Montreal sculptor takes top honors at Hampton BeachBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent June 18. 2017 10:13PM
HAMPTON — Melineige Beauregard of Montreal has won this year’s Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach.
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.
For 17 years, the sand sculpting competition has drawn thousands to Hampton Beach to see the artists create their entries using 200 tons of imported sand. This year was the second time Sara Caron of Bedford traveled to the beach to see the sculptures.
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.
New Hampshire artist Greg Grady didn’t let the rain and wind stop him from his work on “Dreams Due Come True.” The Marine Corps veteran wore a baseball cap and had the hood to his rain jacket up as he made cuts and stepped back to check his work.
Prince Edward Island’s Abe Waterman won $2,500, second place, and the Sculptors Choice Award.
Karen Fralich of Toronto won $2,000 and third place with “Tiny Warrior.” She was the contest’s first place winner in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2015.
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.