The show is great this year with around 120 trees. There seems to be more high quality trees this year. Members of all levels are highly encouraged to enter their trees so there are some that need continued refinement also, but it is a great learning experience for newer bonsai artists.
These are the photos that I took before my memory card filled up…
The 36th annual Mid America Bonsai Show will be featuring Bjorn Bjorholm as its guest judge. He has been studying in japan for the last 5 years and is quickly making a name for himself with his bonsai work, some may know him from his Bonsai Art of Japan series on Youtube. If you haven’t seen this series look it up, it has great information and is very high quality. Below is a short bio and some of his work. Enjoy.
Bjorn’s Bio in his words:
I began studying bonsai at the age of 13 and worked with a handful of professionals in the United States before becoming an apprentice under Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en nursery in Osaka, Japan in 2008. I have since styled bonsai for the Kokufu-ten, Taikan-ten, and Sakufu-ten exhibitions. Trees that I have designed for clients have won awards at the Taikan-ten (shohin category and rock-planting category) and at many exhibitions in the United States. I currently reside in Kyoto, Japan and continue to study as an apprentice with Mr. Fujikawa. Each year, I travel back to the United States and other areas to teach bonsai to societies, organizations, and individuals. I also currently film, edit, and produce the online YouTube video series “The Bonsai Art of Japan,” which currently has over half a million views.