Jobi has won first place at Sanding Ovations a record 5 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.
For most of his life Carl has pursued that narrow line between public acceptance and pure expression, all the while adhering to the whims of a delicately balanced, often temperamental material and its physical boundaries. He’s striven to illustrate the profound changes, moments, and efforts of his own personal narrative, in a fashion that thinly veneers a true translation, while maintaining a familiarity to his audience. For Carl, the moment of its realization, combined with the raw, arduous nature of the art form itself, and the intimate spoken and unspoken dialogue with the vicarious viewer, redeems his connection to the creative spirit that underpins the definition of pure art.
A Singaporean from the 70s that gave up almost everything just to be in love with sand. He takes ordinary sand and transforms the medium into incredible art works. One publication referred to the granule master as “Vincent Sand Gogh”. JOOheng’s works have been showcased in over 60 cities across more than 20 countries around the world, winning awards from Aisa, across Europe to America. His series of sand sculpture backdrops “Dirt is Good” incorporated with photographs for an advertising campaign amaze the world and bring sand sculpting to another level.
Treasure Island, Florida
To Dan, life is an adventure. In his younger years he followed my wanderlust, making a living in many occupations over the years as a welder, well driller, computer operator, seafood cannery plant manager, commercial fisherman, lumber mill worker, general contractor and woodworker. Dan started sculpting sand on the beaches of Santa Cruz, CA in 1995 and stuck with that. He met Meredith at a competition 1996. They have been traveling the world creating sculptures ever since.
Ben Doubleday & Mark Price
Treasure Island, Florida
Two local guys that Sandin g Ovations could not do without. They are the glue that keeps all the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff together. Beginning with the huge centerpiece pound up, to building the wooden forms, to keeping a constant water supply and assisting the sculptors remove forms, Ben and Mark do it all. If they are ahead of schedule, you will also see Ben carving logos.
Abe has been creating artwork ever since he was old enough to eat crayons; he considered every new diaper a fresh canvas. Though some may still consider Abe’s output rather colorful, and he may still enjoy a crayola from time to time, he now works mostly on ephemeral mediums, such as sand and snow.
Jan has been a die-hard sand sculptor for many years (since 1997), but he took a sidetrack the last 4 years. One part is to focus on business innovation using visual thinking as a tool and he’s been creating visuals to help business development. The other part is because he has become a family dad and didn’t want to stay away too long from his three kids. Now, since the kids have been grown up a ‘little bit’, he’s back and he’s looking forward to shovel, create and sculpt the sand!
Aleksei was born in Moscow Sept. 30, 1976. He is a 1995 graduate of the Moscow Art College of Applied Art. He received a diploma from the Stroganov Moscow Art University in 2002. He has participated in the Creative Soyuz of the Artists of Russia and International Federation of the Artists in 2002, sculpture category. A section of a sculpture. He became a member of the Moscow Union of the Artists in 2004, sculpture category.
Rachel is fairly new to the sand sculpting world but already has the respect of fellow sculptors as a quickly rising talent. She recently won People’s Choice and 5th place in her very first competition in the U.S. She travels the world working sand projects. Rachel is also an accomplished animal portrait artist. This is her first time in Treasure Island.
Treasure Island, Florida
Meredith has been sculpting sand for 33 years. In 1985 she volunteered to help on a Guinness record breaking sand sculpture and got hooked. “I have no formal art training but I have always worked with my hands. Sand was a natural fit for me. How lucky am I, that I found a way to make my passion, my profession? I have fun at work every day and this is my office.”
Fergus 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 has 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 and 2017 European Championships in Zandvoort, Holland.
Jakob “Kuba” Zimacek
Kuba tarted sand sculpting on beaches of south Spain in 2003. In 2005 he participated in first international sand sculpting festival in Portugal. Since then he has been sculpting sand in sand sculpting events all around the world and has won several prizes in competitions. Including the international sand sculpture competition Windsor, Australia, Rorschach, Switzerland and Jelgava, Latvia.
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. An artist since childhood with her three dimensional roots in origami, Sue’s first taste of sand sculpting (besides her back yard 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 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.
A Graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Deb says she feels blessed to make her living doing what she loves! She is an Illustrator/Muralist currently, near to completion of her largest Mural ever, (96’ long) and being installed under the Sargent Street Bridge in Revere MA. She was introduced to the Sand World in 2005 at the Revere International Sand Sculpting Festival where she first learned the many techniques of logo carving! Her first years competing were in the 2015 and 2016 Revere duo competition. Deb and her partner won a People’s Choice award in 2016 for their piece titled “The Color’s In the Mind”. A highlight of her life in sand is being a part of “Sanding Ovations” Sand Sculpting Event for the past 7 years. When she’s am not being creative with my hands, she enjoys being creative as a part-time DJ/Karaoke Host with Deb & Art’s Entertainment.
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Some time in 2012, while standing on a beach with a cart full of buckets, shovels, sprayers, and a backpack of trowels, Damon realized that sand sculpting had become more than just a hobby. He participates in local street painting / chalk art festivals and loves to work in mixed media on canvas. “I consider myself very fortunate to now create sculptures for festivals, amusement parks, and in competitions all across the state.”