PSBA - Who We Are


Puget Sound Bonsai Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Club members have bonsai experience that ranges from beginner to recognized experts in the art. PSBA holds regularly scheduled club meetings featuring demonstrations and educational programs by national and international bonsai artists. The club also stages public shows and participates in community events where members' trees are showcased. PSBA was formed in 1973.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday
Nov192017

Nov. 26th & 27th - Guest Artist Mike Pistello Puts on a Workshop and Demonstration

We are pleased to announce Mike Pistello as our guest artist for the November 27th general meeting. Our meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm on Monday November 27th at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. We will be raffling the finished demo tree at the end of the meeting. This is also our annual business meeting so don't miss it! Mike will also be conducting a workshop the day prior (Sunday Nov 26) at Bonsai Northwest from 11:30am to 3:30pm for a limited number of members. Please scroll down for details.  

ABOUT:
Mike Pistello began practicing bonsai twenty-four years ago at just thirteen years old. His grandfather had begun cultivating bonsai in the early seventies after attending the Fuji Bonsai Club's first-ever show, and introduced Mike to the art. At fourteen, Mike joined the Fuji Bonsai Club, active at the time in Berkley, CA. There he met Jimmy Inadomi, who would become his first teacher, schooling him on the basics and laying the foundation for future success. A year later, Mike joined the Yamato Bonsai Kai and met one of the founders, Yoneo Uchida (better known as Johnny). Mr. Uchida is the proprietor of Grove Way Bonsai Nursery in Hayward, CA, and has served as sensei to the Yamoto club for over forty years. Mike and Johnny quickly became life-long friends and as Mike's skills improved, Johnny allowed him to style many of his personal bonsai.  

In the early two-thousands, Mike met Boon Manakitivipart and Boon's friend and senpai (senior apprentice, mentor) Akio Kondo. Both men had apprenticed with Kihachiro Kamiya in Japan and practiced a style of bonsai for which Mike had great respect. Inspired by their work, Mike joined the Bay Island Bonsai Club and partook in Boon's famous Bonsai Intensive Series. In the ensuing years, Mike has also worked with internationally recognized artists Ryan Neil and Matt Reel.

Mike is a member of the Bay Area Bonsai Associates and the East Bay Bonsai Club. He has conducted workshops at multiple Golden State Bonsai Federation conventions and volunteers at the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. He is entrusted as the custodian of a particular juniper styled by the legendary Masahiko Kimura in 1987 on his first visit to the United States. Mike has performed demonstrations for many clubs throughout the Bay Area and enjoys teaching bonsai as often as his schedule allows. Some of his favorite species and specialties are: Japanese black pine, Japanese red pine, Sierra juniper, California juniper, and the Itoigawa and Kishu cultivars of shimpaku juniper.

WORKSHOP:
Mike will conduct a workshop for a maximum of eight members on Sunday November 26th at Bonsai Northwest in Tukwila. This is an excellent opportunity for personalized, hands-on instruction from a master. Mike's workshop last year was a great success and produced many dramatic changes. The workshop will run from 11:30am-3:30pm. Participants are expected to bring a mature, vigorous tree with good potential (bring a second tree in case there is only minimal work to be done on your first choice), bonsai tools and wire. Bonsai Northwest has a wide selection of trees available if you wish to purchase one for the workshop. Silent observers are welcome at a cost of $10. This is a great opportunity for those new (or not so new) to bonsai to pay a small price to learn by observing. If you elect to participate, please be on time so the workshop is not disrupted. If you are interested in participating, please contact our workshop coordinator, Lynn. Payment by credit card is available, just ask Lynn.

Sunday
Nov192017

PSBA 2018 Membership Dues Are Due Before January 1st

PSBA DUES ARE DUE!
PSBA members are reminded that 2018 dues are due by December 31st, 2017. 

For the first time in many years, dues have been increased to $50 per individual and $70 per couple/family.  By renewing prior to December 31st, save $10 and pay only $40 per individual or $60 per couple/family. 
The dues increase was discussed and approved by the entire board, with the following in mind:

- Rental rates at the Center for Urban Horticulture have increased 78% since 2015. 

- Travel costs and fees have increased for guest artists. 

- Aki Matsuri has been replaced by Japan Fair, which offers excellent exposure but at increased cost, with no opportunity for paid workshops or tree sales.

- Membership dues cover less than 50% of our operating costs, with the remainder coming from our annual auction and miscellaneous revenue such as raffles. 

The board works hard to control costs and balance the annual operating budget. VP Josef Leibfried has looked at alternative venues but so far has not found the same combination of accessibility, parking, facilities and staff support offered by CUH.  Josef has worked to contain cost increases by targeting West Coast artists where possible and re-introducing a "member roundtable" format for at least one meeting per year. Lynn Paietta's campaign to increase participation in guest-artist workshops has helped offset workshop costs.

Meanwhile, the board continues working for the future. 2017 saw the reinvention of the Spring Show under the leadership of Kyle Funakoshi. With the help of Edd Kuehn, Tony Fajarillo and Mark Epping-Jordan, we have invested in new exhibit stands that are easier to handle and will be reused over and over again at future events. The annual auction chaired by Aaron Pollock maintained its upward revenue trend. Thanks to the financial success of the 2016 PSBA Convention led by Linda Breeden and Doug Bradley, PSBA has for the first time established a convention savings account to grubstake our next major event. 

Be a part of our ongoing success by renewing your membership. Cash and check payments will be accepted at the upcoming General Meeting Monday November 27th. Or, renew online today. Click on the Join/Renew tab, and follow the prompts through our simple and secure payment system.

Thank you for your support of PSBA!

Saturday
Nov042017

In Memoriam Glenn Gardner

Past PSBA President Glenn Gardner passed away in early August 2017 following an accidental fall. He was 88.

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Tuesday
Oct032017

Oct. 22 & 23 Workshop and Demo by Guest Artist Tyler Sherrod

We are pleased to announce Tyler Sherrod as our guest artist for the October 23rd general meeting! Tyler is our highest-profile guest artist of 2017 and it is an honor to have him visit the PSBA. A native of Hickory, North Carolina, Tyler is one of the most talented and promising young artists to return from Japan in recent years. He first became interested in bonsai while at the University of Tennessee and after graduating began working at the Bonsai Learning Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2009, after spending a year there, he started attending Boon Manakitivipart's famous Intensives. In 2011, Boon assisted Tyler in securing an apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan. Mr. Suzuki is widely regarded as one of the best bonsai artists working today. Tyler spent five years studying in Japan and received his professional certification from the Nippon Bonsai Association in the Spring of 2016. During his apprenticeship, he was responsible for refining both deciduous and conifer bonsai and preparing them for exhibit in the Kokufu-tenTaikan-ten and Sakufu-ten, the three premier bonsai shows in the world. Several of the trees Tyler worked on received top awards. Tyler returned to North Carolina in June of last year to establish his nursery, Dogwood Studios. Since then he has been traveling across the United States and to countries like Germany to perform demonstrations and teach. Tyler wants to "celebrate the vast landscape of America" by "capturing the emotions of the changing landscape through bonsai." The meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. We look forward to seeing you there!  

See a journal of his time in Japan at: https://tylersherrodbonsai.wordpress.com
Visit his main website at: http://www.dogwoodstudiosnc.com

THE WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT FOR PARTICIPANTS. ONLY OBSERVER SEATS REMAIN.

Tyler will be conducting a workshop for a limited number of members on Sunday October 22nd at Bonsai Northwest. This is an excellent opportunity for personalized, hands-on instruction from an acclaimed professional and one of a small handful of American practitioners to be certified by the NBA. If you are interested in participating, please contact our workshop coordinator, Lynn Paietta.

 The workshop will run from 11:30am-3:30pm. It is SOLD OUT of participant seats. Participants are expected to bring a mature tree with good potential (bring a second tree in case there is only minimal work to be done on your first choice) and tools and wire. Bonsai Northwest has a wide selection of trees available if you wish to purchase one for the workshop. Silent observers are welcome at a cost of $10. This is a great opportunity for those new (or not so new) to bonsai to pay a small price to learn by observing. If you elect to participate, please be on time so the workshop is not disrupted.

 

Monday
Jul242017

September General Meeting and Guest Artist Workshop with Jonas Dupuich

 Bring a Tree Constructive Critique with Guest Artist Jonas Dupuich

Our September 25th general meeting will be an interactive critique where members have an opportunity to bring in trees for suggestions and constructive criticism by bonsai professional Jonas Dupuich. Please see the post below for Jonas's bio if you haven't already. Our guest artist will provide suggestions on improving the health of your tree, applying an initial design, reworking established bonsai, refining for show, etc. Those who wish may even bring tools and wire if they care to make some of the suggested changes on the spot. The better the material, the more Jonas will have to discuss but we welcome pre-bonsai, raw material, and yamadori as well. This is a great opportunity to receive advice and insight on any tree(s) you've struggled with or aren't sure how to take to the next level. It's also an important time of year to be thinking about work on pines, so those with any questions on pine care or maintenance are welcome to bring them. The meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Jonas Dupuich is a Northern California bonsai professional who began his bonsai journey over twenty years ago when he befriended Boon Manakitivipart. Jonas is the owner of Bonsai Tonight and the author of a blog by the same name. His blog has become the most successful English-language bonsai blog in the world. Created in 2009, it features well over 700 free articles on a wide range of topics with new posts published every Tuesday and Friday.
Jonas is a founding member of Bay Island Bonsai and has studied with Boon for many decades. He has also worked with award-winning Japanese professionals Akio Kondo and Daisaku Nomoto.
In 2011, Jonas spent two months immersed in the world of Japanese bonsai studying with fourth-generation bonsai grower and artist Junichiro Tanaka of Aichi-en nursery. During that time, he worked on trees in Tanaka's collection and participated in various high-level exhibitions including Gomangoku, Meifu-ten, Taikan-ten and Sakufu-ten.
Jonas now travels across the country doing demos and workshops and is widely respected as an excellent teacher.

Jonas will be holding a workshop on Sunday (currently full except for observers), September 24th from 1-4pm at Bonsai Northwest in Tukwila. The workshop is limited to eight PSBA members at a cost of $55.00 each. Participants are expected to bring a mature tree with good potential, their own tools and wire. If you wish to purchase one for the workshop, Bonsai NW has a wide selection of trees available. Silent observers are welcome at a cost of $10.00. This is a great opportunity for those new (or not so new) to bonsai to pay a small price to learn by observing.