Winners of the 2016 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival
REVERE – The winners of the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival were announced at an awards ceremony held on Saturday, however, storms put a damper on the evening’s events which were eventually cancelled including the fireworks extravaganza. More information will be available in the coming hours regarding Sunday’s scheduled events.
Congratulations to the twenty sculptors who competed, the organizers at the Revere Beach Partnership, the creative team from Sanding Ovations, and the entire lineup of sponsors, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Revere, and the Massachusetts State Police who make it all possible.
Revere Beach was officially opened to the public 120 years ago on July 12, 1896. The annual festival draws upwards of 900,000 spectators from all over the country in a renewed effort to celebrate the heritage of this historic site. This year’s competition included both solo and duo events for the second year.
Melinage Beaureguard of Montreal, Canada took home First Place in the solo competition for a second year in a row for her sculpture “Go With The Flow”. She was also awarded the Sculptor’s Choice Award which is considered a high honor among the fellow competitors. Leonardo Ugolini of Italy was awarded second place for his piece “Together” which offered a dual perspective when viewing from the front versus the back. He was also given the People’s Choice Award which was voted upon by visitors to the festival from 2PM to 4PM on Saturday afternoon. In third place was Guy Oliver-Deveau of Montreal, Canada with his monumentally colossal sculpture “Carcass”.
The top prize in the second annual duo competition was awarded to Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri and Marianne van den Broek of Key West, Florida for their sculpture “Body Art”. They were also given the Sculptor’s Choice award. Second place was awarded to Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz, California for their piece “Le Numero Deux”. The hometown competitors Deborah Barrett/Cutulle of Saugus and her partner Steve Topazio of Tiverton, Rhode Island took home the People’s Choice Award.
Winners Photo Gallery
All photos by Keith C. Spencer and Kyle A. Spencer. © NoBo Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, crop, or edit images without expressed written permission
What? The 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival
When? Fri. July 22 and Sat. July 23 from 10AM to 10PM and Sun. July 24 from 10AM to 8PM
Cost? FREE and open to the public
Guests are reminded to use public transportation with access to the festival via the MBTA’s Blue Line at the Wonderland or Revere Beach stations. Free parking and shuttle service to the MBTA will also be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is available at the Wonderland Garage as well.
For more information about the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.internationalsandsculptingfestival.com.
About Revere Beach Partnership
Formed in 2001, the Revere Beach Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to carry forth the heritage of Revere Beach as a nearby retreat for New England families, preserve the beach’s unique historic and natural assets, and plan and oversee the continued improvement of Revere Beach.