Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Special Message:
 I received an e-mail from Jerri, the Moderator of Shell Shows Associates Forum, letting me know they have revised their home page and also asked if I would let Clubs and Shows know they are more than welcome to post their events free of charge. He also mentioned there have been comments posted in regards to the Sanibel and Philadelphia Shows.
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This is message in regards to the above message I received from the Forum posted in, my previous blog.
There was a lot of discussion about the Judging at this year’s Sanibel Show in regards to Rule 27 TRADITIONAL VALENTINES and after reviewing the comments in the: section on the subject, I felt I should spend some time to attempt to rewrite the rule to clarify it:

CURRENT RULE 27. Traditional Sailor’s Valentines. Design to be created in the traditional mosaic style – may have flat geometric patterns – may have some flowers. Majority of shells used need to be classic types that were utilized in older valentines. For example: bubble, chiton. crab’s eye, rose cup, keyhole limpet, janthina, green nerite, rice, spirula, sunrise tellin, trivia. Please refer to “Sailors Valentines” written by John Fondas.

MY REVISION OF 27. The design must represent the mosaic styles pictured in the book,” Sailors Valentines” written by John Fondas using only the types of shells “pictured”, set in cotton, with colored paper dividers as noted on page 10 of the book.

These are my thoughts as to why to why revise 27:

(1)  I realize the book is out of print, but at this point in time I feel it need not represent a problem for 2015 Show.  Rule 27 first appeared in 2007 and for the past 7 years artists who have a traditional interest know what it is and with a little effort will find a copy of the book in some form. Maybe 2 or 3 years from now it may become an issue.
(2)  The listing of shells in the old rule 27 is incorrect to start with because they are not all listed, where as viewing pictures of them in the Fondas Book is worth a thousand words that need not  to be written.

(3)   In the Fondas book on the very next page from 10 talks about the, “Finer Valentines” re: silk, wired flowers and etc. representing a distinction between those generally created in the Caribbean (Barbados) and at a later point in time England (Victorian). As far as I`m concerned he is telling me they cannot be lumped into one category.

(4)  If an applicant submits an entry for 27 and it has flat geometric patterns but also silk and wired shells they should not be forced to enter it in today's contemporary. In the 1800`s when the English got into the act you could call those creations contemporary over and above the age old Caribbean style, but not in this day and age of contemporary art.

(5)   The Traditional category needs to be separated into a Caribbean and a Victorian style for those who create them and those who judge them.

(6)   Lastly I feel that it`s fairly understood that Traditional is in a Mahogany Case whether that  should be considered as part of the rule is also a question.

Point of interest:  Cedrella Wood noted on Fondas page 10 is a genus of seven species in the mahogany family, Meliaceae.......The Wood is often sold under the name "Spanish- cedar.   s

If you have an interest in this matter or any other show rules then either e-mail the Sanibel Shell Club President Karen Turner at or post a comment: As I understand it you will need to sign in to post a comment in the Forum, but if you wish when asked for a user name you need not use your own. All I can say at this point is, if you come up with a better idea, then I would like to read it in the Forum. Thanks; Bill Jordan

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