Fish Tales from the Fish House "Treasures from the Sea"

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Acclaimed Beach Glass Jewelry Designer and Beach Find Artist to Give Fish Tales From the Fish House Lecture on November 28

Swampscott Yacht Club to host free community lecture open to public


SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. – The Swampscott Yacht Club is hosting its fourth Fish Tales from the Fish House lecture featuring two Swampscott artists who turn their finds from the sea into treasures. Sonja Grondstra and Judy Trujillo will be talking about their work creating jewelry and art with the sea glass and pottery pieces they collect on the beach.


The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 at the Swampscott Yacht Club, which is on the second floor of the Fish House at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott. In addition to their talk, some of Grondstra’s jewelry and Trujillo’s artwork will be on display and available for sale. There will be a door prize given. A cash bar will be open. The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. For more information and to make reservations, call 781.962.5587.


Sonja Grondstra, founder of Grondstra Design (grondstradesigns.com), collects pieces of beach glass from places along the seashore like Fisherman’s Beach and creates one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and other fine jewelry. She got her start collecting beach glass and pottery pieces walking her dog and became inspired to make unique bezel jewelry designs with them.


Judy Trujillo creates colorful mosaics from the random pieces of sea glass and ceramics she finds on the beach. Her artwork is on display at Kennedy Studio on Humphrey Street. Every day she walks the beach is a treasure hunt, she says.


“These two women are turning found objects into treasured art and jewelry. It’s amazing what washes ashore and how it is transformed,” said Steve Speranza, Vice Commordore of the Swampscott Yacht Club at 425 Humphrey Street.


Fish Tales from the Fish House is a community lecture series which was launched May 2 with a talk by Richard Patch, a longtime fisherman who has been lobstering from Swampscott for 40 years.


The Swampscott Yacht Club is housed at the Fish House, which was built in 1896, is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and is the only municipal fish house on the East Coast. The lecture series was conceived of, in part, to share the richness of community life and the history of coastal Swampscott, as well as introduce community members to the treasured Fish House.


The Swampscott Yacht Club is a volunteer club founded in 1933 for the purpose of promoting yachting and sailboat racing. Located on the second floor of the Fish House, there are about 200 members, roughly half of whom are boaters, enjoying fishing, sailing, power boating, kayaking or rowing. Membership costs as little as $340 per year. 


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