2013 CAROLINA BONSAI EXPO
"Boxwood the Rodney Clemons Way"
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2013 Carolina Bonsai Expo guest artist Rodney Clemons conducts a lesson in artistic bonsai design.
Every Carolina Bonsai Expo since the first in 1996 has highlighted the talents of special guest artists, and the lecture/demonstration programs provided by these individuals have earned a reputation for educational excellence. This year’s presentation by Mr. Rodney Clemons promises to continue the tradition. While well respected for his ability to work with any type of plant material, our friend Rodney is particularly noted for his artistry with Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla
). As it happens, The N.C. Arboretum has an excellent, large, old and completely untrained Littleleaf Boxwood at its disposal, and we welcome the opportunity to put it in the hands of the most capable boxwood bonsai stylist in the U.S. When he first laid eyes on this specimen, Rodney’s face lit up like a little boy’s on Christmas morning!
Rodney Clemons spent his formative years in the Florida panhandle, moving to Atlanta, Ga. when he was thirteen. He was captivated by bonsai in 1973 when he saw a Trident maple forest that struck chords in his heart and artistic nature. Bonsai has been his passion since that time. Rodney was a professional landscaper for many years, specializing in Japanese gardens and natural water features. That work helped develop his sensitive eye and skill with rock and plant placement, and this ability adds realism to his bonsai creations. He was the foremost student of Southern bonsai legend E. Felton Jones, and also spent time studying with artists like John Naka and Yuji Yoshimura. Rodney’s style has been formed by studying nature, drawing heavily on childhood memories of coastal Florida. He is best known for his unique rock plantings and his love of Kingsville boxwood. He has been an invited speaker to numerous bonsai conventions and symposia, including the 1993 World Bonsai Convention and the 2002 Carolina Bonsai Expo. Rodney is now a full-time bonsai professional, operating his nursery, Allgood Bonsai, and continuing to travel, teaching, judging shows and critiquing collections. He is also the curator of the bonsai collections at Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Ga. and The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers Ga. Rodney Clemons enjoys the opportunity to share and express his love of nature and bonsai, always in the hope that he can influence people in a positive way.
This program is scheduled for 5 hours, in order to allow our guest artist ample time to do his best work with an exceptional piece of plant material. However, no one other than Rodney is expected to stay in the room throughout the entire program! The first hour will feature Rodney sharing his thoughts on styling boxwoods and then assessing the merits and challenges of the plant that will be the subject of his demonstration. This will be followed by an extended period in which the guest artist will focus on the work of styling the plant, and during which time the audience will be requested to refrain from asking questions. Program attendees will be at their liberty to come and go as they please throughout the program. At the conclusion of his work, Rodney will discuss what he has done and what he anticipates will be the future development of the bonsai, and there will be a question and answer session.
Only registered attendees will be able to attend any part of this program. The program will be conducted in the classrooms on the 1st floor of the Education Center.