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Sensory to host class on bonsai

April 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - The Sensory Winery & Art Gallery and 7 Sins Brewery in Ripley will host the Art of Bonsai for Beginners class from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at the gallery/brewery.

The course is taught by Trenton Lutes and will teach the basics of bonsai and allow the students to create a bonsai of their very own. It is part of Sensory's goal to further incorporate wine and art into everyone's life.

Lutes is a local artist and bonsai enthusiast from Westfield. He has been working with bonsai for more than five years and has always loved plants and art so bonsai was the perfect outlet for both. He began teaching his basic bonsai class in 2015 and since then has offered classes that are open to both the public as well as private classes for companies, organizations and other events. During the two-hour bonsai class, Lutes will discuss briefly the history of bonsai, the most common styles of bonsai, the specialized tools needed and general bonsai care. He will then proceed to instruct the class on how to create their own bonsai using pre-selected nursery stock. This will be accomplished by finding the front and line of the trees, using careful pruning and pinching to remove unwanted branches, leaves and needles, as well as using basic wiring techniques to help shape the trees.

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A previous Art Of Bonsai For Beginners class is pictured.

Lutes said students should remember that they will be playing with trees and dirt and to dress appropriately or bring an apron. He also wants to remind those interested in the class to register early as space is limited. The class fee is $45 per person or $85 per couple and includes all of the tools and supplies needed to create one's own bonsai. Registration for the class also includes free wine tastings, beer tastings and appetizers compliments of Sensory Winery & Art Gallery and 7 Sins Brewery.

The Sensory Winery & Art Gallery and 7 Sins Brewery are located at 10593 W. Main St., Ripley. To register for "Art of Bonsai for Beginners," call Lutes at 315-383-9145 or email trenton@toastedwafflestudios.com prior to the registration deadline of April 16.

 
 
 

 

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