This is my 18th year participating in sand events here at Hampton Beach and it’s always exciting and never gets old! We have an exceptional line up this year and I expect it to be another phenomenal year that is always a treat for everyone who has the opportunity to enjoy the creative displays of museum quality art created just from sand. Be sure to vote for your favorite on Saturday and support our sponsors who make it all possible. For more information on this event call 603 548 6002 or go to www.GregGrady.com on how to create your own “dream come true in sand.”
Before I got in contact with carving sand in 2006 I have worked as a freelancer in several activities: graphic design, art direction (and other positions in an art-department) for movies and television, photography, making illustrations, wall-paintings and designing and technical supporting of presentations (in Power Point and Keynote) at congresses. Nowadays making sculptures has become my main job. In 2006 I participated at my first project in Lommel (Belgium). The following year I got the chance to do more projects and met more sand-carvers. Through those artists I got the possibility to take part in a competition in Berlin (Germany) in 2008. Still amazed by the relatively small amount of time needed to make a sand sculpture and the transience and beauty of the material, I will continue to create my mind and thoughts in sand. Making sand sculptures for me is like a theatre-act; you can enjoy it as long as it is there and then the memory and pictures are the only things that remain.. If you like follow my work and friend me on FaceBook! ☺
Known as the “Worst” Marc can only be described as one of the “Best” father, husband, son, sculptors and enjoyer of life itself. His travels have brought him around the world and accomplishments are far too many to list. Son of Michel Lepire, he has returned to Hampton this year for the retirement of Michel at this, his final competition. Always a pleasure to have around and watch, supporting a third generation of world renowned sculptors, we wish him the best and welcome him back!
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
Abe Waterman was born and raised in idyllic Prince Edward Island, Canada. His youth was divided between the hair salon and the back seat of his parents ford Tempo, while being shuffled around, town to town, stage to stage, one pageant to the next, trying his best to win something more than a participation ribbon. Shortly after entering his teenage years, Abe rebelled against his parents vicarious ways, tossed aside his baton, and zealously applied himself to mathematics and propriety, in the hopes of one day becoming an accountant. After several noteworthy attempts at grade 10 algebra, Abe’s academic failures left him confused and despondent, and he was forced to turn back to what he knew best. Having spent this past year toning up, with a few nips, a couple tucks, and buckets of augmentations, Abe Waterman will be returning to the beautiful Hampton Beach this year to strut his stuff, where he hopes to be a real contender for the crown.
“I’m actually a pretty simple guy. I like woodworking, gardening, food, a good book and beer. I have earned two of the most envied jobs in the world: Exhibits Creator for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and professional sand sculptor. I’ve been given the opportunity over the last 22 years to travel the world, win six dozen or so medals, and work and compete against almost every sand sculptor in the business, many of whom have become my friends and ‘family.’ I create sand sculpture because I worship it, it is my spiritual experience. If I’m not talking to you, it’s because I’m in the middle of either rapture or despair. This moment is my life. Thanks for understanding.” www.artcleveland.com
Justin has been sculpting for over 39 years. After getting laid off from his engineering job, he became a professional sculptor in 1991. He carves wood (fine wood carvings and chainsaw tree carvings), wax for jewelry, clay, ice, sand, snow for ski areas, foam, and stone. Justin also does the 55 ton sand sculptures at the Topsfield Fair. He concentrates on commissioned fine wood carved figures, architectural carving, restorations, and custom clock cases. Justin’s sculpting company is Elwin Designs based in Groveland, Mass. He also teaches carving classes in Groveland and Randolph, Mass. You can see more of Justin’s work on his website: www.ElwinDesigns.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.com
About thirty years ago I skipped out of high school to participate in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition and was instantly smitten. Since then, I’ve been in many competitions carving materials such as ice, chocolate and potatoes. It is sand and snow, however that have become my main obsessions. I’m so obsessed that I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s all I ever talk about. I mean, it’s ALL I ever talk about. I’m talking about it right now and I’m thinking about talking about it later. Okay. Actually, I think I might have a problem cuz I really can’t stop talking about it…
This will be my sixteenth year at Hampton Beach sculpting logos and giving lessons in the sand for the event. During the rest of the year I’m busy creating art, painting and managing my website WhatILearnedAtTheBeach.com. Why not take a moment and give yourself a burst of artistic creativity while your here and sign up for a lesson with me or just stop by and say hello.
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.