Sailor's Valentine Presentation with Gregg Roberts

July 18th at Woods Hole Library

Gregg Roberts, Sailor’s Valentines


A display of Sailor’s Valentines created by Cape Cod native Gregg Roberts will be on display at the Woods Hole Public Library throughout the month of July during the Library’s normal open hours. Based on an historic maritime craft, the pieces are made entirely of shells, most found in the Caribbean.

Later in the month, Mr. Roberts will talk at the Library about his work. In the meantime, the Valentines on display will be for sale, as are postcards of his other works.

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Cape Cod native and Sailor’s Valentine award winning artist, Gregg Roberts, will speak at the Woods Hole Public Library at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, July 18. He is a singer, poet and self-taught artisan and resides, teaches and maintains a studio in the seaside village of Cotuit. The studio includes an immense collection of shells and nautical memorabilia used in the creation of his distinctive works, serves as a gallery of Gregg’s existing Sailor’s Valentines, and houses his instructional classes.

Gregg created his first Sailor’s Valentine in 1984 following an inspirational recollection of seeing a Sailor’s Valentine 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.

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

Examples of Gregg Roberts’ Sailor’s Valentines can be found at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where Gregg lectures and holds classes for novice artisans and at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.  The commissioned Sailor’s Valentine, “The Bristol Piece”, hangs in the University’s Global Heritage Hall and is believed to be the world’s largest Sailor’s Valentines measuring 48 inches in diameter.

Gregg Roberts’ Sailor’s Valentines are frequently included in art, maritime history and lifestyle publications most recently in the January, 2018 issue of Cape Cod Magazine.

All are invited to this free illustrated talk. A concurrent exhibit of his Sailors’ Valentines is on view upstairs in the Library. For more information, visit the Library’s website welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on