Penjing is "a living antique and a living art, a painting and a living sculpture"..."Living in the Northwest, we have an advantage with our wet climate, the mountains and the ocean. These things draw much inspiration into the art of penjing." - Mark Vossbrink
Reaching 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: An expert in penjing, Mark Vossbrink 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 has shared his skill and knowledge in public talks and teaching at the Portland Parks and Recreation for more than 15 years with classes in bonsai and floral design. Many of the bonsai and penjing pieces seen at the Lan Su Garden have been donated by Mark, where he's also volunteered and lectured.