The Bermuda Society of Interior Designers (BSID) is excited to present another beautiful show of 38 wreaths that are being auctioned to raise funds to benefit the Coalition for the Protection of Children and the BSID Scholarship Fund. The show, on exhibit just outside of Gibbons Home store in the upper level of the Washington Mall, features a record number of entries and a broad spectrum of creative one-of-a-kind wreaths. They range from the traditional holiday forms, such as “snowflakes” by Joan Murdoch, to the more unusual and unique creations, such as the “Merry Moongate”, a stunning wreath by Lisamarie Masters that is finely crafted from intricately cut paper and depicts a moongate and St. Peters church.
Jill Henneberger, BSID President, says that “it is always exciting to see the submissions; they never fail to disappoint. I am overwhelmed with this year’s record response and with the creativity and originality of all wreaths”. Entrants were also judged for originality, creativity, execution and use of materials, with prizes awarded for Best in Show, three Runners Up, and two Honorable Mention awards. This year’s judges included Julie Mayor of Washington Properties, Sheelagh Cooper and Kelly Hunt of the Coalition for the Protection of Children and Ann Beaulne, whose company, Bermuda Interiors, has been a major supporter of the event since inception. The judges were so overwhelmed by this year’s entrants that they “…found it hard to select just a few wreaths to receive awards. We take our job very seriously, as we know how much work goes into creating these, and it is never an easy task, but this year was definitely a challenge”. A “Fan Favorite” prize will also be given to the wreath with the most likes on Facebook. This is generating a lot of interest, and it is fun for entrants to promote their creation with friends online. All prizes have been donated by BSID Industry Alliance members, and winners will be presented with their prizes at the close of the show on November 30th.
Interior Designers provide their clients with innovative interiors and progressive workplaces and use standards and codes that make their facilities ergonomically efficient, esthetically stimulating, safe and environmentally friendly spaces. This knowledge requires a specialised degree from an accredited school, and there are currently several Bermudian students studying the profession at recognized schools in the UK, USA and Canada as well as via specialised remote programs. The Bermuda Society of Interior Designers supports their efforts with their Annual Scholarship, which this show partly benefits. The scholarship was launched in 1992 and has awarded over $150,000 since its inception. Chanika Jones, a three time recipient of a scholarship, is pleased to support the professional designers who support her; she has also created a wreath this year for the show and auction.
The Coalition for the Protection of Children has been chosen as the joint beneficiary for the 4th year in a row. The Coalition provides services which address critical but unmet needs of children and their families and ensures that all children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. This mission is complementary to the interior designers’ role as designers of safe and functional spaces for families, businesses and the community, and also their desire to support and mentor students.
In past years individual wreaths have fetched over $350, with the last few hours of the auction seeing bidding wars for favorite wreaths. For this reason Jill Henneberger suggests placing “your highest bid early and watching the bidding carefully to ensure you get the wreath you want. Bids have been placed on many wreaths already”. Bidding continues until 7pm on November 30th, and bids can be placed in the book at the exhibition or via the BSID Facebook Page
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