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 Post subject: 2009 MidAtlantic Bonsai Spring Festival
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 5:43 pm 
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2009 MidAtlantic Bonsai Spring Festival: A Photographic Review
by Candy J. Shirey


The twenty-sixth annual MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies Spring Festival took place at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY from April 17th - April 19th. Though the venue may have been a bit "long in the tooth", the Hudson Valley setting was utopic and relaxing. The cost was certainly agreeable to most pocketbooks. It seems that the MABS convention was the only event scheduled for this time and this only added to the relaxed atmosphere.

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The bonsai exhibit was tastefully presented. Following the trend of American bonsai, the exhibit area showed continued improvement of specimen bonsai.

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2009 MidAtlantic Spring Festival
Best of Show
Pinus rigida
Pitch Pine
Age > 150 years
In training: >30 years by Nick Lenz
Pot: Sara Rayner
Stand: Jack Hoover
Todd B. Hansen
Photograph by Candy J. Shirey


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2009 MidAtlantic Spring Festival
President's Award
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People's Choice Award
Juniperus chinesis 'Blaauws'
Blaauw's Juniper Forest - Yose Ue
Age - 35 years
In training: 10 years
Pot: Japanese
Michael Pollock
Photograph by Candy J. Shirey


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2009 MidAtlantic Spring Festival
Exhibit Committee Award
Taxodium distichum
Bald Cypress
Age - 50-75 years (collected in Everglades, 2003)
In training: 5 years
Pot: Japanese
George LeBolt
Photograph by Candy J. Shirey


Featured Artists

The featured artists for this convention were Isao Omachi (Japan), Farrand Bloch (Netherlands), David Easterbrook (Canada) and Susan Amoy (USA). Under the masterful guidance of the artists, the material for the convention demonstrations were transformed into powerful bonsai.

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Isao Omachi (Japan)
Photograph by Candy J. Shirey


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Farrand Bloch (Netherlands)
Photograph by Candy J. Shirey


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David Easterbrook (Canada)
Photograph by Candy J. Shirey


Vendor Area

The vendor area was full of everything bonsai: collected trees, specimen trees, nursery material, pots, stands, wire, tools, soils, books, etc. To peruse this area was worth the price of admission for the convention.

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The Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Societies convention consisted of exhibit area, vendor area, demonstrations, workshops, exhibit critiques, banquet and auction. Opportunities to meet old friends, make new friends, learn new skills, enjoy displayed bonsai, shop, or relax were prevalent. This was a successful convention by any perspective.

More photos available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/candyjshir ... 381540042/


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