Ikebana International Ottawa Centennial Chapter Exhibition 2019 – “Creating Art with Nature”

On April 10, the Ikebana International Ottawa Centennial Chapter No. 120 and the Canadian Museum of Nature hosted the opening ceremony for their 2019 exhibition, entitled “Creating Art with Nature”. This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the Ottawa Chapter of I.I. as well as the 35-year anniversary of the collaboration between the Chapter and the Museum.
 
In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikake expressed his heart-felt congratulations for reaching an important milestone. He also noted that Canadian culture shares a strong appreciation for nature and that is why the appreciation for ikebana has flourished so beautifully in Ottawa. This deep respect for nature, and the many other values which Japan and Canada share, form the foundation of the friendship that the two nations have enjoyed over the last 90 years. Also, Mrs. Anne Breau, President of the Ottawa Chapter of I.I., and Mrs. Margaret Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature delivered their remarks, and Ambassador Ishikane declared open.
 
Guests admired ikebana arrangements which expressed a natural simplicity and quietness. The arrangements were presented by the ikebana artists represented by Ottawa’s Ohara and Sogetsu Schools and Toronto’s Ikenobo School.
 
The exhibition was open to the public from April 11 to April 14.
 
Ambassador Ishikane Mrs. Breau, President of the Ottawa Centennial Chapter of Ikebana International Mrs. Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature
 
Opening Reception

 
Ambassador Ishikane cut the garland
to declare the official opening of the exhibition
 
Mrs. Breau giving a guided tour to Ambassador Ishikane
 
From left: Mrs. Breau, Ambassador Ishikane, and Mrs. Beckel