This summer, we’re pleased to be introducing another Chalkware Santa to our Nantucket Santa Series: The Shell Seeker Santa. The Nantucket Santa Series originated in 2008 when we introduced The Original Nantucket Basket Santa which was featured on ABC Boston’s Chronicle with fanfare. That piece—as with each piece since—was designed to correspond Small Friends’ Nantucket Folk and Artisan Show each summer. This year’s piece is no different: premier numbers will be unveiled during the Thursday night preview party, “Under the Sea.”
After eleven additions to the Nantucket Summer Series, the 2017 Nantucket Shell Seeker Santa was introduced in two editions. The first edition (pictured) is a limited edition of less than 50 pieces that shows the moulded Santa with a hand-carved basket on his back with shells. The second edition features the same Santa but the basket and shells differs slightly and is moulded.
Painted in subtle tones, Judi designed this Santa with cool grey eyes and with a coat and pants that mimic the Grey Lady mists of a Nantucket morning. Having taken a stroll through the morning beach sands, this Nantucket Santa is collecting shells and putting them into his Nantucket Basket for safe keeping. Between all the shells, and the starfish stuck to his foot, it’s safe to say that the good boys and girls on the island will be getting a special treat during the holiday season.