We invite you to a live Facebook Ikebana Virtual presentation. Demonstrator will be Thanh Nguyen from Wafu school. You also see an Ikebana exhibition arranged by seven ikebana schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
PROGRAM: IKEBANA IN THE VIRTUAL AGE
DATE &TIME: SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 2pm-3pm
Please join us for a virtual ikebana demonstration. Please tell your family and friends about this exciting event.
You do not need Facebook account to watch. Just go to facebook.com/ikebaasf/
Thanh Nguyen served as president of Ikebana International San Francisco, from 2016-2018 and 2012-2014. She is the current President of Ikebana Teachers Federation, first Vice-President of Wafu Ikebana Society of California. Thanh holds Gakukan Degree in Wafu School of Ikebana. She taught at City College of San Francisco, Fremont Union School and Palo Alto Union School Districts.Alto Union School Districts. She also taught private classes at her studio in Menlo Park, one of which was dedicated to children. Currently, she holds ikebana classes on Zoom. Prior to her ikebana teaching career, Thanh worked at high tech companies for over twenty-five years in managerial positions. She took an early retirement and pursued her passion in ikebana.
Born in Vietnam to a family of artists, she was introduced to ikebana at an early age but only began her formal training when she moved to the United States. To this day, she has been studying Wafu Ikebana for more than thirty years. Adding to her ikebana background, in 2014 Thanh spent the summer in Tokyo taking intensive courses at the prestigious Mami Flower Design School. This school is well known for their trademark in Hanakubari, the freedom to design without a kenzan.
Sowing the seeds for ikebana art to continue to florish and appreciated, Thanh initiated “Ikebana for Youth” in public schools by leading workshops for middle school ages. This led to a major article published in the Ikebana International magazine from Tokyo Headquarters.
Thanh’s ikebana has been displayed in many exhibitions, demonstration programs, flower shows and museums. She exhibits annually at Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum. She was on the flower committee for the San Francisco Fine Art Museums and the Asian Art Museum, where she displayed her works. Thanh exhibited internationally in Paris, Vietnam, Manila, Japan and ikebana events in the United States. She has recently moved to a vineyard property in California Central Coast and started a major gardening project while teaching ikebana, caring for her 97- year-old mother, and doing things like everybody else, making face masks, trying new recipes and baking sourdough bread.