The 30th annual MABS Spring Festival will commence Friday evening, April 19, and will continue through Sunday afternoon, April 21, at our family-friendly location: the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey hotel in PA,. Renowned international professional bonsai artists will present lecture/demonstrations, workshops, and critiques of bonsai. Registrants will have weekend-long opportunities to observe and spend time with the artists at breakout sessions between demonstrations, and to view the MABS member clubs’ Bonsai Exhibit and the Professional Invitational Artists' Bonsai Exhibit. In addition, bonsai vendors will be on site offering a large selection of bonsai, bonsai-related plants, containers, tools, books and other supplies.
The hospitality area will be in the Majestic Foyer. To welcome all registrants, complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and again after the lecture/demonstration. The Festival’s opening lecture/demonstration, starts at 8:00 p.m., and will be given by one of the featured guest bonsai artists. Each bonsai creation will be raffled following the completion of styling by its respective artist. This year will also feature the MABS regional runoff for A.B.S- supported New Talent Competition. It will take place on Friday, 8 am–5 pm. Registrants are welcome to observe these emerging artists working on their contest entries.
MINORU AKIYAMA - Japan
PETER WARREN - United Kingdom
RYAN NEIL- USA
(including photos of workshop trees)
click on the links for Artists' Information
****Workshops (Fri. pm)****
Masterpiece Bonsai Exhibit - Expanded Display Area (Sat. - Sun.)
Professional Invitational Bonsai Exhibit (Fri. - Sun.)
Bonsai Critiques( Sat.)
Raffles of Demo Material (Sat. - Sun.)
Silent Auctions (Sat.)
Banquet & Bonsai Auction (Sat)
Large Bonsai Vending Area (Fri. - Sun.)
Minoru Akiyama - Minoru, age 33, is a second generation bonsai artist from Nirasaki in Yamanashi Prefecture. After graduating from high school, Minoru apprenticed for six years under Kunio Kobayashi at Shunkaen. After completing his apprenticeship in 2003, Minoru quickly established himself as a rising star in the Japanese Bonsai community. At age 29, he was the youngest person ever to win the Prime Minister’s award at the Sakafu exhibition, the highest accolade for a professional bonsai artist. He won this award again in 2011, both times using junipers collected by his father, a renowned yamadori collector. He has won many other awards at Sakafu and won the top prize at Kojuten, the professional Satsuki exhibition. Well versed in all species of trees, he specializes in Junipers, Taxus, Prunus, Azalea and White Pines.On Friday afternoon, Mr. Akiyama will conduct a “bring your own tree” workshop. Be sure to bring something interesting so you can get the most out of his design and technical ideas. On Saturday, he will present a lecture/demo on a large San Jose Juniper. On Sunday morning, using materials provided by MABS members, he will conduct at lecture/demo on Keido, the art of exhibiting bonsai.
On Friday afternoon, Peter will conduct a workshop using Pinus densiflora x nigra “Jane Kluis,” a fine, thick-trunked pine which buds back well. Peter will conduct lecture/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, working on a collected American Larch and another tree to be selected.
On Friday afternoon, he will conduct a workshop using collected American Larch (for sample photos, click here) . With lecture/demonstrations on Friday evening and on Saturday, he will work on a wonderful Pitch Pine and on a collected Rocky Mountain Juniper, giving him the opportunity to communicate his understanding of the training techniques he uses to turn RMJ’s into fine bonsai.