Artists Play in the Sand in Treasure Island
The eighth annual Sanding Ovations Masters’ Cup sand sculpture competition kicks off today (Nov. 16) in Treasure Island.
TREASURE ISLAND – The eighth annual Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival starts today (Nov. 16) in Treasure Island.
The four-day competition (Nov. 16-20) showcases 10 sand sculpting masters from throughout North America, Europe and Asia, who create astonishing works of art using nothing but sand, water and lots of their own imagination.
The competition is invitational, and has grown to be the largest masters competition in the southeastern U.S. There are six new sculptors to Sanding Ovations this year. They are Dimitry Klimenko and Pavel Mylnikow of Moscow, Russia; Fergus Mulvaney of Dublin, Ireland; Andrius Petkus of Vilnius, Lithuania; Jooheng Tan of Singapore; and Edith van de Wetering of the Netherlands. Joining them are previous competitiors Sue McGrew of Washington; Guy-Olivier Deveau and Jobi Bouchard of Montreal, Canada; and Dan Belcher of St. Louis.
The masterful exhibition of sand sculpting talent at the world-class level, is the big appeal, with the top three sculptures and a People’s Choice sculpture awarded over $12,000 in cash prizes. Judging and voting for the People’s Choice Award is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The awards ceremony is at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
The beach food court, and arts and crafts marketplace and three days of live music make Sanding Ovations a must-see event while visiting Treasure Island. Admission to the event, at 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, is free.
For information about the Sanding Ovations Masters’ Cup, go to sandingovationsmasterscup.com.
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