Step-by-step instructions for putting on a bonsai exhibit, bonsai sold separately.
1) Get a truck for the supplies.
One truck packed – Boon’s happy
2) Get another truck for the trees.
John and I carefully pack the truck
3) Set up the backdrops.
John, Jeff and Vince are champs at setting up backdrops
4) Apply table dressing.
Sam, Marie, Scott, and Janet spread out the felt – light blue, like Kokufu
Backdrops ready to go
5) Gather stands.
We tend to bring more than we need – it helps setting up the displays
6) Set up the displays.
We usually begin with the biggest trees, the stands make good placeholders
Here a fine art/suiseki display is taking shape complements of Mas Nakajima
We keep the trees off to one side until we’re ready for them
We protect the stands by applying felt to pot feet
Accents complete the display
7) Judge the show.
We divide the trees into like groups and vote for the winners
It’s a good learning exercise – and fun!
8) Place the awards.
Members’ Choice Award – small deciduous & broadleaf
9) Point a lot.
Jim rallies the troops
10) Ponder the finer points of display.
The serious business of bonsai
11) Hold an auction.
Tom holding a juniper for sale
Our barker extraordinaire, Chris Johnston
12) Shoot the show.
Taking good pictures makes a big difference – we owe Eric great thanks for managing this for us
That covers the basics. For bonus points, try:
- printing programs
- hosting a vendor area
- encouraging club sales
- serving tea and snacks
- breaking even
When it’s all over, put everything back in its place.
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