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Sogetsu Ikebana pushes boundaries of flower arranging

Sacramento show highlights floral freedom of expression

This flower arrangements is an example of Sogetsu Ikebana floower arranging. Many unique creations will be on display this weekend.

This flower arrangements is an example of Sogetsu Ikebana floower arranging. Many unique creations will be on display this weekend. Photo courtesy Ikebana Arts by Kiki Shibata

Discover the “spirit of flowers” and immerse yourself in the beauty and artistry of Japanese flower arranging during a special two-day show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Sogetsu Ikebana will be showcased with dozens of arrangements created by students of Sensei (master teacher) Kika Shibata. The show’s theme: “The Spirit of Flowers.”

“Sogetsu” means “to see well.” In the art of Japanese flower arranging, Sogetsu is a school of Ikebana instruction that’s nearly a century old. Considered “avant-garde” Ikebana, it stresses freedom of expression and pushes the boundaries of what flower arranging can be.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Shibata and her students will present demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Learn how they expertly “manipulate” flowers, foliage and other natural materials to create floral arrangements that flow with energy and harmony.

A teacher of Sogetsu Ikebana for nearly 60 years, Shibata offers classes in Sogetsu Ikebana in the Sacramento area. The group meets at Shepard Center on the morning of the second Thursday of each month (except July and August). Classes start at 9:45 a.m.; beginners are welcome. For more information about Sogetsu Ikebana, classes or the show, please call 530-867-0507.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

Details and directions: www.sgaac.org.

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