2021 Exhibition Uncategorized

Annual Exhibition

Hello All!

The club will host its annual bonsai exhibition at the Atlanta Botanic Gardens on the 8th – 9th of October.  After missing out on our 2020 exhibition and with the 2021 exhibition delayed, we are thrilled to be back!  Since it has been some time since we last had a show, this year’s event is all about participation.  We want you, both the novice and the experienced hand to come and show your trees, have the chance to spend some time together and learn from our guest artist.

This year’s guest artist is Tyler Sherrod, of Dogwood Studios, from Hickory North Carolina.  Tyler was introduced to Bonsai when he worked at the Bonsai Learning Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Working at the Bonsai Learning Center he attended several workshops with Boon Manakitivipart of Bonsai Boon in the Bay area.  Boon assisted Tyler in gaining an apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan.  Tyler left North Carolina and began his apprenticeship with Mr. Suzuki in 2011.  Tyler’s apprenticeship lasted for five years.  In the Spring of 2016, Tyler received his professional certification from the Nippon Bonsai Association.  Working under Mr. Suzuki, he was responsible for refining trees and preparing them to be entered in Japan’s top bonsai competitions which included Kokufu-ten, Taikan-ten, and Sakafu-Ten, where several of the trees won top prizes.

Tyler will serve as the judge for the exhibition, lead two informative critiques of the show, perform a demonstration on Friday afternoon and lead a workshop on Saturday afternoon.

This year’s show will be is divided into two categories:  Novices and Experienced Exhibitors.  Novices are encouraged to bring a tree in a bonsai pot and we will help you get prepared for the show on the afternoon of the 7th.  Experienced exhibitors are requested to bring a traditional bonsai display, consisting of bonsai, stand, and an accent. 

Prizes will be awarded for:

Best In Show

People’s Choice

Best Deciduous Tree

Best Conifer

Novice 1st Place

Novice Honorable Mention

Experienced 1st Place

Experienced Honorable Mention

As always we are seeking volenteers for set up, staffing the club table during the show, and breaking the show down.  Please reach out to a board member if you wish to volunteer, as we need your help!

Show Schedule:

Thursday October 7th:

1:00pm: Set up volunteers to arrive to arrange tables, backdrops and lights

4:30pm – 7:00pm:  Trees and Stands to be dropped off by exhibiting members

7:00pm:  Exhibition Room closes for the day

7:00 – 8:00pm:  Final arrangement of the show by the guest artist

Friday October the 8th:

9:00am:  Gardens Open

9:15 – 10:00am:  Judging

10:00am – 12:00pm:  Informative Critique of the Exhibit with Tyler Sherrod, guest artist

2:00 – 4:30pm:  Demonstration by Tyler Sherrod

7:00pm Show closes

Saturday October the 9th:

9:00am:  Gardens Opens

10:00 – 12:00pm Informative Critique and tour of the exhibition Tyler Sherrod, guest artist

1:30 – 5:00 Bonsai Workshop with guest artist

5:30pm:  Raffle of Demonstration Tree

6:00pm exhibiting members may begin removing their plants

Sunday October the 10th:

9:00am:  Breakdown tables, backdrops and lights

11:00am:  Break down complete!


2021 Atlanta Bonsai Society Auction

The auction is graciously hosted by Ahlers & Ogletree Auctions, courtesy of club member Robert Ahlers.  The auction will take place on August 21stth, 2020 at this address:

Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery
700 Miami Circle
Atlanta, GA 30324

Schedule Overview:

9:30am – Volunteers Arrive
10:00am – noon – Seller Check In – Please Arrive as Early as Possible to Ensure Smooth Checkin!
1:00pm – 1:30pm – In Person Preview – Come Check out Which Items you Want to Buy!
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Live Auction – In Person Bids Only
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Item Pickup

Schedule Details:

Check In: On the day of the auction, check in for items will take place between 10:00am and 12:00 at Ahlers & Ogletree.  NO ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00!!!  Members are encouraged to bring their items at the loading dock as close to 10:00 as possible, and then return for the 1:00 – 1:30 pm in person preview.  This year we are implementing a new check in system using adhesive labels to be filled out by the seller.  This should make for a faster, easier, and more fun check in process.

Auction Timing: The auction will begin at 1:30 pm on August 21st.  Bids for each lot will be accepted in-person only.  The auction will last until the last lot is sold and or as time permits.  Our intention is for the auction to finish by 4:00 pm.  Items must be paid for and picked up from Ahlers & Ogletree no later than 5:00pm on August 21st.

Volunteers: If you are volunteering to help at the auction please arrive at 9:30am so we can coordinate and get everyone in place for the 10:00am start.

Eligibility: To be eligible to sell at the club auction a paid membership to the Atlanta Bonsai Society is required.  Non-members are always welcome to purchase during the auction. 

Commission: The annual auction is the primary fund raiser to keep our club financially viable. The auction commission for any sold item is 10% of the selling price which the club will automatically deduct from all sales. IMPORTANT TO NOTE, if an item goes to auction but fails to sell, the seller pays a flat $10.00 fee to the Atlanta Bonsai Society for each unsold item. Unsold fees will be deducted from money owed to the seller on other sold items or collected from the seller prior to the return of unsold items

Reserve Price: A reserve price is the minimum price a seller is willing to accept for their item being auctioned. Sellers are encouraged to establish a reserve price for each item (or group of items), and to set reasonable reserves so that items sell.  Starting bids will be at the discretion of the auctioneer and while informed by the reserve price, the auctioneer could start bidding above, below, or at the reserve price.  Items which do not reach an established reserve will remain unsold (i.e., NO adjustment of reserve and NO post auction sales), so set your reserve price to sell! If no reserve price has been established, the auctioneer will have the discretion regarding starting bid price and the item will be considered sold (assuming at least one bid) at whatever final bid is reached.

Minimum Lot Value: The minimum lot value for items to be auctioned is $100.  This means that a single item or group of items will have a starting bid of $100 and the minimum reserve price is also $100.

Donated Items: The club welcomes donated items that will be auctioned off with full value going to the club, with a $10.00 minimum value per donated lot. There is no need to set a reserve price and there is no minimum selling price for donated items. Unsold donated items will remain with the club to be sold at future club functions.

Number of items:  Each seller may submit a maximum of 20 lots. This maximum excludes donated items. For example, a seller could submit 25 items to the auction so long as at least 5 items are donated.

Payment from buyers: Payment for item purchased during the auction is due at the end of the auction.  Payment may be by Cash, Paypal or check.  Payment must be made prior to pick up.

Payment to sellers: Payment to sellers will be available at the end of the auction after all payments have been collected from buyers, or the club can Paypal the amount owed to sellers if you do not wish to wait. Payment minus commission will be by club check or Paypal. 

Item pick up: Pick up may take place after the auction is closed and payment is complete and must take place by 5:00 pm on the same day as the auction. Unsold items must also be collected no later then 5:00 pm on the same day as the auction or else they will be considered to have been donated to the club.

Important Note:  All items are purchased in “as-is” condition and the Atlanta Bonsai Club makes no warranty of representations as to the health, quality, condition, accuracy of information provided, fair value, … well you get the point.  We trust our sellers to provide quality items and accurate information, but in the end all responsibility rests with the buyer. We encourage potential bidders to reach out (virtually) to sellers directly with questions before placing bids in order to gather any additional information needed. All sales are final!


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