The Butchart Chronicles : March 12, 2014

Gallery Opens in April

What:  Boutique Gallery

Where:  Next to the Information Center

When:  Early April to October 16

Mixed Metal Mimi

Our boutique Gallery is located next to the Information Center. The Gallery displays and sells local artisanal works such as sculpture, garden décor, and jewellery.

Mixed Metal Mimi

This year the Gallery is showcasing recycled-metal jewellery and accessories made from vintage silver, copper and brass serving platters, serving trays and plates, turning family heirlooms no longer used or cherished into jewellery for people to enjoy.

Mimi Roy is the artisan behind Mixed Metal Mimi.  Asked when she started turning old, unused metal objects into jewellery and accessories, she tells a story about glancing at a rather non-descript copper pot one day. It had sat on her desk for ages, and in the blink of an eye, she didn't see a copper pot any more but rather a pair of 'funky' copper ear rings.  The ball was set into motion and Mixed Metal Mimi the result.  We enquired about what keeps her interested after almost five years of doing this work and she explained, "Each piece intrigues me because there are so many secrets, history and mystery locked in their blemished, tarnished exteriors. You never know what was served on these beautiful pieces, or who might have eaten from them. Some pieces date back to the early 1900s when times were simpler."

We are sure you will be as delighted with her designs and fascinating story about how she recyles old metal into new and one-of-a-kind creations.

In concert with some of our past favourites, we've added new local artists for the upcoming spring and summer seasons including:  Peggy Brackett who crafts glass jewellery wedded to other materials like niobium, rubber, 14k gold and sterling silver, and Mary & Justin Gilbertson who combine ancient metalworking techinques to forge metal objets d'art for your house and garden.

Open now during regular hours, our Seed and Gift Store is proud to be the only retailer on Vancouver Island carrying Vera Bradley.  Spring patterns are already in stock.

This year's theme is: "...bold new colors - A new beginning.  A fresh start.  Vera Bradley"

Vera Bradley has an interesting history. While on vacation in March of 1982, friends Patricia and Barbara were awaiting a flight in Atlanta when they noticed a definite lack of feminine-looking luggage. They wasted no time in correcting this situation. Within weeks, these dynamic women had created a company, named after Barbara's mother, capable of marketing and manufacturing their cleverly designed products. The demand for these unique handbags and luggage items has grown and so has Vera Bradley, which is now internationally recognised.

Vera Bradley