SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 pm, join the Scotch Plains Library staff to learn the art of Sogestu Ikebana, an avant-garde school of Japanese flower arranging. Pat Kettenring will discuss this ancient art while demonstrating several arrangements.

Ms. Kettenring specializes in the Sogestu School of Ikebana. She has presented programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Horticultural Society and her designs have been displayed throughout the world. She began studying Sogetsu Ikebana in 1972 and has taught Ikebana at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.  She is a former president of the Northern New Jersey Ikebana International.

The Sogestu School has been characterized as the “most avant-garde” of the Japanese Ikebana schools. Founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara, Sogestu aims to make Ikebana a vehicle for personal expression and to make Ikebana accessible in modern times. Teshigahara stated, “Ikebana can be done anywhere by anyone. There are no national or ethnic boundaries…Just as musicians express themselves through the language of music, Ikebana artists must use the language of flowers.”

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Ms. Kettenring will create several arrangements, building upon the basics she will introduce at the program’s start, explaining her actions as she works. After the program, she will distribute materials to attendees. Registration is recommended.

This program is free and open to all interested participants. Attendees are encouraged to register through the library’s website: or by phone: 908-322-5007, x.204 or e-mail .  

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.