HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It was at John and Jackie Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Extravaganza that I visited a couple of years ago that really opened my eyes to the importance of the “accents” that accompany bonsai when displayed in a formal way. There were some stunning accent plants, scrolls, bronzes, suiseki etc at the show, and indeed, at most other bonsai shows around the world. It struck me that these supporting items all have an intrinsic beauty of their own and yet are only ever seen in this ‘supporting’ role. Surely it was time to give these ‘second class citizens’ a show place of their own, as, ‘second class citizen’ they most certainly are not!. And so the concept of the Magical Bonsai Accents Exhibition was born. I suggested to John that he may care to allocate some space at his next big event to showcase ‘Accents’ in all of their variety, but the suggestion wasn’t taken up.
So, I invited Mark and Ritta Cooper, John Trott, Robin Jehan and my wife Cecilia to join me in forming a team to jeer-up the idea and make it a reality. We all put our heads together in a ‘brain-storming’ get-together and outlined the broad format that the exhibition should take. And with the wonders of the electronics world, many more ‘conferences’ were held via the Internet as well as around the dining table. Mark Cooper volunteered to coordinate the event, and we all know how much input that involved. Thanks Mark. The rest of us all had our respective responsibilities to administer ‘in the background’.
Well, Sunday 27 May 2012 finally showed the world just how wonderful bonsai ‘accents’ can be. The diversity of ideas and the high standard achieved was commendable to say the least. There was nothing but positive feedback for the Show. The Team worked extremely hard over the past year to make the event such a success and of course the exhibitors and traders that were involved also put on many spectacular displays. We are indeed most grateful to all concerned and thank you all for your support. Without you, the Show could never have happened.
We have received so many congratulatory emails from all around — many thanks — much appreciated.
I will be posting a large number of pictures of the Event over the next few days/weeks and would welcome more pictures if ‘anyone out there’ has any for the site.
Please send your full-frame photos to me ( email@example.com ) in jpeg format and I will size and crop if necessary in Photoshop and post them on the site if appropriate.
Many thanks, Dan Barton
All text — © 2012 Dan Barton
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