Kathleen’s Art Gallery has a display of outstanding sailor’s valentines among the many beautiful art pieces available. For sailor’s valentine art she represents 3 of today’s top, award winning shell artists. Karine Almir, Jane Santini, and myself, Suzanne Marie Dietsch.
Her Gallery is finally reopening as covid 19 protocols apply. The gallery is located on India Street in Nantucket, MA. For more detailed information visit her website – www.thegallerynantucket.com
Tim has finished a new group of frames that are available on the Treasures section of my website. Sizes range from 6″ to 9″. The newest frames have been engraved with ships on 4 of the 8 sides. This is a terrific look for very traditional sailor’s valentine patterns. Woods include cedar, canary, catalpa, pine and hard maple.
Trying something new and moving in a different direction challenges one’s creativity. Here is a different look for a sailor’s valentine. This category is often referred to as using a found object such as a photo, painting, piece of scrimshaw or any treasure other than shell in the center of one’s work.
Joanne Gregory has been making a Valentine for a friend who has been hospitalized for 35 days with COVID 19. Her friend has finally turned the corner and will recover. Joanne finished this treasured valentine for her.
Remember to pass along acts of kindness everyday, especially during these uncertain times.
All the flowers are
made with shells. The leaves are painted. The stems are green tusk
shells. The top and bottom yellow and orange decorations are jingle
shells. The yellowish flowers are made with coquina shells and the purple
centers are made with crushed shells. The tiny blue flowers are made with
tiny white shells painted blue and have yellow centers using crushed shells.
I had fun making this creation. Hope everyone enjoys the pictures. Ann Stegner
Join with me in laughter, smiles and friendship while creating a treasured keepsake.
This year the Sarasota Shell Club Artisans will be sponsoring a one day introduction class for Sailor’s Valentine Enthusiasts. Suzanne Dietsch will discuss the ins ‘n outs of valentine construction while class members complete this 6″ valentine from start to finish. The class will be held at the Artisan’s workshop February 10. Time 9:30 till 3:30. All materials and tools included. Bring a snack lunch. Our workshop is located in the class room building behind Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church on the corner of Proctor and McIntosh in Sarasota, Florida.
Class size is limited. The class is open to beginners and accomplished shell artisans alike. The sign up button for class is located in the Treasures section of my home page. Scroll down to find the valentine picture and pay button on the treasures page. Cost $300. Or contact me by email – Suzanne@seashellvalentines.com
This flower is made from fish scales, approximately 400 or so. Each fish scale was soaked several days so they were pliable. I cut each one into the shape of the petal and then bent it into the shape I wanted. Next a took some rope and tied each one (while they were wet) and let each scale dry overnight. Once dry, they were ready for painting. Each petal was painted using two shades of orange. The finished petals were placed into the Styrofoam ball and glued.