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Unusual bonsai exhibit debuts

Mirror staff

A new exhibit at the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection gives the outdoor museum of living art a new look.

“Artful Environments,” which opened to the public last Saturday, is described by organizers as the first exhibit in North America to combine bonsai with contemporary American art in a way that involves abstract qualities of line, form, texture and color.

Ten Northwest artists are collaborating in the exhibit. Their work –– painting, photo-emulsion imaging, stonework, copper and bronze, woodwork and ceramics –– will be displayed with selected bonsai from Weyerhauser Co.’s permanent collection.

The collection was established in 1989 by Weyerhauser as part of the state’s centennial celebration.

Artists participating in the new exhibit include B.J. Daniels, Barbara Kolar, Tom De Groot, Hunter McGee, David Gentry, Susan Stewart, Lynne Hall, David Wahlstrom, Caroline Kapp and Deloss Webber.

The bonsai displays, lectures and special exhibits are free to the public and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. The collection is closed Thursday and Friday. It can be found by taking South 320th Street to Weyerhauser Way South and following the signs.

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