As part of the Golden State Bonsai Federation convention this year, Bay Area suiseki enthusiasts are organizing a suiseki program, including a seminar, exhibit, and collecting trip.
The convention runs from Thursday, October 28 – Sunday, October 31 at the Santa Clara Marriott. Full information about the many activities and how to register for the convention can be found on their website: http://www.gsbfconvention.com/
The suiseki seminar is a panel discussion on Saturday Oct 30, 8:30 am – noon. The panel members include some of the best-known suiseki teachers in California; they will discuss their views about how to find and recognize a good suiseki, how to finish or present it, and how to display the suiseki for others. We expect this to be an interesting, informative, and provocative discussion.
The stone-collecting trip, on Wednesday Oct. 27 – Thursday Oct. 28, will be a two-day trip to famous Eel River collecting sites where fine quality suiseki can be found. The trip is 1 1/2 days of stone collecting (all day Wednesday, and Thursday morning) with guidance from a team of experienced suiseki collectors. The trip includes 2 picnic lunches and a dinner program.
Both the panel discussion and the collecting trip are paid convention events. You can register for them through the convention website.
The bonsai and suiseki exhibit is open to the public free of charge. It will be open from Friday, Oct 29 at 1:30 pm until Sunday, Oct 31 at 11:00 am. Detailed open and close times can be found in the convention schedule.
We are very much looking forward to seeing old friends, and making new ones, so please join us this fall.
This looks like it was a cool event. I found the most glorious smooth purple rock on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, a few weeks ago. I was so passionate about this rock, I cajoled my hosts into mailing it to me. I can see how one could wile away many hours in search of that perfect stone specimen.