BioPark Education Hosts Lecture on Ikebana

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 An arrangement by Mable Orndorff.  Photo by Ikebana International Albuquerque Chapter #41.

BioPark Education Hosts Lecture on Ikebana

Sept 29, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The BioPark’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features Mable Orndorff, Ikebana Instructor from the Ichiyo School of Ikebana-Albuquerque Chapter, on Saturday, October 1 and Thursday, October 6, 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building at the Aquarium and Botanic Garden.

Ikebana flower arranging is a traditional form of art in Japan dating back more than 600 years. Orndorff, certified Ikebana International instructor, has dedicated two decades to the study and practice of Ikebana and enjoys sharing her love of this art with others. Orndorff has exhibited arrangements at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden (Ikebana shows and events like National Public Garden Day), the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History (Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day 2010) and the library at Albuquerque Academy.

 “Our goal with Brown Bag lectures is to provide the public with unique opportunities to learn about topics relevant to the BioPark,” said Tallie Segel, Interim Education Curator. “Mable Orndorff is providing a wonderful opportunity for BioPark visitors to learn about the history and philosophy of this distinctive style of using nature in art, and watch as an arrangement is created.”

Since 1994, informal Brown Bag seminars have been offered on a monthly basis by the BioPark Education Department to visitors, employees, and volunteers. When it is held at the  Aquarium and Botanic Garden Education Building, admission is not required.

The ABQ BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information, visit or call 311 locally or (505) 768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).



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