Annual viewing stone show to be held at Huntington Library, Dec 27 – Jan 1

Viewing Stone Show at Huntington Library 2010 Photo

California Aiseki Kai's annual viewing stone show at Friends Hall in Huntington Library and Botanic Garden (2010 photo by Cultural News)

The members of California Aiseki Kai will present their 22nd annual exhibition of viewing stones at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Friends Hall. There is free parking and free admission to this exhibit entry.

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

The show will open this year on Dec 27 through Jan 1, 2012. The hours are from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm.

The Huntington Library and the exhibition will be open on New Year’s day (Jan 1).

There will be more than 150 stones on display including suiseki and biseki – colorful stones. The majority of these stones are from California rivers, deserts or ocean shores and have been collected by club members. A special display will feature international stones from Japan, Africa, China and Italy.

Docents will be available to guide individuals or groups through the exhibition. There will be audio-visual presentations periodically on the basics of this art form, Dec 27 through Dec 30.

California Aiseki Kai was formed in 1983 to study the Japanese approach to stone appreciation.

“Viewing stones” are small, natural rocks that evoke an emotion depending on the viewer’s mood, state of mind and life experience.  Stones have been used by the literati for meditation and inspiration for centuries.

Some stones may suggest a landscape scene such a mountain or a cliff containing a water fall or may suggest a human or animal figure or may have patterns reminiscent of other natural scenes, such as a flock of birds in flight or celestial views.