ABSTRACT TANDEM: Canadian duo nets American Sand Sculpting doubles
The Canadian team of Delayne Corbett and Melineige Beauregard created a dozen individual sculptures within their established sand plot in picking up the the doubles division of the 2014 American Sand Sculpting Championships at Wyndham Garden Hotel on Sunday.
Corbett, born in Nelson, B.C., and Beauregard, who hails from Quebec, appeared to work from spiritual experience in developing their winning sculpture entitled “Unwanted Attention Hey Babe.” The championship ceremony, along with results from the advanced amateur championships, was the final hurrah of the 28th annual championship event that involved a successful 10-day festival, featuring 16 competing master sculptors from nine different countries and 10 states.
Beauregard called her husband, Canadian recording artist and American Sand Sculpting Championship performer Nick Beauregard, an inspiration for all the pieces within the sculpture. She gave a hearty laugh after disclosing that information.
Corbett said the idea of the sculpture was one of many options the two discussed. They settled on basing their sculpture concept on an internet video about a women walking down the street without expression and listening to heckling and harassment during her walk.
“It fits both of our criteria of wanting to have fun, wanting to do many pieces and wanting to create something unusual,” he said.
The two said they began by making piles and then working on them individually. The design became abstract by nature.
“It’s very three dimensional,” Corbett said. The sculpture also won Sculptors’ Choice Award.
There were five master sculptor teams in the competition. Second place went to Greg Grady Jr. of New Hampshire and John Gowdy of the United States and Italy with their creation called “Tis The Season To Be In Florida” while Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Morgan Rudluff of California took third with “Duuuuuude.”
“Tis The Season To Be In Florida” received People’s Choice for the doubles competition. Waterman’s sculpture that was created last week and titled “Who’s Turn Is It Anyway?” took People’s Choice among the 16 master sculptures in the solo division.
The Advanced Amateur Championships pitted 11 competitors vying for the top four spots in what is known as the Florida State Sand Sculpting Championships. Amanda Bolduc from Maine captured the top judged selection with “The Distraction.” She was followed by Albert Lucio of Texas in second with “She Lifts Me Gently,” Mark Mangia of Ohio in third with “Sands Of Time” and Canadian Dale Andrews in fourth with “Diggin’ Christmas.”
“Those in the industry called advanced amateurs are one step away from becoming a master sculptor,” said The Sand Lovers’ Bill Knight. “It’s a goal we all have starting out in this industry. They come from all over the United States to be here to compete. We very much appreciate that they are here.”
Knight spoke about the intense rains that fell on Tuesday evening, a time between the master sculptor solo division championships and the doubles division championship and advanced amateur state championships. The overly wet sand sculpting grounds caused the managing official and his staff to close on Wednesday.
“It had rained about five inches, and the water was midway up in the sculpting field,” Knight said. “Our whole team jumped through hoops to move everything around to open up the next day.”
Many volunteers are annually applauded for their efforts and are referred to as the “heart” of the festival in making it work like a finely tuned machine. Charity benefactors included Make-A-Wish Foundation, Teen Challenge, The Kiwanis Club and Lover’s Key State Park.
The championship event featured many other competitions, including “Quick Sand” (audience-participation show where two sculptors go head-to-head for a 10-minute sculpting competition by sculpting a subject selected by someone in the audience) and the amateur competition two weekends ago. Other festival highlights included “Flying Colors” (Master Sculptor John Gowdy uses a blank, spinning canvas and creates a portrait of a famous person or object, timed to music in less than 10 minutes), sand sculpting lessons and demonstrations, Magician Albert Lucio, a sand vendor village, photo opportunity sculptures and a kids’ activity area.
In the “Quick Sand” advanced amateur competition, Kenneth Collins defeated Andrews by way of louder audience applause in a 10-minute timed sculpture where both sculptors carved a pelican.
“I didn’t want to make it look like a turkey,” Collins quipped.
Presented by the Seminole Casino of Immokalee, the biggest sand sculpting event in the state was once again managed by Big C Events, Pinchers Crab Shack, Wyndham Garden Hotel and The Sand Lovers in coordination with the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Go to www.FMBSandSculpting.com for more information.
The 29th annual American Sand Sculpting Championships will be Nov. 20-29, 2015.