Popular Bonsai Show Winter Silhouette Returns to Kannapolis in December
KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) — Bonsai enthusiasts, gardeners and art enthusiasts can all enjoy the beauty of these little trees when artists and bonsai sellers from across the United States display their trees.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about this art and hobby, buy a tree, or purchase supplies. For the 8th year, bonsai artists from across the United States will show off their bonsai trees in the exceptionally beautiful marble-lined domed atrium of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.
The Winter Silhouette Bonsai Show will be held Saturday, December 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, December 5 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), 2021 at the North Carolina Research Campus, 150 N Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Free admission and free parking. More information can be found at: www.winterbonsai.net.
Masks will be mandatory.
saturday 4 december
-Show open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Bonsai demos 10 a.m. William Valavanis and 1 p.m. Tyler Sherrod
-5:30 p.m. Bonsai auction
Sunday, December 5
-Show open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Bonsai demonstrations at 10 a.m. Rodney Clemons and 1 p.m. Pauline Muth
-3:00 p.m. Closing of the show
Newcomers and long-time enthusiasts alike can attend free bonsai demonstrations/lessons that will take place daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Famous bonsai masters will teach these demonstrations (William Valavanis from New York, Rodney Clemons from Georgia, Pauline Muth from New York and Tyler Sherrod from North Carolina). At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday December 4, there will be a bonsai auction open to all.
In addition to the large display of top-quality bonsai trees on display, for those who want to learn bonsai and for experienced hobbyists, more than 50 tables of pre-bonsai planting material and bonsai supplies will be on sale at the show. Exceptional bonsai pots will also be sold.
Bonsai is an ancient art form, originating in China and later adopted by the Japanese. The word bonsai, in Japanese, means “potted tree”. The oldest trees in the United States were a gift from Japan to the United States during our country’s bicentennial (1976). A tree, still on display at the National Arboretum, dates back to before Christopher Columbus discovered America and was a gift from the Japanese government to the United States on our 200th anniversary.
Why would anyone choose bonsai as a hobby? It is a mixture of sculpture and gardening. Trees get better the more you work on them, so patience is a virtue. Bonsai trees are normal trees that are styled by wiring their branches to create the image of an old tree, and they are kept small by root pruning. These trees could grow in your yard to full size if allowed. Only tropical bonsai (like figs) can be kept indoors; most bonsai must be kept outdoors to survive.
The art of bonsai is to make these trees appear like old miniature trees. In the living room, large individual trees as well as groups of trees that will remind you of past hikes in the forest.
The Southeast is quickly becoming a center of bonsai excellence. Several bonsai masters (some who apprenticed for years in Japan) live and teach in the South (Bjorn Bjorholm in Nashville TN, Rodney Clemons in AtlantaGA, Dan Coffey in CharlotteNC, Arthur Joura in Asheville NC, Owen Reich in Knoxville TN, Tyler Sherrod in Hickory NC) and the region hosts three nationally recognized bonsai shows (the upcoming Winter Silhouette Bonsai Show in Kannapolis, a second show in Kannapolis in June focusing on smaller bonsai trees, and a annual at the NC Arboretum in Asheville).
There are bonsai clubs in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh and Columbia SC.
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