New Additions to the Gallery in Nantucket

Three more of my sailor’s valentines have arrived and are now available through Kathleen’s Gallery at Four India in Nantucket, MA. Kathleen has on display award winning valentines by Karine and myself.

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Valentine Cases Available

Tim has completed several shadow boxes available through the “Treasures” link on my website or on my eBay store. He can also take special orders. Audrey O’Donnell completed the valentines pictured below using Tim’s cases made from zebra wood. Simple, traditional shell mosaic techniques created beautifully.

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There’s Still Time

My summer sailor’s valentine class will be in Nantucket. This is a 4 day class, Aug 19-22. To sign up check the details listed on the Nantucket Historical Association’s website This year we will be creating the 9″ sailor’s valentine pattern Wild Gardenia. Hope to see you there.

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Framing Shell Flowers

Create a beautiful shell flower and simply adhere it to the glass of a beautiful frame. Add a sand back ground and a few shell/pearl embellishments. There you have it !!!

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New Valentine Case Maker

Valentine Artists now have another choice when purchasing a well constructed valentine case. He has done woodworking in the past including an award winning turned bowl. Watch for Tim’s designs available on this website and eBay.

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Here Comes the Kracken !

While honoring the sailor’s valentine traditional techniques, I’ve added a bit of an updated twist.

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Sarasota Shell Show 2019 – Save the Date


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One of Many Raffle Items at the 2019 Sarasota Shell Show

The Sarasota Shell Club Artisans will raffle this Friendship Valentine during the upcoming annual Shell Show Feb. 8, 9 and 10, 2019. It is 12″ in diameter and framed under glass with shell flowers constructed and all donated by the Sarasota Club Artisans.


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Class Dates Announced – February 11-13, 2019

Join with me in laughter, smiles and friendship while creating a treasured keepsake.

The next sailor’s valentine class I will teach is scheduled for February 11-13 in Sarasota Florida. This class is sponsored by the Sarasota Shell Club Artisans.  We will be working on a similar pattern to the one pictured. All materials, shells and an octagon case are included.  The 3 day class will begin following the Annual Sarasota Shell Show February 8-10.  For more Shell Show Details go to


Class times… 10-2pm Monday – Wednesday. Class Dates… Feb 11,12,and 13. Class Location – Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church on the corner of Proctor & McIntosh in Sarasota, Florida


We will use traditional techniques as well as learn to add 3D elements.  Class size is limited to 8. The class is open to beginners as well as accomplished shell art enthusiasts. The button to sign up for class is located on my website home page. Click on the word  Treasures. Then scroll down to find the pay button. Or contact me by email –                                          


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Wedding Cake by Ann Stegner


Ann Stegner has been busy creating a new shell masterpiece.

” No, you can’t eat the cake unless you enjoy Styrofoam and that is the base for the cake. I covered each Styrofoam cake piece in sand and painted the cake with a Martha Stewart high gloss acrylic paint called, ‘Wedding Cake’. Seemed appropriate. I attached a purple ribbon around each layer and then glued small ark shells around the edge of each layer. I took the various colored (shell) pansies I had previously made and attached them to the cake. To finish the cake off, I accented two layers with ‘fern-like stems’ made from white coquina shells.”

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