Can anyone report on the Denver BCI show 2 weeks ago?

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Can anyone report on the Denver BCI show 2 weeks ago?

Post  Neil-Dellinger on Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:11 pm

Just curious if anyone went. Seems like it would have been a fun event (Marc Noleanders, Ryan Neil, Dan Robinson, etc....)

Just curious.


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Post  Lost2301 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:52 am

The show was really great. All the workshops were good and the demo's to. Vendors were really great. Sara Rayner was there and sold a huge amount of pots. Here are some photo's of the trees. I might add more if people are interested in seeing more. There were a lot of trees and stones in the show.

Mike

Chinese Elm


Shimpaku Juniper - Best In Show Award


Japanese Red Pine - Best In Show Award


Stones


Stones


Stone


Very Large Ponderosa Pine


Hackberry


Redwood


Bougainvillea - Donated by Dan Robinson to the new Bonsai Pavilion at the Denver Botanical Gardens


Japenese White Pine


Stone


Colorado Blue Spruce


Colorado Blue Spurce


Colorado Blue Spruce


Colorado Blue Spruce


Stone


Japenese Black Pine


Scrub Oak






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Post  Lost2301 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:13 am

Stones


Stone


Stone


Stone


Stone


Stone


Stone


Burning Bush Europa - Started from a seed


Stones


Stones


Stone - Best In Show


Special Display


Special Display


Special Display - Created from forest fire remains.


Stone - Found in the Poudre River in Colorado and weighs 60 lbs. Nothing has been done to the stone. My favorite in the show.

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Denver ABS/BCI Show

Post  bonsaisr on Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:14 pm

https://servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=69&u=17306828

Nah, that's not a stone; it's a roc's egg. If you don't believe me, it's mentioned in the Talmud. study

On the whole, I enjoyed the convention. Unfortunately, I didn't get to any of the demonstrations. The show was interesting. I had just been to the National, so I can't comment too much. I enjoyed seeing some unusual species, like the gambrel oak. The labeling could have been better. Yamadori is not a bonsai style.
The food was overpriced, but that is a common problem with conventions. The host club usually can't help it.
I had a very successful workshop, outside of a lighting problem. Came home with a nice little Colorado blue spruce & some interesting pots. Having a packing company in the vendor room was an excellent idea.
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Post  coh on Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:26 pm

Please post more photos of individual trees if you have them! Really enjoyed these, especially some of the colorado blue spruce...do you have any idea about how tall this one was?





bonsaisr wrote:
The show was interesting. I had just been to the National, so I can't comment too much.
Why so cryptic? If you've been to both shows, you're in the perfect position to comment...

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:47 pm

One was a national show of primarily the top artists in North America, basically a landmark professional show. The Denver show was regional, primarily from the West. Most of the artists were amateurs. By his own account, one of them had never exhibited before. As far as staging was concerned, the Denver show was pleasant. I won't comment on the overall quality of the trees. It was a very nice regional show. You can't compare the two shows.
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Post  ang3lfir3 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:17 pm

I can't comment too much on the workshops except to say what I saw people bringing out of them looked really good ...
My wife and I assisted Daniel w/ his two workshops and many participants took a die grinder to a tree for the first time (always love that look of excitement) ... remember to gnarl those branches too!!

I spent most of my time in the vendor area or chatting with other artists around the convention ... great conversations with some really enthusiastic people ... put a few more faces to some names and met some real treasures in the bonsai world

Being able to buy large pots from Sara Rayner in person was wonderful ... definitely something we are missing on the left coast ... The vendor area was full of collected local material from several vendors .... excellent stuff all around !!! Even Ken Mcleod was there with his fabulous suiseki !!

the demos were interesting .... I assisted Daniel Robinson in his demo which started after dinner (7:30) .... we stopped for the evening at 10:30pm .... the Next day Daniel continued to finish the tree down to fine wiring and detail carving ... We (my wife and I) had to leave that morning so we didn't see it completed but I can imagine it was gorgeous...

The display was quite nice for the area ... some really nice trees and many of them native to the Rocky Mountains .... overall I enjoyed it

as Iris said ... having a packing company in the vendor area ..... that was brilliant!!!

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Post  coh on Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:32 pm

Iris, thanks for the additional info about the show...I appreciate it.

Amateur or not, some of the posted trees look pretty fine to me!


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Post  Lost2301 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:25 pm

coh wrote:Please post more photos of individual trees if you have them! Really enjoyed these, especially some of the colorado blue spruce...do you have any idea about how tall this one was?





bonsaisr wrote:
The show was interesting. I had just been to the National, so I can't comment too much.
Why so cryptic? If you've been to both shows, you're in the perfect position to comment...

I am guessing around 36 inches, maybe more.

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:51 pm

very interesting read and have to say wow to some of those stones - very high quality pieces.

On a personal note I think it a tiny pity that the juniper that came from commercially mass produced material took a 'best' award when the quality of a couple of those native collected spruces looks so incredibly high. Absolutely nothing against the owner or styling, he didnt judge it of course, just that the final message has said 'imported material and species are still better', when I think we have seen a tree or two at least equal. (Unless a mountain tree won a best native in show award maybe?)

Well done Iris for keeping the two shows you visited seperated - not easy to do but essential to get the best out of every occassion, and you came home with a spruce too - they certainly seem to be the pick of the area for sure.

nice pictures

Marcus









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Post  Lost2301 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:55 pm

Here are the last of the photo's.

Mike

Japenese White Pine


Bristlecone Pine


Chinese Elm


Stone


Bosnian grafted on Ponderosa Pine


Barberry - Concord


Redwood


Ponderosa Pine


Ponderosa Pine


Ponderosa Pine


Corkbark Elm - Varigated


Stone


Aspen - Best In Show


Colorado Blue Spruce


Elephant Bush


Colorado Blue Spruce


Natal Plum


Beech - American


Shimpaku Juniper


Colorado Blue Spruce


Stone


Chinese Elm


Colorado Blue Spruce - Best In Show


Stone


Pyrcantha


Pine - Unknown


Trident Maple


Stone


Shohin Display


Amur Maple


Ponderosa Pine


Larch - American


Sweetgum


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Post  Lost2301 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:02 pm

marcus watts wrote:very interesting read and have to say wow to some of those stones - very high quality pieces.

On a personal note I think it a tiny pity that the juniper that came from commercially mass produced material took a 'best' award when the quality of a couple of those native collected spruces looks so incredibly high. Absolutely nothing against the owner or styling, he didnt judge it of course, just that the final message has said 'imported material and species are still better', when I think we have seen a tree or two at least equal. (Unless a mountain tree won a best native in show award maybe?)

Well done Iris for keeping the two shows you visited seperated - not easy to do but essential to get the best out of every occassion, and you came home with a spruce too - they certainly seem to be the pick of the area for sure.

nice pictures

Marcus

Hi Marcus,

I do not believe the Shimpaku Juniper was imported. It was grown in California by an artist who has won awards in the Rochester National show in Buffalo.

The tree was later sold.

Mike





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Post  Robert J. Baran on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:49 am

The chrysanthemum stone (under the Burning Bush Europa) is an educational wonder: someone carved away the darker matrix to reveal the depth and range of the lighter-color inclusion. According to Dr. Tom Elias, that carving severely lowered the financial value of this stone. However, I feel that it increased the stone's educational value several-fold. No previous text has hinted at the depth and range of the inclusions in these stones.

The cliff stone (two under the Shimpaku juniper) is my personal favorite. While not hard enough to be a suiseki, it symbolizes any number of weathered buttes around the globe. Shining a reddish light on it would direct a viewer to Utah canyons -- or maybe the Middle East. Did you catch a glimpse of Indiana Jones and his father riding between the narrow openings in the cliff walls? (Imaginatively speaking, of course...)

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Post  Lost2301 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:07 am

Robert J. Baran wrote:The chrysanthemum stone (under the Burning Bush Europa) is an educational wonder: someone carved away the darker matrix to reveal the depth and range of the lighter-color inclusion. According to Dr. Tom Elias, that carving severely lowered the financial value of this stone. However, I feel that it increased the stone's educational value several-fold. No previous text has hinted at the depth and range of the inclusions in these stones.

The cliff stone (two under the Shimpaku juniper) is my personal favorite. While not hard enough to be a suiseki, it symbolizes any number of weathered buttes around the globe. Shining a reddish light on it would direct a viewer to Utah canyons -- or maybe the Middle East. Did you catch a glimpse of Indiana Jones and his father riding between the narrow openings in the cliff walls? (Imaginatively speaking, of course...)

Robert

I talked to the owner of the chrysanthemum stone and it came from China. There is a hollow in the stone that does not show up in the picture. The white backround is not showing it. I liked this stone allot. It was purchased for around $300 plus shipping.

I like the cliff stone to.

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Post  Carolee on Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:10 pm

As an amature, I certainly enjoyed the trees and the stones. Thank you so much for posting!

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