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Marybel Balendonck

Originally from Texas, Marybel moved to California in the 60’s.  Fascinated with Oriental art she became interested in Bonsai, and at first was self-taught by acquiring books on the subject.  She  later started her formal training in 1965 and is recognized as an accomplished Bonsai artists.  Marybel was one of

the original board members.  When Kofu Bonsai Kai 

was created, the board consisting of her, Harry Hirao,

and Larry Ragle.  She was President of Santa Anita 

Bonsai Society and held positions on the boards

of the California Bonsai Society, Golden State

Bonsai federation, and Nampu Kai Bonsai. 

She has been on the board of directors for

the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in

Washington D.C.  Marybel was very

active in the Bonsai community and displayed

her art on a regular basis at venues such as

the Huntington Library and Gardens, L.A.

County Arboretum, Japanese American

Cultural center L.A. and the Bowers Museum

in Orange County.  Marybel passed away

in 2023.

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