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Japanese Garden Hosts Arts Day, Pine Pruning Events in June

Published: June 1, 2009

Three public events are on the June calendar at CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

Families can enjoy a full day of live performances and art making during Arts Day on Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests will deepen their visual literacy as they learn from professional artists and CSULB art students the joy of art making and explore art projects that are a fusion of influences from both modern and traditional Japanese art.

Activities suitable for all ages will be ongoing throughout the day. Participants can take home art projects that they have created including paper marbling on folded fans, insect sketching on bookmarks, sumi-e ink painting of flowers on shikishi (Japanese art boards), mixed media with stamping and koi (carp) fish color images, Japanese calligraphy, stenciling paper landscapes, and sketching in charcoal. There will also be activities introducing the advanced art of anime, portraiture, and watercolor painting.

In addition, there will be live outdoor performances throughout the day including taiko drumming, koto harp playing, and Japanese dance. “The beauty and power of hearing these performances in the Japanese Garden setting is beyond compare,” says Assistant Director Alison Redfoot.

Arts Day is open to the public without a reservation. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members and free for children 12 and under and CSULB students.

Later in the month, gardening enthusiasts can learn from Japanese experts who will demonstrate how to trim black pine trees—the art of ueki—on Sundays, June 14 and June 28. Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon.

“People often come to us in quest of advice with their own black pine trees. These two events offer the opportunity these folks seek to ask knowledgeable professionals their questions and find the answers,” said Redfoot. “Many people realize that the knowledge these talented senior pruners contain is becoming rarer in today’s world. People should take advantage of this chance while they still can.”

A narrated one-hour demonstration begins at 10:30 a.m. on both Sundays. The annual event combines cultural and horticultural elements.

“The black pines provide the skeleton for the design of our Japanese Garden,” said Japanese Garden Director Jeanette Schelin. “The beautiful condition and form of these trees is due to the tending and trimming by experts who are trained and practiced in the craft of tree trimming. Many visitors attend both Sundays to have questions answered that come up after they work on pines in their own yards.”

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members and free for children 12 and under and CSULB students.

The garden is located on Earl Warren Drive near the Bellflower Boulevard entrance to the campus. Free parking is available in Lot 16. For more information, call the Japanese Garden at 562/985-8885 or visit its garden Web site.