On Saturday, October 9, 2010 the Philadelphia Shell Club proudly welcomed visitors and participants to the Annual Philadelphia Sea Shell Show, which runs for two days. This is the one of the longest running show of its kind anywhere. With attendees from all over the country, this two-day event has no equal. The club, seashell collectors, seashell dealers and artists together promote an interest in shells, the animals that create these fabulous homes, and tries to remind everyone about fragile natural environment in which these shelled animals live.
Exhibitors who came both from all over East Coast including Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware bring these exhibits, which are arranged in competitive categories, to the show. On this show many participants were from NY. I decided to bring to the show my new seashell works and participated in the 9 Professional Artistic categories. As in all show of this kind, each artwork or scientific presentation was judges in specific category. The show is very competitive and judges had a hard time to distinguish outstanding presentation.
Amazing sailor valentines with very delicate and time consuming artwork were represented by best artists working in this genre: David Rhine, Bill Jordan, Jane Santini and others. Please check my gallery below.
I received 8 Awards from my 9 works:
- two blue ribbons-first places for 12 seasonal ornaments made of shells and decorative miniature cork base plates with seashells
- two red ribbons-second places for shell photography on canvas and sea shell 3-D acrylic painting on the canvas,
- one yellow ribbon- third place for seasonal décor “Halloween-Casino Monster”,
- and three honorable mention awards for the other works).
I also met my old friends among the artists and had priceless chance to receive advice from the talented and experienced Masters in seashell art. I returned home very exited and full with the new ideas.
I would like to say special thanks for people who organized a very high quality Sea Shell Show – J. B. Sessoms and Paul Callomon and wonderful and helpful staff at the museum.
I also met several bourse dealers from whom I purchased high quality suppliers and shells for my craft. I highly recommend them. They have astonishing collection of craft shells and well as shell for collectors. They very knowledgeable, travel themselves to different part of the world, Japan, Philippines, Thailand to bring best samples for collectors and most colorful shells for crafters.
Some of them had on display beautiful seashell jewelry, abalone jewelry, Christmas decoration made form seashells and just a beautiful shells for home décor.
- Donald Dan with the great specimen shells and books came from Ft. Myers, Florida;
- Rick and Cheryl Negus – the couple from California introduced the huge collection of specimen shells;
- Al, Bev and Neal Deynzer brought showcase shells from Sanibel, Florida;
- Eliza Dietz had one of the best specimens for Sailor’s Valentine craft work from Cape May, NY;
- Sue Hobbs also from Cape May, New Jersey with the wide collection with different specimens;
- Brian Hayes with Algoa Bay Specimen shells who stay in the shell business for 20 years!