******The 39th Annual Shell Show and Sale will take place on March 14, 15, and 16, 2019******

from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco

320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145 

The Shell Show chair, Jae Kellogg,  is pleased to announce that the following people will serve as judges for the 2019 Shell Show:


Sue Hobbs—West Cape May, NJ – Shell collector/business owner of Sue Hobbs Specimen Shells with husband Phil Dietz.  She loves working with beginners or advanced shell artists.  Sue also has a cockle shell named in her honor—her favorite!  Welcome back!

Phil Dietz—West Cape May, NJ –Professional artist with MFA from Tyler School of Art.  A metalsmith/jeweler, he is a shell collector/business partner of Sue Hobbs Specimen Shells.  Phil’s personal passion is the love of pearls – used in his jewelry! Welcome back!   


Dr. Ed Petuch –Renowned author of 20 published books and 350 papers, he has named over 1200 new species of living shells and fossils!  His research spans over 47 countries and 6 continents.  Petuch is  a Professor Emeritus from Florida Atlantic University, where for 30 years he taught geology, ecology, oceanography, paleontology and malacology!  He and his wife, Linda, live in Jupiter, FL.  Welcome to Marco Island!

Robert Pace – “Exhibitor Extraordinaire”—Winner many times of the prestigious COA and DuPont Awards, including this year (2019)!  Past president and honorary member of both Miami and Broward Shell Clubs and collector with 12 species of shells named for him, Bob is retired after 35 years in the commercial spear-fisherman/lobster business.  He and his wife, Alice, live in Miami.  Welcome back!

The 39th Annual Shell Show and Sale is now history!! THANK YOU to the artistic and scientific judges and all those who attended. The Club would also like to thank the following businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes:  Beach Daisy, Jacqueline Lynch, Judy Arnold, Kathein Jewelers, Living Styles, Marco Island Furniture & Design, Marco Island Mattress, Marco Nail Spa, Marvin Henneman, Progressive Auto, Salon Bamboo Aveda of Naples, Shore Goods, Stonewalls, Sunshine Booksellers, The China Rose Florist, The Pressed Olive, and Your Island Home. 

Select the links below for the award winners at the 2019 Marco Island Shell Show: