May 24 2019
Sep 01 2019
Exquisite Shells: The Art of Sailors Valentines

Exquisite Shells: The Art of Sailors Valentines

Presented by Cahoon Museum of American Art at Unknown

This international exhibition highlights the Sailors Valentine, a unique and intricate art form finely crafted from seashells. The surprising history of the art form is explained and brought to life through antique Sailors Valentines made between 1830 and 1890 in Barbados. In the Victorian era, the craft became a popular parlor art and later evolved again with a mid-twentieth century revival. Sailors Valentines shares the story of the inspired artistic collaboration between painters Ralph (1910-1982) and Martha Cahoon (1905-1999) in partnership with shell artist Bernard Woodman with examples of their jointly-created artworks. New perspectives from exceptional contemporary sailors valentines artists detail the evolution of this nineteenth century craft into an artform both uniquely imaginative and exquisitely and precisely 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).



Admission Info

$10 general admission; $8 seniors and students; children under 12, Museum members, NARM, Blue Star families free

Phone: 5084287581


Dates & Times

2019/05/24 - 2019/09/01

Additional time info:

The Museum is open 10am-4pm Tuesday – Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sundays

Location Info

Cahoon Museum of American Art

4676 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit, MA 02635

Parking Info

The Cahoon Museum has ample parking at the rear of the building.  Convenient handicapped parking is available.

Accessibility Info

The Cahoon museum building is fully accessible.