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Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Philadelphia Shell Show & Festival

The annual Philadelphia Shell Show & Festival held at the prestigious Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University this past weekend October 20 -21, 2012 was a phenomenal success for both exhibitors and attendees.  This year's show featured a breath taking display of fine shell art from some the top shell artists from the US and abroad. Scientific exhibits featuring rare and unusual shells and sea life were displayed throughout the museum. Other highlights of the show included  an international shell market featuring specimen shells from around the world and shell craft demonstrations. Here's a peek inside the show... 

- Sailor's Valentines -


- Best of Show- 
Double Contemporary Sailor's Valentine by DAVID RHYNE 


Sailor's Valentine by GERALDINE A. BRINTON


Sailor's Valentine by LOIS A. LONG


Sailor's Valentine by GERDA REID



Sailor's Valentine by GERDA REID


 Sailor's Valentine by HANS HOPPENBROUWERS




- Judge's Special Award-
Japanese Double Sailors Valentine by HATSUE IIMURO of Yamanashi, Japan


Sailor's Valentine by JANE SANTINI


 Sailor's Valentine by JANE SANTINI


Sailor's Valentine by JULIA ALLEN SMITH 


Sailor's Valentine by ALLA BAKSANSKAYA



Sailor's Valentine by DAVID RHYNE



Sailor's Valentine by KARINE MIRZAKHANYA


Sailor's Valentine by SUSAN SAUNDERS 


Sailor's Valentine by MARY PAGE


Sailor's Valentine by CONSTANCE MARSHALL MILLER 


Sailor's Valentine by CONSTANCE MARSHALL MILLER


Sailor's Valentine by RACHEL FIELDS


Sailor's Valentine by SUSAN SAUNDERS



Sailor's Valentines exhibits


 - Exhibiting Artist -


Attendees of the 2012 Philadelphia Shell Show & Festival were thrilled to meet in person, award-winning shell artist and author of the popular educational / instructional DVD "A Traditional 1800"s Sailors Valentine," BILL JORDAN.  

Sailor's Valentine Cases by Bill Jordan can be purchased on:

Blank Note cards of Bill Jordan's award-winning shell work with poem "What do you do with Sea Shells" by Lola B. Minard (recently featured on THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW) can be purchased on Bill Jordan's Etsy site: SHELL ART BY BILL JORDAN ON ETSY

Rare Rice Shell Earrings (shown above side view) can be purchase on 
Bill Jordan's Etsy site: SHELL ART BY BILL JORDAN ON ETSY

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- Other Shell Work Exhibits  - 

Miniature Flower Arrangement by PETER GABEL


Shell Picture / Mosaic by KARINE MIRZAKHANYA 


Shell Picture / Mosaic by LISA MACDONALD





Shell Mirror by SUSAN LLOYD 


Shell Lamp by SUSAN LLOYD


Shell Watch by ALLA BAKSANSKAYA


Shell Needlepoint by BETTY RAGGERI


 Shell Painting by MS. CHRISTINE ROTHER


 Shell Flowers by KAREN LELLI


Shell Picture by SUSAN LLOYD



Shell Picture by ALLA BAKSANSKAYA


- Scientific Exhibits -
















 - International Shell Market -




Sue Hobbs Specimen Shells of Cape May, NJ was one of the many dealers in attendance at the 2012 Philadelphia Shell Show & Festival's International Shell Market.  A favorite among shell artists, Sue Hobbs Specimens Shells carries hard to obtain sea corals (such as small pieces of  pink Stylaster coral shown above) as well as tiny shells for use in delicate shell work. 









For information about 2013 Philadelphia Shell Show & Festival please visit The Philadelphia Shell Club web site - http://www.phillyshellclub.org



4 comments:

  1. Wow I love it all!!
    So wish I could have seen it in person but thanks to you this is the next best thing!!
    You really need to be a part of this show.
    The items I purchased from your etsy shop are amazing and better than many of these exhibited... seriously! You are a real talent.

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  2. Thanks so much for that! You are a doll!! I'll be back in the game soon enough! I'm just happy to show the world the beauty of shell art in all forms. ;}

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  3. Just stunning. The sailor's valentines always make my jaw drop with the beauty of the intricate work.

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  4. I wish I went to such an event ,I'd buy a lot!Shells are so interesting

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