It’s just a tiny little shop but the art work inside it isn’t. The Wren House in East Sooke is situated in a garden full boxwood and rosemary plants and contains handmade art. Most of the art and craft is the work of Leslie Speed and her mother Valerie, but from Nov. 4 to 6 it will be full of the work of the Speeds but also other East Sooke artists.
“We have talked since August about having a little first anniversary show,” says Valerie.
So the two enlisted others whose work they usually carry to enliven the event. Bonnie Coulter and Angela Menzies both paint and Menzies is also working with felt. Barb Ferguson is a classy knitter, says Valerie and will have a selection of funky gloves and hats. Norene Schmuck is a well-known mosaic artists and some of her larger pieces may be displayed outdoors. Valerie uses old wool from sweaters and blankets and recycles them into pillows and framed work most often featuring birds. There may be some plants available as well, although as Valerie said, they may not be, at this time of year, in their best state. Add to that Leslie’s quaint and pretty lino prints of birds and nature and you have the makings of a great little show.
Patrons can look forward to hot cider, scones and brownies.
“We’re just going to have fun,” said Valerie.
The Wren House is located at 5701 East Sooke Road. For more information call 250-642-0874.