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Visiting Leola’s Studio, a Rainbow and a Bear

October 5, 2010

On a recent  quick visit to Vancouver Island I went to visit with an old friend at her  new studio location.    What seems like a very long time ago, (but was less than 20 years, lol) I was a student in  Jane Kidd’s tapestry course at the  Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA).   Leola was  also one of the students and  though living  just an island away, we had lost touch over the years.    I lately found out that  Leola’s Studio is located at Whippletree Junction a few miles south of Duncan on the way to Victoria.   I had a bit of extra time  and decided to see if she was in that day.

I was lucky to find Leola at the studio surrounded by her many looms, yarn and beautiful handwovens.   Next time I visit I must remember to contribute a tea pot to the garden.

Leola had  this interesting  piece of weaving hanging in the studio as well.  It was labelled as an Indonesian  and for an Elephant bell. Perhaps Laverne will be able to tell what the type of pattern weaving is.   It was between 2″ -3″ wide and a fairly rough tightly spun wool  I think.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time that day to contact and visit with Susan Harvey, but promise to next time!

On my way back across the water this rainbow was a highlight (just couldn’t get the whole rainbow in without the ship’s rigging).

Driving through Manning Park  a few days later  my son Rupert  and I  were lucky to see this beautiful black bear munching Bearberries on the bank next to the highway.   The bear was not at all bothered by the many cars stopping to take a photo.

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  1. October 7, 2010 1:22 pm

    What a shot of that bear! Very cool. Leola’s Studio looks like such an inviting place. So much fun and such neat things to see.

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    • Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
      October 8, 2010 5:00 pm

      The buildings at Whippletree Junction have had many different tenants – this is a great fit. The bear looked like a huge teddy bear!

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  2. October 17, 2010 8:39 am

    Hhmm, Oct 5th I was flying back home from the Okanagan! So I wasn’t there to contact…
    Maybe next time? (let me know ahead of you coming and we’ll have a good chat up)

    I was just visiting with Leola a few days ago and if your ears were burning, it was because we were talking about *you* 🙂 Sweet little studio she has there !

    Susan

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    • Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
      October 19, 2010 6:29 am

      I thought my ears felt a little hot! I promise to be more organized and am looking forward to seeing you next time.

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  3. October 24, 2010 2:16 pm

    I enjoyed that studio very much – wish I were there! It exudes charm and warmth. Lucky you. Thanks for taking us along on the trip.

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