Bonsai on the Bayou Houston, TX April 11-14, 2019

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Mark your calendars! April 11-14, 2019 the Houston Bonsai Society in partnership with ABS and the Lone Star Bonsai Federation will host the 2019 ABS convention. I’ve attached some of the advertising material as well as a link to the convention facebook page where you can keep up to date on all of the latest information. We’ve lined up some great headline artists, a lot of really fantastic vendors, and a very large hall for the exhibit. But that’s not all! Bonsai on the Bayou will not be all lectures and workshops. We’ll have those to be sure, but we have a number of surprises in store for our guests. All will be revealed in the months and weeks leading up to the convention.

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https://www.facebook.com/HoustonBonsai/

Hope to see you there!

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One of our headline artists next year will be Bonsai Boon! For decades, Boonyarat Manakitivipart has set the standard for the development and refinement of fine-quality bonsai in the US. His artistry has been recognized around the world and his garden is filled wall-to-wall with jaw-dropping, beautiful trees in all stages of development. In Japan, as the only non-Japanese entrant in the Kindai Bonsai Styling Contest, Boon won the Grand Prize. Although he has since won numerous additional national and international awards for his work, he has been most proud of recognition for his students work. They have been consistently awarded for the beautiful trees they have developed under Boon’s patient guidance and mentorship.
Boon’s growth as a professional started after hosting Akio Kondo as a first-year professional in the US. Through this experience, Boon decided to begin serious study as an apprentice. In 1995, he traveled to Japan where he studied bonsai for his first year with Yasuo Mitsuya. Later, Boon worked and studied at Kihachi-En (a famous bonsai nursery in Japan) and was an apprentice to Kihachiro Kamiya, one of the leading bonsai professionals in Japan at the time. Kihachi-En became his “bonsai home”. Boon once said of Master Kamiya, “He showed me bonsai standards through his amazing talent and deep personal integrity.” Boon returned repeatedly to Japan for prolonged periods of study until his master’s passing in 2004. Boon returned to California after his apprenticeship and opened “Bonsai Boon” for business. In 1998 he founded “Bay Island Bonsai” in order to teach others to recognize, create, and maintain high quality bonsai.
Today, Boon continues his tireless and dedicated effort to advance the art of bonsai in the US. He is passionate about teaching and was one of the first artists to set up a school at his nursery in Northern California. In this school, students from around the world gather to undergo a “mini-apprenticeship” of intensive work on an astounding range of species and styles. Over the course of three years, students are exposed to virtually every level of bonsai work, from development through refinement to display. The course of study culminates with setting up the Bay Island Bonsai show - one of the best exhibitions of fine bonsai in the US. Many of his students have continued on to further studies through their own apprenticeships in Japan.

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Another of our headline artists is Ryan Neil. Ryan is a bonsai professional, visual artist, and entrepreneur who is redefining the world’s understanding of bonsai from a technical hobby to a fine art medium. His approach reflects the interdependent relationships between nature, culture, and the individual.
Born and raised in Western Colorado, Neil’s character was carved by the harsh climate of the Rockies and by an unprecedented 6 year apprenticeship with world-renowned bonsai master, Masahiko Kimura.
In 2010, Ryan Neil returned from his apprenticeship in Japan to Portland, OR with a drive to elevate bonsai as an respected art-form. To accomplish this, he founded Bonsai Mirai - an epicenter for bonsai - a place where people could come and see the highest quality work being produced on a daily basis. He sought to build a community of ceramicists, woodworkers, artists, and creatives working together to advance and explore this living art form.
What started as an ambition has expanded into an ‘American Bonsai Movement,’ focused particularly in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Due to Ryan Neil’s vision and efforts, a collective exploration has swept the Pacific Northwest, with individuals utilizing the power of bonsai to reconnect to their native environments.
Ryan Neil’s mission is to establish a new era in bonsai, where compositions reflect the vast array of landscapes and cultures that are formed in their midst. His numerous exhibitions have ignited controversy, expanded the public’s understanding of bonsai, and inspired many to take up the artform.
Artistically, Neil plays with context to challenge the viewer to think about the tree, themselves, and the creation as a culmination of experiences and outside forces shaping every element of design. As his work evolves and the impact of the compositions expand, his ambitions and understanding of bonsai’s power to reconnect people to the landscape only grows stronger and more fluent.
Entering his 7th year as a bonsai professional, Ryan Neil is just beginning to push the limit of bonsai design, tapping into the art form’s ability to converse with viewers near and far. Through the inherently collaborative nature of Neil’s work, he and his team are joining with craftsmen, designers, photographers, scientists, and creative visionaries across the world to rethink the environment for community-oriented, artistic engagement. With Ryan Neil’s impact, the world is only just beginning to understand bonsai’s full potential, as a vehicle for cultural, personal, and environmental transformation.
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The third headline artist for Bonsai on the Bayou, 2019 will be Enrique Castaño de la Serna. Enrique Castaño literally wrote the book on the horticultural aspects of bonsai. Born in Mexico City, Enrique is the son of Guillermo Castaño, a well known sculptor and bonsai artist, and Yolanda de la Serna. As a result, his exposure to and passion for bonsai and the visual arts began at an early age. He lives in southern Mexico where he collects, grows and trains numerous tropical species for bonsai. Enrique founded Bonsái Tropical de México and has given lectures and demos around the world, including China, Cuba, Germany, Taiwan, Mexico, USA, England, Czech Republic and Lithuania. In 2010 he was the chairman for FELAB and he has organized over a dozen Bonsai conventions. His book Botany for bonsai, the science behind the art, has been well received and is in its second edition. His work has received numerous awards including WBFF, Chase Rosade distinction award, John Naka award, Bonsai Olympics gold and silver awards, FEMEXBO award.
His love for bonsai and nature led to his studies in biology, and he subsequently received a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Rochester (NY) in 1997. He has done post doctoral work at Harvard and the Marie Curie Research Institute in Oxted, England. He currently is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Center Investigacion Cientifica, Merida, Mexico and the Chief Executive Officer Vivero International Dedicado Arte. Enrique uses his educational background to promote Bonsai both in the US and the Latin American world. In addition to his book , Enrique teaches and gives demonstrations around the world and has written numerous articles for various bonsai publications. His trees have been featured by The World Bonsai Friendship Federation and BCI over the years.
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