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Exquisite Shells: The Art of Sailors Valentines


This international blockbuster, curated by Cahoon Museum Director Sarah Johnson, PhD, highlights the Sailors Valentine, a unique and intricate art form finely crafted from seashells. The surprising global history of the art form is explained and brought to life through the stories of the makers and owners of antique Sailors Valentines from Barbados to Europe and the United States. New perspectives from exceptional contemporary Sailors Valentine artists detail the evolution of this nineteenth century craft into an art form both uniquely imaginative and exquisitely detailed.

Exhibiting contemporary artists include: Helen Beck, Sandi Blanda, Pam Boden, Martha Cahoon (1905-1999), Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982), Judy Dinnick, Peter Gabel, Margot Goodwin, Hatsue Iimuro, Grace Madeira, Sandy Moran, Elizabeth Mumford, Gerda Reid, Gregg Roberts, Bernard Woodman (1920-1986).

Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road (Rte. 28)
Cotuit, Massachusetts

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