Last Month Meeting —October 22nd Guest Artist: David Easterbrook — Workshop
We had a substantial turn out for David Easterbrook's visit with a morning lecture demo using a Hinoki Cyprus followed by an afternoon workshop open to everyone for free. It was good to see so much of the club attending when we have an outstanding attraction or program. Despite wanting our programs to be at the highest level every meeting, we have not been able to achieve that goal although we do try. When participation drops and members get into the habit of doing other things on second or third Sundays we evolve into a club which is even less able to generate good program. We need sustained interest and involvement. Easterbrook talked about the level of bonsai interest and participation in the Montreal area, a city only a fraction of the size of the New York region. There is only one large club there with hundreds of members and a group of professional artists who essentially constitute a school for bonsai. Classes are conducted at three levels, elementary, intermediate and advanced. It took years of time and inspired leadership to develop that system. We in our many smaller local clubs work with what we have with MABS being the only true collaboration which brings us together. One of our most important missing elements is a program to help our beginners get started and to learn some fundamentals. My phrase for that is getting hooked on bonsai. George Lebolt gave beginners workshops from his back yard in years past and most of our core people started by working with him. Without that early intervention new people tend to get discouraged. We in Bergen Bonsai no longer offer enough of that initial support. Several new members attended this meeting for the first time and two of them won the raffle tree. We welcome these new members and encourage them to seek help and advice from the rest of us.
Back to David Easterbrook's lecture in the morning. The Hinoki had a good base with some workable lower branches and then a long straight ugly middle section. Easterbrook removed the top, formed the ugly straight part into a natural looking jin for the crown, wired down the lower branches and formed a lovely looking bonsai all in under two hours. It was great fun watching a talented artist at work and listening to his insightful thoughts and comments. We want him back again next year.
The afternoon workshop was equally successful. I don't remember how many trees were brought in by members, but all came away with improvements. My own experience was to find out that my tree had mites
Upcoming meeting: November 19th Club Show and Swap The Nature Center: 154 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ
The November meeting has four elements: a members show, a pot sale, a swap meet and a workshop for member’s trees.
The members show used to be a main feature of the Nov meeting but more recently only a few trees have been brought in. Please, change this and everyone bring in one of your best trees to show off. It should be a tree in a bonsai like pot.
The club has a large assortment of cheap trees, most small to middle in size. Ralf is bringing them in and really would like other people to take them home. They will be good buys. Bring in items which you no longer want and either sell or swap them for something else. Pots, trees, books, magazines, anything related to bonsai is OK.
Finally lets turn the rest of the meeting into a workshop. Bring tools and wire and some trees that need work.
Next Meeting December 10th Annual Holiday Luncheon
The holiday luncheon will again be at Domanis Italian restraint in Hillsdale. 387 Washington Avenue, Hillsdale, NJ, 07642 The cub is paying $25 per person, but members and quests will pay $20. It starts at 12 pm. This is always a good time so I'm looking forward to it.