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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27

8:00 - 11:30     #1 RON ANDERSON - 'Kishu Shimpaku Juniper'  ($200)
Ron is a GSBF certified bonsai teacher with a commitment to advancing his knowledge and experience. Ron has studied with John Thompson for years and completed an intensive three-year study with bonsai artist and teacher, Boon Manakitivipart, in October 2013. Ron loves to work on all varieties of bonsai and will help you progress on your bonsai journey. Students will be working on Kishu Shimpaku Junipers that have a 2"-4" base and stand 9"-14" tall and are planted in training pots.
8:00 - 11:30     #2 YUKO CARSON - 'Sumi-e'  (CLOSED) 
Yuko Carson is known in the bonsai world for her Sumi-e, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from CSU, Sacramento. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing were developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Yuko has won awards too numerous to mention. Using a calligraphy brush and varying shades of black ink, participants will be introduced to the basic calligraphy strokes used to create bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid and plum. Perfecting this spontaneous form of painting is said to provide the artist and viewer with a sense of freedom. The workshops guide participants through using materials, applying techniques, and describing the feeling and philosophy that make this a very personal form of self-expression.
Materials include: Sumi-e brushes (large and small), sumi ink stick, suzuri (grinding stone), Japanese rice papers, felt pad (minimum 15-20), paper weight.
8:00 - 11:30     #3 PETER TEA - 'Juniper Grafting'  (SOLD OUT)
Peter first became interested in the Art of Bonsai in 2001 and has been practicing and refining his skills ever since. His first extended training with a professional artist started in 2003 when he met Boon Manakitivipart. After working with Boon for several years he decided to travel to Japan to further refine his skills and truly understand the art form itself. In 2011, he became an apprentice at Aichi-en Bonsai Garden in Nagoya, Japan under the tutelage of Mr. Junichiro Tanaka. He fulfilled his 5-year apprenticeship in 2-1/2 years and came back to Northern California in 2013. Since then, he's been working with many groups in California and visiting different clubs and clients throughout the United States. His workshop is a basics class focusing on the technique of Side grafting, specifically, junipers. The workshop breaks down to two parts, part one being a short lecture on safety and the concept of grafting and part two, hands on grafting. In the workshop, a small juniper will be provided with a grafting kit that includes all necessary tools (grafting knife, Para film, grafting tape and marker) the students can take with them after the completion of the workshop. He will also bring examples of junipers that have been grafting in the past to illustrate the expected results.
1:00 - 4:30     #4 PAULINE MUTH - 'Shohin Ficus Nerifolia'  ($65)
Pauline Muth lives in New York, has almost 40 years' experience with local and international bonsai organizations and activities. She is an experienced teacher, has many local, regional and international bonsai awards, a background in botany, and has operated a bonsai teaching studio for 25 years. Pauline is a published author; many of her bonsai articles have appeared in ABS Journal. Workshop 4 is on a Shohin-sized Ficus Nerifolia, chosen for its excellent trunk taper and now ready for Shohin containers. Workshop 8 is an intricate creation of penjing, displaying both land and water scenes
1:00 - 4:30     #5 STEVE PRICE - 'Trident Maple'  ($225)
Stephen Price oversees the day to day operations of Lone Pine Gardens in Sebastopol, California, along with his parents, Ian and Janet Price. This family business specializes in bonsai, cacti, succulents and accent plants. Stephen has developed his bonsai skills by working with Mas Imazumi, Kathy Shaner and Boon Manakitivipart, among others. At the nursery he manages the field grown bonsai. These Trident Maples were grown by Stephen, who starts his trees from seeds and cuttings. The trees have been field-grown and transplanted into training pots. The maples have 1.5”-2” trunk diameter and stand 10”-15” tall.
1:00 - 4:30     #6 JUAN CRUZ - 'Itoigawa Juniper Slab Planting'  ($135) 
Juan’s Bonsai journey started more than 20 years ago. His first hands-on experience was at a Bonsai Basics class sponsored by the American Bonsai Association in Sacramento. The instructor was Kathy Shaner, then, a new Bonsai Master. Since that time, Juan has continued his education with various local and international bonsai artists culminating with a two-year apprenticeship at Mansei-en Bonsai Garden in Bonsai-cho, Omiya, Japan. In this workshop you will create a slab group planting. This will include learning how to shape a slate tile into a planting surface. Students will be provided with the slate, a rock hammer, safety equipment, a set of Itoigawa Junipers whips, and muck. Moss will be provided.
1:00 - 4:30      #23 BOB SHIMON - 'Collected Coastal Redwoods' ($260)
Bob Shimon became interested in bonsai in the mid 60s using the first Sunset book as his guide. In 1985 he joined Redwood Empire Bonsai Society in Santa Rosa where he has been a member ever since. As club sensei, Mas Imazumi was Bob's first teacher followed by Kathy Shaner who is now REBS sensei. Through the years Bob has taken the opportunity to learn from many others including Kathy's sensei, Yasuo Mitsuya, and Ryan Neil. Bob's workshop experiences with Mr. Tokita, Mr. Tanaka, Marco Invernizzi and Peter Tea are further indication of Bob's quest for knowledge. Bob and his son Zack own Mendocino Coast Bonsai in Point Arena, CA which specializes in collected California natives: redwoods, Mendocino pygmy cypress, live oaks, and Sierra junipers.

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

8:00 - 11:30     #7 DARREN WONG - 'Shohin Satsuki Azalea' SOLD OUT

In the Spring of 2001 Darren Wong and his wife, Laura, began their study of the Japanese way of styling, cultivating, and maintaining healthy Satsuki azalea bonsai with Japanese Satsuki bonsai master, Tatemori Gondo, at El Dorado Bonsai in Placerville, CA.  After successfully completing the three-year program and passing their exams, Master Tatemori Gondo awarded them teaching diplomas. They continued their education when both were accepted as students by Sushio Nakayama, Tatemori Gondo’s Satsuki teacher, in 2005.  They continue to travel back to Japan two to three times a year to study with Nakayama sensei. The materials for this workshop contain different varieties such as Saiko, Kojo no hikari, Shin nikko, Goho no hikari, Korin. The bases are approximately 3” and are 5”-7" tall.

8:00 - 11:30     #8 SAM ADINA - 'Olive (see also workshop #15)' SOLD OUT

Sam Adina has been practicing the art of bonsai for over 18 years. While he enjoys working with a variety of trees, he is especially fond of working with Sierra or California junipers, black pines, olives and oaks.  Sam is Sensei for the Modesto Bonsai Club and is also a member of the Sacramento Bonsai Club and American Bonsai Association of Sacramento. The olives for this workshop have multiple branching and some have preliminary carving started. The bases are 9”-14” and the height 14”-24”. The smaller ones can be carried by one person; however, the larger ones may require two people. Participants are to bring basic tools and turn table.

8:00 - 11:30     #9 YUKO CARSON - 'Sumi-e' (CLOSED)

Yuko Carson is known in the bonsai world for her Sumi-e, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from CSU, Sacramento. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing were developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Yuko has won awards too numerous to mention. Using a calligraphy brush and varying shades of black ink, participants will be introduced to the basic calligraphy strokes used to create bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid and plum. Perfecting this spontaneous form of painting is said to provide the artist and viewer with a sense of freedom. The workshops guide participants through using materials, applying techniques, and describing the feeling and philosophy that make this a very personal form of self-expression. Materials include: Sumi-e brushes (large and small), sumi ink stick, suzuri (grinding stone), Japanese rice papers, felt pad (minimum 15-20), paper weight.

8:00 - 4:30     #11 BJORN BJORHOLM - 'Bring Your Own Bonsai' SOLD OUT

Bjorn Bjorholm, referred to as Brad Pitt of Bonsai by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter fans, was 16 when he traveled to Japan to finagle a meeting with Mr. Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en Nursery (located in Ikeda City just north of Osaka). In 2015, he became a certified bonsai professional by the Japanese Bonsai Association, having completed his formal apprenticeship with Fujikawa-san. Bjorn's experiences shaped his approach to bonsai and furthered his never ceasing desire to improve the quality of western bonsai art. Today, he owns and operates Bjorvala Bonsai Studio, teaches at the Fujikawa International School of Bonsai and is currently finishing his Doctoral degree in Economics at the University of Osaka. He is also traveling all over the world conducting study groups, training, and doing demonstrations. He is well sought after as teacher and mentor to young Bonsai enthusiasts.

8:00 - 4:30     #12 DAVID NGUY - 'Collected California Juniper' SOLD OUT

David’s first teacher and mentor was Harry Hirao; for this reason, he has now become Mr. California Juniper II. David also studied under Bonsai Master Masahiko Kimura in Japan. David is well known for his collected and styled Junipers. He is sought after to teach, demonstrate, and maintain prestigious collections all over the United States. The materials and costs of this workshop varies based on the size. However, all of them will be ancient with lots of natural jin and shari. The class will be limited to five lucky people.

1:00 - 4:30     #13 PAULINE MUTH - 'Land and Water Penjing' ($225)

Pauline Muth lives in New York, has almost 40 years’ experience with local and international bonsai organizations and activities. She is an experienced teacher, has many local, regional and international bonsai awards, a background in botany, and has operated a bonsai teaching studio for 25 years.  Pauline is a published author; many of her bonsai articles have appeared in ABS Journal. Workshop 4 is on a Shohin-sized Ficus Nerifolia, chosen for its excellent trunk taper and now ready for Shohin containers. Workshop 8 is an intricate creation of penjing, displaying both land and water scenes

1:00 - 4:30     #14 LUCY SAKAISHI-JUDD - 'Kusamono Accent planting' SOLD OUT

Lucy’s appreciation for bonsai can be traced back to her late Mother, Mary Sakaishi, who was beloved by the bonsai community for her kusamono skills and charming personality. Much of the material for this workshop began as starting materials from Mary’s collection.
Lucy and her husband, Gary Judd, have an amazing collection of bonsai, kusamono, and to a lesser extent, suiseki.  They have traveled the world to study and appreciate these arts, and have been very generous in sharing their knowledge and experience. They co-chaired the 2014 Shohin Seminar and Gary chaired the 2006 GSBF convention. 

1:00 - 4:30     #15 SAM ADINA - 'Olive' (see also workshop #8) SOLD OUT

Sam Adina has been practicing the art of bonsai for over 18 years. While he enjoys working with a variety of trees, he is especially fond of working with Sierra or California junipers, black pines, olives and oaks.  Sam is Sensei for the Modesto Bonsai Club and is also a member of the Sacramento Bonsai Club and American Bonsai Association of Sacramento. The olives for this workshop have multiple branching and some have preliminary carving started. The bases are 9”-14” and the height 14”-24”. The smaller ones can be carried by one person; however, the larger ones may require two people. Participants are to bring basic tools and turn table.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29

8:00 - 1130     #10 HIDEKO METAXAS - 'Ikebana' ($45)

Hideko has been practicing Bonsai for over 45 years and has served as President of the GSBF (1990-91), Convention Chair, Exhibition Chair, and many other roles. She has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the City College of San Francisco, was the First Senior Professor at Ikenobo School of Ikebana, and served as its President from 2000 to 2004. Hideko has been conducting classes, giving demonstrations and ikebana workshops all over the world. Participants will have to bring their own scissors and kenzan (frog to insert flowers). Hideko will have oasis, but the kenzan is better. She will also provide containers and flowers.

8:00 - 11:30     #17 TED MATSON - 'Procumbens Juniper'  SOLD OUT

Ted Matson began studying bonsai in 1979 from an impressive list of teachers: John Boyce, Ben Suzuki, Shig and Roy Nagatoshi, Melba Tucker, Warren Hill and John Naka. Urged by his teachers, Ted started teaching bonsai in 1988. Today, in addition to sharing his bonsai knowledge with clubs and study groups throughout the U.S., Ted is the curator of the bonsai collections for The Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. Ted is a Past President of GSBF and continues to actively support that, and other bonsai organizations. Students will be working with 20-year old procumbens nana. Ted will work with students to come up with a design plan and then set a framework for the future, possibly anything ranging from shohin to bunjin. 

8:00 - 11:30     #18 FRANK MIHALIC - 'Silver Pendant' ($125)

Frank Mihalic is a second generation bonsai artist. His father, Tony Mihalic, started doing bonsai in 1946.  Always interested in bonsai and jewelry, Frank’s talents married. He studied jewelry making at the Revere Jewelry Academy in San Francisco, CA and in Torre Del Grecco, Italy. Frank teaches bonsai and jewelry workshops all over the world. Frank and his father own and operate Wildwood Bonsai Gardens in Chardon, Ohio. 
In this workshop, each will make sterling silver bonsai pendant using the lost wax carving process. Each will receive a block of carving wax, a detailed instruction book, and personalized one-on-one instruction. They may use their own bonsai design or one of the provided bonsai or suiseki stone designs in the book. Each will carve in detail their pendant. Frank will then take them home to cast, polish, and then send them back to the participants by Priority Mail. Each pendant will be cast in (.925) sterling silver.

8:00 - 4:30     #16 RYAN NEIL - 'Bring Your Own Bonsai' SOLD OUT

Ryan Neil is one of the few Bonsai artists that does not require any special introduction. Anybody and everybody in the bonsai community knows and has heard of Ryan. He was born and raised in Colorado, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, amid a fantastic array of tortured and stunted trees in the landscape. They were his introduction to bonsai before he had any concept of what it was. He studied horticulture in college and, after graduation, spent six years apprenticing for Mr. Masahiko Kimura, the most revolutionary figure in contemporary Japanese bonsai.  In 2010, after completing his apprenticeship, he settled in Oregon to begin the lifelong pursuit of building Mirai, one of the most prestigious bonsai schools in the world. Last year, he led the Artisans Cup, a one of its kind exhibition of American bonsai held at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, with over 3,200 attendees in a 17-hour period. Ryan travels to select events in America and around the world to demonstrate, lecture, judge, and critique exhibitions.

1:00 - 4:30     #19 TAK SHIMAZU - 'Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper' SOLD OUT

Tak Shimazu was born in Japan and immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1968 where he worked as a gardener. Tak soon developed an interest and an eye for bonsai. By the 1980’s he was studying with Harry Hirao and John Naka. He lives in Southern California where he is currently a member of Kofu Kai, Nampu Kai, and California Bonsai Society. Tak used his exceptional grafting skills to create the raw materials which students will be working with.

1:00 - 4:30     #20 KENJI MIYATA - 'Black Pine' SOLD OUT

Kenji Miyata was born in Japan where he began his bonsai career in 1973 as the first apprentice to Yasuo Mitsuya of Tokai-en Bonsai Nursery. After completing his apprenticeship, the Japan Bonsai Association certified him as a Bonsai Master. Kenji started appearing at bonsai events in the US in 2000 where he now lives, and has established his own Japanese style bonsai nursery. There he creates and maintains a large number of specimen-quality and masterpiece bonsai.
The black pines in this workshop comes from his own nursery. He works with students to provide them the deeper lessons of combining all of the various aspects of bonsai so they can be successful at creating their own masterpiece.

1:00 - 4:30     #21 JONAS DUPUICH - 'Black Pine Exposed Root Seedlings' SOLD OUT

Jonas has been growing bonsai in Northern California for over 20 years. Always interested in sharing what he's learned, Jonas began writing about bonsai at bonsaitonight.com in 2009. To date, he's published over 600 how-to articles and reports from bonsai events around the world. Most of his study has been in California with Boon Manakitivipart and Daisaku Nomoto. In 2011, he had the opportunity to apprentice at Aichi-en with Junichiro Tanaka for two months. 
The trees used for this workshop will be young black pines grown from seed. Seedlings will be 6-18 months old. Workshop participants will learn to train these trees in the exposed root style. Pots, planting medium and two black pine seedlings per participant will be provided. Handouts will provide guidance for future development.

1:00 - 4:30     #22 YUKO CARSON - 'Sumi-e' (CLOSED)
Yuko Carson is known in the bonsai world for her Sumi-e, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from CSU, Sacramento. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing were developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. Yuko has won awards too numerous to mention. Using a calligraphy brush and varying shades of black ink, participants will be introduced to the basic calligraphy strokes used to create bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid and plum. Perfecting this spontaneous form of painting is said to provide the artist and viewer with a sense of freedom. The workshops guide participants through using materials, applying techniques, and describing the feeling and philosophy that make this a very personal form of self-expression. Materials include: Sumi-e brushes (large and small), sumi ink stick, suzuri (grinding stone), Japanese rice papers, felt pad (minimum 15-20), paper weight.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

There are no workshops on Sunday.  See 'CRITQUES', 'SEMINARS', and 'OPEN EVENTS'