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A Flowering Art Form, by Chuck Wright

Art can be defined as the expression of human creative skills and imaginations, which stimulates different parts of our brains and triggers a whole range of diverse emotions thus leading to a more thoughtful and well-round person.
A traditional flower arrangement in a bamboo vase by Mary Love. Photo credit: Chick Wright.

By Chuck Wright.

Art can be defined as the expression of human creative skills and imaginations, which stimulates different parts of our brains and triggers a whole range of diverse emotions thus leading to a more thoughtful and well-round person.

This broad definition would be supported by anyone who slowly walked through the June 1st, 2014, Mill Creek City Parks and Recreation’s Annual Exhibition of Japanese Flower Arrangements.

The 20 plus Ikenobo School of Ikabana traditional floral artists definitely showed off their creative skills by using both the traditional and free style techniques of Ikebona presentations.

Ikenobo Senkei, a 15 century Buddhist priest, is believed to be the individual who developed this standing flowers style in hopes of displaying symbolically the simplicity, yet sophistication and tranquility of Mother Nature.

For more information about this soothing art form go to http://www.ikenobo.jp or contact Mary Love at 425-337-4767.

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