Gerry Florida is a self-professed “Master of Imperfection”. A native Pittsburgh jewelry assembled artist she incorporates vintage, recycled and imperfect materials into her work. She is an award winning artist as well as award winning program developer for at risk youth maintaining a state and national presence in juvenile detention as recipient of the County Commissioners of Pennsylvania’s Best Practices Award for her innovative programming in juvenile detention. As an instructor specializing in at-risk populations to include disabled, seniors and high risk youth, her work and teaching carry subliminal messages of reinvention and rebirth. The use of damaged, discarded and less than perfect materials are lessons that parallel the imperfection of life becoming the metaphor in her teaching philosophy and in making her own art. Finding beauty in imperfection is her inspirational catalyst and for her students a way to integrate human failure in the creation of a stronger more resilient character…and the resulting beautiful art creations are the acceptance and blending of those imperfections.
Gerry’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally and she is a proud member of the Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s Guild, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.