Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sanibel Shell Show

For my S post in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I couldn't resist the opportunity to keep blogging on my theme of America the Beautiful, and work in three, not just one, word beginning with "S" into today's title. (AM pats herself on back while catching breath from writing run-on sentence).

Sanibel Island is an island off the west coast of Florida, near Fort Myers.  It is oriented east and west, instead of north and south, and for this and other reasons is considered one of the best if not the best shelling beach in the United States.

Beautiful indeed.

Every March, Sanibel holds an Annual Sanibel Fair and Show.  I've been fortunate enough to be able to attend twice, in 2009 and again in 2013.    A large part of the show consists of some of the most beautiful art you have ever seen - all featuring shells.

These pictures were taken at the 2013 show.
Just think of how much skill it took to create this award winner. (Incidentally, although I usually don't take pictures at art shows, everyone was snapping away - so I am assuming this was permitted.)

I loved these.
An orchid.  Remember, these "flowers" are really shells.


And, an award winning bouquet.

Oh, this makes me want to go back.  It's too late for this year's show.  But, maybe next year.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Alana,

    How cool is this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Oh, how beautiful! (And clever of you to sneak 3 "s" words in!) I always appreciate the creative genius many people exhibit - it feeds my own passion for creating!

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  3. I love shells and have collected several over the years, including some interesting shell arts/crafts. Your examples are lovely.

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  4. I have a shell collection but they just sit in a large jar and or the shelf. This is way cool.

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  5. These are beautiful pieces of art - seashells are gorgeous on their own, so they would be great to work with in making something else. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. How fun. It's fun to look for shells, but I don't think I could do with them what they did with them.

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  7. Really intricate pieces. It's hard to believe those are all made soley of shells. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks, Alana.

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  8. Sanibel really is lovely, but I had no idea of the s how.

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