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Some of Lynda's works were previously available
and purchased through the
New York Times Store. Her
valentines have also been shown in galleries on the Cape,
Newport, RI and in the Gallery on the Plaza at the Homer
Babbidge Library, University of CT, Storrs.
Lynda was featured in an article in the February 2009
issue of Country Living Magazine. Click here to view.
She was chosen to join the distinguished group of
who comprise Early American Life Magazine's
directory of traditional American crafts. She
as a winner in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.
This artist palette will be on display at the Florence
Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme, CT, during the month of
December 2014. The museum will have a tree decorated
with artist palettes from Connecticut.
Sailors' valentines were made in Barbados between 1830 and 1880 by the natives
and sold to English and American sailors. This was a port of call for the
ships coming home. The sailors bought these souvenirs as tokens of love to
their wives or girlfriends.
The valentines were octagonal boxes made of cedrella (Spanish cedar). They
contained mosaic designs created from seashells often including a message
of sentiment. A glass was placed over the design to protect the delicate shells.
The old sailors' valentines are coveted by collectors and demand very high
prices at auction. The rest are in museums and prized. Today there are but
a few of us who are recreating these treasures in the traditional style.
I saw my first Valentine in a museum on Cape Cod as a child and have always
been fascinated by them. Several years ago I tried to purchase one but
it was too costly. A friend suggested that I create one. It has become
my passion and will be tomorrow's heirlooms.
A local craftsman makes all the octagon boxes and then I faux finish them
to look like the 19th Century ones. My mosaic works are all original designs
but they too are modeled after the 19th Century valentines.
Feel free to view my gallery. If you have any questions, comments, or would
like to purchase my work, please contact me.