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Bonsai as Fine Art
June 2 - 11, 2023
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--ten days of related bonsai events: an indoor bonsai exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 and associated events at the NC Arboretum.

Download the official flyer for "Bonsai as Fine Art" here:
and bios of the bonsai professionals who are contributing in various ways

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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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 includes 20 bonsai creations by professional bonsai artists and members of the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society. 

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

The bonsai will be 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 will demonstrate "Transforming Plant Material into Fine Art."

  • The bonsai shown during the first week of the exhibit will be replaced by others in the second week, so plan to come twice.

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

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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, will lead tours of the Bonsai Garden describing the history of the bonsai trees, forests, and landscapes on display. Registration required.

All the following events will take 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 prtoceeds will benefit 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.

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