BONITA SPRINGS — It was all about the shells this weekend- the natural resources of the gulf in artistic presentation.
From Friday through Sunday the women and men of The Bonita Springs Shell Club showed off their best at their annual Shell Show and Sale event at the Bonita Beach and Tennis Club in Bonita Springs.
This club has always been based out of its current location at Bonita Beach and Tennis Club, and on opening day the show had over 400 visitors and is well on its way to topping last year’s financial total of $4,250. The event has become the premiere exhibition and fund raiser for the club, and in better financial times the group has collected up to $11,000 at the event.
Funds raised at the event are solely for area environmental programs and charities, which include Estero High School Marine Biology Program, Longboat Key, Turtle Time, Bailey Mathews Shell museum and other such programs.
The Bonita Springs Shell Club was founded in 1985 by 27 ladies of the Bonita Springs and surrounding Lee and Collier beach communities that shared an interest-- or rather passion-- for the shells, which were so abundant in here in Southwest Florida.
The club utilizes the local shell and beach resources to create decorative art, crafts and jewelry from the local beach area which must stay in the area, until being sold by the group.
Reasonable prices and a variety of items with a beautiful floral theme were available at the showing.
Current club president Flo Alexander said this year’s show is coordinated by members Danny Korson and Diana Piotroweski, who have worked hard to make it one of the best ever.
The club is open to men and women of the area who have an interest in being creative with the shells found on our shores.
The membership changes with the season and has seen many ups and downs with factors of economy and weather as the main contributors in recent years.
For more information on the club please call publicity and contact person Louise Reef or Jackie Millsteen at (239) 498-5896, the club meets from 9 a.m. to 12p.m Thursdays.