Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Pelham Art Center

Written By: Robert Cox

PELHAM, NY — The Pelham Art Center will host a Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival as part of it’s Folk Arts Series. The event includes Ikebana (flower arranging) and Weaving Workshops plus a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. 

Artist Shoko Iwata will lead two workshops in traditional Japanese floral art from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Weaving artist Yukako Satone of Loop of the Loom will instruct participants on how to weave a cherry blossom on a SAORI loom, a contemporary Japanese hand-weaving method. Participants will be able to take home their celebratory cherry blossom arrangements and woven flowers.   

 A traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be performed twice during the event, at 2PM and 2:45PM, by Junko Nanahara in the main gallery.   

 Contribute to a community “wish tree,” by writing messages of hope and adding them to our collection. PAC will then mail the wishes to a central repository of wishes from around the world, becoming part of a greater project organized by Yoko Ono.

Space is limited, so we recommend attendees RSVP for the workshops by calling the Art Center at 914-738-2525 x 111.