We will announce the 2018 Competing Sculptors soon,  Below are the 2017 Sculptors.



Bill Dow has worn many hats in his lifetime — short-order cook, dishwasher, floor installer, carpenter and ski instructor. That all changed when he saw his first sand sculpture and decided that is what he wanted to do. In 1991, he joined a team that won the world sand sculpting championship. He’s been competing and winning since then. Bill has built massive sculptures at shopping mall openings, beer fests and state fairs. His work has taken him around the world and half of the USA. He loves everything about sand sculpting, especially the appreciation and reaction from the public when they see his sculptures.


Laurie A. Arntz-Tournoux, calls Navarre, Ohio home. Laurie has been sculpting sand since the late 90’s and became a Master Sculptor in 2002. By day, Laurie has been the Tax Commissioner of Louisville, OH for over 23 years. By night, weekend, vacations, and all holidays – she is known as the Logo Queen and you can find her with her hands and toes in the sand on a beach, inside a convention center, and or a local school or park. Laurie opened her own sand company in 2002. As logos are her gift in sand, she revolves around commissioned works of sand as well as logo event promotions!. In Laurie’s career she has “embossed” well over 7,000 logos in sand. Laurie does approximately 22 sand projects a year which includes a few competitions throughout the USA and Canada. Although Laurie has been time limited to sand projects over the years, she has managed to place in several Masters Competitions. One of Laurie’s favorite saying in the sand pit is….let the sand stand! Sand is not just one of those things for kids……it is for all those individuals walking the earth who are young at heart and that have a passion for making themselves and others smile!


Walter has been a Master sculptor in sand since 2001, snow 2008 and ice 2014. He is also an Italian architect. He has been carving sand for national and international fairs, private customers and competitions. He prefers to focus on architectures, geometrical elements, logos and above all castles, which awe children. But his favorite thing of all is to sculpt the sand with his wonderful wife Francesca. Together they form a fantastic couple in life and in sand with the name "Sandytales". Walter always says: remember that the bucket is only used to carry water, do not try to turn it over full of sand. It is not a good system! He plays center-forward in the over 50 soccer division. His teammates use to say “if you only could play soccer as well as you carve sand…”


Francesca Cosmi is an Italian master sculptor. She has been working internationally with perishable materials like sand, snow and ice for 13 years. She is also a mechanical engineering designer, but when carving she likes to create figurative sculptures, human and animal parts. She often teams with husband Walter Fantino under the “Sandytales” name. She practices taijiquan and at times plays an ukulele.


Steve grew up on the beaches of Rhode Island as an avid surfer. It is here that he started to dabble in sand sculpting. He graduated with a fine arts degree from URI in painting and commercial art. At that time, professional sculpting was of no interest to him. While on a 2001 vacation, he and his family entered a sand sculpting contest and they won. At that point, Steve proceeded to find out all about this art form and discovered there were two Master Sand Sculptors living near him in New England. He made contact with Greg Grady and Justin Gordon. Through their teachings of serious sand sculpting techniques, Steve became a professional. He was given his first opportunity to compete as a Master at Hampton and has never looked back.


 I am truly excited to return to Bluewater Sandfest in Port Huron. In case you didn’t know, this is where I got my start in Masters sand sculpting competitions after winning the Advanced Amateur competition the previous year at the first ever Bluewater Sandfest. So, this competition and location holds a special place in my heart. Since that first competition I believe I have improved significantly and if you were here that year I think you will see the difference. If you weren’t here, you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you I’m way better now. My love of sand sculpting began in 1997 while on a family vacation to Virginia Beach. My wife and two daughters were mesmerized as I made my first sand sculpture. Since that day, I have worked tirelessly to learn everything possible to improve my art. To the uninformed it would appear I was a slow learner, as it took 14 years before entering my first amateur competition in 2011. In reality, I was just making sure I was at the top of my game before venturing into the competitive sand sculpting world. After a few quick amateur wins and three consecutive advanced amateur 1st place finishes, I competed in my first Masters competition, right here in 2014. Now my wife and daughters aren’t as easy to impress. They’ve seen it before! When I’m not living it up in the lime light of fame and fortune of the sand sculpting world I work as a mechanical engineer designing machines. Living in Jamestown, NY (southwest of Buffalo), you might think I would be more into snow or ice sculpting rather than sand, but I much prefer the warm sand between my toes.



Bill and Marianne found their love for sand sculpting about 16 years ago when they began competing in amateur contests. After winning several medals they became professional sculptors in 2006. Their company "The Sand Lovers" not only specializes in creating wonderful works of art from piles of sand, they also manage some the largest sand sculpting events in the U.S. In the past few years Bill and Marianne have managed 21 major sand sculpting events reaching almost 600,000 people. Bill and Marianne will be organizing/managing this year’s event, along with hosting "Quick Sand" and providing sand sculpting demonstrations during the event.

Go to the beach, Play in the Sand, Have FUN and LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS!



We call Dennis “The Sand Manager”. Dennis has been involved/working with The Sand Lovers sand sculpting events for many years now, and has become a regular staff member and an important part of the team. Part of what Dennis does is assist with site set-up, sculptor plot set-up, equipment needs for the sand sculptors before & during an event, ensuring they have everything they need to create their beautiful works of art. He is our go to guy for just about everything sand during an event. Once Dennis got a taste of working a sand sculpting event on the beach, he was hooked




As a member of the The Sand Lovers team, April will be providing "hands-on" lessons in the Kids Zone. April began sand sculpting at a young age helping her Mom and Dad (The Sand Lovers) on professional jobs. While April currently lives in Michigan she travels back to Florida as often as she can, especially if there is a beach involved.



Tony joins the Team Sand Lovers this year to assist with sand sculpting instruction and all around sand support. When Tony’s not on the sand he works as a computer designer in the automotive industry here in Michigan.