Sogetsu Ikebana Master Kaz Kitajima is invited by Descanso Gardens for Shape+Form exhibition at Sturt Haaga Gallery, Oct. 28, 2023 through Jan. 28, 2024

Kelli Kunkle-Day, Red Succulent. 2017. 24″ x 18″ x 1.5″, oil

Descanso Gardens 2023 Exhibition


October 28, 2023–January 28, 2024
Sturt Haaga Gallery
Open Daily 10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: Included with admission or membership

Shape and form are two of the basic elements of art. Using creativity, an artist can transform simple shapes and forms into a profound work of art.

The Sturt Haaga Gallery has invited artists to submit their masterpieces to Shape+Form, an open juried competition and exhibition. Approximately 200 artworks will be on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery Oct. 28–Jan. 28.

Artists Kaz Kitajima and Luna Ikuta have also been invited to display their work as part of Shape+Form.

An exhibit by Kaz Kitajima celebrates more than 50 years in landscape design as well as his work as a Sogetsu ikebana master. Mr. Kitajima is a renowned practitioner and teacher at Ikebana Sogetsu Los Angeles. His arrangements of shape and form can be seen in Descanso Gardens during the month of October each year.

Luna Ikuta is a conceptual artist and designer whose work draws from biology, craftsmanship, and material research. Distilled Essence, her debut exhibit with the Sturt Haaga Gallery, showcases transparent botanicals that are preserved within antique decanters and custom blown-glass vessels, setting a surreal, laboratory-like ambiance.

Shape+Form is funded in part by Heather and Paul Haaga.

Ikebana by Kaz Kitajima

“Reach for The Heavens -part 2” Disassembling and Rearranging the Materials. Bottle Tree, Palm Jacket.

Shikishi Art , Self made Vase

Composition using Unconventional Materials “Iron Object”

Composition using & Curved Lines. Bamboo, PVC Pipe, Dry Olive Branch

Landscape “Japanese Tea Garden” Yukimi Toro, Manzanita, Simple Stone Water Basin( Mizubachi) Bamboo Fence.