GENERAL MEETING Recap - March 30th General Meeting for the Branch. There was a short presentation of the events held in 2018, a preview of the events in 2019, a delicious Japanese catered Bento lunch and then a Renka demonstration by 5 Sogetsu master level instructors. Renka is a set of arrangements that are linked by a common thread such as materials, containers or a theme. The theme was the movement of Winter to Spring flowers. All 5 demonstrators were given the same materials and carried the theme from the previous arrangement in and through their arrangement. Was fascinating to see the creative process, live.
2019 New Year's Luncheon SFBA Branch had a festive New Year's luncheon at the Basque Cultural Center. Great company, excellent food, a raffle and a Basque dance performance were enjoyed by members and friends.
Welcome to the Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch. Established March 24 1973, the Branch has over 40 years of presenting and sharing the art of Sogetsu Ikebana with our community. Through the Branch’s programs, we hone our members’ artistic skills, mindful of the words of Sogetsu’s founder, Sofu Teshigahara (1900 – 1979), that “Ikebana is a formative art” which stresses individual creativity. Please look through the galleries and enjoy a selection of Sogetsu members' creations. We hold quarterly workshops, focused on developing our Sogetsu skills. Through our biennial flower shows, ArtScapes, we present the artistry of Sogetsu Ikebana to the Community.
Metal Sculpture Workshop with Artist John Toki Specialized techniques creating metal art for Ikebana
The renowned Bay Area metal artist, John Toki hosted the SFBA Branch on August 12th at his studio in Richmond, CA
We made one of a kind vessels, vases and creations out of piles of scrap metal. It was transformative, creative and just plain fun.