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Gualala Arts Workshop
Art of Bonsai
Instructor: Bob Shimon

February 20 & 27, March 5 & 12, 2008
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Art of Bonsai
Register by:   February 6, 2008
Tuition:   $100 members; $110 non-members
Materials fee:   $30
Materials List:   Pen and note pad
Class size:   minimum 7; maximum 14

Many locals know Bob Shimon as the middle school teacher who retired several years ago after working at Point Arena Elementary for 34 years, but Bob is also a nationally-recognized bonsai hobbyist and teacher. His personal collection trained for over twenty years and was featured at the Japanese American Exhibit at Gualala Arts in 2006. His bonsai also won the sculpture category at the 2007 Art in the Redwoods.

Art of Bonsai Bob will explain the ancient art of cultivating artificially dwarfed trees which will emphasize character and sense of age. You will learn how to cut the bases so that they can develop a proper root system in a special mixture. Then you will learn how to feed, groom and wire the branches to develop the ideal qualities for bonsai. You will learn about the variety of trees suitable for miniaturization, although Bob specialize in redwood trees. These four workshops will give everyone an appreciation of the lifelong commitment needed for bonsai cultivation and the knowledge to start their own bonsai.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.