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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Monday June 25, 7-10 pm - General Meeting with Aarin Packard of the Pacific Bonsai Museum

PSBA's general meeting in June will feature Aarin Packard. Aarin is the Curator of Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, WA.  Aarin received his MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. In 2006 Aarin was hired as the assistant curator of The National Bonsai and Penjing at The U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C.  In 2014 Aarin became the curator of Pacific Bonsai Museum.  As curator Aarin oversees the horticultural and artistic care of the bonsai collection while creating new exhibits that honor the tradition of bonsai while advancing the art form in the 21st century.

Elements of Design

In connection with Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design. Aarin will break down major design elements of bonsai art — line, shape, form, space, and color— exploring each element in detail and how these design elements are used in bonsai.  Aarin will also showcase Pacific Bonsai Museum’s LAB (Living Art of Bonsai), an experimental collaborative for bonsai design innovation.

The project will reimaging traditional bonsai practices by resequencing the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist, and standmaker.