Sailors Valentine with Sandi Blanda

Sailor's Valentine

Learn to recreate these souvenirs of the Caribbean favored by Nantucket whalemen during the nineteenth century. Participants will be provided with a beautifully handcrafted mahogany box and a variety of colored shells. All tools and glues will be provided, along with complete instructions necessary to construct this distinctive keepsake and future heirloom.

Maximum class size: 12

Sandi Blanda felt an immediate connection when she saw her first sailors valentines in 1983.  She is inspired by antique pieces but focuses on creating original one-of-a-kind designs.  In addition she shares her love of the art through teaching and speaking engagements.  Sandi’s valentines are part of permanent collections in the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel, FL.  Her work is featured in Sailors Valentines Their Journey Through Time (2006), Women and the Sea (2009), and Under Glass A Victorian Obsession (2013).  Sandi is listed in Who’s Who in America.

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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