February 2022

Hello Everyone,

Spring flowers are blooming around us as March signals another changing season. There's no shortage of blossoms from plum, apricot, peach, forsythia and spirea for us to use as flower materials for the upcoming Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 Katen.


Annual Luncheon Canceled

Unfortunately this New Year's Luncheon was canceled. The board came to a consensus that with the mask mandate still in effect, we did not want to risk everyone's health by being unmasked while eating. Thank you for your understanding.


In addition to not sharing a meal with you, I was disappointed to have missed Takeichi Sensei and her Sogetsu group's live demonstration. Instead of a live demonstration, we will be able to view a video of the demonstration in the near future. Enjoy this preview photo of what's to come.


Sketch illustration by Haruko Takeichi Sensei for Sogetsu arrangement for Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 New Years 2022 demonstration


Annual Katen in March

On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 we are holding our annual Katen flower exhibition after being on hiatus for the past two years.


I am looking forward to making arrangements with you in a few weeks. If you have not registered, please download the attached registration form. Hopefully you will be able to join us. Additional programming includes a video presentation by Leonard Brinkers on Saturday and a demonstration by the Ohara School on Sunday at 1:00 pm. There will be ceramic sales by several local potters and a “Country Store” sale of gently used ikebana vases and related items. In addition, children will be able to make small flower arrangements.


Remember to wear your Ikebana International membership badges so you can enter the Arboretum for free. Please tell your invited guests to purchase tickets on the LA County Arboretum website beforehand, as tickets are not sold onsite. I'd like to encourage carpooling due to the limited number of parking spaces available.


Read more about the Katen on our website >>


Additional Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 24 - an Ohara School workshop by Satsuki Palter Sensei. Read more about the workshop here >>


Sunday, May 15 - A workshop by Sangetsu School


Sunday, June 26 - A workshop by sensei Jose Salcedo, followed by a memorial event for Kawamura Sensei


A Research Project

The Civic Imagination Project, which is an initiative of Civic Paths Group based at the University of Southern California recently contacted us. Currently, they are conducting a research project on how plants, flowers and nature inspire our imaginations. They are particularly interested in conducting interviews with people who are involved with nature-themed arts for their study. If you would like to participate please complete this online form or email Sangita Shresthova the Director of Research Programs sangita.shresthova@usc.edu to contact them and answer any questions you may have.


Conclusion

I appreciate everyone's flexibility in these uncertain times and am grateful to our dedicated board members to be willing to pivot to the programming challenges that have developed these past few months. If any of our members are interested in learning more about being a future board member and holding a leadership position in our group, please email me at hanaarare@gmail.com. Let's continue to foster friendship through flowers.


Best regards,


Fukuyo Tanaka

President

Ikebana International LA Chapter #4



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