The Atlantic Calico Scallop is one of my favorite shells found in Southwest Florida. It features a lovely "calico" patchwork pattern of pink, red and white. The photo above includes some of our favorites we've found on the beach. They are very plentiful on Sanibel Island, and easy to spot since they are so bright.
Scientific name: Argopecten gibbus
Calico scallops are bivalve (two-shells) molluscs
Coloring: patterns of pink, purple and white (and sometimes orange and grey)
Size: up to 3 inches
Where to find: coastal waters from Maryland to Florida, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and down to Brazil.
Fine art, handcrafted clothing & accessories, jewelry, greeting cards, shell crafts, tropical decor, delicious baked goods, and more available at Sanibel Community House Arts & Crafts Fair on February 4, 2024.
Sanibel Island, Florida - The Sanibel Community House will host an Arts & Crafts Fair on February 4, 2024. Shoppers will find fine art, handcrafted clothing & accessories, jewelry, greeting cards, shell crafts, tropical decor, and delicious baked goods from over 30 artists and makers. This free event takes place from 9 AM - 2 PM, indoors at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Florida. The Community House will be hosting artists and makers monthly through April.
Participating artists for the February show include:
Mara Balodis - original art - (Facebook.com/pineislandcenter)
Mary Jo Boal - scarves
Steve Canton - baked goods
Jeanne Raimondi - original artwork
Renee Chastant - watercolor art (www.reneechastant.com)
Jane Cooke - children’s clothing, bows
Jayne Crowell - jewelry & purses
Julie Degalan - original art, bowls, sewn items (Etsy.com/shop/SanibelMaterialGirl)
Rhonda Emmer - sewn place mats
Guna Foraker - children’s bows
Mike Gibson - jewelry
Melissa & Matt Gindling - watercolor art & illustrations
Jill Keenley - pottery (Instagram.com/flamingopottery)
Trish Logan - jewelry (Jewelrybytrish.square.site)
Sally McGowan - embroidered pillows
Salli Kirkland - woven baskets and baked goods
Karen Navarre - sewn bags and wallets
Lauren Sandler - beaded jewelry and painted wooden signs (Daydreamjewelrydesigns.com)
Sarah Shaffer - seashell jewelry and beaded bracelets
Perky Smoot - seaglass jewelry
Jim & Patty Sprankle - porcelain art and bird sculptures (Sprankle.com)
Arlene Stigum - oil paintings and books (www.Stigum.com)
Stan Timson - original paintings
Jane Vallejo - handmade clothing (Artmosaicfashion.com)
Alexandra Owen - handmade clothing
Beth Redpath - jewelry
Vera Vellucci - painted wine glasses, bottle lights
Cyndy Eames - scarves
Sandy Beauton - jewelry
Linda Huppert - woven baskets and vases
Since 1927, The Community House has served as the gathering place of the islands. Many social organizations, civic groups, and clubs that first found a home here at The Community House are still here to this day. The Sanibel Community Association (SCA) is an independent nonprofit organization that operates “The Community House,” which not only serves as an event location but also offers rental space.
The Island Octopus was created by husband-wife team Matt and Melissa Gindling. Their online gift shop offers whimsical critters, beachy art, coloring books, apparel, and handcrafted incense.
Name of Press Contact: Melissa Gindling
Happy New Year!
As we enter the new year, we are looking forward to creating several book projects. We will be changing up our posts and releases on Patreon this year so that we can prioritize sharing artwork and updates on these new projects. We will continue to share other behind the scenes posts such as artwork and incense projects, photos of SWFL wildlife, and recent art events. We will also continue to release a vinyl sticker each month, and subscribers to the Fiddler Crab tier and above will continue to receive these in the mail. Learn more on our Patreon page!
In 2024 we will be attending fewer pop-up events, and focussing on our book projects and releasing new items in our online store. You will still be able to find us at the Sanibel Community House Arts & Crafts Fair this month, and Melissa will be offering a free drawing tutorial at the Sanibel Library this month. Learn more on our local event page.
-Matt & Melissa
photo above: fireworks at Tween Waters on Captiva Island
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