Saturday, 28 May 2011

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Shell Art Of Bernard A. Woodman

Renowned shell artist, the late Bernard A. Woodman (1922 -1986), produced a significant amount of work during his lifetime. He was well known for both his stunning Sailors' Valentines and his fine shell work within frames housing prominent paintings from other contempory artists. Mr. Woodman frequently collaborated with American folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon.

Bernard A. Woodman is a significant figure in the world of contemporary fine shell art. His work has played a vital role in setting the tone of the value of future contemporary Sailors' Valentines. In 2003, a contemporary 15" Sailors' Valentine by Bernard A. Woodman (site link above) was sold for the unprecedented amount of $21,850.00 at Eldred's Auction Gallery of East Dennis MA. The painting of a mermaid with a sailor contained within the piece was created by American Folk Artist, Martha Farham Cahoon (1905-1999). The good news for collectors is Bernard A. Woodman's fine shell work continues to be auctioned off at Eldred's Auction Gallery.


You can find out more about Bernard A. Woodman and his work in the popular book SAILORS' VALENTINES - THEIR JOURNEY THROUGH TIME by Constance Marshall Miller, Mary S. Page, Ann T. Schutt and Grace L. Madeira.

You can view available shell work (and sold pieces) from Bernard A. Woodman at Eldred's Auction Gallery. Just enter his name in Eldred's search to locate available works.

You can also view many of Bernard A. Woodman's collaborative works with American folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon at the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA.

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