Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging. The word ikebana comes from “Ikiru” (to live) and “Hana” (flower). It is a work of art which makes the most of the beauty of nature. The essence of ikebana is in the human creativity which brings a beauty different than nature. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form that requires the skills of any art form in creating movement, line, form, texture, color, and harmony.

Over the years ikebana has developed many different styles and schools. Our school is The Sogetsu School headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with branches and study groups all over the world. Sogetsu ikebana can be done by anyone, in any place, with anything is the motto of our school. It is known for its use of branch materials, bending and manipulating, and use of unconventional materials.

The Connecticut Study Group members participating express themselves each in a unique way after many years of study. Beginners will do some of the basic styles that lead up to mastering this art form. Our school developed out of Ikenobu School and is celebrating our ninetieth year.

Exhibitors – Kathy Draper, Lori Anne Dunn, Maryn Forsyth, Ellen Hawley, Irene Miltimore, Craig Morgan, Sandra Motyka, Josephine Olsen, Shizue Pleasanton, Leslie Williams