On September 13, 2017, Chapter 18 members and their guests gathered together for our annual Founder’s Day Tea and Celebration.
The May 2017 meeting of Ikebana International Harrisburg, held at The Fort Hunter Barn, included the installation of officers and preparation for the club’s exhibition.
The chapter’s Annual Ikebana Exhibition was held May 6th-7th, 2017 in the Centennial Barn at Ft. Hunter Park. Three schools of ikebana were represented at the exhibition: Sogetsu, Ikenobo and Ichiyo.
The April meeting of Chapter #18 was held on the campus of Dickinson College. Don Ward, who shapes and finishes wood using the logs and roots of local trees, presented the program.
Table decorations for the luncheon were created by Ellen Kelley. Following the luncheon, Ellen guided us on a walk through the college’s Japanese Garden and Learning Space.
Leaf Manipulation was the theme of our February 2017 program. Taking inspiration from the book Leaf Manipulation by Gail Emmons, Mary Jean Holmes and Jane Gentzel Introduced various techniques for leaf manipulation. Members of Chapter 18 then chose from a variety of leaves and flowers to create the inspired arrangements shown below.
Ikenobo instructor, Reiko Royston led a Free Style workshop for our November meeting. We worked with glass containers and thin plastic cutting boards in a variety of colors. We used scissors to shape the cutting boards to fit inside our glass containers. Awls and an electric drill were then used to bore holes in the plastic to hold our materials. Below are photos of the teacher and the students’ work:
Janet Knowlton, an instructor in the Ichiyo School of ikebana, traveled from Ann Arbor, Michigan to present a workshop for our October chapter meeting.
Here are some photos of the beautiful arrangements done by members in the Ikebana International Harrisburg club in October:
These photos were taken at Ikebana International Harrisburg’s Founder’s Day Tea and Celebration, held in September 2016:
These photos show the arrangements made by club members at Ikebana Harrisburg’s 2016 Annual Exhibition:
Kay Cramer made the following demonstration arrangements at Ikebana Harrisburg’s April meeting:
Ikebana International Harrisburg members created these arrangements after Kay’s presentation. They are the Ichiyo flat form:
In February, 2016, an arrangement was made in honor of Geri Male, an esteemed Ikebana Harrisburg member:
Diana Cull, of the Sogetsu School, presented a Baskets and Bottles Workshop in March to Ikebana Harrisburg. Here are some photos from the demonstration:
Bonnie Rhodes presented a demonstration of holiday arrangements for the Harrisburg Ikebana chapter meeting in December 2015. Bonnie is a member of the chapter and has an extensive background in floral arranging. Her arrangements featured unique containers and materials that made for festive results. A holiday luncheon at a local Japanese restaurant followed. Here are some photos from the demonstration:
Bonnie answered our questions at the end of the demonstration:
A Morimono demonstration and workshop were presented by teacher Sheila Advani, of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, at the Harrisburg chapter’s November 2015 meeting. Morimono is an Ikebana style where fruit or vegetables are the main component of the arrangement. Flowers are added as a secondary element, but form, space, lines and color are of primary importance.
The following photos show arrangements demonstrated by the teacher:
At the October 2015 meeting of the Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International, club members worked on creating Origami ornaments for a Christmas tree that will be auctioned off to benefit the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center. The drawing will be held at the 20th Annual Festival of Trees on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Fort Hunter Tavern.
This year the club decided to make Origami frogs. Alice Hartman, Workshops/Programs Chair, explains our project for the day:
One of our new members rose to the challenge of leading us in the origami workshop:
One of the best parts of ikebana is getting to know and interact with fellow members – as evident during this workshop:
Here are some of the finished Origami frogs:
President MaryRose Noto-Hardy welcomed new and old members of the Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International to the first meeting of the season, in September 2015. Guests were invited, and some joined the club, so the Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International is now up to forty members. At this meeting, members and guests learned about three different schools of ikebana – Ichiyo, Ikenobo and Sogetsu – and saw examples of each school. Five club members demonstrated the various schools. Here are photos of the demonstrated arrangements:
A tea followed the program:
There was time for visiting with friends and shopping at the Ginza:
President MaryRose Noto-Hardy with her friend and newest member of our chapter, Christie Kauffman:
At the annual luncheon and tea, Chapter 18 members and their guests were treated to a beautiful demonstration by Midori Tanimune, Sensei of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Not only did she demonstrate beautiful and varied arrangements, she graced her presentation with humor and with touching philosophical viewpoints about kindness. She also emphasized talking to flowers and preparing oneself for about one half hour before beginning to arrange them. Here is a sample of her demonstration:
Medori begins her demonstation
The completed arrangement:
Midori starts with an all white container and flowers
then adds a splash of color,
with stunning results.
Midori and her assistant Lynn work together on a tall arrangement.
The completed arrangement:
The metallic sheen of this tall, graceful container draws the eye to the arrangement.
Start with a silver dryer hose, add pink peonies
A Tea followed the demonstration.
The table centerpiece –
Desserts surround table decorations.
The Harrisburg chapter was so pleased to welcome Midori, who has studied ikebana extensively and received diplomas and teaching certificates from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Midori has taught classes at Longwood Gardens for the past fifteen years and regularly teaches students in her hometown of 44 years, Wilmington, Delaware. She has given demonstrations at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Ikebana International Convention in Nagoya, Japan and the Sogetsu International Convention in Denver, CO. She is an inspirational teacher who uses innovative materials and brought to us the wisdom that comes from many years of studying ikebana.
Before the wonderful presentation by Midori Tanimune, MaryRose Noto-Hardy hosted a cocktail party at her home to welcome our lovely presenter. Here are some photos from the party:
In June, several of the members of Chapter 18 traveled to the Washington DC Ikebana International Chapter 1 meeting, where Naohiro Kasuya, of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana from Tokyo, Japan, demonstrated three large scale arrangements that filled a stage. The audience was treated to a unique experience as the presenter moved across the stage gracefully, clipping and arranging large materials and flowers, as Japanese flute music and other music complimented his movements. Here are photos of the presentation:
Chapter 18 members who traveled from Harrisburg posed with Naohiro Kasuya:
MaryRose Noto-Hardy, Chapter 18 president (on left) and a club member, posed with another of Naohiro Kasuya’s arrangements, that greeted guests as they entered a Ginza (sale) that was held prior to the demonstration:
The arrangements on each table at the Washington D.C. luncheon were each uniquely beautiful. Here are some of them:
One of the members bought this wood fired kiln pottery vase at the Ginza:
Our June 3rd, 2015 meeting at Dickinson College included a “lunch and learn” program on native plants presented by Ann Dailey, Dickinson’s Gardener and a tour of the Dickinson Greenhouse.
Table decorations were arranged by a Chapter #18 member using items she brought back from a recent trip to Japan.
Ikebana International Harrisburg hosted an exhibit in May 2015 at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The Chapter 18 exhibition presented works representing three different ikebana schools: Ichyo, Ikenobo and Sogetsu. Here are photos of some of the members preparing their arrangements before the exhibit:
Reiko Royster kindly drove out to help the Ikenobo students with their arrangements.
Before the opening, a proclamation by the Dauphin County Commissioners was read by Mary Jean Holmes (See below.)
After the reading of the proclamation, Alice Hartman, the exhibition chair, officially cut the ribbon.
Here are the arrangements created by Chapter 18 club members for the exhibition:
The exhibit was held in a beautiful historic room which featured white stucco walls, striking antique wooden beams and windows, all contributing to a natural and simple ambiance. Club members created these arrangements in the window areas:
Some of the participating club members posed for this photo:
Visitors who visited the exhibit were treated to an assortment of teas and cookies:
Club members welcomed the visitors. (Some are pictured below.)
This month, April 2015, instructor Reiko Royster taught members of Ikebana International Harrisburg Chapter 18.
In February, 2015, Kay Cramer introduced club members to the Ichiyo School and helped members to prepare for the upcoming May Exhibition. Here is a photo of the instructor:
This is an arrangement by the instructor:
And another arrangement, and a close-up:
Club members working on arrangements:
Cutting stems on a slant for Ichiyo arrangements:
We used some very long stems:
Thank you, Kay, for introducing the club to the Ichiyo School and for helping us prepare for the May Exhibition:
In December, 2014, three of our members, (Alice Hartman, Paulette Kostin and Jane Smigel) taught us to do Christmas arrangements that included “mizuhiki” (Japanese cord) in red silver or gold.
Here are some photos of the arrangements created by our teachers and other members of Chapter 18:
In October, 2014, Sensei Victoria Melzer, of the Washington D.C. area, demonstrated how to create a slanted Ohara School arrangement. At the workshop, the Ohara Ikebana teacher presented three arrangements. The first design, arranged in a crescent shaped ceramic container, featured materials that could be purchased in a grocery store: Ruskus, Gentain, and American Reed Grass as the filler. Here is a photo of the arrangement:
Victoria’s second arrangement was a more traditional representation of the Ohara School. Itea, and Cockscomb were the main elements and Rosehips was used as a filler in the square container, hand built by the late Loris Suite. Here is a photo of this lovely seasonal arrangement:
Finally, our teacher demonstrated a third design that used Solomon Seal, burgundy/rust colored Chrysanthemums and the grassy filler Miscanthus. The flowers were arranged in wood-burning kiln fired pottery created by Windfred Chao. Here are two views of this Ohara Ikebana arrangement:
After the informative presentation by Victoria Milzer, Ikebana International Chapter 18 members worked on their own arrangements. Here are photos of some of the members’ work:
In September, 2014, Ikebana International Chapter 18 held our annual luncheon tea. These photos were taken during that meeting:
These photos were taken during the Chapter’s trip to the Japanese Shofuso House in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia: