Presented by the
Bonsai Society of Portland
and Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association
The 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous is a new and exciting adventure in bonsai with a focus on you -the bonsai enthusiast. It will feature incredible artists like Ryan Neil and Michael Hagedorn, plus world-class material from the Pacific Northwest. Rendezvous events will take place at the Milwaukie Community Center in Southeast Portland, and will be organized to ensure that all bonsai enthusiasts can affordably attend by picking and choosing their own accommodations and event participation. In addition to the typical bonsai intensive activities, we are working on great social events to round out the weekend.
Details on Rendezvous events thus far are listed below, but you’ll want to check back here often as more information is revealed. Do you feel you are too busy to check back often? Then simply provide your email address and we will notify you as specifics become available.
Note the dates, September 14 through 16, 2018 and plan now on attending and participating in the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous-- It will change your idea about bonsai and how it's practiced.
Schedule of Events: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
The Rendezvous officially kicks off at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 14, and closes at 5:00 pm Sunday, September 16. Friday afternoon and Saturday will be devoted to the traditional workshops and demos. The World Class Bonsai Exhibit and the Marketplace will open Friday evening at 6:00pm for private viewing by convention registrants.
There will be three pre-convention workshops on Friday morning, before the official opening of the Rendezvous. Look for high quality materials in these “limited edition” workshops. It’s definitely worth coming early to participate. Details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.
Sunday morning will see our headliners on stage together to discuss finer points of the exhibit displays. Each artist will choose a few of their favorite displays from the exhibit, then the group will provide their thoughts on what makes it one of the best.
Sunday afternoon is a new feature. Patterned after the California Shohin Convention, the big room will be filled with workshops, lectures and demos. The workshops will be small, no more than 6 participants per table. Observers can wander from table to table, watching as the raw material is started on its journey to being a bonsai.
Guest Artists: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
Confirmed artists so far include Ryan Neil and Michael Hagedorn. Additional Northwest artists will also participate, providing workshops and/or demos. Check back as details become available.
Bonsai Exhibit: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
The Rendezvous Bonsai Exhibit will spotlight trees collected and styled in the Northwest. The display will include the best of the best. Headliners will each present a critique of the exhibit.
Workshops and Demos: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
Plans include 10 half-day workshops, one all-day workshop, and three half-day demos. Workshop materials will include native, collected trees from Randy Knight and Yellow Cedar collected by Anton Nijhuis, satsuki azaleas from Joe Harris III, trees nurtured by Ryan Neil, and many others. We are asking our artists to provide as many trees as possible, thereby ensuring high quality workshop material and specialized, knowledgeable instruction
Lodging: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
The event will be held at the Milwaukie Community Center rather than a convention hotel. Participants may choose their level of lodging, be it a 5-star hotel, a Motel 6 or even an RV. You may choose from the many hotels and motels within a 10-minute drive of the Milwaukie Center. As we get closer to the Rendezvous, information will be provided so registrants can secure their lodging.
Because the Rendezvous is not in a hotel, there will be a will call/coat check area where workshop trees, marketplace purchases, coats, etc. may be safely stored. The Milwaukie Center has a library where you can visit with friends or simply rest your feet.
Raffle and Auctions: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
As is usual for bonsai conventions, the Rendezvous will include a raffle and auction of demo trees and excess workshop trees. Your tax-deductible donation will be appreciated and enjoyed by all.
Registration: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
Registration will be open on or about September 1, 2017. In an effort to make the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous available to as many hobbyists as possible, every effort will be made to keep costs to a minimum. It is our plan to have a very low basic registration fee, to which meals, workshops and critiques may be added on a menu basis.
Marketplace: (UPDATED 11/15/16)
The Rendezvous will have a first class marketplace featuring trees, pots, tools, etc. --everything a bonsai hobbyist needs or wants. Special attention has been given to providing time for shoppers to enjoy the marketplace, starting when it opens at 6:00pm Friday evening when there will be a Vendor Reception held in the marketplace. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a no-host bar will be available. This will be an excellent opportunity to see vendors’ wares before they are picked over.
It is our desire to create a "new" convention template. If you have ideas you would like to have considered, let us know. Contact Jan Hettick.