THE ART OF IKEBANA WITH RACHEL DAVIS
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 – 11:30 AM
“There’s a difference between emptiness and space.”
– Yoshi Hollis, Sogetsu Ikebana First (highest) Level teacher.
Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) dates back to the seventh century. Flowers, leaves, and branch material are the medium, and vase the canvas, for creation of impermanent works of art. These are sculptural pieces, which pay homage to the changing seasons. They invite all of us to not just look but see the beauty present in the everyday and imperfect.
Two Ikebana demonstrations will be completed with materials fresh from the garden. We will spend our time together being immersed in the meditative world of Ikebana. Rachel will discuss scale, proportion, focusing the eye, understanding when less is more, and, the importance of providing restful, quiet spaces as integral parts of any artistic composition.
Rachel Davis is a mixed media artist, ikebanist and psychologist, born and bred in New York City, and thrilled to call Northern California’s Bay Area home. She is drawn to what’s beneath the surface and can never fully be known. The skill of deep watching and humility about ever really knowing the whole picture, are central to her work as an artist and psychologist.
Rachel received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University studying history and psychology and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University’s Derner institute. She’s been mentored in Ikebana with First Level teacher Yoshi Hollis for twenty plus years and has studied classical portraiture as well as mixed media art and printmaking.
A Charitable Donation is suggested for attendees. 100% of proceeds will be given to Drawbridge, a non-profit organization that provides art programs for homeless and other underserved children in an environment that inspires creativity, joy, self-confidence, and hope. http://www.drawbridge.org
Desta Gallery’s mission is to connect individuals to the creative realm in ways that foster personal growth, expression, compassion and community.