Presenter: Mark Vossbrink Location: Portland State University, Academic Student & Recreation Ctr (ASRC), Room 0100 1800 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 Please note the change in room number for this presentation.
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Living with Penjing: Three Dimensional Poetry Mark Vossbrink March 2, 2019 9:30 - 11:00 am
First Saturday PDX invites you to begin Lunar New Year 4017 with a presentation on the art of Penjing. Harkening back to at least the 1st century AD, Penjing is the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, plants, and landscapes in miniature. These small-scale creations of carefully pruned foliage and rocks reflect an appreciation for the natural world. Influenced by philosophical principles of Taoism, the artistic composition captures the spirit of nature and poetically distinguishes them from ordinary potted plants. Join us for a creative experience as Mark Vossbrink demonstrates how a miniaturized landscape is developed in a shallow tray through the careful selection and placement of rocks along with small live plants and water.
About the speaker: Born and raised in Honolulu, Mark Vossbrink later received a Fine Arts degree at the University in Oregon, specializing in ceramics. There in Eugene he established Rainy Day Flowers which he operated for over 35 years, eventually moving location to Portland. A member of the Bonzai Internationl Club and the Bonzai Society of Portland, he is an expert in penjing, and shares his skill and knowledge in public talks. He has also taught at the Portland Parks and Recreation for more than 15 years, offering classes in bonsai and floral design. Many of the bonsai and penjing pieces you see at the Lan Su Garden have been donated by Mark, where he has also volunteered and lectured.
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Our educational program series has been developed in collaboration with PSU’s Institute for Asian Studies, and is free and open to the public. First Saturday PDX current full season schedule and descriptions are available HERE.