It’s fun, exciting and something every island student can do. The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club is encouraging students of kindergarten age through high school to enter the Sanibel Shell Show this year. Their entry can be something the student has created with seashells like a shell-covered picture frame, or they can enter a single shell or group of shells that they have collected.

There are four student classes in the show. Two are classes in the Artistic Division. This is for items that have been made from seashells or sea life. There are two classes in the Scientific Division, where students can enter a single shell or a group of shells scientifically displayed. Students may have found these shells themselves or they may have acquired them by some other manner, such as a gift.

One class in each division is for students who are in kindergarten through 6th grade. The other class is for students in grades 7 through 12.

The only criteria for entering a shell or shells in the Scientific Division is that they must be in a container that has a transparent cover and that there is a card accompanying each shell. This card includes the shell’s name and some additional information described in the entry materials.

Club members are standing by to assist the students. They will help them find the information necessary for their cards and loan them a case to exhibit their shell or shells if they need one. They will also give advice for their artistic creations.

Students have plenty of time to head to the beach and see how many different shells they can find or start creating something from shells. Student photography of shells and sea-life and needlework can also be entered.

There are ribbons to be won in the four different student classes at the show. In addition, there is the beautiful Elsie Malone Award given to the best student scientific exhibit and the Daniel E. Malone Award given to the best student artistic exhibit.

The deadline for submitting entry forms for the Artistic Division is Feb. 14. Scientific exhibit entry forms are due Feb. 18. This year the Shell Show, a major part of the Sanibel Shell Festival, will be held March 7, 8 and 9.

For entry forms and more information about the shell show contact Joyce Matthys at or (503) 871-1082.