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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #45 on: October 10, 2011, 02:13 PM »
I've always liked this planting.  It looks so natural, and holds its own with the colors in the surrounding Asheville landscape.  Excuse the few detail shots showing the underplanting & spacing.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #46 on: October 10, 2011, 02:15 PM »
Nice juniper in the garden
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #47 on: October 10, 2011, 02:15 PM »
cont'd.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #48 on: October 10, 2011, 02:17 PM »
The last few of the Arboretum's collection
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #49 on: October 10, 2011, 05:25 PM »
Wow, that first display from the Black Creek Study group really is amazing.  You really SEE the tree.  Not that I don't love pots or anything, but it's the first time I've ever seen trees displayed this way, and it's very striking.  I wonder if there were a lot of detractors about this display. 
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #50 on: October 10, 2011, 06:00 PM »
I miss the pots.  :)
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #51 on: October 11, 2011, 11:32 AM »
Ditto, I miss the pots as well.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #52 on: October 13, 2011, 10:35 AM »
Some of the trees from the Susquehanna Bonsai Club, Harrisburg PA are outstanding. 

It seems some of the club displays are (still) way too crowded.  Was this addressed by Walter?  Is this the individual club's decision?  Could/would Arthur supply them with more room?

I'm still digesting the rest of this thread.

 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #53 on: October 13, 2011, 11:14 AM »
My experience and understanding suggest that its up to the club to plan their display.  Arthur generously provides 2-8' tables for 16' of space to be used as the club sees fit.  I know he's willing to allow for less space, but I've never contacted him about providing more space.  My gut suggests that'd be a tougher sell.

I wasn't available for WP's critique so I'm not sure what he had to say about any of them.  He's a member here, but is likely travelling so may not've had an opportunity to stop by and see this post.  Hopefully he'll fill us in.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #54 on: October 13, 2011, 11:40 AM »
A good number of very nice trees. I underdtand the interest in nontraditional display. Hope everyone had an enjoyable andinterestin weekend.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #55 on: October 13, 2011, 01:43 PM »
I was at the Expo and had a tree shown as part of the Atlanta Bonsai Society display.  Wayne is correct in that the invited clubs were given a certain amount of space to present their trees/display and are encouraged to come up with non traditional means of doing so, though traditonal displays, like the one we had, were welcomed, too.  Walter had only 2 hours to critique each tree and each club display, so it came out fast and furious and I honestly only remember bits and pieces. With each display, He tried to quicklyexplain what he thought the theme was, and then mention things that worked or not within that display.   He really like the Black Creek Study group display sans pots (I did, too).  His most frequent comment about many of the displays was that they were overcrowded, as John noted.  He did discuss flow (or lack of) in several of the displays, and made some suggestions to improve it.  Viewing height of the tree(good or bad) was mentioned several times.  With several displays, he just flat out said the display didn't work, and explained why it was so.  The tree critiques were generally similar.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #56 on: October 13, 2011, 09:10 PM »
Hey Yall, I was at the show, and I thought for the space and all the different clubs/groups it was a very good show. It was a little crowded but given the limited space i understand and am thankful to the groups for providing so much variety. The Black Creek display was awesome in my opinion, and yes I know the pots were missing but it offered a very good way to study the trees. Just the tree and the beautiful vanishing backdrop. It was obvious that the group spent a great deal of time and coordination on this display. If you are a traditionalist then you probably didn't like it, from a photographer's point of view it was outstanding! I ,for one, loved the fresh and crisp view of some outstanding trees. Overall there were lots of exceptional trees to be admired. If you get the chance to go don't hesitate just go! The display of trees was only one aspect, beyond the display room was a conference room full of all kind of knowledge. I didn't get to see Walter and regret it. I did get to see Jim Doyle, very good demo and almost more info than I could handle. And then there was our own Ken and John, along with Arthur they answered the rapid fire questions from the audience and kept us in stitches!!! Kinda like the Blue Collar Comedy tour of Bonsai. I guess we will have to call them "Green Necks". And to top it all off was the auction to close the event. There were some phenomenal Bonsai auctioned off for fractions of their true value let alone the retail value. What a great weekend in a perfect location with perfect weather and a great bunch of people. Oh! Almost forgot to mention the huge vending area. I had a blast! 
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #57 on: October 15, 2011, 01:54 AM »
Wayne,
Thanks for posting all the pictures.  This was mine and my family's first Bonsai show.  Hoping to make it an annual family outing! 
Marty
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #58 on: October 17, 2011, 12:17 PM »
Thanks for posting the pictures Wayne!  Most of the time, non traditional displays make me cringe, not because I am a purist, but because I don't think they actually set the trees off.  Often it is distracting or strange enough that the display draws my eyes off the trees, which is what a display shouldn't do.

All that said, I love the displays by Black Creek Study Group.  They showcase the trees very well.  I wish they had had a bit more room to spread them out, especially the 3 point display, but still, it is refreshing to see a non traditional display that does an excellent job of showing off the trees.  Cheers to them.

Being stuck in Michigan I love seeing pictures from shows around the world, thanks again for putting up all the great pictures!

Alex
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #59 on: October 25, 2011, 10:01 AM »
Shots *003 - 9 come from the Black Creek Study Group out of Columbia SC. 
I miss the pots.  :)
Ditto, I miss the pots as well.

The Carolina Bonsai Expo is a venue wherein non-traditional displays are encouraged.  Sometimes the displays by clubs who choose to do something non-traditional don't really work.  At least, not in any sense of the word art.  Often the mudmen, or the scenery, or the fog machines, or the trickling water, or the lighting over-power the display.  Last year, I even pointed out several changes I thought would've made this same group's effort work better.

After situating myself in the display room and trying to locate the first trees (a guide sheet is given indicating some direction as to the flow of the display) I found myself in front of the Black Creek display.  It had a nice presence.  The lack of pots, while not immediately obvious, seemed to have been executed well.  (The immediate obviousness was lessened because the viewer would likely be taken by the fact that this display was certainly non-traditional ...but executed thoughtfully.)

The flow of the display seemed to point toward the centerpiece twin-trunk Bald Cypress that was clearly the best tree in the display.  It held its own by sheer size, but was separated further by its placement slightly in front of the rest of the display.  Its planting seemed very natural with rocks/gravel that didn't distract and suggested a swamp (or at least water) and the pairing of water plants was well-done.  (I was smitten with the pitcher plants, and apologize for not getting a better picture.)

The far left planting, and second-from-the-right planting were done in such a way that I had to double-check to see whether they were planted on a slab.  I had  assumed at first that they were.  Regardless, I think that the way they were presented wasn't much different than it would've been had they been on a slab.

The shohin 3-point display showed well, but on 2nd (or maybe 3rd) viewing I START to miss a little color or some other interest where the pots would be.  Still, I thought that this section of the display held its own by the varied height and sizes of the pillars on which each element sat.

The remaining two elements are the only ones where I'd entertain the idea of being bothered by a lack of pot, with the ginkgo being the most bothersome. They both have a lip around them that suggests where a pot would be ...and I enjoy the fact that the elm is planted inside an oval.  I wonder if the edges of the rectangle that the ginkgo was planted in were rounded somewhat if that would more strongly imply a more appropriate pot shape and diminish the fact that a traditional pot was missing.

Regardless, in all this I'm nit-picking.  On initial in-person viewing it was received well.  It was clear that this was executed elegantly ...and would've been clear that it would likely ruffle a few feathers.  It seems to have done that.  Somehow, it didn't seem to be done just for the sake of controversy when seen in public.

Caveat: Pot selection/pairing is a weakness of mine.  I wonder if I felt more adept in this, would I miss the pots as much as some others.