Wreath auction for charity

Stylish Christmas wreaths are on display and up for auction at The Old School House arts centre in Qualicum Beach. - News file photo
Stylish Christmas wreaths are on display and up for auction at The Old School House arts centre in Qualicum Beach.
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The Christmas spirit at The Old School House (TOSH) will continue until December 21.

The Gallery Level is twinkling with holiday cheer and good wishes for local charities of the Oceanside area with unique holiday wreaths.

Created by the Mid Island Floral Arts Group (MIFAC) and local businesses such as Hidden Waters, Arbutus Emporium, Brent Johnson Accounting and Fresh n’ Fabulous Flowers, an assortment of wreaths are being auctioned to help fill the stockings for local charities such as the Food Bank, S.O.S., S.P.C.A., Qualicum Cat Rescue, Small Dog Rescue and other worthy causes.

MIFAC member Helen Mussio’s contribution to the show has been creating quite a buzz.  The accomplished floral artist not only created five stunning wreaths, she also decorated two glorious Christmas trees.

She said she really enjoyed creating the wreaths and trimming the trees and agreed this is her favorite time of the year.

“I love Christmas and I really enjoy expressing the joy of the Christmas season through my art form,” she said.

Mussio, who is 75 years old, shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to creating floral artwork. She admitted she doesn’t do a lot of the sports she used to do when she was younger, but she still has endless energy to decorate for the holidays.

“I can’t stop decorating. If you want something expressive and beautiful you have to create it and I love the sparkle of gold and glitter.”

The public appears to be appreciating the seasonal decorations as well and Mussio said she is pleased they are getting so many bids on the art work.

“It is nice to do something that people enjoy looking at.”

Winter in Art is also in full swing at TOSH with winter-themed paintings and photographs on display.

The gift shop features unique, handmade crafts and art pieces by over 100 Island artists.

The festive art work will be around until December 21.


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