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Bonsai as Fine Art
Held on June 2 - 11, 2023
An Exhibition and special events sponsored by
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, The North Carolina Arboretum,
and The Blue Ridge Bonsai Society


For the first time in Asheville there were ten days of related bonsai events, including an indoor bonsai exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 and associated events at the NC Arboretum.

Bonsai As Fine Art was proud to have been awarded a grant by:
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We are now working on the production of the Commemorative Album, it is still possible to order copies!

The $40 price for each copy includes the cost of shipping your copies to you. You can download the order form here, It contains a link to Square where you can pay online with a credit card and fill out your name and mailing address.
rder form: 

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Bios of the wonderful bonsai professionals who were instrumental to the Exhibition's success!

Arthur Joura 

Bjorn Bjorholm

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Brad Russell

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Daniel Coffey

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John  Geanangel

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Here also are bios of the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society members whose bonsai were selected for inclusion in the Bonsai as Fine Art exhibit. 
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Blue Spiral 1 Gallery

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38 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC, 
Open 11 am - 6 pm Wed thru Sat.
Open 11 am - 5 pm Sun, Mon, Tues.

The exhibition at Blue Spiral 1 included 20 bonsai creations by professional bonsai artists and members of the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society. 

Participating bonsai artists included: Bjorn Bjorholm, Daniel Coffey, John Geanangel, Arthur Joura, and Brad Russell.

The bonsai were displayed alongside paintings and other works from Blue Spiral 1 artists as part of its “Beyond the Horizon” show.  


Related Events:

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 5:00 - 8:00 pm: The public is invited.

  • On Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm, internationally-recognized bonsai artist Bjorn Bjorholm demonstrated "Transforming Plant Material into Fine Art."

  • The bonsai shown were rotated after the first week of the exhibit and replaced by others in the second week, making two trips to the gallery well worth the effort!.

  • Continuous bonsai videos were shown featuring Arthur Joura, the Bonsai Curator of the NC Arboretum and Bjorn Bjorholm, Bonsai artist and educator, 

Link to Blue Spiral 1's description of "Bonsai As Fine Art."

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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville NC, 

Gates are open 8 am - 9 pm daily. (There is a gate fee if you are not a member of the Arboretum.)
The Bonsai Garden is open 9 am - 5 pm daily
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The North Carolina Arboretum


On Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, Authur Joura, the Bonsai Curator, led tours of the Bonsai Garden describing the history of the bonsai trees, forests, and landscapes on display. 

The following events took place in the Education Center:

  • Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am. Bonsai styling demonstration by internationally recognized bonsai artist Bjorn Bjorholm.

  • Saturday, June 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm: Live and silent auctions of bonsai and bonsai-related items. (The proceeds benefitted the bonsai program at the NC Arboretum.)

  • Bonsai Pottery Invitational Exhibit 


  • Bonsai Exhibit: Featuring bonsai creations of the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society members.   


  • Educational videos featuring Bjorn Bjorholm and Arthur Jura.

Link to The North Carolina Arboretum's description of "Bonsai As Fine Art."

Here was the official flyer for the "Bonsai as Fine Art" events:
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