steve
Nagy

Steve was born and raised in Central Texas. He is a responsible master plumber and opened Nagy Plumbing in 2004. Steve had taken his family camping on the beach in Port Aransas as they did often and happened on Texas Sand Fest about 15 years ago. After seeing this and watching, he became curious and mesmerized by building with sand. He started playing in the sand, learning, watching, and practicing. Playing and sculpting in the sand has become therapy to him! He can put away the stresses of life for a while and move his focus to the sand. He has competed at the Texas Sand Fest in the team amateur competition (2018, 2019- 2nd place). He competed in the Semi-Pro division in 2021 (People’s Choice winner). He competed in solo amateur divisions at South Padre Sandcastle Days (2018- 1st place, 2019- 3rd place, 2021- 1st place) and at Blue Water Sand Fest in Port Huron Michigan (2nd place).

SCott
triplett

This will be my first year as a Semi-pro sand sculptor, after winning the 2019 Amateur Sand Sculpting Solo division in Port Huron. My sculpting journey began in Illinois in 2003 as a snow sculptor. I have produced over 30 solo and team snow sculptures along the way, including four team sculptures at the US National Snow Sculpting Competition, where we placed twice. In 2017, my family and I moved to Grand Rapids Michigan. Since then, I have been able to try my hand at sand sculpting. I am grateful for the community of artists for taking me under their collective wings and teaching me the delicate art of sand. It is also nice to get out of the cold!

 

Dottie
Willision

Dottie is a well versed, ambitious artist that has been sculpting for about 5 years. When she first got into sand sculpting, she really didn't think that she was going to love it as much as she did. However, she dove in headfirst and tried to absorb as much as she could. She now is completely hooked on this unique art form of sand sculpting. She attends various competitions throughout the years and also has been on a sand sculpting television show called "Race Against the Tide" that was filmed in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada. This will not be the last you see this sculptor; she is hungry and thirsting for more!  

Lisa
fewless

Lisa has had a lifelong interest in art and has explored many artistic mediums over the years. She has a Degree in Graphic and Commercial Art and has spent the past ten years working at an embroidery and screen-printing shop, creating designs for clothing. Lisa first took an interest in sand sculpting about five years ago when she saw photos of sand sculpting events in Florida. Her fascination lead to volunteering to work at Sandbash that same year. Lisa was excited about what she saw and learned there. She entered her first sand sculpting competition in 2013. For two years, Lisa had been teaching young children, and even a few adults, the basics of sand sculpting at Blue Water Sandfest. Several of her students have gone on to compete and win medals in the Amateur Division contests. Lisa is the current Advanced Amateur National Champion.  

Marcie
cowles

Eight years working on various projects throughout Ohio with my mentor in sand, Laurie Tournoux. Who I am as an artist has been “uniquely shaped” by influential people in my life such as my mother-in-law, daughters, grand kids, and even my High School art teacher. These relationships sparked a passion in me for creating!! I embrace getting outside of my comfort zone to bring things to life. Keep challenging myself and being curious about new ways to look at things. Practicing and persevering one grain of sand at a time has been a rewarding experience for me. Laurie is the reason that I will be sharing my talents with you. I reside in Louisville, Ohio and am grateful for the opportunity to represent at the sculpting event with you.  

Bob
May

Bob's lifelong interest in building scratch built Great Lake freighters has led to his startup of the paper model boat kit company, Lake Freighter Minis, where he is able to use his creative and designing skills. He and his wife attended the 2014 Blue Water SandFest and enjoyed seeing all the amazing sand sculptures. After watching the Masters, receiving pointers from an Advanced Amateur and the "you can do this" support from his wife, he entered and won first place in the 2014 and 2015 Amateur Division and was the Michigan State Champion for the Amateur Division. He is looking forward to competing in the first Singing Sands Event.

Catherine
Morris

A Teacher of the Blind & Visually Impaired, and a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist by trade Catherine has taught Braille within the public schools for 32 years. While vacationing with family in the spring of 2019, Catherine discovered the magic of sand when she built her first castle on the sugar beach of Destin, Florida. Three years later and seemingly a world away in Casper, Wyoming Catherine continues to find new ways to enjoy her growing passion for sand sculpting. When the weather is warm she can often be found at the edge of local reservoir where a small sandy beach is located. She might also be found carving a castle in the wooded andscaping of the public spaces in the middle of town or perched high a-top a granite boulder in her front yard carving something new for the neighbors to enjoy. For nine months of the year Wyoming lakes and reservoirs are frozen in ice and the sand is “STIFF”. During these months she carves/shaves an occasional snow sculpture and more recently can be found practicing in her new indoor 3 ton sand pit.

Brandan
Schaffer

Brendan Schaffer is an accomplished and resourceful artist who has produced in a variety of mediums including paint, mixed media, as well as sand and snow for his award-winning sculptures. Best known for snow sculpting, Brendan was featured on the Travel Channel special, Best in Snow in 2017 after his snow sculpture of a campfire went viral and reached millions of people worldwide. After leaving the hills of northern New Jersey and settling at the beach in Cape May, Brendan has focused on a different (but much easier to come by) medium, sand. Brendan has won contests throughout the east coast of the United States, but the joy of making people smile through his art is definitely the best prize to him. Brendan is currently the Program Leader for the Wildwood Public Schools’ Afterschool Program, inspiring children with eco-art every chance he gets!

Spencer
Scharf

I've been a competition and event artist for ten years sculpting snow, sand, pumpkins and more. My passion for ephemeral arts lead to me starting S3arts, and traveling around Michigan offering a variety of creative art classes. I've taught all kinds of art classes to all ages and love to inspire others by showing them what can be done in the ephemeral art field.





Jim
Ford

Jim Ford, (semi-pro/advanced amateur) 1st timer at the Blue Water SandFest,.Originally, I am from Flint, MI but live I have lived in Memphis, MI for the last 22 years. I enjoy learning something new like sand sculpting. I am a retired USAF MSGT with 32 Glorious years of service to this Great Country. Since retiring in 2014, I have expanded my horizons and become an ACF certified Pastry Chef, I have won 2 Silver Medals at the IKA World Culinary Olympics for sugar sculpting and chocolate tallow sculpting, I run several business’, Jimmy’s Sweets LLC, Armada Fudge LLC, and The Pines Apiary LLC. I have written 2 children’s books, I was a winner on Netflix’s Sugar Rush and in my spare time…I teach at Macomb Community College here in MI, I am also an Ice Sculpture, and love sculpting with different mediums like Gingerbread, Pastillage, Tallow, and Wood. As you can see, I love creating things with my hands!

Lauren Waldo and Tyler Morris

Lauren
Waldo

Lauren Waldo of Floresville, Texas is a 20-year Registered Nurse/Flight Nurse in San Antonio, Texas who started sand sculpting 2 years ago at a simple request from her daughter to make a unicorn and a castle while on vacation at the beach. This sparked an interest and newfound hobby between Lauren and her husband Tyler, which started making sand sculptures on the beach as a hobby.Lauren and Tyler were prompted by vacationers and locals to compete in Texas Sand Fest. Together they have competed as a 2-day Team Duo competitors at Texas SandFest in 2021 and 2022 winning medals each time.

Tyler
Morris

Tyler Morris of Floresville, Texas is a 20-year veteran Paramedic/Flight Paramedic in Kendall County, Texas which started sand sculpting 2 years ago at a simple request from his daughter to make a unicorn and a castle while on vacation at the beach. This sparked an interest and newfound hobby between Tyler and his wife Lauren, which started making sand sculptures on the beach as a hobby. Tyler and Lauren were prompted by vacationers and locals to compete in Texas Sand Fest. Tyler and Lauren have competed as a 2-day Team Duo competitors at Texas SandFest in 2021 and 2022 winning medals each time.

Laurie Tournoux and Mark Wilson

Laurie
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 29 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 sayings 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!

mARK
WILSON

: I've lived in Florida for nearly my entire life but, I never really liked the beach. Then, in June 2011, I discovered sand sculpting. Finally! A reason to go to the beach! For a few hours I'm able to set aside everything and focus on carving sand. Each time I pound up, I try to extend my skills. Sometimes I push a little too far but, that's good, too. I entered the amateur contest in Ft. Myers Beach in November 2011, and placed third. Since then, I’ve participated in numerous contests throughout Florida and one in Michigan. High points include 2nd place in Quicksand at the 2012 Florida State Championships, 1st place Advanced Amateur at the inaugural Lake Worth Beach Sand Sculpting and Seafood Festival in 2014 and Judges Choice at the 42nd Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. While awards are nice, the best parts of contests is meeting others with the same affliction, the opportunity to rub elbows with the masters and v isiting with the folks who come out to see our work.

Tom and Judy Blue

tOM
BLUE

Tom is a retired Police Sergeant and retired Property Maintenance Officer. He enjoys playing in the sand when at the beach. Playing in the sand started many years ago on family vacations to the beach. He loved the beach but hated the water and started playing with the kids toys while they played in the ocean. When he was on the job, he would get kidded about his sand creations, as no one believed he actually created the sand castles in his pictures. So his wife started taking pictures of him carving in the sand for proof.

jUDY
bLUE

Judy worked as an Administrative Assistant at Ryder Integrated Logistics and Westshore Council of Governments. She is enjoying retirement playing with grandchildren and assisting her 99 year old mother when needed. Tom is a retired Police Sergeant and retired Property Maintenance Officer. He enjoys playing in the sand when at the beach. Playing in the sand started many years ago on family vacations to the beach. He loved the beach but hated the water and started playing with the kids toys while they played in the ocean. When he was on the job, he would get kidded about his sand creations, as no one believed he actually created the sand castles in his pictures. So his wife started taking pictures of him carving in the sand for proof. Going to the beach has always been a favorite vacation for her and her family. Creating sand castles has always been fun. She didn't know there were sand competitions until 2012!

 

bILL & mARIANNE
kNIGHT

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.

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DENNIS FEWLESS

We call Dennis “The Sand Manager”. Dennis has been involved/working with “The Sand Lovers” at sand sculpting events for 10 years now and has become a regular and cherished staff member, an important part of the team. Part of what Dennis does; 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!

Tony and April
frontera

As members of team “Sand Lovers” Tony and April assist with Event management, sand sculpting instruction and all-around sand support. Tony fell into sand sculpting after falling for April, The Sand Lovers (Bill and Marianne’s) daughter who has been involved in Sand Sculpting since she was young. Both are a vital part of the team. When Tony’s not on the sand he works as a computer designer in the automotive industry and April is a Real Estate Agent in Michigan.

Misti
Fritz

Rather than competing this year, Misti joins team “Sand Lovers” to assist with sand and event support. Sand Sculpting is in her blood as her Dad and Mom are (Bill and Marianne) “The Sand Lovers” . When she’s not sculpting sand, she works as an educator here in Michigan.