Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Sailors’ Valentines


Sailors’ Valentines

with Artist Gregg Roberts


Monday, June 11th at 1pm

Free with Museum Admission

Cape Cod native and Sailors’ Valentines award winning artist, Gregg Roberts, is a singer, poet and self-taught artisan.  He resides, teaches and maintains a studio in the seaside village of Cotuit, which houses an immense collection of shells and nautical memorabilia used in the creation of his distinctive works.

Gregg created his first Sailors’ Valentines in 1984 following an inspirational recollection of seeing a Sailors’ Valentines on a childhood trip to the maritime museum at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.  From the beginning, his distinctive artistry became apparent as Gregg incorporated his knowledge of knot tying into the traditional shell based style of Barbados based Sailors’ Valentines artists favored by B. H. Belgrave.

Recognition of his talent followed quickly as Gregg participated in the Sanibel Shell Show, the oldest and most prestigious shell craft global competition, and won prizes in the professional sailor’s valentine and jewelry categories. He also has been recognized as one of the country’s most prominent Sailors’ Valentines artists by Grace L. Madeira in her seminal book, Sailors’ Valentines…Their Journey Through Time in which six of his pieces are featured.


For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.