The Broward Shell Club, a nonprofit organization, hosted the 47th annual Broward Shell Show at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center in Pompano Beach, FL. Our shell show is the only event of its kind in South Florida.Thousands of beautiful and unusual shells from Florida, the Caribbean and around the world were on display or for sale. Weekend Attractions included: Competitive displays by dozens of collectors; Shell Craftspeople showcasing their works; International Shell Market featuring shells, shell craft, jewelry, educational shell books and more; Shell ID Clinic; Art demonstrations and Shell Programs; Raffle fund raiser; Door prizes.2012 Broward Show Judges: Scientific Division: Kevan Sunderland, a nationally recognized authority of Western Atlantic mollusks with an extensive knowledge of worldwide mollusks, and Richard Goldberg, a shell dealer, author and lecturer from the Washington, D.C. area has been actively involved in the hobby and science of conchology. Artistic Division: Anne Joffe, President, Sanibel Captiva Shell Club, craft book author, owner She Sells Sea Shells on Sanibel Island and experienced shell show judge, and Nancy Leslie, local experienced show judge.Judges Dinner: A dinner honoring our judges was held at 7:30 pm on Friday, January 20th at Galuppi’s, 1103 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, Florida, 33062.2012 BSC SHELL SHOW AWARDS – SCIENTIFIC DIVISION 1. AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AWARD – JONATHAN GALKA Pelagic Shelled Mollusks 2. CONCHOLOGISTS OF AMERICA AWARD – AMY & BILL TRIPP Uncommon Beach Shells Collected From the Marco Island Area 3. THE DuPONT AWARD – BOB PACE The World Wide Invader Giant African Snail 4. “BEST OF THE BEST” – GENE EVERSON Pecten Shells 5. LEN HILL MEMORIAL – JONATHAN GALKA Pelagic Shelled Mollusks 6. SHELL OF SHOW – Self Collected – AMY & BILL TRIPP Conus spurius aureofasciatus 7. SHELL OF SHOW – Any Manner – BOB PACE Poirieria oregonia 8. JIM VUNKANNON MEMORIAL FLORIDA / CARIBBEAN TROPHY – AMY & BILL TRIPP Uncommon Beach Shells Collected From the Marco Island Area 9. GERRIT deGRAFF MEMORIAL – BOB PACE The World Wide Invader Giant African Snail 10. NEIL HEPLER MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – HARRY BERRYMAN Xenophora Fischer von Waldheim 1807 11. BEST STUDENT EXHIBITOR TROPHY – SCIENTIFIC – VALENTINO LEIDI Diversity in the World of Seashells 12. BEST SEA LIFE EXHIBIT TROPHY – BEV DOLEZAL Sea Life – Echinoderms 13. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – SCIENTIFIC HARRY BERRYMAN Xenophora Fischer von Waldheim 1807 14. BEST BEGINNING SCIENTIFIC EXHIBITOR – ALLYN HOLZMER Aboriginal Clamshell Tools 15. Judge’s Special Merit ribbons (2) – Each scientific judge awarded a Special Merit ribbon to Randy Allamand for FL/Caribbean “My favorite self-collected Florida shells of 2011” and “ Spondylus ictericus – from the collection of Ted Kalafut 2012 BSC SHELL SHOW AWARDS – ARTISTIC DIVISION 16. BEST STUDENT EXHIBITOR TROPHY – ARTISTIC – GRACE FLYNN – Holiday Ornaments 17. BEST IN SHOW TROPHY – HOBBYIST – ELAINE ALVO – Jewelry, Drift Seeds Sea Beans 18. BEST IN SHOW TROPHY – PROFESSIONAL – DAVID RHYNE – Picture or Mosaic Greater than 6”, Hummingbird 19. BEST IN SHOW TROPHY – SAILOR’S VALENTINE – DAVID RHYNE – Sayonara 20. FAY MUCHA MEMORIAL BEST COLLECTIBLES TROPHY – LINDA ZYLMAN-HOLZINGER – Vintage Danish Porcelain “Merchidren” 21. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – ARTISTIC DIVISION – HEATHER STRAWBRIDGE – Mirror, Everglades Mirror 22. BEST BEGINNING ARTISTIC EXHIBITOR – JANET KNIGHT, Necklace
Congratulations to the award winners from this year’s Broward Shell Show. The 2012 Broward Shell Show was the Broward Shell Club’s best ever… a record breaking show! Our membership increased by 31 members and attendance was up again this year with regulars and South Florida residents alike, and many newcomers who discovered the wonder of shells for the first time! Thanks and appreciation go to the judges, exhibitors, dealers and club members participating in our Shell Show!!!