Interest in ikebana blooms afresh

The Ikebana International Lismore Chapter No. 32 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a massive exhibition and demonstration this week at the Lismore Workers Club.

More than 250 people attended the Touch of Gold exhibition on Monday to see a Japanese ikebana sensei work his magic on the auditorium stage, and they had at least another 100 visitors through the door on Tuesday.

Throughout the two days, visitors came from as far afield as Melbourne and Townsville to share stories and swap ideas on the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Founding member Dorothy Edwards said she was amazed by the turnout.

“It was absolutely wonderful – there were so many people there and many had travelled quite a distance to be with us for the anniversary,” Dorothy said. “The demonstration was the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve been to exhibitions in Japan, Singapore and New Zealand. It was educational as well as entertaining.”

Dorothy said she would like to thank Southern Cross LADS for their assistance in transporting the screens and heavy items to the club and helping dismantle the exhibition.

The next meeting of the Ikebana International Lismore Chapter No. 32 is on Tuesday, May 11, in Dunoon. If you’re interested in joining or want more information on this unique artform, phone Glenda Schofield on 6689 5284.


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