Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 112015 Contents THE RIVER - NOVEMBER 20, 2015
American Sand Sculpting
Championship Returns To Beach
LThe 29th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship presented by the
Seminole Casino Hotel has announced its final list of competing sculptors
today with the event set to return to Fort Myers Beach beginning on Friday,
November 20 and running through Sunday, November 29.
This year sculptors represent four different countries, over ten states and collectively
hold over 300 competition medals with many of them World Champions. There will
be sixteen Solo Master Sculptors, ten Doubles Master Sculptors (five teams) all plying
their craft and showcasing their artistry in what USA Today and CNN Travel have
named a must see and one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions in the world.
Participating Master Sculptors will be “Amazin” (Walter) McDonald of South Padre
Island, Texas; Melineige Beauregard of Quebec, Canada; Morgan Rudluff of Santa
Cruz, California; Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Todd Pangborn of
Jamestown, New York; Joris Kivits of Portugal; Delayne Corbett of Canada; Lucinda
“Sandy Feet” Wierenga of South Padre Island, Texas; Greg Grady Jr. of Hampton
Beach, New Hampshire; Brian Turnbough of Chicago, Illinois; Edith Van De Wetering
of Katwijk, Netherlands; Wilfred Stijger of Katwijk, Netherlands; Bruce Phillips of San
Diego, California; Steve Topazio of Tiverton, Rhode Island; Craig Mutch of White Rock,
British Columbia, Canada; and Sandi “Castle” Stirling of Dundas, Ontario Canada.
Big C Events, Pinchers, the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Fort Myers Beach and The
Sand Lovers, all of which have been involved in other successful sand sculpting events
including the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, will once again manage the
event in coordination with the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and
various local charity benefactors.
Returning for the third year will be The Sand Shuffle. The Sand Shuffle brings the
sand and artistry of Master Sculptor Melineige Beauregard to four locations around
Southwest Florida including the Seminole Casino Hotel, The Edison & Ford Estates,
the Marina at Edison Ford and the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Fort Myers Beach. The
Sand Shuffle allows guests to visit, photograph and share the sculptures socially through
their own social media outlets as well as the event’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Additionally, guests will be able to pick up an event guide with a Sand Shuffle Passport
and get stamps at the locations where sculptures reside for a chance at great prizes.
Guests are welcome to attend the Sand Sculpting event daily from November 20 to 29.
There will be many interactive activities for guests to partake in including:
• More than 40 Sand Sculptures – View over 40 sand sculptures, more than 1,000
tons of beach sand will be sculpted, including one huge 350 ton sand sculpture
• Quick Sand Speed Sand Sculpting - An audience-participation show in which two
sculptors go head-to-head for a ten-minute sculpting competition, sculpting a subject
selected by someone in the audience. The winner of each round advances to champi-
onship rounds based on audience applause.
• Photo Opportunity Sculptures – Designed so you can step into the sculpture,
become a part of it and have your photo taken. You can also have the sculpture cus-
tomized by carving family names, dates and just about anything into the sculpture to
make it your very own - family vacation photo, Christmas card, souvenir, postcard, etc.
• Kids Zone – An area where the kids can practice building their own sand sculp-
tures as well as numerous kid’s activities.
• Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons – Learn the Tricks of Master
• Amateur Contest – Open to anyone and all levels of sculptors.
• State Championships – This is a competition where an advanced amateur sand
sculptor can prove their abilities and get one step closer to being accepted as a Master
• Sand Vendor Village – More than 50 vendors from around the country will be
offering a great selection of food, beverages, specialty retail and arts and crafts.
Admission is just $5 with children four and under free. Both active and retired
military veterans can attend the event any day and receive a $1 off with military
ID. Family 4-Packs (two adults and two children 5 and over) will also be available
at the main entrance for $16. Discount coupons are also available from local par-
ticipating 7-11 locations at their front counters. For more information, visit www.
FMBSandSculpting.com or the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/
The 29th annual American Sand Sculpting Competition will once again be held at
the Wyndham Garden Hotel, located at 6890 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive from the south in order to avoid traffic congestion.
Event directors have coordinated a revolving bus system to transport attendees from
the Lover’s Key parking area to the site.
Art Show Winners
Original artwork by 30 local artists exhibiting
in the Arts of the Inland (AOI) Perceptions
Art Show running from November 5 through
November 29 was judged by renowned artist Peter
Garon. Awards were presented at the art show recep-
tion held November 5 at the AOI Barron Park House
Gallery, 471 N. Lee Street in LaBelle.
The following received monetary and ribbon awards:
Best of Show winner was Bayard Horn of Fort Myers
for his oil painting “Untitled 20151.” First Place winner
was Donna Thewlis from Lehigh for her minerals fired
on porcelain piece “Faces of Mental Health #2.” Second
Place winner was Kelly Bradshaw of LaBelle for her
acrylic painting “Golfers in the Mist.” Jeffrey Dodd of
Lehigh won 3rd Place for his photograph on aluminum
Honorable mention ribbons went to: Cecelia Burnett of
Fort Myers for her acrylic painting “Reaching;” Penny Fox
of Lehigh for her watercolor “Girl Talk” and Jose Sauz
Teniente of LaBelle for his metal etching “Cultura Azteca.”
Live entertainment was provided by flutist Megan
Burkhead, while a silent auction raised funds for the Arts
of the Inland and their mission to facilitate and nurture the
creation, development, promotion and education of arts
and culture in the inland communities of south Florida.
Special thanks to City of LaBelle, LaBelle Downtown
Revitalization Corp., and the following supporters of
the Arts of the Inland: Lehigh Regional Medical Center,
Paula & Richard Carnell, Southern Heritage Real Estate
& Investments, Landex Resorts, Lehigh Acres Jaycee
Foundation, Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club, Linda Ray
Corbitt, Family Eye Care, Lehigh General & Implant
Dentistry, Majestic Golf Club, China Star Restaurant,
and ABC Framing.
Arts of the Inland is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, public char-
ity. For further information contact artsinland@gmail.
com or 239-303-5849.
Bayard Horn - Best of Show
Jeff Dodd - 3rd Place
Kelly Bradshaw - 2nd Place
Donna Thewlis - 1st Place
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