ikebana demonstration

Ikebana arrangement and art by Kay Storck

Ikebana International of Asheville is hosting an ikebana demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Folk Art Center auditorium, mile post 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville.

Visitors are asked to wear masks.

The program will focus on ikebana that complements and incorporates sumi-e art with Sogetsu arrangements. Ikebana, translated from Japanese as “living flowers,” is flower arrangements known worldwide for its grace and beauty.

Both sumi-e and ikebana are Japanese art forms that are visually appealing and spiritually inspiring. Kay Storck is a sumi-e artist with more than two decades of experience. She is also a certified Sogetsu instructor. She will demonstrate how to create an arrangement that will embody the painting as an intrinsic part of the flower arrangement.

In Japanese sumi means ink made of soot and e means painting. Sumi-e is brush paintings done on Xuan paper, also known as “rice” paper. The ink paintings originated from China and was brought into Japan by Buddhist monks in the 14th century. While the original paintings were solely created in black ink, modern paintings incorporate Chinese colors as well.

For more information, visit http://www.ikebanaasheville.org/ or email Lynn Forbes at lynnforbes143@gmail.com.

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