Sand sculpture depicting divorce wins annual competition at Hampton Beach

Melineige Beauregard’s “Breaking Out” is a depiction of her feelings about divorce. She won first place in the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition on Saturday.

HAMPTON — The artwork created by this year’s winner of the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition is evoking emotion in some of the individuals viewing it.

Organizer Greg Grady said on Sunday that the crowd was ten people deep near the viewing area and that “Breaking Out” was bringing tears to viewers’ eyes.

The sculpture, depicting divorce, was created by Melineige Beauregard, of Montreal, Canada, who herself is going through a divorce.

“She always sculpts from the heart,” Grady said of Beauregard’s work. “A lot of women are feeling it and they don’t even know the story.”

Beauregard most recently won Hampton Beach’s competition in 2017 with “Dance of the Undefined.” She is the daughter of internationally renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard.

Beauregard and the other winners will qualify for next year’s competition, which is the 20th anniversary of the professional event. Every year, there is talent from all over the country and Canada.

This year, Karen Fralich, of Toronto, Canada, won second place with “Samurai.”

Abe Waterman, of Prince Edward Island, Canada, won third place, people’s choice and sculptor’s choice with “Outside In.” He was last year’s winner with “Temptation,” which portrayed a woman in a bottle.

David Andrews, of Wisconsin, won fourth place with “Life Goes On.”

Greg Grady Jr., of New Hampshire, won fifth place with “Ask. Seek. Knock.”

A total of $15,000 in purse and entry awards was distributed with Beauregard taking home $3,000 for first place.

Grady said the downpours Thursday did affect the outcome of some of the sculptures because sculptors start at the top of the piece and work their way down.

“The weather came in on the first day, so it did definitely change the thought process of some of the sculptors,” Grady said.

The rain can also change how a sculpture looks when the sunlight eventually hits it, which affected some of this year’s artists, Grady said.

For people who could not make it to this weekend’s competition, the entire area will be illuminated for night viewing until Thursday.