Montreal sculptor takes top honors at Hampton Beach
By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent | June 18. 2017 10:13PM
Melineige Beauregard's sand sculpture, “Dance of the Undefined,” was the overall winner at the Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)
The creator of “Dance of the Undefined,” Beauregard is the daughter of internationally renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard. In 2013, Beauregard was the Grand Champion in the first All Woman World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Florida.
“For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty,” Beauregard said in a brochure for the competition.
In addition to the recognition, Beauregard won $3,000.
Caron was taking pictures with her cellphone despite the pouring rain Friday evening.
“I came for the first time last year, and just fell in love,” Caron said.
Prince Edward Island’s Abe Waterman won $2,500, second place, and the Sculptors Choice Award.
20-year-old Sara Caron of Bedford, who studies at UNH Manchester, was able to make it to the sand sculpting competition Friday evening, and despite the pouring rain and wind, was still smiling as she took photos with her cell phone. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)
David Andrews of Wisconsin won $1,500 and fourth place with “Hands of Fate.”
Fifth place and $1,000 went to Carl D. Jara of Ohio. He created “I Can’t Get This Out of My Mind.”
Jara won first place in the contest in 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Quebec’s Michel Lepire won $500 and the People’s Choice Award for “Seduction.” He was the competition’s first place winner in 2003 and 2011.
Organizers say the sand sculptures will stay up for viewing until June 28. They are in a sectioned-off area near Sea Shell Stage; the entire area is illuminated for night viewing.