Ocean Art Gallery held a fashion show on Saturday. Feb. 5, to showcase Glenda Greenberg's jewelry.
Ocean Art Gallery selected professional silversmith Glenda Greenberg as its featured artist for the month of February, celebrating the occasion with an opening reception and fashion show on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Greenberg, of Flagler Beach, has been a silversmith for 16 years, though she's always been surrounded by art, as her mom was an artist herself. Prior to working with silver, Greenberg painted with acrylics on leather, but she soon sought a lighter medium to work with. She attended the Boca Raton Museum Art School, and happened to walk by a silversmithing class one day. Greenberg thought it looked like a lot of fun, and was hooked after her first class.
“There are many forms of jewelry-making, but my particular technique is called fabrication," she said. "Like a metal fabricator that works out in the world making air conditioners and that sort of thing, I fabricate each piece of jewelry.”
Greenberg smiths all her pieces by hand, and tends to build them around her choice of stone. A couple of her favorites to work with are turquoise and larimar, a blue-colored stoned mined in the Dominican Republic.
“I gravitate to blues," she said. "... To me, in the healing metaphysical world, it’s about communication and communication with love."
The fashion show held at her opening reception was wonderful, she said. Her friends, both local and from out-of-town, modeled her jewelry. While she has put on fashion shows in the past, as she is also a hair dresser, this was the first time a show had been planned for her jewelry.
Jewelry artists are often not as recognized in the art world, so Greenberg said it is an honor to show her work among the other talented artists at Ocean Art Gallery. She said gallery owners Frank and Bibi Gromling have been supportive of her work for several years, dating back to their first gallery in Flagler Beach. Ocean Art Gallery moved to Ormond in 2018.
“Ormond Beach has welcomed us with open arms and we’ve really enjoyed being in Ormond Beach," she said.