Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 23, 2011: The Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society announces its 41st Annuial Exhibit of bonsai trees; the trees will be on display at Boerner Botanical Garden’s Education and Visitor Center, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County’s Whitnall Park. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 16, 2011, from 6-8PM. The Exhibit will run through Sunday, September 18, 2011. This event is free and open to the public.
World renowned bonsai artist Suthin Sukosolvisit will be the honored guest and will lead those present through a critique of the exhibit trees at the Friday evening opening reception. Sukolvisit, originally from Thailand, is the owner of Royal Bonsai Garden in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He will judge the exhibit and award ribbons. Sukosolvisit has guided the education of the Milwaukee club’s members over the past three years.
Bonsai are living trees displayed in a hand crafted ceramic pot, on a small table or stand, along with a small companion piece, composed to convey a sentiment of beauty - a feeling the Chinese and Japanese believed to be universally inherent in all of nature. Each artist has developed their tree to one of many traditional styles; designed so that the tree will have a sense or feeling of age.
Founded in 1969, The Milwaukee Bonsai Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the knowledge and appreciation of Bonsai. The word bonsai, pronounced “bone-sigh”, is derived from two Japanese characters, bon and sai. “Bon” transulates to pot, and “sai” to tree, shrub or planting. One does not need to be an expert to appreciate the art of bonsai. Anyone who has an interest in nature, horticulture, the arts or sculpture will find this art fascinating and enjoyable. Members of the bonsai club will be available to answer questions about the art of bonsai, and how one might become involved with the art.
• Hours: Friday, 6PM-8PM; Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-5PM
• Opening reception will include cash bar by Bartolotta Restaurant Group
• Milwaukee Bonsai Society has recently displayed their trees at the request of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group’s Care-A-Lotta’s Japan Fundraiser to benefit the victims of the recent tsunami that effected Japan
• The Milwaukee Bonsai Society will be featured on WTMJ’s “The Morning Blend” on September 15, 2011, at 9:00AM. It was previously featured on the program in June and July of this year
• The Bonsai Society is a part of Wisconsin State Fair’s horticulture exhibit.
• Bonsai workshops will take place during the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday The public is welcome to attend as a “silent observers” for a fee of $10.00