Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

Dedicated to the art of bonsai

The annual MHBS Bonsai Show returns to the Albany Center Gallery, September 25-26, at 488 Broadway in Albany. The show will display bonsai trees in all stages of development. Come see these delightful small trees and chat with bonsai club members, Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. All are welcome and admission is FREE. If you enjoy bonsai trees, maybe even thought about acquiring some of your own, this show is a great opportunity to learn more.

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Coming Up at MHBS

Some upcoming events at MHBS.

MARCH 28: YEW TREE WORKSHOP AND DEMO WITH DAVID HODGETTS
APRIL 28: FOREST WORKSHOP
MAY 22-23: DEMO & WORKSHOPS WITH MARK ARPAG PLUS SPECIAL SALES FROM KRIS SPRINGER AND SOME USA POTTERS
JUNE 26-27: AIR LAYERING WORKSHOP WITH FRANK MIHALIC
JULY 25: ELEMENTS OF DISPLAY WITH JEFF AND DAVID
AUGUST 29: COLLECTING RIVER ROCKS
SEPTEMBER: CLUB SHOW
NOVEMBER 28: ONLINE PRESENTATION WITH TONY TICKLE

MHBS Update

COVID and facemasks, high taxes, winter. What’s not to like? While MHBS gets ready to resume meetings sometime soon, we are wintering our trees, wiring, and keeping our tools sharp. Will post updates on the status of previously announced 2021 workshops and activities as soon as we have them.

MHBS Upcoming Events

Flu or no flu, MHBS is still kicking. In October, the club will tackle pottery making to create unique containers for bonsai. Contact Pauline to sign up for the workshop at (518) 882-1039. Other upcoming events include demos, pot exchanges and visits (real or virtual) from masters like Mark Arpag, Frank Mihalic, Kathy Shaner and Tony Tickle.

Mark Arpag Workshop June 27

MHBS welcomes Mark Arpag to run a bring-your-own workshop at pfm bonsai in West Charlton on on Saturday, June 27. Mark is a frequent guest, known for working with many species of bonsai and especially cedar. The workshop hours are 9am to 4pm and it is limited to eight people so register soon by calling 518-882-1039. The workshop fee is $50.

Social distancing will be observed so this workshop will be held outdoors. Don’t forget to bring a mask and sunscreen, as well as your tools and trees. The nursery is open if you need a tree or two.

2020 Happenings

2020-logo2The events are tentative but MHBS members have these things and guests to look for in 2020:

  • Tree insect pests and diseases
  • Finding the tree within with Martin Schmalenberg
  • Forest and root over rock plantings
  • Kathy Shaner and bonsai display
  • Air layering and shohin with Frank Mihalic
  • Jim Doyle and pines
  • A Mark Arpag workshop
  • Rock collecting in the river
  • Turntable building
  • Pottery making
  • Choosing the right pot for your bonsai
  • And don’t forget the 2020 US National Exhibition

It’s going to be a great 2020. Enjoy your holidays and a Happy New Year!

Jim Doyle Does Pines

Dsc_5924v1Coming in November: Pines with Jim Doyle Jim Doyle will spend the weekend of November 23-24 teaching us pines. Register now for the Saturday BYO workshop with Jim, 9:00 until done. Bring your lunch. To register, email Pauline at Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

MHBS Bonsai Show at Albany Center Gallery 9/21 and 9/22

Before Impressionism, Cubism, Pointillism, Surrealism and Pop Art—there was Bonsai.

That’s why this year’s annual MHBS bonsai show will take place in an art gallery. Examples of the ancient art of bonsai will be on display at The Albany Center Gallery, 488 Broadway, September 20-21. Viewing hours will be Saturday from 12 to 5 and Sunday from 12 to 4. There will be ample free parking available at nearby parking garages.

Bonsai in all stages of development will be on display, shown by members of the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society. There will be bonsai demonstrations in the park next to the gallery and visitors are invited to bring in their bonsai for free advice. The club will also have bonsai available for sale.

To learn more, contact:

Albany Center Gallery: Tony Iadicicco, Executive Director
518.462.4775 | director@albanycentergallery.org | albanycentergallery.org
Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society: Pauline Muth
518-882-1039 | pauline@pfmbonsai.com | mohawkhudsonbonsai.org

July 28 MHBS meeting

A reminder that July 28th’s MHBS meeting at pfm bonsai in West Charlton will feature visiting master Martin Schmalenberg and an after-lunch program on suiseki. Visitors are always welcome too. If you have suiseki to share, bring them. And don’t forget to bring some food to contribute to lunch. Martin will also be bringing a display from his personal collection and some stones that will be available for sale. Any questions, call Pauline at (518) 882-1039.

Suiseki (⽔⽯) are small, naturally occurring rocks, similar to Chinese scholar’s rocks. They are displayed either in a wooden base (Daiza), or in a waterproof tray or bowl of ceramic (suiban) or bronze (Doban). The best Suiseki are expressive stones with a shape, color and texture to suggest landscapes or objects. Other than cutting flat bases on some stones to allow for stable display, suiseki stones are not cut or reshaped. The stones are natural and are found in rivers, oceans and karst areas. Typical landscapes are mountains, lakes or rivers, while object stones might include animals or sculptures.

Club members should also mark their calendars for the annual President’s Picnic at the Kiszkiel’s on August 25, and for the MHBS Club Show, September 21-22, for which member trees should already be in preparation.

The Return of Young Choe

Young Choe

Some MHBS club members were lucky enough to create a kusamomo last year under the guiding hand of Young Choe. If you weren’t among them, or even if you were, you’ve got another chance. Young returns on Sunday, June 9, for an all-day workshop beginning at  9:00 AM, prior to the monthly MHBS club meeting at noon. In the morning we will create calligraphy, and in the afternoon we will again build a kusamono with Young Choe.

The all-day workshop is only $35 and a few spots remain. Register with Pauline at pfm bonsai. Our last Young Choe event was sold out so don’t delay. Bring tools and a deepish bonsai container for your kusamono. Everything else is provided. Don’t forget something for the pot luck lunch.