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Seashell Art and Education at the Sarasota Shell Show

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Clark Rambo, Pam Rambo, Sarasota Shell Show | 8 comments

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I love to learn about creatures that live in the sea and see some of their astonishing growth patterns that make up their shells like this frilly ORCHID MUREX. On the other hand, I love to see how human creative minds take those beautiful shells and build a feast for the eyes with yet another beautiful structure.

Beautiful beach treasures turned into beautiful works of art.

This is why I love to go to shell shows…. the scientific exhibits give us a looking glass to learn more about the life of mollusks and the history of our world through different aspects.

Then the artist in me can’t wait to see the creative inspirations made of shells and beach bling in the artistic exhibits. They are mind blowing beautiful so its the best of both worlds.

I’m proud to say that not only was I a judge this year in the Sarasota Shell Show for the artistic displays last weekend… but Clark was the second judge in the artistic categories! Yay Super Sheller Clark! It was an honor to judge next to him.

Both judges got to choose an exhibit for “Judge’s Special Merit Award” so my ribbon went to this spectacsheller “Paisley” by Caryl Renzcarly renz seashell art

Clark gave his Judge’s Special Merit Award to “Ruby Slippers Redefined” by Heather O’Keefe.

There were so many fabshellous works of art for all to enjoy.

It was a treat to meet for the first time some of the artists who created these exceptional art exhibits… like Mary Ella Marra.

Donna Timmerman with her beautiful crochet necklace.

Suzanne Dietsch with her Sailors Valentine.

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It was also so much fun to meet and hang out with other shellers like Lee Ann and Dale from Bradenten who were enjoying the exhibits just as much as we were.

And Eva and Chris from Palmetto. We all have so much in common.

It all starts with having the same love of the sea….

Thank you Donna, Nancy, Sally and the whole Sarasota Shell Club for inviting Clark and me to be a special part of your show- we both feel honored.

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Sanibel “Enthusiast” Helps Shellebrate

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in iLS.com In the News, Islander Newspaper, Pam Rambo | 2 comments

Pam Rambo Sanibel Shell Enthusiast

Oh. Em. Gee. That’s me!

Holy Cowrie, I made it on the cover of Sanibel/Captiva local newspaper thanks to Islander news reporter Anita Force Marshall (CLICK HERE for the full story). I’m so honored! We’ve been on a wild ride since the official National Seashell Day  so I’m very sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently lately but I promise to make it up to you very soon after the big day… June 20. It’s soon!

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PS- We had a blast on our iLoveShelling cruise to Big Hickory last week and I still need to show you some of the cool things we found…. that’s coming up next.

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Shelling Is Beach Therapy

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Bowman's Beach, Pam Rambo, Shelling Island Findings Video | 27 comments

Sanibel Seashells on Bowmans Beach

Shelling is beach therapy. I love a long walk along the water’s edge searching for wildlife and picking up a few beautiful shells.

Seashell collecting Sanibel Island Florida

Yesterday at Sanibel’s Bowmans Beach, the crowds disappeared as we walked passed the families set up for their beach day with umbrellas, coolers and beach chairs. The further we walked, the quieter my mind became. Everything else on the planet slipped away other than seeing a big wide open beach with shells, sand, water and sky.

Sanibel seashells Bowmans Beach

Then the trance began. It’s like I’m being hypnotized each time I’m at the beach when I hear the waves wash up on the sand with jingle of shells rolling back and forth.

Bowmans Beach seashells waves

When I walk along the shell line from a recent higher tide I’m searching for shapes, textures and colors of the shells I know so well. Aha! A SHARK’S EYE hidden among the ARKS, KITTENS PAWS and VENUS CLAMS.

collecting shells on Sanibel Island

There are days when the shells are piled high or washing up at your feet in droves but long walks like Clark and I took yesterday are my absolute favorite. It’s what keeps me going back time and time again. It’s my beach therapy.

Seashell Wish Tree Sanibel

Amazingly enough when we got back, I got a little surprise in my email inbox. I’m in a short little film about shelling! I was asked in an interview back in February about what I love about shelling. Well…. everything actually! But then it all boiled down to how it makes me feel- I’m just so dang happy when I’m on the beach and shelling takes my mind to another galaxy. It makes me appreciate how beautiful this life is. It’s just that simple. The Beaches Of Fort Myers and Sanibel did an A-MAZING job on this film and I am over the moon shell, humbled and honored that I was asked to participate in it.

I hope you enjoy!

PS- Oh and yes- That’s Elliot Sudal (Shelliot- heehee ) in the film too. See? I told you he isn’t just a fisherman, he’s a sheller! CLICK HERE to read my post about him.

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2016 Sanibel Shell Festival Artistic Seashell Crafts

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in 78th Sanibel Shell Festival 2015, 79th Sanibel Shell Festival 2016, Beach Hearts, Captain Brian Holaway, Decorate with shells, Make Seashell Stuff, Pam Rambo, Sailor's Valentine, Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Shell Art | 16 comments

Sanibel Shell Festival Betsy Studley art

Every year, the first week of March is always exciting because the Sanibel Shell Festival comes to town. This 2016 year was a trifect-shell-a for me.

1. –  The show was fantastic.

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Fun to see Carol Strange sharpie these beautiful shells.

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Kelle Covington’s shell encrusted ukulele.

Kelle Covington shell ukelele

Marti Gorun’s gorgeous seashell mirror.

seashell mirror sanibel shell festival Marti Gorun

2. – Fun to hang out with shell friends and everybody at the show was exceptionally happy and chatty.

I had such a great time hanging out with Rachel (we learned so much from her last year about Natural Pearls) and Master Naturalist Shelling Guide Captain Brian Holaway.

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We are such a colorful group! The girls just gotta have fun in psycheshellic colors with Kelle (she made the awesome Ukulele) and Shelley from Naples. Thanks for sending this photo Kelle :)

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Bill Jordan is a hoot! He’s also an amazing artist with his SAILORS VALENTINE and pocket watch valentine.

Bill Jordan shell valentine pocket watch artist Sanibel shell festival

Speaking of SAILORS VALENTINES… David Rhyne won Peoples Choice Award in the artistic division of the show.

david rhyne valentine peoples choice award sanibel shell festival 2016

You have to see the close up of this one because of the detail of the basket weave. The basket and the circle weave are made of SEA URCHIN SPINES.

sea urchin spine shell craft weave

Another amazing VALENTINE by Judy Dinnick.

Judy Dinnick valentine sanibel shell festival 2016

This one by Gerda Reid.

Gerda Reid sailors valentine Sanibel Shell festival 2016

Oooh shell la… so many stunning pieces!

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And then we come to #3 of the trifectshella – The shelling was awesome!

Rachel's junonia

Rachel found a JUNONIA on the east end of Sanibel about a mile from the Sanibel Lighthouse and her Aunt Margie found an amazing SCOTCH BONNET in about the same area.

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Not bad I’d say for a couple of days of beach combing.

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I’ve run out of room on this post and lots of cool shells to show you.. and more cool shell people. So stay tuned for more photos of the scientific division of the Sanibel Shell Festival.

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The Rambo Seashell Shellaboratory

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Pam Rambo, Shellaboratory | 107 comments

Pam Rambo in her Shellaboratory seashell laboratory

Introducing…. My Shellaboratory!

Pam Rambo's Shellaboratory

This was my summer project … Secret Mission:  Shellnado Transformation into Shellaboratory .

SeaShells sort of sorted in containers

Our shell collection used to look like a shellnado hit it head on! So I finally organized the thousands of shells Clark and I have picked up over the years to learn about the different species of shells and beach bling that wash up on our shores of Southwest Florida.

Pam's Shellaboratory of shells on Sanibel

We collect not only the pretty or most colorful shells, we collect different color forms, freaks and not-so-attractive shells and “bling” to learn about their lives in the Gulf of Mexico. Its an educational experience for us as well as a hobby to appreciate the beautiful qualities each shell has to offer.

containers for organizing sea shells

The best part is that I have the privilege to be able to share this knowledge with you! We are learning together and it will help tremendously when I want to write those posts like “the differences in types of shells” or like “different colors variations in the same species“. It won’t take me all day just to find those different color forms. Yay!

seashell collection

I always wanted to have an organized craft room for the many art projects I’ve created over the years. But… I’ve always had a few obstacles. I get scatterbrained. I get so excited when an idea for a project pops into my brain. I turn into a mad scientist thinking up all the fun stuff I can create but my crazy mind never pays attention to the clean up details during or after my “work of art” is complete. Organizing has always taken too much time away from the actual “fun” project… until now!

Shelves for organizing shells in jars and bins

Yes, this was fun! It all started as I needed a space for those big shells I painted to decorate the Junonia Jalopy for the Golf Cart Parade. They were crammed behind some Christmas boxes in the garage from last year. See? I never even put the Christmas stuff up because I was on to the next project. Those poor painted shells were getting bumped, bent and covered with dust. Geez! I worked hours on those things and I didn’t even have time to put them away properly. That got me started thinking about “decorating” my Shellaboratory with them.

Of course, I should use them to decorate!

jars of shells and painted shells

Then I measured my space for shelving which was the perfect excuse to make several road trips to Ikea for adjustable book shelves and storage containers. I love Ikea. I finally had a space to display all the jars I’ve been saving for years to one day to use for a job like this… but I still needed more. I shopped discount stores, dollar stores, thrift stores and yard sales to find different sized jars or tubs so I could see each type of shell. I even found a place to put my Shelly Temple dress  (just in case I ever want to sing “On the Good Beach, Sanibel” again?).

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After building the shelves and finding homes for my containers, my next project was to sort… and sort… and sort. This was the part that was oh-so fun! I found shells that brought me back to the exact day I found it. I spent hours upon hours organizing and I felt like only 5 minutes went by- just like shelling on the beach.

Somewhat organized sea shells in containers

Each time I found a WORM SHELL, I said the same thing I say when I find one on the beach… “Wormie!”. Yep, I now have enough that I can make a few more WORM SHELL frames now too.

oodles of worm shells

I’m still not done sorting but I separated the room so one area is dedicated to displaying BEACH BLING for the different types of SEA BEANS, ECHINODERMS, EGG CASINGS and all that cool sort of bling…

beach seeds, mollusk egg casings, echinoderms shellab

I’ve started one area dedicated to BIVALVES…

shelves for shells in cute containers

and another area for GASTROPODS (uhk- I’m not fond of that word – ewww- lets call them UNIVALVES, shall we?)

rambo shellaboratory sea shell laboratory

If you noticed I wasn’t on the beach every single day the last few months… No- I wasn’t taking a shellbatical.

Pam Rambo shellaboratory with shells and bling

I was being a shellab rat in my own Shellaboratory!

Pam Rambo's Shellaboratory

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