SP20 Bonsai Tree & Landscape Appreciation: Curator's Talk

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Thursday February 13

4:00 PM  –  6:00 PM

Bonsai Tree and Landscape Appreciation: Curator’s Talk

Instructor: Arthur Joura

Thursday, February 13, 4 – 6 p.m.

$14 Member | $19 Non-member

Every bonsai has two stories. One is the suggested story, which is ultimately a product of the viewer's imagination. The other is the actual story of how the miniature tree, or, in some cases, the miniature landscape, came to be. Sometimes the actual story is deeper and richer than the suggested one. Each talk in this series allows the bonsai curator to focus on a different specimen in the Arboretum's acclaimed collection, sharing archival images and information that will enhance the viewer's appreciation.

For the February 13 talk, Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura will focus on the Staples' collection, the initial donation that started the Arboretum's bonsai enterprise in November of 1992. Part of the discussion will be a visual tracking of several specimens that were included in that initial donation, following their development through the ensuing years and elaborating on their individual histories.


Arthur Joura joined the Arboretum staff in April of 1990, and has been the bonsai curator since 1992. He led the design team for the Arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden and has since overseen its continued development. Joura’s educational background is in fine art. Joura studied bonsai with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the United States and in Japan. He has toured extensively as a lecturer and teacher, and has been featured on UNC-TV and in numerous regional and national publications for his work with the collection. Joura continues to administer the annual Carolina Bonsai Expo at the Arboretum.


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