There is no better way to spend a few hours than attending a bonsai display or exhibition. Whether it is an international exhibition or a provincial show, just having the opportunity to view the work of other artists is a very interesting and educational activity. At every event there is something to be learnt and some interesting bonsai to be seen.
This past weekend I took the opportunity to visit the Weston Creek Bonsai Group Autumn Exhibition and really enjoyed the day out. The exhibition had quite a few bonsai on display together with a sales area of bonsai, stock trees and some one off hand made bonsai pots.
Canberra is only about 100km from Goulburn so the drive is easy, however it did rain all the way there but where we come from, nobody complains about the rain.
While I go to see the bonsai, I am always interested in how other clubs and societies arrange their exhibitions as you can learn many things from other peoples designs and ideas. I am a strong believer that you should provide a backdrop to enhance your bonsai display, and while many of the bonsai on display had this, there was a section in the centre of the exhibition area that did not, and in my opinion it detracted a little from the quality of the trees. Another great thing about activities such as this is you get the opportunity to chat with old friends, and to meet new ones.
Onto the exhibition – while I didn’t take a photo of every bonsai on display, I took photos of those that I enjoyed, and also hope that you enjoy them:
Although this bonsai was nothing outstanding, it did interest me greatly and so I decided it was most worthy of a photo.
And the last photo is my favourite from the exhibition, an Atlantic cedar that is just a little different from the “normal” cedars that are seen.