As Varied as the Shells on the Beach

Daisy Fotopoulos photos

No creative works quite fit the Hamptons quite like Pauline Fotopoulos's ShellArt, one-of-a-kind pieces she creates from shells found on beaches and in shops. On Saturday and Sunday, she will open her doors on South Farrington Place in Montauk for a show of her work from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Fotopoulos began collecting shells on the North Fork in the 1970s, not yet knowing what she would do with them. When she arranged her collection into floral designs on canvas, she realized how infinite the possibilities were. Her passion was reignited when she got a house in Montauk in 1998.

Ms. Fotopoulos has always had a knack for the creative. She enjoys sculpting, sewing, designing, and cooking. "It's always been her escape; she never stops making things and creating things," her daughter, Daisy Fotopoulos, said, explaining how her mother once turned a placemat into a handbag and how she meticulously knots each stone bead into her handmade jewelry.

Shells are genuine and timeless, and each has its own special look, and that individuality carries over into Ms. Fotopoulos's pieces.

In addition to showing her work at 28 Farrington Place, Ms. Fotopoulos's pieces will be available at the Montauk Artists' Association's annual art show on the green from Friday through Sunday. Those who are interested can also commission a specific piece. Daisy Fotopoulos can provide more information at 646-662-0619.
 

Pauline Fotopoulos with some of her art work.Jane Bimson
Daisy Fotopoulos
Daisy Fotopoulos