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From Grains of Sand True Art Shall Be…..

Cool temperatures and sunny days welcomed 70,000 people including our Florida family and twenty-five master sand sculptors to Siesta Key for the 3rd annual Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpture Competition.  Working in teams of two, each team sculpted magnificent works of art using water, the perfect kind of sand, trowels, rakes, straws and minimal kinds of carving tools that fit the team’s needs.  My family and I were delighted and amazed at the intricacy and detail these sculptors could coax out of simple sand with simple tools.

First place in the competition went to our family favorite, “Fossil Fueled” sculpted by Delayne Corbett and Craig Mutch.  My second personal favorite was “The Eating Machine,” by Rusty Croft and Chris Guinto.  I especially love the steampunk effects on the dragonfly and some of the bones of the dinosaur.  Once I got home and looked at the photos I took, I was equally impressed by a much smaller but very unique and intricate sculpture I had overlooked because of the enormity of the other sculptures. A giant hand holding a pocket watch with the cogs and wheels artistically revealed pushed the limits of sand hanging together in mid air. Cool, guys…very, very cool!

To read more about this event and view great pictures of all the sculptures and the artists, visit the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Facebook page.

The Art of Illusion

Flat street image

This past weekend our Florida family enjoyed a day of illusion at the 4th annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. Circus City, USA was the chosen theme celebrating the Sarasota/Venice circus heritage. The Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus had their winter quarters here. This weekend two hundred and fifty renowned 3D and 2D street painting artists got to use the downtown streets of Sarasota, Florida as their canvases.  The artists had 7 days to complete their project with finished viewings the following two days.  Each 3D work of art had a photo opportunity set up to get the full impact of the work with a camera.  Views from any other position was very flat looking and out of proportion.  I had seen photos on the internet of this kind of work prior to our visit but it was truly inspiring to see it in person.  I “get” it now as to how it is done and I plan to try my hand with a couple of projects in the next few weeks.

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The month of November is really packed with fun artsy things to do in our area.  This coming weekend, November 8-12, Siesta Key is hosting The Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition.  Admission is $5.00 from 9-5 Thursday-Monday. There are 25 competitors sculpting their hearts out for cash and for the love of it.  Besides the Masters doing their sculpting, events include a Quicksand competition where two master sculptors have a 10 minute speed sculpting contest, demonstrations by Amazin’ Walter sharing the tricks of the trade using only sand and water and other fun events.  If you get the chance, bring a hat and some sunscreen and join in the fun!

 

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