BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.2080@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20091107T000000Z DTEND:20091122T000000Z DESCRIPTION:In Japanese <em>bontei </em> means tray garden. There are many traditions in East Asia of presenting stones and plants on trays or in cer amic pots. In Japan\, there are four traditions\, all which express the be auty and rhythms of nature in highly abstracted form\, capturing the sense of reflection one feels in wild nature in the space of a tray. The Portla nd Japanese Garden continues its <em>Art in the Garden</em> series with a special exhibition of <em>The Bontei Tray Gardens of Marc Peter Keane</em> \, featuring exquisitely designed\, handcrafted wood and stone tray garde ns by one of the world's leading experts on Japanese gardens. The word bon tei is an old term\, not found in most modern dictionaries\, but it suits Keane's new creations perfectly\, as they begin within that tradition but broaden the scope to include new materials and philosophies the way modern gardens do.\n\nThe idea of making tray gardens came a after Keane's retur ned from Japan to the US. Based on models and drawings of experimental gar dens-things he had been imagining but hadn't found a way to create over th e years-he found that his <em>bontei</em> designs were often abstract or i n some ways more fanciful than the actual gardens he built. &quot\;I reali zed somewhere along the way that what I was doing was capturing certain qu alities distilled out of gardens-movements\, textures or philosophies-and placing them on trays\, like offerings\, for quiet contemplation\,&quot\; commented Keane\, a graduate of Cornell University's department of landsca pe architecture. &quot\;In a garden there is a stillness or a motion\, a s ense of time or one of timelessness\, a certain color\, texture.... a bala nce of parts. These are the things I try to capture in my <em>bontei</em> .&quot\;\n\nKeane is best known as the author of <em>Japanese Garden Desig n</em> \, one of the most popular books on this topic in the English langu age. He will be in Portland for the opening weekend of the exhibition on N ovember 7 and 8. On Saturday\, November 7\, Keane will give a Gallery Talk on his <em>Bontei</em> at an Opening Reception at 4:30pm (members $25/non -members $35\, reservations required at 503-542-0280). Sunday\, November 8 at 4:30pm\, Keane will lecture on Japanese tea gardens-in&nbsp\; conjunct ion with the debut of his soon-to-be-released book on this subject-as well as sign books (members $25/non-members $35\, reservations required at 503 -542-0280).\n\nAs a writer\, Keane's work includes a variety of styles and venues\, including <em>Japanese Garden Design</em> (which explains Japane se gardens in terms of their cultural background and inherent design)\, a translation of the <em>Sakuteiki </em> (Japan's thousand-year-old gardenin g treatise)\, and numerous articles and essays related to Japanese gardens and preservation in Kyoto.\n\nThe Portland Japanese Garden has been procl aimed by his Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga\, former Ambassador to Japan\, to be &quot\;the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world ou tside of Japan.&quot\; The Garden is above Washington Park at 611 SW Kings ton Drive in SW Portland\, Oregon. The Garden is open daily except on Than ksgiving\, Christmas\, and New Year's. Hours are 10am-4pm October 1-March 31\, and 10am-7pm April 1-September 30.\n\nLearn more at <a href="http://w ww.japanesegarden.com/events/keane">www.japanesegarden.com</a> . SUMMARY:Bontei Tray Gardens Featured in Art in the Garden Winter Exhibition URL:/en/events/2009/11/07/bontei-tray-gardens-featured-in-art-in-the-garden / END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR