This is my 18th year organizing this event and I am looking forward to another great competition. Having participated in sand sculpture for almost 30 years now it never ceases to amaze me what creative and beautiful works of art our sculptors are able to produce. Naming a winner every year has become one of the most difficult endeavors I face as you will see for yourself while voting for your People’s Choice Award June 16, 1- 3 p.m. Please try to thank and support our sponsors that make this “Free” event possible for anyone to enjoy! For more information on this event or your own creation email me at: NHSandSculptors@aol.com.
This is the sixth year on a pile of Hampton sand for David. Most of his sculpting experience, however, has come from the world of beard icicles, soggy boots, and frozen fingers carving snow and ice. David has been carving for over thirty years and has won many awards including 10 U.S. National Snow Sculpting titles. In his day job, he creates and restores artwork for historic buildings. Painting murals and stained glass windows in a traditional style is demanding but can leave little room for creativity. Carving sand in Hampton is a chance to dive into a more wide open expression and to be a part of this impromptu sculpture garden with a group of wildly talented artists. Hampton is also a place where David can unfurl his long, flowing ginger hair and bask in the sun.
We are extremely honored to have Marc participating this year after the sudden passing of his father Michel who had recently retired and was a People’s Choice favorite here in Hampton since its conception. The role of husband, son, father and brother of this world renowned artist has taken on new meaning for him filling the shoes of two. Known as the “Worst” the Sculpture Lepire’s have crisscrossed the earth many times and are much sought after in ice, sand, wood and snow worldwide and I am excited to see what the future will bring as he and his son Mathew continue the tradition with a third generation both bringing their own unique talent and styles to the Lepire legacy.
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 more than 30 individual awards. In 2013 she was Grand Champion of the first All Woman World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Florida and the World Cup Champion 2014 in the doubles category. “For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty”. Other material : Snow and Ice since 1998 www.sculpturebeauregard.com
Karen has been creating sand sculptures for 24 years. She has a diverse background in multiple forms of sculpture, including clay, stone, snow and polymer. Although she has no formal art training, her passion, curiosity and many incredible mentors lead her to embrace this unusual career. In 1998, she entered her first international sand sculpting contest and by 2001 she was working full time as a free-lance sculptor. To date, Karen has competed in over 120 Masters Level International sand sculpture contests, winning 27 First Place Titles, as well as 5 World Championship titles. Her work takes her around the world, collaborating with sand sculpture companies in Canada, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Holland, Spain, England, UAE, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia. She is very honored to be a long-term part of the “Grady Bunch”, this will be her 15th time competing! She loves Hampton Beach, the incredible hospitality, food, sand (10 out of 10!) and especially the friendly people make it one of her favorite destinations! www.sandqube.com
Abe Waterman, perhaps better known as “the rudest person in the Maritimes”, will be terrorizing the streets of Hampton beach this June. Armed with a shovel, several trowels, one straw, six strings, two legs, a single digit IQ, and a potty mouth so big it can only be compared in size to his ego, Abe will be inciting riots and general foul humour (that’s right, he spells “humor” the British way) as only he can; a great expanse of silence punctuated by snide comments. Having little or no expectations of winning, Abe will be pouring most of his energies into ensuring that his competitors fail miserably, or at the very least, having had their insecurities torn open and their inadequacies laid bare for the world’s amusement, win in misery. In the interest of fair play (Abe’s not entirely evil after all,) he advises his adversaries not to drink any beverages they haven’t opened or poured themselves, unless, of course they desire to wake up Monday morning wondering who’s table they’re sleeping under, with red lipstick smeared across their face and a tramp-stamp tattoo that reads “Abe for president”, which they’ll likely only discover when their teary eyed significant other gives back the engagement ring. So, “Why is this monstrosity bothering with the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Contest?” you might ask. The answer is simple: Free appetizers. His art has been described as “Post-modern xpressionist Popcorn”, so get a stick of butter, lather up, and be sure to bring an appetite.
Delayne Corbett hones a lifelong passion for subtractive sculpting of natural materials such as (ice, snow, sand, stone, and wood through in-depth self-guided research, superb mentorship with many skilled artists, and by attending workshops and competitions around the world. Vancouver BC is where he can be found either carving stone or wood in his studio, sculpting sand on the sidewalk, or working as a scenic sculptor in the film industry.
Throughout your life everyone tries to make you less selfish, yet a good hard core art education teaches you otherwise. You can carve quite the niche for yourself if you focus. You can exist quite happily in this state for a lifetime if you wish. But somehow this moment occurs when there appears someone else, some helpless innocent pure little being that now makes you reconsider who you are. Three years ago I discovered this other and the one who I was is no longer. I am new and everything I knew before that moment is moot. Hi, I’m Carl and I have no idea who I am. www.artcleveland.com
Justin Gordon is from Groveland, Mass, and has been carving since 1974 and sculpting sand since 1978 during college summers. He started sculpting professionally in 1991 after a lay off from his engineering job. He now sculpts in ice, snow at ski areas, wood, including chainsaw tree carvings for StoryLand, wax for the jewelry industry and bronzes, foam, clay, stone, sand, pumpkins, and chocolate. Sand sculpting has taken Justin to Taiwan, Kuwait, Oman, the Caribbean, BC and Quebec, Canada, and throughout the US. Locally, Justin also does the 50 ton sand sculpture at the Topsfield Fair. He now concentrates mostly on carving custom clock cases, architectural carvings, fine sculptures, and period gun stocks. You can learn more
about Justin on his website: www.ElwinDesigns.com
Dan has been creating professional sand sculptures across the continent and around the globe since 1992. He is honored to have learned from many pioneers of the art form, and now to get the privilege of collaborating with, and learning from a family of many of the best and most talented sand sculptors from around the World. During this time he has competed in scores of contests and hundreds of professional projects around the world. Dan is also a Landscape Architect with a degree from Kansas State University.
Started doing sand sculpture at Stinson Beach north of San Francisco in 1997. Quit my regular job 5 years later to make a stab at supporting myself through sand….amazingly, I’m still alive. Like most sand carvers, I get to travel all over the place, work at beach themed parties thrown by big celebrities, and watch my creations get blown up. However, I have had the additional privilege of seeing my pieces blessed by Maori Elders, driven over by monster trucks, stomped on by circus elephants, taken down by at least 100 fully automatic machine guns, verified as a world record by Guinness and gleefully jumped upon by a famous basketball team owner. The medium of sand never ceases to amaze me. Happy to be here at Hampton’s event where who knows what will happen.
Born an’ raised a California girl, Morgan likes beaches, flowers, avocados, fruit, and bare feet. In 2007, after dropping out of college, she stumbled into sand sculpting (or perhaps sand sculpting stumbled into her.) An immediate love affair, sand sculpting captured her heart and has taken her around the world, in front of television cameras, and deep into the caverns of dream-like circumstance… while winning medals. There have been articles of success written, along with callouses and sunburns. Agreeing to tie the knot with one of sand sculpting’s finest ruffians, Mr. Abe Waterman, she has secured for her future children a life of excessive shoveling, sarcasm, miss-matched socks, salad for breakfast, laughter, and adventures. She pursues snow and ice sculpting, clothing and costume design and construction, creative writing, kitchen witchery, scrap paper doodling, street theater, global backpacking, martini-infused philosophizing, and rocking out on her ukulele.
An artist at heart Darlene has been teaching her tips and tricks of sand to the public in Hampton now for over 17 years and would love to share her knowledge to inspire new ways of relaxation while at the beach. Also an accomplished painter and just a fun person to have a chat with you can check out all her work at www.whatilearnedatthebeach.com … be sure to stop by and say hello.
Attending graduate school at NIU, this will be Carissa’s 10th year participating in Hampton and she is looking forward to getting back and taking a break to help others learn how to enjoy a day in sand as much as herself. Rugby, mountain hiking, drawing and cooking are just a few of the things she loves to do and we are excited to have her return again this year.