Meet The Makers
Tanya Kastl – Ontario
Tanya Kastl..born in Waterloo On, I now live in Southampton. I drive a school bus, so my summers are free to play in the sand. I started sculpting at 34 and have enjoyed creating art from just sand and water for the last 14 years.
I have placed in many competitions and last year competed in my first Stateside contest. I continue to grow and learn from all the amazing sculptors I meet.
Sandi ‘Castle’ Stirling – Ontario
Sandi “Castle” Stirling, from Dundas Ontario, has been sand sculpting since 1995.
Her first Master Competition was in 2005 and since then Sandi has competed at the Master level in Port Aransas and South Padre Island, Texas, Port Huron, Michigan, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Revere Beach, Massachusetts, Parksville, British Columbia, CNE ,Toronto, Bronte and Sauble Beach, Ontario. This is her 13th year at the Cobourg Sandcastle Festival creating sand castles.
Her latest claim of fame is First place and People’s Choice in the Doubles with Dale Andrews at Sauble Beach Sand Fest in 2017. She also won People’s Choice with Amazin’ Walter during the 2015 Fort Myers American Sand Sculpting Competition in Florida. She took People’s Choice at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto and also at the Bronte Sand Fest. Sandi landed a 3rd at the Bluewater Sand Fest in Port Huron MI.
Sandi teaches the ‘Master in the Making’ workshops to young artists and shares some tips and techniques on the fine art of sand sculpting in Boston and at the CNE in Toronto.
You can check out Sandi’s work at: http://www.facebook.ca/sandicastlestirling
Rodney Watson – Ontario
Rodney Watson is a 53-year-old artist from Kingston, Ontario. Art has always been a large part of Rodney’s life. It was not until the mid-2000s when Rodney placed first in his category at an exhibition for a rock/metal sculpture that he was recognized as a professional artist. Since then he has created and sold nearly 500 rock/metal sculptures across Ontario and the United States. From these, a variety of galleries and wineries in the Prince Edward County, Ontario area displayed and sold Rodney’s Rock/metal sculptures. Today, Rodney’s sculptures are sold at a local greenhouse in Kingston, Ontario.
In 2007, Rodney began sand sculpting. From the beginning, Rodney created his sand sculptures for pure enjoyment. Whether in Ontario, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island Rodney had the attention of many as he drew large crowds of spectators. Rodney has earned the title of Professional Sand Sculptor through competitions and personal invitations. In 2017, Rodney was commissioned by the City of Kingston, Ontario, to create a sand sculpture for both their Canada Day event held at Grass Creek Park and the grand opening of their new waterfront park, Gordon Edgar Downie Pier. While visiting Prince Edward Island, Rodney received a special invitation by Parks Canada to create a sand sculpture showpiece for their Parks Day event.
When Rodney is not sand sculpting, he focuses on acrylic and watercolor painting. Rodney’s attention to detail is not only depicted in his sand sculpting but his paintings as well. Whether it is landscape, seascape or whatever subject Rodney is painting, attention to detail can be seen. Rodney is a certified acrylic and watercolor painting instructor. Rodney has been commissioned to create art pieces for his clients. His paintings will be on display and for purchase at FOX Jewelry at Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Guy Olivier Deveau – Quebec
Guy-Olivier Deveau is a professional sand and ice sculptor from Québec City. For many years, this occupation merely was a summer job meant to help finance university study in the field of philosophy. After meeting and working with professional sculptors as a helper, he refined his skills and finally was able to enter the sand sculpture World Championship in 2008 where he placed 4th. This is the event that started him on the path he is on today, travelling the world to perform his art.
Michel Beaupre & Rachelle Rocheleau – Quebec
It was in Madeleine Island that we were attracted by the sandcastles. For the past 16 years, this has gone from a hobby to a passion.
We learned basic techniques with Michel Lepire (world master), discovered and developed our artistic side along the way. We have won several times the first place and the public’s choice to the Madeleine Island and Gatineau (Wonders of Sand) in Quebec.
Since a few years, we have participated in Cobourg, but above all, the pleasure is always there as much as it was at the beginning. We bring and share our passion on all the beaches we visit.
Dale Andrews – Ontario
Dale Andrews Biography Two persistent nieces dragged Dale out reluctantly to a local sandcastle competition in 2008 where the family team took home 2nd place. Dale took home a new love for sandsculpting. In 2014, he ventured on his own competing across North America. Dale’s work has been seen on an episode of The Amazing Race Canada where he helped producers design a sandsculpting challenge. He has also created several castles for YTV. In 2016, Dale placed 3rd at the US National Championships in Fort Myers Beach. Other highlights include People’s Choice Awards at Texas Sandfest (2019), Sauble Beach Sandfest (2017), American Sandsculpting Championships (2015) and Lake Worth, Florida (2014). His goal is to make the audience think, smile and see the story behind every detail in his sculptures. When he isn’t sculpting sand, his work can be seen on the silver screen as a film Executive Producer.
Carl Teeple – Ontario
We are excited to welcome Carl Teeple back to this annual summer event. Carl grew up near Port Franks and Ipperwash beach on Lake Huron but never thought of creating things in the sand until he started building the typical sand castles, fortress and sea creatures with his kids when they were small. Things got out of hand from there, as he started making comical characters whenever he was on a beach vacation.
Now living near Peterborough, he attended the Cobourg Sand Festival and won the amateur division a couple of years in a row. The following year he requested some additional space so the organizer said he could set up next to the Master Sculptures. While he has never been accredited as a Master Sculptor, they can’t get rid of him and he has exhibited for the last 12 years. What he lacks in artistic skill, he makes up for with a sense of humour. Giant feet squashing sunbathers, horses dragging over-weigh speedo wearing gentlemen off the beach, toothless hillbillies, or song parodies such as “Stuck in the Middle with You” with clowns on the left and jokers on the right. A couple of years ago, he sculpted the infamous punch to the face taken by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays. You never know what to expect from his warped sense of humour but it always brings a smile to the face of those viewing his creations.
When he is not playing the sand, he is hanging out with his wife Kim, 3 kids and 7 grand-kids. He plays in a band, plays hockey, baseball and involved at his church. He pays the bills as a Business Development Consultant with Manulife Bank.
Mélineige Beauregard- Quebec
Sculpting sand Since: 2001
Others material: Snow and Ice since 1998
Some believe sand sculpting is art, some believe it’s a sport. While others, like Melineige, believe it’s a spiritual experience. “When my hands touch the material, when my heart opens to give life, when my head is illuminated by light, I become the co-creator of the universe,” she said. “An artist is one who spiritualizes matter.” She should know. Art is in her blood. Her father is internationally renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard, and like her father, she too has achieved international success. In fact, in 2004 the fatherdaughter duo teamed to win the World Championship in the doubles category. Since then she has won more than 70 individual awards. In 2013 she was Grand Champion of the first All Woman World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Florida. And she is, with Jonathan Bouchand « Jobi », the current World Cup Champion 2014 in the doubles category. And in 2016 she’s the great Champion of the World Championship of sand Sculpting in Taiwan. “For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty,”.
Chris Guinto – Key West, FL
After several opportunities to have a career in different artistic fields, Chris chose to become a sand sculptor . . . one who pushes the envelope through unique design and amazing height, consistently “raising the bar”. With a background in special effects and fine art, he combines the two in creative sculptures that show sometimes familiar scenes in a fresh and original way.
Chris was one of the stars in the widely acclaimed television series ‘Sand Masters’, ‘Sand Wars’ & ‘Sand Blasters’ on the Travel and Discovery Channels.
He’s married to another award-winning Master Sculptor, Marianne van den Broek. She’s the one who holds the Guiness Book record for the tallest solo sculpture at 58’ 6”. Married since 2002 and sculpting around the world, together they reach new heights.
Karen Fralich – Ontario
Karen has been shovelling, packing and carving sand sculptures for 25 years! She has a diverse background in multiple forms of sculpture, including clay, stone, snow and polymer. Although she has no formal art training, her passion, curiosity and many incredible mentors lead her to embrace this unusual career.
In 1998, she entered her first international sand sculpting contest and by 2001 she was working full time as a free-lance sculptor.
To date, Karen has competed in over 123 Masters Level International sand sculpture contests, winning 27 First Place Titles, as well as 5 World Championship titles.
Her work takes her around the world, collaborating with sand sculpture companies in Canada, the USA, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Holland, Spain, England, UAE, South Korea and Taiwan.