Parting thoughts from Kim Hannon

In 2009, I opened up my shop, Ophiuroidea, and in 2010 started a sea glass festival in St. Michaels, Maryland. Soon after that, I learned of the North American Sea Glass Association and knew I wanted to be a member to support the mission of the organization. After that, I was approached by a few board members to throw my hat in the ring to be on the board. I knew I had wanted to volunteer somehow, and being a part of the board seemed the best way to help. Over the years I have worked with so many amazing artists, authors, and founding members of the organization, and feel blessed to have been a part of such an amazing sea glass family.

I’ve learned so much over the past 8 years being on the board, many years as NASGA/ISGA President. The organization has seen growth, a name change from the North American Sea Glass Association to the International Sea Glass Association, and most recently, we added a new Community Membership, which will expand our sea glass community and mission even further. It’s all very exciting!

Ever since I said yes to being on the board, I have worked tirelessly to spread sea glass love, and to cultivate an appreciation for what we represent and our mission. I will miss the monthly board meetings and organizing the festivals, but it’s time to step down and retire as President. It will be an empty feeling for a while, after being on the board such a long time, but I feel good knowing that ISGA is in the very capable hands of the ISGA Board of Directors. I am very excited about our new incoming President Cesar Williams-Padin, Vice President Denise Troy, Treasurer Suzanne Hunter, and Secretary Kirsti Scott. Dottie Gilbo, Holly L’Hommedieu, and Kaya Alexandria Worthington are returning and we are welcoming Tammy Thatcher to the board of directors next year.

I absolutely loved working with Roxann, Steve, and the dozens of festival volunteers through the years, and will continue to be an active supporter of our organization and the sea glass community. I look forward to attending the ISGA festivals, including the highly anticipated one this summer in Mystic! Can’t wait!

I am forever grateful for the friends I’ve made along the way and feel good knowing that the International Sea Glass Association will continue to grow and be around for fellow sea glass artisans, authors, and collectors around the globe.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship over the years!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Cheers 🙂 Kim Hannon

2023 International Sea Glass Festival

17th Annual Festival

The International Sea Glass Association is pleased to announce its return to New England by hosting the 17th Annual Festival July 29-30, 2023, on the Village Green of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. 

A summer visit to the nation’s #1 maritime museum, talented artists and craftspeople, knowledgeable speakers, the sea glass contest, and an opportunity to connect with fellow sea glass enthusiasts will make for an unforgettable weekend. Admission to the Museum covers admission to the Festival, and a one-day ticket can be validated to enter a second day to enjoy the Museum and the Festival to its fullest.

Check out the museum here:

Check out Mystic here:

North American Sea Glass Association donates to Chesapeake Bay Trust and The Ocean Foundation

NASGA-2015 poster-FINAL printedEvery year the North American Sea Glass Association (NASGA) holds it’s annual North American Sea Glass Festival, and every year, the festival donates to a charitable organizations that focus on environmental concerns, shoreline protection and clean-ups, which are part of NASGA mission.

This year, the NASGA Sea Glass Festival will be held August 29th and 30th at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.   The NASGA Board of Directors chose two organizations to donate to this year, one regional, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and one national,  The Ocean Foundation.

Chesapeake Bay trust logoThe Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration. Since its inception in 1985, the Trust has awarded $70 million in grants and engaged hundreds of thousands of citizen stewards in projects that have a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.


The Chesapeake Bay Trust partners to promote environmental stewardship through restoration, education, and community engagement.  These resemble closely to the North American Sea Glass Association’s mission, to assist the work of protecting and restoring waterways and coastlines around the world, by mobilizing members, making donations and educating the public.

ocean foundationThe Ocean Foundation is a global foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

In its first ten years, The Ocean Foundation has awarded more than $21 million on marine conservation for various programs and protection of sea life and coastlines. The Ocean Foundation is unique in that it combines resources with those of other individuals that have similar goals, increasing the philanthropic impact.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to donate to these two environmental organizations to expand the North American Sea Glass Association’s mission around the world.

Richard LaMotte moves on…

Richard during the 2014 NASGA festival in Cape May, his last festival as President
Richard during the 2014 NASGA festival in Cape May, his last festival as President

The NASGA community would like to express our sincere appreciation for our former president, Richard LaMotte, whose inspiration and determination have benefited the organization in many ways. Along with Charles Peden and a handful of other key sea glass enthusiasts, Richard was instrumental in the establishment of the association and has served tirelessly on the executive board of NASGA for many terms. The humble, accomplished author’s knowledge of sea glass, coupled with his professional experience and common-sense approach to budgeting have significantly contributed to the continued success of NASGA.


Richard LaMotte’s final President’s Letter

In 2015 the North American Sea Glass Association will begin its 10th year—now under new leadership. Terms have been completed by all the founding board members with the only one exception, our stalwart Lisa Hall of Maine. Please welcome Val Weston as our new president and continue to lend a hand whenever possible so we can keep NASGA moving forward.

The annual festival remains a primary task for the board and our members who wish to see it continue. At our first national sea glass festival in October of 2006, nobody knew what to expect. Only one board member had visited the site and when the rest of us drove into Santa Cruz we could only hope our efforts to promote the show, without funding, would allow us enough revenue to host future events. The attendance of just over 1,000 was barely enough to cover expenses, but the enthusiasm led us to try again and a similar attendance figure was achieved in 2007. Then we came east in 2008 and hosted the festival in Lewes that attracted over 4,000 visitors to the small Virden Center. Other venues were tried with variable results then two events in Virginia drew attendance figures of only 2,000 each. The decision to host the event in Cape May was not easy but the board was faced with limited options. That experiment left a bitter taste for masses who tried to enter on Saturday morning. The board looked hard at expanding that venue but in the end an ideal weekend at a larger venue recently opened up in Ocean City, Maryland. This is where the 2015 sea glass festival will be held on August 29-30. More space, plenty of on-site parking and nearby lodging options.

We regret that the Cape May venue was too small to accommodate the unexpected surplus of attendees. The facility at the Ocean City Convention Center will certainly be a more wide-open and welcoming experience for all.


NASGA News – February 2015

NASGA NEWS – February 19, 2015
by Valerie Weston, President, NASGA

With the new year, NASGA has transitioned to a new board of directors, and the board has taken some time to reflect on what the association has been able to accomplish for the sea glass community; what we have learned from the successes as well as those efforts that may not have gone as planned.  Along with the support of the commercial members, the board takes its stewardship of the sea glass community seriously.  We continue to foster the same passion for genuine sea glass and are proud that we have created a fun and civilized space to share that enthusiasm with each other on many different levels.  Please take a minute to “meet” the NASGA Board of Directors on the NASGA website.

The NASGA social network, NING, is always free of charge and is a “non-commercial” space open to all collectors of genuine sea glass to associate with one another.  The membership has risen to over 3,000.  The NASGA Facebook is growing in popularity as well.  In 2014, we began a blog and have big plans to expand that avenue of communication going forward.  The NASGA website continues to draw interest from around the globe as the premier site for genuine sea glass enthusiasts.  All of these channels of sea glass community outreach are now being coordinated by a newly created Communications Committee as we continue to explore ways to keep our message fresh, relevant, and consistent.

The NASGA website homepage contains links to join in all of these ways to share with the sea glass community.

2015 NASGA Sea Glass Festival logoAs we kick into high gear on the planning of the 2015 North American Sea Glass Festival, we are keeping in mind that it will be the tenth festival, the first being held in 2006.  Plans are under way to make it memorable – for only positive reasons.  It will be held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland on August 29 & 30.  The festival will take place in the 24,000 square foot Bayfront Ballroom on the second level, plus additional space for lectures.  The entire east side of the Ballroom is a glass wall that overlooks the Isle of Wight Bay.  We can assure you that there is ample space for attendees, ample free parking, food and beverages on site, excellent educational presentations, and the most talented sea glass artisans and authors on the planet whose commitment to NASGA’s mission is supported through membership.

Please make plans to join us for our tenth sea glass festival celebration in Ocean City.  We will keep you updated with all the latest news on the festival planning through our website festival page, and through the NASGA Festival Facebook page.

We would like to close by thanking all of the NASGA board members who have worked so hard on behalf of the genuine sea glass community from the association’s inception in 2007.  We thank Christeena Minopetros and Suegray Fitspatrick whose board terms ended in 2014 but whose commitment continues on the committee level.  Founding member and President Richard LaMotte’s board term also ended in 2014.  He had served on the board since its inception, and we express heartfelt appreciation for his leadership, commitment, and passion for the sea glass community for so many years.

Valerie Weston, President
On behalf of the NASGA Board of Directors