainly had "large" going for it.

This miniature Japanese Black Pine was selected by Kathy Shaner for the Best In Show, Individual Award:


Was the award given for the Pine or for the shohin display itself?  Just wondering.  I certainly can't fault her decision either way as either merited serious consideration.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #57 on: October 15, 2009, 06:27 PM »
What an awesome group of photo's. The tree all look very healthy and my congratulations to the clubs involved and a job well done.

Thanks for sharing, al
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #58 on: October 16, 2009, 03:53 PM »
Al,
Welcome back!

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #59 on: October 17, 2009, 04:49 AM »
Wayne, I really enjoyed seeing how bonsai is in the US, my question for you: was this a club event? what was the standard for the trees, in other words, were all trees allowed?
I find that the quality varies a lot, there are real masterpieces and trees in a beginnerstage of training. I wouldn't have picked the Shimpaku as best in show though,  in my opinion this has a lot of faults, mostly in the 2 trunks, big one is left orientated as the small trunk is right orientated, creating a slingshot. IMHO the tree could be better without the little trunk.

Just my views, but really nice show, thanks

Wessel