Support local artists at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market

23 Nov

Here is another sneak peek at two more artists that will be at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market next weekend – December 1st and 2nd from 10am – 5pm at Garden City Center.

Jewel of the Glades by M&D Fine Jewelry

Jewel of the Glades jewelry is a line of jewelry created by Hillary Collins-Rezendes, her husband, Nick Rezendes and her father, Dennis Collins after being inspired by the flora and fauna in the Florida Everglades. M&D Fine Jewelry originally began as a New England nautical jewelry company.  Then after spending time in Florida, the influence of design changed to incorporate broader nautical themes. The trio hand make 14K gold and sterling silver  jewelry by finding shells and sea creatures on the beach and/or hand carving wax into various sea themed pieces and casting using the lost wax process.  Each piece is then hand soldered, stone set, and polished.

I hope you enjoy learning more about Jewel of the Glades:

What’s your background?

I have spent my entire life surrounded by jewelry! My parents have been in the jewelry industry for 40 years.  I spent my college summers putting together bracelets and my (future) husband was learning to solder them.

What’s your inspiration?

Although my mom died of pancreatic cancer last year, she inspires us in all that we create.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

Our goal is to continue making jewelry that people enjoy.  That was always my mom’s spirit in the pieces that she designed.  It thrilled her tremendously, when people expressed their joy in our work and it’s what we continue to strive for today.

What is your dream project?

Our dream project is to reopen our studio in Everglades City, Florida.

What kind of research do you do for your art?

Spending time at the beach, of course! All kidding aside, inspiration does come from nature and we make sure we spend time relaxing and enjoying it.

What do you think makes your work unique?

All the time and energy put into our work!  That and our pieces reflect actual shells we’ve found on the beach along with hand carved pieces.

Are there any “fun facts” about you or your business that you would like to share with our readers?

Our best salesperson is our 18 month old daughter, Emaline.  From wooing the patrons with her pigtails, running laps around a show, to proudly wearing (and testing the strength) of our bracelets, she does it all with a smile.

The mother and daughter team, Snug Bug Sweaters will also be at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market this year. Linda does the knitting and her daughter, Allyson takes care of the business. Linda says that she enjoys sharing the time with her daughter and she has met so many great crafts people since starting the business three years ago.

Snug Bug Sweaters

I love designing patterns, trying different high quality yarns and looking for buttons that make each project special….I go all over the internet looking for different  ideas and materials and we are so looking forward to participating in Festival Fete!

Snug Bug Sweaters

While in Garden City for the Holiday Market, why not stop in at Massage Envy and pick up a few gift cards? We are so thankful for their support!

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One Response to “Support local artists at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market”


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