March 29th, 2011 / posted by paularath

A Sogetsu Ikebana arrangement recently shown at Neiman Marcus, in front of the Mermaid restaurant.

Ikebana International Honolulu is celebrating “50 Years of Friendship Through Flowers: 1961-2011.” The group is comprised of 12 different city-wide ikebana schools.

Centerpiece for the celebration will be a floral exhibition presenting modern and traditional ikebana styles by more than 50 floral artists and young floral arrangers.

The exhibition features guest artist Kika Shibata, Riji (the highest rank in ikebana, like a black belt in karate) of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Born in Japan and based in California, Shibata’s creativity and outstanding work in ikebana have earned her many honors. She serves as the West Coast Area Coordinator of Sogetsu North America. Her singular line designs have made her works popular with banks, restaurants and hotels in  the Bay Area.

The exhibit will only last five days, due to the fragility of flowers. If you love flowers and contemporary approaches to them, or if you appreciate various Japanese art forms, this show is not to be missed.

Academy Art Center at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street

March 30 – April 3

Wednesday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

– Paula Rath

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