Sanibel Shell Fair 2013

Sanibel Shell Fair 2013

Captain Brian and Rachel with her ribbon winner sailor valentine.
Rachel’s Sailor Valentine


Sea Urchin Spines
Pocket Watch











Sailor valentine by Sandy Moran.


A sample of Sandy Moran’s beautiful sailor valentines.


More Artistic Shell Crafting by various talented artists.








The Scientific Division amazes me every year.


Can you believe the size of this tulip?


The lovely and talented Karen Robertson


     Here are a few photos from the Sanibel Shell Fair this year. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new friends. Rachel, in the first photo,  had been on a trip with me over eight years ago. She recently took a class on making sailor valentines with the talented Sandy Moran. This year she entered a beautiful piece of work as you can see.  Great job Rachel and congrats on a ribbon!
     I enjoyed meeting the lovely Karen Robertson. Her work is amazing. I look forward to talking with her again and seeing more of her beautiful creations.
I always find it rewarding to mingle with fellow shellers and artistic creators of the sea
at the Sanibel Shell Fair.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 02:02h, 11 March

    No entry this year Brian?

    The sailors valentine with the dolphins was my favorite! Loved that huge tulip as well.

  • Donna R from NY
    Posted at 02:02h, 11 March

    Wow, Brian, thank you for all of these photos! Amazing!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:06h, 11 March

    Kim, I did not enter anything this year but I look forward to next year and doing something different than I did last time for the show.

  • Eve
    Posted at 13:16h, 11 March

    Wow! What beautiful shell creations and talented ladies! Thanks for sharing. ~Eve

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 18:39h, 11 March

    Awesome photography! Thanks for sharing some of the beautiful shell work from the Shell Fair!!