Kyoko Kassarjian and the members of the Sogetsu San Fernando Valley Branch will stage an exhibit and demonstration of Ikebana. The Japanese art of Ikebana is a highly refined and respected art form with over five centuries of history and development. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Japans most progressive avant-garde school, embraces todays modern aesthetic while at the same time respecting and reflecting the traditional Japanese sensitivity to the beauty of nature.
The UCLA exhibit will showcase Sogetsu Ikebana as a contemporary, formative art form, infinite in its possibilities. Arrangements will range from minimal, graceful floral arrangements to large, living sculptures which use plant materials in dazzling and powerful ways. The name Sogetsu hints at the latter variety. “So,” meaning grass, speaks of the most humble of nature’s plants, and “getsu,” the moon, expresses the mystery of art and the meaning of life.
Today the art of Ikebana is known worldwide, and its popularity is growing at an unprecedented speed and scale. Originally created for temple alters and then refined to an art form by revered tea masters, Zen practitioners and the Imperial Court, it is now practiced and enjoyed by men and women in every walk of life all over the world.
Mme. Kyoko Kassarjian
and SSFVB members
12:30 - 1:00 pm
2:00 - 2:30 pm
Ms. Toshiko Okawa
(818) 348-7157 (English/Japanese)
Kyoko Kassarjian, the Director of the Sogetsu San Fernando Valley Branch, has studied Ikebana in both the US and Japan, and has been teaching certificate programs for the past 15 years at UCLA Extension. She was a recipient of the UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award in 2007. More information regarding Sogetsu Ikebana can be obtained by contacting Nancy Trosin at (818) 998-1329.
Sponsor(s): Consulate General of Japan, Cultural News, UCLA Extension
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