It’s Just Sand”….. I have no idea how many times I’ve said this over the years while looking into the eyes of the bewildered and amazed, young and old alike, just to get that stare back of disbelief and awe while still to this day I too am totally awestruck at the works of art and talent these folks bring to Hampton and around the world! Please make sure to vote on Saturday 1-3 p.m. or just give a good a word of praise and inspiration to your favorite anytime. For information on sponsorship or to become a volunteer go to www.ItsJustSand.com or call 603.548.6002. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers without whom all of this would not be possible!
Some believe sand sculpting is art, some believe it’s a sport. Mélineige believes 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 she is, with Jonathan Bouchand « Jobi », the current 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 materials: Snow and Ice since 1998. www.sculpturebeauregard.com
A sculptor of ice and sand, Michel is culinary owner of Sculptures Michel Lepire, Inc. Sculpting ice for more than 36 years and the official sculptor of the prestigious Winter Carnival and Ice Hotel of Quebec, he has taken part and carried out projects in Canada, America and Europe. Michel has been sand sculpting for 17 years. He won the World Championship in 2003 and also won several medals and trophies. He has organized the competition of the International of Sand Sculpture of Quebec for 15 years and is originator and artistic Director of the Sand of Time at Expo Quebec for the 400th Anniversary of Quebec. He has participated in several projects throughout the world and is always a favorite here in Hampton. www.sculpturesmichellepire.
This will be my fifteenth year at Hampton Beach sculpting logos and giving lessons in sand sculpture for the event. During the rest of the year I’m busy managing and creating for my two web sites: WhatILearnedAtTheBeach.com and ConfettiinthePark.com
I’m finishing up my bachelors degree at UMF as a Rehabilitation Service Major, then will be off to graduate school. Aside from long nights of studying I spend my time playing rugby and drawing. This will be my 9th year helping people understand the basics of sand sculpture while making sure everyone is enjoying themselves. You do not need to be artistic or creative to get a lesson, all you need is a positive attitude and be prepared to get a little sandy.