We Proudly INtroduce our 2019 Master Sand Sculptors  

Laurie Arntz-Tournoux

Laurie A. Arntz-Tournoux, calls Navarre, Ohio home. Laurie has been sculpting sand since the late 90’s and became a Master Sculptor in 2002. By day, Laurie has been the Tax Commissioner of Louisville, OH for over 23 years. By night, weekend, vacations, and all holidays – she is known as the Logo Queen and you can find her with her hands and toes in the sand on a beach, inside a convention center, and or a local school or park. Laurie opened her own sand company in 2002. As logos are her gift in sand, she revolves around commissioned works of sand as well as logo event promotions!. In Laurie’s career she has “embossed” well over 7,000 logos in sand. Laurie does approximately 22 sand projects a year which includes a few competitions throughout the USA and Canada. Although Laurie has been time limited to sand projects over the years, she has managed to place in several Masters Competitions. One of Laurie’s favorite saying in the sand pit is….let the sand stand! Sand is not just one of those things for kids……it is for all those individuals walking the earth who are young at heart and that have a passion for making themselves and others smile! 

Sandy Feet LUCINDA Wierenga

Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga has won a modest amount of international fame with her sandsculpting skills, competing at major events all around the world since 1987. She has taught tens of thousands of people how to build a better sand castle — and has reached untold numbers more with her best-selling book, Sand Castles Made Simple, which will be available as an e-book soon. Lucinda is founder and curator of the South Padre Island Sandcastle Trail and has organized large scale sculpture projects in San Antonio, as well as South Padre Island. She is owner/keeper at the The SandBox Inn, a unique and spacious vacation rental/sand castle academy. In her spare time Lucinda plays rock ukulele in two different bands. Sandy Feet is originally from Michigan.

Bryan obermeyer

Bryan has competed as an Advanced Amateur at the Blue Water SandFest for the past 5 years. After taking home silver medals in 2015 and 2016 last year he became the "Advanced Amateur Michigan State Champion" and he was asked to move to the Masters Level. Bryan got his start in 2007 at the Grand Haven Sand Sculpting contest with his wife and 3 girls. From that 1st year he was hooked. As his girls grew up, he kept playing in the sand. It’s the medium that attracts him to sand sculpting. Pushing the limits of fragile sand. A temporary art that when completed, dries up and falls apart leaving nothing but memories.  He’s now taking up another form of temporary art, rock stacking. He like to call it “Playing with young sand”

Brian Turnbough

A lifelong resident of the Chicago suburbs, Brian Turnbough has been sculpting sand professionally at events and festivals worldwide for over 15 years. During that time, he has had the privilege to work with, and compete against many of the world’s best sand sculptors. In 2011 and 2016, Brian took 1st place at the American Championships of Sand Sculpture in Ft. Myers Beach, and was awarded Sculptor’s Choice there in 2015. In 2013, Brian and his doubles sculpting partner, JOOheng Tan of Singapore, took 1st place in the doubles division at the World Championships of Sand Sculpture in Atlantic City, New Jersey.In addition to sand sculpting, Brian creates murals and painted artwork for homes and businesses around the Chicago area through his business, Walls With Imagination. Brian earned his degree in painting and drawing from Eastern Illinois University. He shares a home in Mokena, Illinois, with his wife, Brooke, and two sons, Adam and Elton. He splits his love for color and his love for form by sculpting and painting as often as possible.

Bert Adams

Bert is mostly a contest organizer and teacher. He’s started more contests than any known person in the world, and annually oversees the Sand in the City® fund raising contests. He LOVES being invited to a contest he doesn’t organize. His “Under Pressure” sculpture, (or Hand on Head), is still a favorite on the web (Still on the 1st page of Google Images Sand Sculptures). H e’s gotten 6 AP and UPI photos from his contest entries. Bert is proud of starting the Sand in the City® Contests. These Fund Raising Contests have generated over $8M for Non Profit Organizations, and taught sand sculpture to literally thousands of people. Many Sand in the City® graduates now compete at Masters Contests throughout the USA. Bert’s Goal is to make Sand Sculpture the next intramural High School and College sport/competition. Bert is originally from Michigan.

Amazin Walter McDonald

Amazin’ Walter has been creating sand sculptures for well over 30 years years - so long, he’s lost count of the awards he’s accumulated. He has appeared at nearly every major sand competition and is a frequent winner of People’s Choice awards. He competed with his daughter, Christy, on the Travel Channel’s Sand Blasters: The Extreme Sand Sculpting Championship in 2008. They won 2nd Place at the Texas Sand Fest (Port Aransas) in April 2011. Walter returned from Virginia Beach in Oct. 2011 where he won 3rd place for the second year in a row at the North American Sand Sculpting Championships! Possibly the oldest sand sculptor in captivity, Amazin’ Walter has made a reputation for himself building castles and is best known for his arches. His competition and commercial work has carried him to the far reaches of the world, China, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and many places in the U.S.

Emerson Schreiner

Emerson Schreiner is a painter and sand sculptor who splits his time between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the beaches of Texas. In the summer time, he heads down south where he works for Sandy Feet Sand Castle Services, teaching legions of eager folks how to build better sand castles. In recent years, he’s been fortunate enough to compete in a number of master’s level events next to some of the finest sculptors around, including South Padre Island’s, Sand Castle Days, Port Aransas’s Sand Fest, and Siesta Key’s Crystal Classic. This is Emerson’s first time at Blue Water SandFest and he feels honored to be a part of it.



Bill and Marianne found their love for sand sculpting about 18 years ago when they began competing in amateur contests. After winning several medals they became professional sculptors in 2006. Their company "The Sand Lovers" not only specializes in creating wonderful works of art from piles of sand, they also manage some the largest sand sculpting events in the U.S. In the past few years Bill and Marianne have managed 22 major sand sculpting events reaching well over a million people. Bill and Marianne will be organizing/managing this year’s event, along with hosting "Quick Sand" and providing sand sculpting demonstrations during the event.

Go to the beach, Play in the Sand, Have FUN and LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS!



We call Dennis “The Sand Manager”. Dennis has been involved/working with The Sand Lovers sand sculpting events for many years now, and has become a regular staff member and an important part of the team. Part of what Dennis does is assist with site set-up, sculptor plot set-up, equipment needs for the sand sculptors before & during an event, ensuring they have everything they need to create their beautiful works of art. He is our go to guy for just about everything sand during an event. Once Dennis got a taste of working a sand sculpting event on the beach, he was hooked


April Boomer

As a member of the The Sand Lovers team, April will be providing "hands-on" lessons in the Kids Zone. April began sand sculpting at a young age helping her Mom and Dad (The Sand Lovers) on professional jobs. While April currently lives in Michigan she travels back to Florida as often as she can, especially if there is a beach involved.


Tony Frontera

Tony joins the Team Sand Lovers this year to assist with sand sculpting instruction and all around sand support. When Tony’s not on the sand he works as a computer designer in the automotive industry here in Michigan.