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Jobi Bouchard, Montreal, Canada
2012, 2013, 2014 1st Place Winner, 2013 People’s Choice Winner
Jobi has won first place in Treasure Island 3 times. Jobi  has the utmost respect from fellow competitors as a very creative and competitive person as well as being just a really nice guy. His ideas are unique and well performed. He travels the world making sand sculptures for commercial events and has competed  in many  competitions throughout the U.S.  Always look for something impressive and unique from this very talented sculptor.

 

 

 

Dimitry KlimenkoKlimenko, Moscow, Russia
1st time Sanding Ovations competitor

In 2004 Dmitry graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Academy of Art and immediately began ice carving. He entered the sand world in 2005 plunging deeper and deeper into sand carving with it’s never-ending possibility to grow. He won medals in Saint Petersburg and Moscow and has since carved sand in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Poland, and Russia. He also works with wood and bronze.

 

 

 

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FergFergus Mulvaney, Dublin, Ireland
1st time Sanding Ovations competitorus started sand sculpting by chance in 1993 while studying sculpture in Dublin. Since then the medium and culture of sand has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon and has carried him on his ever-widening path from Europe to Australia and Asia to North America. Along the way he’s picked up awards such as 1st , 2nd and four-time Sculptors’ Choice in the Moscow International Sand Championships, 1st in the 2012 Toronto CNE International Sand Masters, 2nd and Sculptors’ Choice in the 2012 San Diego US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 1st in the 2013 and 2014 European Championships in Zandvoort, Holland.

 

 

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Dan Belcher, St. Louis, Missouri
2013 3rd Place Winner 
Dan has been creating professional sand sculptures across the continent and around the globe since 1990.  He is honored to have learned from many pioneers of the art form, and now to get the privilege of collaborating with a family of many of the best new, talented sand sculptors from around the World. During this time he has competed in scores of contests and in addition to many other contest prizes he has worked with teammates to win a few World Championships. This year, together with his great friends they have opened Friendship Brewing Company in Wentzville, Missouri. When he is not creating sand sculptures around the world is diligently working at home trying to brew enough of their beer for their wonderful patrons. Dan is also a Licensed Landscape Architect with a degree from Kansas State University.

 

Pavel MylnMylnikovikov, Moscow, Russia
1st time Sanding Ovations competitor
Pavel was born in Moscow on August 14,1978. He received his degrees from the Moscow Art Academy and Institute. Like many of his fellow competitors, he travels the world creating sand sculptures for many projects and competitions.  Pavel is a five-time World Champion and eleven-time Russian Champion. This is Pavel’s first time competing in Treasure Island.

 

 

 

AndriuPetkuss Petkus, Vilnius, Lithuania
1st time Sanding Ovations competitor
Petkus holds BA and MA degrees in sculpture from Vilnius Academy of Arts. He has had personal exhibitions in Lithuania and has won many competitions in Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Italy, Finland, China, Australia, and the USA. He has participated in art events and festivals in Lithuania, Latvia, France, Holland, Hungary, Finland, Russia, Italy, Turkey, Australia, China, USA, and Germany. Petkus has also organized many international sculpture symposiums and festivals in Lithuania (stone, wood, steel welding, pumpkin carving, fire sculptures and concrete). “I am working, enjoying, and …. winning!” says Petkus.

 

 

 

JooJOOheng-new-photoheng Tan, Singapore

1st time Sanding Ovations competitor
Hailed as Vincent Sand Gogh by the Daily Mail UK, Singapore sculptor Jooheng Tan fell in love with the art of sand sculpting in the late 90’s. His debut in 2000 saw him attain first prize in the International Sand Sculpting Competition in the Netherlands. As a result of his fueling passion for sand sculpting, Jooheng’s works have been showcased in over 50 cities across more than 20 countries around the world. There are no signs of stopping for this sand sculptor extraordinaire as in front of him lies plenty of prizes and sand sculpting championships, including the world.

 

 

Edith van de Wevan de Weteringtering, Netherlands
1st time Sanding Ovations competitor
When she was young she hated sand in between her toes, but now she could not live without it. She started sculpting sand through her architecture education at the Technical University. For Edith, participating in the sand sculpture festival in Scheveningen started as a hobby, but got out of control very fast. And she has been traveling around the world to built sand, snow and ice sculptures for almost 20 years.

 

Guy-OlivieOlivier Duveaur Deveau, Montreal, Canada
Returning Sanding Ovations competitor
For many years, ice and sand sculpting merely was a summer job meant to help finance his university study in the field of philosophy. After meeting and working with professional sculptors as a helper, he refined his skills and finally was able to enter the sand sculpture World Championship in 2008 where he placed 4th. This is the event that setted him on the path he is on today, traveling the world to perform his art.

 

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Sue McGrew, Tacoma, Washington
Returning Sanding Ovations competitor
Sue discovered her passion for sand when she was 16 and this early introduction into the art form makes her one of the youngest professional sand sculptors in the US. Her flowing organic style and expressive figures have won her a number of competitions. Sue’s first taste of sand sculpting (besides her backyard sand box) came during high school, after which she found herself hopelessly addicted to the ephemeral art form. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatre Stage Management, but chose to follow her love of sand and immediately continued her sculpting career after college. Sue continues to grow as an artist of many mediums, but until she tires of living out of a gritty suitcase, she devotes herself to sand, ice, and snow.

Dan DoDoubleday Dubleday, Treasure Island, Florida
Organizer & centerpiece sculptor
To Dan, life is an adventure. In his younger years he followed his wanderlust. He has made a living in many occupations over the years. A welder, well driller, computer operator, seafood cannery plant manager, commercial fisherman, lumber mill worker, general contractor, woodworker and corporate president. He started sculpting sand on the beaches of Santa Cruz, CA in 1995 and stuck with that.  In 1996 he met Meredith Corson and settled in Florida with her. He has competed all over the world and has many International titles along with a couple of World Champion wins. He has the utmost respect for his fellow sand sculptors that continue to come up with new techniques and creative ideas that motivate him to keep up with them.

 

Mereditmeredithh Doubleday, Treasure Island, Florida
Organizer and centerpiece sculptor
Meredith is a World Champion Gold Medalist and has the honor of being the first female to medal at the World Championships. Raised in New Bedford, MA, Meredith relocated to Florida in 1980 and started sculpting sand as a hobby. In 1996 she met Dan Doubleday at a competition. They own ‘Sanding Ovations’ based out of Treasure Island, Florida. They travel the world creating sand sculptures commercially and competitively. They also organize Master competitions throughout the country. Their sculptures are emotional, thought provoking and often striking in their simplicity or at the other end of the spectrum, incredibly detailed.

 

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Deb Barrett-Cutulle, Saugus, Massachusetts
Centerpiece sculptor
A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, she is thrilled to be able to make her living doing what she loves to do.  She has been enjoying her career as an illustrator for over 25 years, creating murals and two Children’s Books “Starbirds Special Gift” and “Princess Pie” with a 3rd book in the works.  She started working with sand in 2005 and just recently competed in her second Master Level Duo Competition at Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Event. “We took ourselves home a medal this year receiving a Peoples Choice Award!” she says. “This is my 5th year here at Treasure Island and it is truly an amazing event. I look forward to it more and more with each passing year!”

 

 

bendBen Doubleday, Treasure Island, Florida
Tech Crew
Organizer

Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Ben relocated to Florida in 2007. He got started in the world of sand by working with his father Dan Doubleday. Ben provides the technical ‘behind the scenes’ work for the centerpiece and for the artists from beginning to end. Starting with distribution of the sand into individual piles for the sculptors, to building the wooden forms, to keeping a constant water supply and assisting the sculptors remove forms, Ben does it all.