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Mar 19, 2020 at 10:58 AM

On March 12 Polly Curran assisted by Gwen Lawry from Sarasota Ikebana Chapter #115 presented the Grand Bay residents on Longboat Key with an elegant demonstration of Ikebana, Japanese floral design along with an understanding of the importance this cultural art impacts the Japanese people.

This 6th century cultural art of Japan is widely appreciated throughout the world today. Six arrangements from Nagire (thrown in style), Moribana (piled on style), Chabana (for tea ceremony), as well as contemporary hand-crafted designer containers of ceramic and glass were created.

Curran is a sensei (teacher) of the WAFU School, Lawry is a sensei of the Sogetsu School.

The final arrangement was a special “Hana Tsutsumi,” or flower wrapping arrangement which was raffled off to one of the attending guests. Wilma Davidson, resident at Grand Bay, arranged this as an outreach project for the Sarasota branch of NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women). This was the third program in this project which included an artists presentation in January and a music presentation in February.

— Submitted by Polly Curran

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