We will be ordering some Akadama for the club. Prices will vary depending on final cost. We will be making arrangements next meeting.
The Portland Bonsai Village has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for our new programs. If you don't know about Indiegogo, it's like the alternative, quirky version of Kickstarter. The Village has always been a grassroots endeavor, and today we're seeking your support to grow our grassy shoots a wee bit higher.
We're creating the first bonsai community outside of Japan where I live in Portland, Oregon to better share bonsai to the greater community, with programs that stretch from Village bonsai classes for serious aficionados, to a CO-OP offering bonsai products made here, to bringing bonsai into classrooms to nurture the seed of beauty and responsibility in youth. And this campaign is the beginning of that dream.
Here's our short introductory video on the Indiegogo site, featuring Matt Reel, Bobby Curttright, and myself (which clearly proves that we're not actors posing as bonsai artists):
And then please take a look at our full Indiegogo campaign, where you'll find not only a detailed outline of what we hope to achieve and the great perks for helping us out with a donation, but also the ridiculous outtakes/bloopers of the pitch video. Here's the Indiegogo campaign:
Help bonsai artists create their Village
Your support would mean a lot to us. We need your help so we can run cool programs to share this beautiful art.
Thank you for your time, support, and your passion to create the Portland Bonsai Village!
Show starts at 10:00 this Sunday May 31st and runs until 5:00 pm!!!. Bring your family, kids, grandma even the dog, everyone is invited!!!. Members, bring your trees for the show early 8:00 - 9:00 am.
From: Erni Smith [mailto:email@example.com]
Discussion on our exhibit May 31... Bring names of any and all trees you think you will bring to exhibit so tags can be made.
We need lots of bodies to set up and take down for the exhibit so pleas volunteer.
We lost a wonderful friend of Bonsai last month Sharon Muth of Bonsai N.W. . I feel very blessed to have known her and learned from her over the years. Her son Jon is now the owner and manager of bonsai N.W. so stop in and introduce yourself and lets continue to support a wonderful business.
Program note from Sally and Robert: Remember to bring your Bonsai by Design book. We will be looking at the theory behind "Proportion" discussed in Chapter 2. We will be using the drawings in the book as our visual references.
Also, bring a tree or two of your own. We can learn to look at them specifically using the concepts of proportion. They can be in any stage of development: just got it to ready for showing to the public stages.
Erni opened meeting. Minutes were approved
- Pulling of the greens was a success. Area is looking good.
- Dues are due.
- There is a change in the workshop for the Arboretum that we sponsor. It will be 6-9pm on May 14th. Volunteers are needed. This is a good way to earn a spot on our dig this fall.
- Program for that night by Lani, Rhonda and Owen. It was a continuation of last month’s presentation with members bringing their trees and a group discussion on style potting and where we think we want to go with our tree. Gary had several good points to offer and the group was very pleased with the way the meeting went and how much information they were gaining.
- Erni mentioned that it was brought up that we postpone our possible class with David De Groot. Discussion followed and it was decided that Erni should contact David and see when he might be available and the type of class he was willing to present to the members. There will be a charge for the class with the club paying a portion.
- Daniel mentioned that the web site is working well that we are the first site to pop up if you type in Yakima Valley Bonsai. That means people are looking. He needs items pictures of your trees or whatever you might like to share to put on the site. <---- Very improtant!
Great meeting!!!. Last night we talked about bonsai styles and presented the new web to the club. Now as we said before, please send me your ideas or information on the contact tab. I have updated the information and my mail. Also send me pictures of your trees so I can upload them. My mail is firstname.lastname@example.org feel free to contact me.
I have found red lava in beaver bark nursery in Richland, WA. It is about $5.99 for a 25# bag. They are 1/4" +/- They call it medium size lava.
it is it is repotting time for Pines, Larches and any deciduous that show some bud swelling.
Does anybody know a cheap place to get pumice in the area?