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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

World’s leading shell expert S. Peter DANCE and America’s premier nautical artist Robert B. DANCE collaborate on upcoming book

"Eyewitness Handbook Shells" by S. Peter Dance
"Scotch Bonnet and Laughing Gulls" by Robert B. Dance


New book entitled “Dances With Shells” by shell expert and author S. Peter Dance and nautical artist Robert B. Dance is currently in production. 

S. Peter Dance is well known, on both sides of the Atlantic, for his writings and his talks about shells. His seminal Shell collecting, an illustrated history, was published in 1966, after almost a decade curating the shells stored in London’s famous Natural History Museum. 

Robert B. Dance is known as one of America's premier nautical artists and a master of technique. He has won the David Thimgan Award in The Mystic Maritime Gallery International Exhibition- the hallmark exhibition of marine art in the United States including two Awards of Excellence.

For more information regarding the upcoming release of "Dances With Shells" and to purchase art work by Robert B. Dance, please visit - http://rbdance.com/shellcollection.html 

To purchase books by S. Peter Dance, please visit -  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/318945.S_Peter_Dance

Sunday, November 30, 2014

RARE 1800's SHELL-WORK EXHIBITION HANDBILL

Image Credit / Source: Ken Spelman Rare Books Of York

This rare printed handbill advertisement for Madame Le Lacheur's exhibition of fancy shellwork reads: NOVEL AND INTERESTING EXHIBITION OF FANCY SHELL-WORK! 4, LEICESTER SQUARE. MADAME LE LACHEUR having just arrived in London begs to solicit the attention of the Nobility, Gentry & Public in general to her unrivaled Collection of FANCY SHELL WORK in endless devices, such as groups of figures, birds, animals, flowers, in wreaths and nosegays, &c and a variety of fancy ornaments, surpassing anything of the kind ever brought before the public.  Admission one shilling. Specimens of the above on sale to visitors only. Open daily from 10 till dusk. Children & schools half price.  Date: 1845 is handwritten at the top of the handbill.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1st ANNUAL CAPE COD SHELL SHOW TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 25TH AND 26TH, 2015

Exciting news for shell art fans! The 1st annual Cape Cod Shell Show will take place on June 25th & 26th, 2015. There will be a “sneak peak” on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015. 

The show is planned as an artistic show with several competitive artistic categories, both professional and non-professional. The purpose of the show is to create an informative and fun atmosphere for exhibitor and those attending the show. 

Tisket, A Tasket By SANDY MORAN
WWW.SAILORSVALENTINESTUDIO.COM


The Cape Cod Shell Show is the creation of award-winning Sailor’s Valentine artist and long time artistic chairperson of the prestigous Sanibel Shell Show, Sandy Moran.   Ms. Moran saw a need for such a show due to the abundance of talented artists living in the area. 

An Impressive line-up of artistic judges have been selected for the 2015 Cape Cod Shell show. 

The judges will be Lee Repetto, owner of The Spotted Cod, a popular coastal boutique located in historic Sandwich, MA. Lee Repetto is a designer and has worked with Sailor's Valentines in her business. She has also judged at the Sanibel Shell Show. 

Joining Lee Repetto in the artistic judging will be Hannah Milman, Executive Editorial Director of Crafts for Martha Stewart Living. Hannah Milman leads the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia design team of crafting experts and has judged at the Sanibel Shell Show.

Please visit: http://capecodshellshow.com  for more information.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

PLEASE HELP! SAILOR'S VALENTINE SHELL MOSAICS STOLEN IN WESTPORT, MA AUGUST 14-15, 2014

THESE 9 ART WORKS CREATED BY SAILOR'S VALENTINE ARTIST BARBARA CHADWICK WERE STOLEN WHILE ON DISPLAY AT A RESTAURANT IN WESTPORT, MA  THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 14 -15, 2014. PLEASE HELP US FIND THIS COLLECTION OF PRICELESS SAILOR’S VALENTINES SHELL MOSAICS BY SHARING THIS PHOTO WITH ANY AUCTION HOUSES, ART DEALERS, GIFT SHOPS, ETC.  A $5000 REWARD HAS BEEN POSTED FOR THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE CRIMINALS.  CONTACT: WESTPORT, MA POLICE DEPT. AT 508-636-1122 WITH ANY INFO.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! 



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rare British Shell Art Video Clips

British Pathé is a media company that produced popular bi-weekly newsreels and other various Cinemagazines from 1902 until 1970. Their site features more than 80,000 video clips of filmed history. Below are some very rare film clips from the British Pathé archives featuring British Shell Artists at work. 


British Pathé  / Flowers From The Sea (1960)


British Pathé / Sea Shell Artist (1958) 



British Pathé  / Flowers From The Sea! (1935)



British Pathé / Shell Flowers - And How They Arrive (1933)




British Pathé / Shells - And shells (1933)





British Pathé / Shell Garden Beware (1962)




You can find more vintage video clips from British Pathé on YouTube.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Estonia Based Design Company Creates Seashell Font

Seashell Font by HandmadeFont
www.HandmadeFont.com
HandmadeFont is an Estonia based design company specializing in developing unique and untraditional fonts that anyone can buy and use freely.

Their collection of fonts are inspired from just about everything.  For more information or to purchase the seashell font shown visit: www.HandmadeFont.com