New Jersey Cape Seashell show 2011

Seashells are natural materials which are well known in religion, history, mythology, poetry, songs, art, jewelry, architecture, photography, coins, stamps, clothing, furniture decoration and as an important food source throughout the ages.
Last weekend, The Jersey Cape Shell Club celebrated it’s 37th Anniversary and opened the Annual Seashell Show Show at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor on August 19, 20, 21, 20011.
The show featured competitive displays of scientific and artistic seashells and sea life which were awarded with trophies and ribbons. Anyone could participate in the show; professional artists, seashell collectors, seashell lovers, adults and kids. Special juries awarded participants in different nominations and categories. Kids had their own awards.
The Shell Show had seashells from around the world for sale as well as beautifully crafted shell ornaments, mosaics, Sailor Valentines, unique figurines on exhibit. Shell artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, and even Poland attended to show their artistic and scientific exhibits.
I decided to show my 6 last and newest works.
In the commercial professional functional art class: “Lady Gaga” – Jewelry holder, 12” x 3,5” x 3.5”, which received a First place blue ribbon award.
Seashell jewelry holder for storing: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. This work is about a new seashell summer dress for the popular singer Lady Gaga. She likes to wear attractive, unusual and provocative dresses. This is my version and my experiment in dress style.
The holder is decorated with Apple Blossom and tiny red seashells. The hat is a sea urchin.

In the commercial professional Single Sailor Valentine seashell mosaic:

“Ganesha” – Single Sailor Valentine, 11” x 11”, seashell mosaic, which received a Third place yellow ribbon award.
This work was made after an exotic and inspirational vacation in India, 2010.

Lord Ganesha is a symbol of wisdom, wealth, success and good luck in Hinduism. The center of the Sailor Valentine is made out of Capiz seashells along with a personal carving and painting all details done by the artist. In this work many different types of shells were used, their fragments and gar scales also. All work was done with natural color seashells.
In the commercial professional home decor item:
“ Happy Birthday!”, 14” x 11”, seashell collage, which received Second place, red ribbon award.
This is a humorous and decorative plate. The aged cat is having a Birthday party. He reached his middle age and his eyes became weaker than before. No more sharp vision… Two clever mice decided to make fun of him and gift him glasses. Maybe now he will have better chances of catching one of the mice for dinner.

The huge shell in the center is the Black Abalone seashell. This work is made on a central cut wood plate. Many different seashells were used in this work and even metal wire for the cat’s whiskers.

In the commercial professional seasonal decoration class:

“Be my Valentine”, 11” x 9” x 9”, seashell mosaic, which won a Second place, red ribbon award.
Seashell decoration-mosaic was done with acrylic painting on the base. This holiday seashell decoration is made from natural color tiny and exotic seashells such as: white Litorinas shells, tiny blue Mussel “Micro” shells, Hawaiian rice shells, gar scale. I used green operculum shells for eyes, crushed pink Fairy Tellin seashells for faces and also crushed natural decorated stones.

In the commercial professional miniature art work class:

“Forever 16”, 3” x 3” x 3”, miniature seashell bouquet, which won a Second place, red ribbon award.
This is a miniature and romantic classic rose bouquet which has a tiny, antique gold colored frame. Roses are made from pieces of pink corals, and the vase was created from a natural Brown Murex seashell.
In the commercial professional novelties category I demonstrated figurine:

“Show Off or Tweak Your Cheek” 13” x 8” x 8.5”, which received First place, blue ribbon award.
This is a humorous character, funky and fancy – the new breed of aged lady – the one who wishes to look fabulous and young. She splashed out and enjoyed her life’s trip so never mind the destination.

This figurine was made from clay and decorated with natural and exotic seashells: White Litorinas seashells, mini Terrebra seashells, oval cut Mitra seashells, tiny bright red snail shells, Turbo Sarmaticus.

Each eye has a very complicated combination of 3 different shells. The earrings were made from Brachiopod frenulina and red mother of pearl natural beads. The sign on the lady’s back was made from tiny red snail shells; it reads: “ Sanibell Seashell Show 2011”.

The hat was created with 3 clam seashell fragments and decorated with polished South African Turban ( Turbo Sarmaticus) with white Litorinas and oval cut Mitra seashells.
Organized and well prepared the seashell show brought warm and unforgettable feelings into the hearts of all participants and guests. Special thanks for Karen Lelli, Shell Show Chairman and President of the Jersey Cape Shell Club.



  1. Elena Kuhn, Claire Montrose, Emiliano Bigazzi and 6 others like this.

    Karen Lelli It was as great show, and you, Alla, helped make it that way. Thanks!
    August 26 at 9:00pm · Like
    Alla Baksanskaya Thank you, Karen, for great opportunity to show my works and for the friendship.
    August 27 at 2:03am · Like

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