One of the major events in North American bonsai is only 10 months away! The long awaited Artisans Cup bonsai exhibition will be held at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, USA on September 26-28, 2015. Our five international judges will be David DeGroot, Colin Lewis, Boon Manakitivipart, Walter Pall, and Peter Warren. And quite shortly, in a few days, a new Artisans Cup website will be up to give you details (and I’ll give you a heads up when that happens).
The 2015 Artisans Cup is going to be even better than ever so get your trees ready, choose your pots carefully, get perfect stands for them, think innovatively if so inspired, and then dust off the lenses on your cameras as we’ll need some nice photos. This coming spring Ryan Neil and I will be reviewing the entries and deciding which bonsai are in the show, then on the show weekend our five judges will politely bicker over which of them are best. Which should be terrifically entertaining as well as educational.
In addition to a top-flight bonsai exhibition in the Portland Art Museum, there will be a huge spread of vendors to tantalize your tastes, and Portland Bonsai Village tours to explore Portland’s numerous bonsai studios and nurseries. Buggy tours drawn by lions, tigers, and bears will chauffer around the curious. Should you have animal allergies or a fear of predation we’ll have safer, combustion engine options.
Do stay tuned for the new website…which is coming shortly. Again, get ready! Choose your trees! Choose your wardrobe! And join us for our Portland bonsai smorgasbord, Sept. 26-28, the Artisans Cup 2015!