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38 Years


Monthly Programs in 2018

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December 10, 2019 “A Visit to McKee Botanical Gardens"    With lunch at their cafe.

The McKee Botanical Gardens is a non-profit subtropical garden in Vero Beach.  The Garden remains true to its jungle heritage, featuring 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the area's largest collections of waterlilies.  In 2002 the United States' first permitted bamboo structure was built on site.  In December they will be hosting the "Ocean Sole Sculpture Exhibition".  Throughout the garden 40 brightly colored, whimsical, hand-crafted marine species sculptures made from recycled flip flops will be on display.  The 216 Chapter members had a wonderful time.  The McKee garden is so beautiful and so "old Florida", this trip is highly recommended by us to all of you who love flowers and plants as much as we do.The garden is  located at 350 US Hwy 1 in Vero Beach, FL 32962 Phone 772-794-0601

Our workshops are educational and fun!.

We build a team and have a lot of fun doing it

November 12, 2019  “Homage to our Pets, Past and Present”

by Sandy Thomas
Do (did) you have a favorite pet,dog, cat, bunny, maybe a goldfish?  Create an arrangement that is an homage to your pet (or an animal that you like) that reflects the essence of your pet.

We bring in handmade pottery made for Ikebana

Summer Break until September of 2020.  

Our programs are well attended

We order interesting materials for from Japan

Many National and International programs are on hold due to Corona Virus regulations.  Please see the Events and Outreach page for updates.

National & International Programs in 2020 

September 10, 2019 “Incorporating a Square, Triangle and Circle”   
by Inge Holland
These 3 geometric forms were used in an ink brush painting by the Zen Buddhist monk Sengail (1750-1837) to represent the universe.  Make an arrangement incorporating each form in your design, i.e. a square container could represent the square, a sunflower the circle, with greenery in a triangular shape.  Stretch your imagination and have fun!

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter # 216

October 8, 2019  “Autumn in a Basket”     
by Mila Maas

Baskets have been used as a primary container for arrangements for over 500 years.  FIT's Ruth Funk Museum has a show on American Baskets beginning September 21st.  Get inspired!  Create an arrangement using a basket. 

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!

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.

Chapter 216 Monthly Programs for 2020

Ikebana International Programs Links

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.  

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.

We learn wonderful new techniques  

Our Demonstrators are exceptional

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Monthly Programs in 2018

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.