Pregnant Mermaid Sculpture Wins Ovations Sanding Audience Award

TREASURE ISLAND, FL – Sand sculptor Manuel Campos, originally from Colombia and now living in Jacksonville, won the 2021 People’s Choice Award with his eye-catching pregnant mermaid creation.

Artist for 35 years, Campos has been dedicated to the creation of sand sculptures for 10 years.

“I had the honor of representing my country in different international competitions in a total of nine countries (India, Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Sweden, Italy, Uruguay, United States and Australia) by winning first place in some of them, ”said Campos, who is also a muralist, an oil painter, a tattoo artist and even enjoys carving pumpkins on Halloween.

Campos said he enjoys sand sculpture competitions because they allow him to interact with visitors as they watch him create.

“I like to work with a lot of expressive movements to establish a kind of connection between the viewer and the sculpture,” he said. “My favorite works are anatomy, especially the faces of women.”

Treasure Island’s annual Sanding Ovations sand sculpture exhibition and competition kicked off Thursday and will continue next weekend, featuring elaborate sand sculptures created by artists from across North America as well as from across North America. live music by local, regional and national touring groups, beer garden, arts and crafts market with over 90 vendors, food and kite event from 26-28 November at Treasure Island Beach, 10400 Gulf Blvd.

In addition to Campos, this year’s artists who created “Sandlantis” themed sculptures were Sue McGrew of Tacoma, Washington; Deborah Barrett-Cutulle of Saugus, Massachusetts; Melineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada; Damon Meri of Indian Rocks Beach; Abe Waterman from Canada; and Bruce Phillips who has competed in sculpture competitions in 13 countries including Tokyo and Amsterdam, as well as professional sand sculptors from Treasure Island, Meredith and Dan Doubleday from Sanding Ovations.

The event continues:

  • Friday November 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday November 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Kite Festival will take place from November 26 to 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Friday November 26 at noon Léon Vincent
  • Friday November 26 at 2 p.m. Seth Campbell
  • Friday, November 26 at 4 p.m. Emcee Johnny G
  • Saturday November 27 at noon Emcee Johnny G
  • Saturday November 27 at 2 p.m. Eddie Wright
  • Saturday, November 27 at 4 p.m. Dennis Wallace
  • Sunday November 28 at noon Eric Yoder
  • Sunday, November 28 at 2 p.m. Josh Fielding
  • Sunday, November 28 at 4 p.m. Emcee Johnny G

The event is free and open to the public. No pets are allowed. Beach wheelchairs will be available on a first come, first served basis at the information tent.

Parking lots near the event should fill up quickly and early. For participants, parking information can be found here, including parking lots with shuttle service and parking lots within walking distance of the event.

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