This past few days, if you've walked through the doors to enter the McNally Theatre at St. Mary's University in Halifax NS, this ikebana arrangement would have greeted you.
The arrangement was created as part of the Japanesque activity, celebrating Japanese culture. At the McNally Theatre, there were free screenings of two Japanese films last Saturday, Sep 27th.
Miyako and three of her advanced students--Jean, Patti, and Val--worked hard to put this together. That includes enduring the freezing cold working on the design in our garage! :-)
Other friends also contributed. The silver dollar medallions (top left of the photo) were a gift from Beverly. Every year, when she prunes her garden, she delivers silver dollar branches to us! Thank you, Beverly!
These tall branches were courtesy of our friend, Sheila. She graciously let us walk around her cottage and gather whatever branches we needed. See the action photo below! :-)
So, this is what an ikebanista will do just to get that perfect branch! :-)
We show our appreciation too!
And... here are the four ladies who made this possible. (L-R Jean, Patti, Val, and Miyako.) Thank you all for the wonderful work!
We'd like to thank St. Mary's University for kindly allowing us to use the space for this arrangement!
N.B. The date stamp on the last two photos say "09/27/2014" but in fact they prepared this on Sep 26th. The camera came from Japan and was still on the Japanese clock where the dateline had already been crossed! :-)