Cape Cod native and Sailor’s Valentine 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, Massachusetts, the home of the Cahoon Museum of Americana Art with its Sailor’s Valentine collection including work by noted Sailor’s Valentine artist, Bernard Woodman.
The Gregg Roberts 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 Gregg’s 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 based Sailor’s Valentine 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 shellcraft 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 Sailor’s Valentine artists by Grace L. Madeira in her seminal 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 Global Heritage Hall and is believed to be the world’s largest Sailor’s Valentines measuring 48 inches in diameter.