In recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will have a special demonstration, “Ikebana – The Enchantment of Japanese Flower Arranging,” on Saturday, May 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, in the Multipurpose Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.
Unlike simple flower arranging, ikebana is a disciplined Japanese art form in which nature and humanity are brought together and represented with the use of living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. An asymmetrical form and the use of empty space are essential features of the composition, and a sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is crucial.
YuMei Montalvo, First Jonin Somu (professor) of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will provide a short history of ikebana, the Japanese art and philosophy of flower arranging. As she demonstrates the creation and composition of several arrangements, she will explain the relationship of the materials being used and the importance of their placement within the arrangements.
Montalvo began studying Sogetsu in Singapore in 1992 and spent 17 years teaching it in Ecuador. She now resides in Houston, where she is the chair of the Sogetsu Study Group of Houston.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.