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Many faces of bonsai is featured topic at free club demo

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Date(s) - 05/05/2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

San Andreas Public Library


The many faces of bonsai
presented as club demo

The various styles of growing bonsai trees will be the topic for the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s demonstration on May 5. This free public presentation will follow the group’s monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas.
Club president, Richard McKinstry will discuss and show finished examples of basic bonsai tree designs, among them formal upright (chokkan), semi-cascade (shakan), cascade (kengai), broom (hokidachi), and several others. “When people first look at bonsai trees, they do not realize that there are many different design styles, or faces, that represent the artist’s creativity. This living art sculpture takes years to achieve and mature because you need to work with nature throughout the process. And you can’t hurry nature,” he said.
McKinstry, who served several terms in the past as president of the Modesto Bonsai Club, has raised miniature trees for over 18 years. He co-chaired the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s 2008 convention in Modesto and twice chaired their club’s annual shows, including do-it-yourself bonsai classes.
Club mentors will also conduct a hands-on team workshop for members and guests after the demonstration. There is no charge but participants must provide their own soil, pots, tools and a table covering.
Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about bonsai regardless of their experience or levels of skill. Club members come from Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, as well as the central valley. For more information, contact Richard McKinstry at (209) 288-2330 or go online to www.motherlodebonsai.org.