10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Voice of Flowers, presented by the Montreal chapter of Ikebana International, will let you feast your eyes on the unique poetic creations of this ancient Japanese floral art. In a new feature this year, the 40 or so arrangements on display, which include a section devoted to miniature works, are accompanied by a haiku, a very brief poem evoking the season and the ephemeral nature of things.
Japanese floral art, or ikebana, emphasizes shape, line and form in arrangements that harmonize rhythm and colour. For the artists of this discipline, all parts of the plant—stem, leaves and branches—are important, as is the container that is used. The arrangement is delineated by three main points symbolizing heaven, earth and humanity through the use of asymmetry, space and depth.
Traditionally an art for festivals or ceremonies, ikebana has now been adopted by many people fascinated by the subtlety and refinement of Japanese culture. Come for the demonstrations presented as part of this unique exhibition and marvel at the virtuosity of these artists.