Dan is the co-owner of Sanding Ovations. He is a World Champion, International Champion and the 1 st North American to win Sculptors Choice at the World Championship. He has since gone on to win more Sculptors Choice awards than any of his peers. Dan and his wife Meredith still compete globally winning the International Championships duos 4 times. Dan is the designer of this year’s event. He would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Treasure Island and the public for their continued support of this event, especially during these trying times.
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.. She also starred on Travel Channel’s Reality TV show “Sand Masters”, a two season program about the worldwide adventures of a group of America’s top sand sculptors. 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 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.
He is the glue that keeps all the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff together. Beginning with the huge centerpiece pound up, building the wooden forms, keeping a constant water supply and assisting the sculptors to remove forms, Mark does it all.
Abe Waterman, from PEI, Canada, 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 colourful, and he may still enjoy a crayola from time to time, he now works mostly on ephemeral mediums, such as sand and snow.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, I feel blessed to make a living doing what I
love! I am a full time Artist working as an Illustrator/Muralist and Sand Sculptor. Recently I completed an 8’ X 96’ mural…as well as a 4’X 64’ mural… both of which are located under the Sargent Street Bridge here in Revere Ma. I was introduced to the sand in 2005 on Revere Beach and fell in love with it!! I first got my feet wet as a Logo Carver and just started competing in 2015. Another highlight of my life in the sand is being a part of “Sanding Ovations” Sand Sculpting event every November for the past 7yrs. When I’m not creating with my hands you might catch me as a DJ or Hosting Karaoke with Deb & Art’s Entertainment!!
Some believe sand sculpting is art, some believe it’s a sport. While others, like Melineige, believe it’s a spiritual experience. “When my hands touch the material, when my heart opens to give life, when my head is illuminated by light, I become the co-creator of the universe,” she said. “An artist is one who spiritualizes matter.” She should know. Art is in her blood. Her father is internationally renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard, and like her father, she too has achieved international success. In fact, in 2004 the father-daughter duo teamed to win the World Championship in the doubles category. Since then she has won several individual awards and in 2016 she was Grand Champion of the World Championship of Taiwan. “For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty.
Testing Bruce Phillips has been involved in the art of sand sculpting for over 25 years. he is known throughout the world, from Tokyo to Amsterdam. He has created sand sculptures in 13 countries. He creates amazing works of art at festivals in competitions, and he does corporate and private events as well. In addition, to send Bruce has fabricated sculptures from small to very large scale in a wide variety of other media.
I am a sand sculptor from Colombia, and I have 35 years of artistic experience, of which 10 have been dedicated to sand sculpture. I had the honor of representing my country in different international competitions in a total of 9 countries (India, Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Sweden, Italy, Uruguay, United States, and Australia) gaining first place in some of them. I like to work with a lot of expressive movement to achieve some kind of connection between the spectator and the sculpture. My favorite works are anatomy especially women’s faces. I am also a tattoo artist, muralist and oil painter. At Halloween, I work carving pumpkins.
From Indian Rocks Beach, Damon is as local as it gets. A long time lover of the arts, he entered his first sand sculpting competition in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. His unique style and outside the box mindset has earned him many awards in the pro/am division, including 5 first place and 4 people’s choice honors. As a sculptor, an artist, and a street painter, he considers himself very fortunate to share his talents in festivals and competitions all throughout his home state. You might remember Damons sculpture last year at Sanding Ovations titled The Fine Art of Over Thinking.
Meredith has been sculpting sand for 35 years. In this time she has amassed too many awards to list but none more memorable than being the first female to win a medal at the World Championship. In 1985 she volunteered to help on the Treasure Island, 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”. She and husband Dan sculpt all over the world.