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Judges for 82nd Annual Shell Show announced

February 13, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A distinguished panel of judges has been announced for the 82nd Annual Shell Show, which will take place on March 7-9 at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

- Dave and Linda Green

Dave and Linda Green, of Houston, Texas, each have their own niche in the "shell world." Dave Green will judge the Scientific Division, and Linda Green will judge the Artistic Division.

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Dave Green

Dave Green has been involved in the study of conchology and malacology for over 45 years as a collector of mollusks and as an exhibitor in shows. He started his interest in shells by collecting a wide variety of families, but has concentrated on cowries over time. Today he just collects cones, abalone and olives from around the world. He has won awards in Florida and Texas shows, including several DuPont, Conchologist of America, Shell of the Show, and Educational Awards, plus a variety of others. He has served as a scientific judge at shell shows in Florida and Texas. He is a member of the Conchologists of America, Houston Conchology Society, Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County, Astronaut Trail Shell Club, Sarasota Shell Club and San Diego Shell Club.

Linda Green grew up in Cleveland and fell in love with shells when she moved to the Orlando area in 1982. Her attention to detail when judging probably stems from her mathematics background. She received a bachelor's from Kent State University and a master's from Southern Illinois University, then went on to become a computer programer. She has judged shell shows throughout Florida and has won awards at shows for her shell-themed quilts. She is a member of the Conchologists of America, Houston Conchology Society, Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County, Astronaut Trail Shell Club, Sarasota Shell Club and San Diego Shell Club.

- Duane Kauffmann

Duane Kauffmann will judge the Scientific Division. A Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club member, he grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois, graduated from Goshen College and completed his doctorate in social psychology at the University of Illinois. Kauffmann taught at and retired from Goshen College, where he had the good fortune to become friends with two colleagues who had started a marine biology program with which he became involved. Fascinated by the tiny snails found in a clump of algae, he has focused on finding, photographing and identifying very small species. Kauffmann recently completed a draft of an identification guide for about 150 micro species from western Florida. He is a member of the Sarasota Shell Club, coordinates the activities at the club's table at the Sarasota Shell Show and has exhibited miniature shells at shell shows.

- Marci Chamberlain

Marci Chamberlain will judge the Artistic Division. An artist in different mediums, she received her master's from the University of Massachusetts and worked in advertising until she started her graphic art company. After selling the company, Chamberlain decided to devote her time to Victorian shell work. She fell in love with shell collecting when she had a summer cottage on Cape Cod in the 1980s. After she saw her first sailor's valentine, Chamberlain said she was hooked. She started researching the history of valentines and began to amass an extensive collection of large and small seashells. Her crafts have been shown in venues in Rockport and Newburyport, Massachusetts, as well as in Florida. Sandra Bullock and Adam Sandler have purchased Chamberlain's work. She is a member of Broward Shell Club and was been honored with the "Best of Show" trophy for four years.



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