Ms. Harris will give a brief description of the philosophy and history of Ikebana. The presentation will feature her demonstration of an Ikebana arrangement.
Holly O. Harris' formal training in the 330 year tradition of Japanese Flower Arranging began 15 years ago when she started lessons with Ritsuko Chojin in the Kittery Point Ikebana Ikenobo chapter. She has been an active member ever since. She has participated in Ikebana Ikenobo symposia, shown her arrangements in the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Japanese Peace Accord and two exhibitions at the Portsmouth Library. She is the Flower Arranger in UNH’s Murkland Hall where she has been exhibiting her weekly arrangements for the past 10 years. She has also conducted workshops for teens and has been a speaker at Garden clubs. Ms. Harris is a fine artist, a sculptor in particular, having worked with a wide variety of mediums, including woodcarving, casting metal and concrete and fabric sculptures. She has shown her work around the state including a one-woman 30 year exposition two years ago in the Ampers& Gallery in Newmarket, NH. She is currently exhibiting in the new Durham Public Library. She has taught classes in various mediums from woodcarving to calligraphy to flower arranging. Flowers continue to be her favorite medium and she considers her flower arrangements to be an extension of her sculptures. Holly is an accomplished gardener and well known for her beautiful gardens in Durham. She also had her own Landscape Design company for eight years.
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