GILFORD — Award-winning Ikebana artist and teacher, Antoinette Drouart, will present a lecture and demonstration of "The Art of Ikebana" to the Opechee Garden Club on Monday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church (19 Potter Hill Road).
Drouart's artistic interests, combined with her love of flowers, and their therapeutic values, led her to study, and eventually teach, the ancient art of Japanese floral design. While living abroad in Japan she received formal training in Japanese flower arrangements and certificates from the Ikebana Sogetsu School, headquartered Tokyo, Japan. She was also honored and awarded an official Japanese flower name, "Hoshi", whose English meaning is "Purple Iris".
Upon returning to the United States from Japan, Drouart opened her own boutique, "Ikebana Flower", in Nashua, N.H., where she offered exotic seasonal flowers, unique Ikebana containers, and other supplies, as well as classes. During this time, her boutique was the recipient of the Best New Exhibitor Award, the Michael Wirth Memorial Trophy, at the 2005 New Hampshire Orchid Society Show, was the Editor's Pick for Best Exotic Arrangements in New Hampshire Magazine, and was listed in their 2005 Best of New Hampshire issue. In both 2006 and 2007, the New Hampshire Orchid Society Show awarded the "Ikebana Flower" boutique the trophy for Best Artistic Displays.
Though Drouart has retired from the boutique she continues her interest in the art of Ikebana through demonstrations, special events, such as weddings, and corporate accounts where she creates Ikebana arrangements for the workplace.
Opechee Garden Club Hospitality Chairs Eleanor Swain and Louise Osburn, and their Committee Members Fran Crawford, Gayle Green, Mary Lou John, Ginnie Johnson, Esther Kratochil, Patti Litchfield, Marilyn Lynch, Gladys McGaughey, Joyce McMath, Florence Merrill, Evelyn Millar, and Joni Stover will provide refreshments and table decorations. Club members and their guests are encouraged to arrive early, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m., to chat and mingle with friends before the Business Meeting begins at 1 p.m.
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