Floral Elegance, Driftwood Dreams: A Journey “Beyond Blooms”

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Discover the harmonious blend of art and mindfulness at the upcoming Ikebana International Cebu Chapter 145’s 54th anniversary exhibition, “Beyond Blooms,” taking place at the CUBE Atrium, SM Seaside from April 5 to April 7, 2024, starting at 7 pm. This rare event invites ikebana artists and art enthusiasts to explore the profound essence of flowers and driftwoods, transcending their mere visual appeal to reveal the inherent truth of impermanence each flower and each debris carries. The exhibition aims to ignite joy and enlightenment among its audience through this immersive exploration.

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Freestyle Arrangement by Erlinda To

One of the highlights of “Beyond Blooms” is the series of interactive workshops and lecture-demonstrations scheduled for Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7. Noteworthy is Vangie Cheng from Manila’s Sogetsu School, who will lead a demonstration on contemporary ikebana forms at 2 pm on April 6. Following this, a lecture and workshop will allow twenty-five fortunate participants to create their own exceptional floral arrangements. The next day, another group of twenty-five participants will have a similar opportunity after attending an enlightening lecture on Japanese flower aesthetics.

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Iemoto Naohiro Kasuya, the headmaster of Ichiyo School of Ikebana, with Oj Hofer at the Annual New Year exhibit and luncheon in Tokyo hosted by Her Imperial Highness HIsako Takamado.

Adding to the excitement of the exhibition are the stunning sustainable driftwood sculptures by acclaimed British artist James Doran Webb. Webb’s unique style involves using reclaimed driftwood to fashion intricate and lifelike sculptures of various animals, from majestic dragons and flying eagles to delicate insects.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insights from the talks and develop your artistic skills by crafting your very own ikebana arrangements. Join us for an enriching experience and immerse yourself in the reality of floral and driftwood artworks on display at “Beyond Blooms”.

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