"Natives", a special exhibit at Pacific Bonsai Museum. Apr 8 - Oct 8, 2017

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  1. Bonsai Nut

    Bonsai Nut Administrator

    OC, CA
    Make sure you check out this exhibit at Pacific Bonsai Museum in Seattle! Definitely worth a trip out to the Northwest if you don't already live there!


    Exhibit Summary
    As artistic representations of trees, bonsai are collected from the wild to be cultivated as works of art. While the natural forces that shaped the tree are visibly echoed in its trunk and branches, the direct link between a bonsai and its native habitat has been lost. By displaying a tree with a portrait of its native domain along with herbaceous plants from the same environment, Natives reestablishes this connection between a bonsai and its habitat.

    American landscapes, painted by contemporary artist Iuna Tinta, serve as artistic representations of a bonsai’s indigenous ecosystem. Trees from Pacific Bonsai Museum are joined with those of bonsai artists Scott Elser, Michael Hagedorn, Randy Knight, Ryan Neil, & Dan Robinson, all of whom champion the use of native trees as bonsai.

    Completing each display are accent plantings by kusamono artist Young Choe and bonsai potter Vicki Chamberlain. Native plants from the featured habitats fill each container which themselves are made from minerals collected from the same region.

    Each of these elements combine to create a holistic representation of a precise location.

    These unique vistas demonstrate how strongly plants and people are intertwined as each artist and bonsai reflect the influence of a distinct landscape. Natives celebrates the diversity of North American trees and the unique terrains that shape them and us.

    On view April 8 - October 8, 2017


    About Pacific Bonsai Museum

    Nestled amidst towering conifers, Pacific Bonsai Museum features traditional and contemporary bonsai with the elegance of a fine art museum. The Museum displays 60 bonsai and boasts the most diverse collection in the United States. Open to the public six days a week with admission by donation, this cultural gem offers group tours, education and special events to more than 35,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and 48 countries.

    Address: 2515 S 336th Street on the former Weyerhaeuser Campus in Federal Way, WA 98003
    Mailing: PO Box 6108, Federal Way, WA 98063
    Phone: 253.353.7345
    Email: info@pacificbonsaimuseum.org

    Website: www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org

    Hours: 10AM - 4PM Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday

    10AM - 7PM third Thursdays of the month, March - September

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  3. jeanluc83

    jeanluc83 Omono

    I visited the museum a couple of years ago when I had some extra time on a business trip. It was well worth it. I wouldn't hesitate to visit again if I ever get another chance.
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  4. Djtommy

    Djtommy Chumono

    Ive seen the tour on the mirai stream, it is absolutly beautifull.
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  5. grouper52

    grouper52 Omono

    Silverdale, WA
    Nick Lenz also has a couple of nice trees there.
  6. Wilson

    Wilson Omono

    Eastern townships, Quebec
    Hopefully one year I will do a tour of the western States.
  7. Grant Hamby

    Grant Hamby Shohin

    Springfield, MO
    If anyone wants a specific photo, I'll be at the exhibit in about 45 minutes, lol.
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