April 14, "Using TEXT in your Arrangement" 
by Shelia Barboza  

This meeting has been cancelled due to the library shutting down its services.  We will re-schedule this lesson during the next season.

Incorporate written word in some way in your arrangement.  For example: write something on a leaf,  use ribbon with words, or something from a newspaper or magazine.  The TEXT may be related to Ikebana, though this does not have to be the case, the TEXT may simply be decorative.  If your would like to see how the Melbourne, Australia Chapter handled this, check the website blog Roadside Ikebana and search to find "using text".  It is located in the August 2017 section of the blog.

Local, Regional and International Programs For 2020

We have gone to virtual zoom meetings until further notice for this year.

May 12, 2020 "Annual Meeting & Luncheon"  

This meeting has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus regulations.  We have distributed the budget and Board of Directors nominations via e-mail to all Chapter # 216 members and we will be holding board meetings via the internet until further notice.

The Annual Meeting is an important part of our year of events, it is at this meeting that we will be electing new Officers for 2020-2022 and they will be installed immediately after the election.  We will also be voting on the proposed budget for 2020-2021.  We will be discussing the programs for the upcoming year and your suggestions are most welcome.  The restaurant will be determined at a later date.

March 10, 2020 "A Visit to a Local Metal Sculptor's studio, Julie Chabrian"

Julie Chabrian is a metal sculptor whose work is influenced by Japanese floral prints and modern industrial design.  She graciously opened her Cocoa studio to us for a private tour and provided us with information on the process used to create her craft.  What an interesting day filled with lots of power tools, and many different types of art including metal sculpture, woodblock carving and stamping, furniture making, and pottery, just to name a few of her many talents. 

We cannot thank Julie and her studio assistant enough for being so generous with their time and talents.  We came away with so many new ideas we could apply to our own art, as she also uses recycled materials and items from nature in her sculptures.  

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter # 216

February 11, 2020  "Curls"

by Rena Foley

Participants will be given 3 lengths of curls made from royal palm frond strips or beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm) to incorporate into the design.  These may be painted at a later date to enhance your arrangement.

​Ikebana  International  Chapter  #216  was  well  represented  at  the

"Art In Bloom" event at the Vero Beach Museum of Art with arrangements done by Elaine Sigler, Barb Kaytes, Sheila Barboza and Inge Holland.  In addition, Barb Kaytes won Best Use of Color and Sheila Barboza and Inge Holland won the Curator's Award.  It was great fun with beautiful, creative arrangements. 

January 14, 2020 "Practicing A Skill" 

Working with Non-traditional Materials

by Elaine Sigler

Following on the Sogetsu Principle No. 48 "Remember there are always new, surprising themes and approaches to arranging Ikebana", we will create an arrangement using recycled materials.  These can be anything from an old hub cap, a rusted pitch fork, a mason jar or old wine bottle, styrofoam food containers, plastic straws, water bottles or cutlery, tin cans, old copper tubing or hoses, etc.  These materials are everywhere and this session is to find fun and interesting ways to re-use them in your Ikebana arrangements.  Make the main focus of the arrangement the recycled material, integrating it either as a container or as the main object.  Bring your imagination!