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Amusing Monday: Amazing sand sculptures are but brief creations

Creativity, humanity and whimsy seem to be abundant qualities among the sand sculptors producing unique works of art at various competitions across the United States this year.

“Dance of the Undefined,” first place in the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition. Artist: Mélineige Beauregard, Montreal, Quebec. // Photo: Hampton Beach Facebook page

In June, the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in New Hampshire celebrated its 17th anniversary by attracting more than a dozen professional artists, including at least five from Canada.

This year’s winner at Hampton Beach was Mélineige Beauregard from Montreal, Quebec. Her work in sand, titled “Dance of the Undefined,” shows a woman from the waist up with honeycomb arms stretched above her head. Mélineige explained that the piece represents how people are constantly changing in some ways while staying the same in others.

She considers art as a kind of spiritual experience, according her to bio on the Hampton Beach website.

“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 was quoted as saying. “An artist is one who spiritualizes matter. For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty.”

Mélineige has won more than 30 individual awards in sand sculpting. In 2004, she teamed up with her father, renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard, to win the World Championship doubles competition. Last year, she was the winner at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Massachusetts. See the article by Liz Vanderau in Boston University Today. A slideshow of the Hampton Beach sculptures was posted on YouTube by Ammoguy5. Winners were listed on the Hampton Beach website with photos on the Hampton Beach Facebook page.

“Soul Evolution,” first place in the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Frestival. Artist: Pavel Mylnikov, Moscow, Russia.
Photo: Revere Beach Facebook page

This year’s winner at the Revere Beach competition, July 21-23, was Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia. His sculpture, titled “Soul Evolution,” is an intricately carved piece with two masculine angels on a rocky outcropping. Artist-reporters Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson-Doubleday of RevereTV do a nice job of explaining their craft in a series of videos. Below, I’ve linked to two videos focused on four sculptures in this year’s competition — including entries by Pavel and Mélineige:

The festivals at Hampton Beach and Revere Beach are listed among the top 10 sand-sculpting competitions in the United States, according to Coastal Living magazine. Also making the list is the SandSations Sandcastle Competition in Long Beach, Wash. (See Facebook for some random photos and a list of winners.)

Another great sand-sculpting festival was held this year on July 14 and 15 at Imperial Beach, California. NBC 7, San Diego put together a nice video of the top winners.

“Neptune’s Organ,” first place in the 2016 Virginia Beach International Sand Sculpting Championship. Artists: Meredith Corson Doubleday and Dan Doubleday, Florida.
Photo: Virginia Beach website

Still to come this year is the International Sand Sculpting Championship, Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 in Virginia Beach, Va. The event is part of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. More than 30 of the world’s top sculptors are scheduled to compete along with separate competitions for amateur sculptors.

Last year’s first-place winner in Virginia Beach was Mélineige Beauregard, mentioned above. The first-place in team competition was won by Meredith Corson Doubleday and Dan Doubleday, mentioned above as artist-reporters in the Revere Beach competition. Their sculpture, Neptune’s Organ, also took the Neptune’s Choice, Sculptors’ Choice and People’s Choice awards in the team division.

Winners from 2016 contest in Virgina Beach can be seen on the festival’s winners page.

After enjoying dozens of photos showing amazing sculptures, I can’t help but think about the fragility and temporary nature of these artworks. For all their beauty and intricacy, as well as the thoughts and emotions they inspire, these sculptures soon disappear, and the artists are left to prepare for their next fleeting creation.

Amusing Monday: Amazing art based in shifting sand

I’m always amazed at the unusual shapes and forms that artists manage to create from sand — which everyone knows is nothing like wood, rock or clay, the typical materials used for sculpting.

The other thing I find interesting about sand sculptures is that they lack the permanency of artworks made of durable materials. Consider that after spending long hours dedicated to producing their works of art, the artists have only photographs from which to remember their creations.

This year, the World Championship of Sand Sculptures moved to Atlantic City, N.J., after three years in Federal Way, Wash. Twenty-seven sculptors from 13 countries were engaged in the competition, held in June.

I’m told that the annual sand-sculpture contest in Port Angeles, called Arts in Action, will be held this weekend. So far, however, I have been unable to find much information about it online. I’m waiting for a phone call or email from the organizers. It’s always been a good show if you like to see amazing sculptures made of sand.

As for the Atlantic City event, I’ve posted two slide-show videos on this page, the first accompanied by the natural sounds of waves and seagulls, the second with music. You may prefer the pictures taken by photographer Rae Mara and posted on her website. Another option is to check out the official Facebook page of the event. (Click on the first photo, then use the right arrow to move through the images.)

Jeff Strong, identified as coming from Puget Sound in Washington state, was honored with the “Sculptors’ Choice” award with his piece called “Dream Weaver.”

Look for solo sculptures by Karen Fralich of Ontario, Canada, who came in first with her sculpture “Amazon’s Pet;” Carl Jara of Cleveland, Ohio, who earned second place for his piece called “Goddess;” and David Ducharme of British Columbia, Canada, who received a third-place award for his “Folded Memory.”

Two other events worthy of a look via slideshow are a competition in January in Hawkesberry, Australia, and one just completed this past weekend at Revere Beach in Boston.

Amusing Monday: Festival time arrives for sand sculpture

Stream of consciousness: I was thinking last week how nice it would be to go to the ocean. My wife Sue and I love the coast, but we haven’t made it over there yet this year.

<i>One of the amusing sand sculptures at last year's Arts in Action festival in Port Angeles</i><br> <small> Photo courtesy of Nor'Western Rotary</small>
One of the amusing sand sculptures at last year's Arts in Action festival in Port Angeles
Photo courtesy of Nor'Wester Rotary

That got me to thinking about sand, along with sand sculptures. Then I realized that this weekend (Friday-Sunday) is the annual “Arts in Action” festival in Port Angeles, where I’ve always been amused by the most humorous and interesting sand sculptures.

So I scanned the Internet for photos and videos of sand sculptures. I was able to find larger sand sculptures in Portugal and more intricate ones in various other places, but I believe the most amusing ones may have been created in PA, which claims to be the only “masters invitational” for sand sculpture in North America.

This year’s theme is “Wonders of the World,” which would allow ideas ranging from The Eiffel Tower to a two-headed goat, according to a press release from Nor’Wester Rotary, which sponsors the event.

For killer whale fanatics, this year’s festival will include sidewalk artist Ian Morris, who plans to draw one of those three-dimensional illustrations that make you believe something is coming out of the sidewalk when viewed at the correct angle. Morris will draw a leaping orca, according to press information.

Regarding sand sculpture, a Flicker user named DogAteMyHomework put together a nice slideshow of last year’s Arts in Action festival.

If you would like to see some other great sculptures, check out these sites:

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Gadling.com

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