Elements Of Design

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Name: Elements Of Design
Date: April 21, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Event Description:

Beyond cool

New exhibit reveals to visitors what-makes-a bonsai-a-bonsai


‘Cool!”, ‘Beautiful!,’ ‘Amazing!’: bonsai have universal appeal, as evidenced by these common, cross-cultural, post-viewing reactions. But why? What makes them so beautiful? What exactly makes a bonsai, a bonsai?

Through Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design, visitors will be able to study bonsai trees and describe what they see. The exhibit will break down major design elements of bonsai art -- line, shape, form, space, color, and texture -- exploring each element in detail. It will demonstrate, with trees from Pacific Bonsai Museum’s collection, how these design elements are used in bonsai.

As visitors enter and move through the exhibit, they will find bonsai trees that elegantly express design elements, displayed alongside images of artworks and interpretive text offering insights into the bonsai design process. As they explore the exhibit, visitors will be prompted by provocative questions to help them discover things they hadn’t seen before and put into words what they are learning. In the end, after experiencing all six elements, they will have become savvy about bonsai design, appreciative of the craft, and empowered to draw new connections between bonsai and other works of art.



The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001. Visitors are advised to search ‘Pacific Bonsai Museum’ in google maps on their gps-enabled devices to navigate to the Museum.



Free parking is available across from the Museum at the West Parking Lot; handicapped parking is available at the museum entrance.

Date/Time Information:
Exhibit opens Saturday, April 21, 2018 and runs through Sunday, Sept 30, 2018.
Schedule for Saturday, April 21
Throughout the Day
  • Art Station
  • Kids activities
  • Pop-up Shop
  • Food Truck
  • 9:00 am: Pacific Bonsai Museum Members’ Preview & Curator-led Tour (by invitation)
  • 10:00 am: Exhibit opens to the public
  • 10:30 am: Presentation, The LAB: Experimenting with a 1000-year-old art form, with Aarin Packard and Austin Heitzman, in the Pavilion
  • 11:30 am: Public Tour of the Exhibit (led by a Pacific Bonsai Museum docent; gather in the Courtyard by 11:25 am)
  • 12:00 pm: Presentation, Printing in trees: Fostering a healthier relationship between humans and nature through art, with linocut printmaker Kelli MacConnell, in the Pavilion
  • 1:00 pm: Presentation, American bonsai display: The Japanese influence on American furniture through the lens of bonsai, with furniture maker Austin Heitzman, in the Pavilion
  • 2:00 pm: Dance Performance by Khambatta Dance Company in the exhibit display area
  • 2:30 pm: Public Tour of the Exhibit (led by a Pacific Bonsai Museum docent; gather in the Courtyard by 2:25 pm)
  • 3:00 pm: Dance Performance by Khambatta Dance Company in the exhibit display area
4:00 pm: Opening day ends

Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
March 22 to Sept 20:        Extended Thursday hours, 10am to 7pm. (Other days the same as above.)
The Museum is closed:    Every Monday as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
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