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"Traditional Rose" A Sailor's Valentine by Gerda Reid

"Traditional Rose" A Sailor's Valentine by Gerda Reid


"Traditional Rose" is a contemporary Sailor's Valentine intricately designed with traditional 19th century aesthetics. Crafted by award-winning artist Gerda Reid, this stunning piece is meticulously arranged using exquisite shells such as rose cup, emerite nerite, and spirula shells. Encased in a custom-made mahogany shadow box, the art measures 11 inches in height and 11 inches in width, making it a captivating focal point for any space. This sailor's valentine is a timeless and elegant addition to any art collection or home decor. Bring a touch of maritime history and beauty into your home with "Traditional Rose" by Gerda Reid.

  • Gerda Reid

    Gerda is a self-taught artist and her creations are entirely her own, including shell work (mosaics), inlays, scrimshaw, and artwork. Her designs are unique, intricate and precise, bright and cheery, and are often geometric and colorful with attention to shading.  Every shell used is naturally colored with nothing dyed.  She designs and constructs her own valentine boxes from mahogany or other select hardwoods.  Most of her valentines contain shells she collects from local beaches.

              Gerda was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old.  Her father, an artist and designer, shared her love for the finer arts.  Gerda graduated from Kean University with a dual major in fine arts and biology. She has years of experience as a biological illustrator and in a wide variety of arts and crafts including ceramics, painting, quilting, parquetry, Ukrainian Easter eggs, needlework and silk screening. She values her many friendships in the valentine community and enjoys trading ideas, supplies and techniques with fellow artists. With each new valentine, her methods and techniques improve, benefiting especially from competition.  Gerda competes at the Sanibel Shell Show and the Philadelphia Shell Show, where she has earned numerous awards.

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