A Message from the Chapter President:
Welcome to Ikebana International Sarasota! Ikebana (ee-kay-bah-nah) is the Japanese art of floral arranging. Not merely flower arranging, ikebana is a personal and emotional artistic expression of “Living Flowers” as it is loosely translated. Ikebana uses natural and man-made materials to emphasize and enhance natures own beauty. Through study and practice, one develops a skillful eye for color, line, balance, and space in creating an arrangement.
Our chapter was founded in 1967 through the Ikebana International headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Ikebana International was founded in 1956 by the late Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen and is a worldwide organization with the motto “Friendship through Flowers.” It is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana and Japanese related arts. Under Ikebana International, there are many different schools represented. Members can participate in world conventions, regional conferences and local chapter meetings.
We have many exciting and interesting programs scheduled for the 2012-2013 season. By becoming a member, you become a part of a “family” that shares a love of ikebana, Japanese culture, and arts. You do not have to have previous experience with ikebana, but more importantly, a desire to learn about a new art and culture. Our activities at monthly meetings may include demonstrations, workshops, tours, lectures, and related arts. We have an annual exhibition in February each year and for the 2013 exhibition the theme is “Ikebana: Blue + White.”
Please browse freely through our site and discover the fun and exciting times you could have by joining us. We look forward to welcoming you to our next meeting!
Friendship through Flowers,