Thank goodness for Treasure Island’s sprawling beach. The outdoor landscape allowed for Treasure Island’s 12th Annual Sanding Ovations festival, themed “Sandhenge,” to go on as planned November 19 through 22, just behind the Bilmar Beach Resort.
Like many events this year, it almost didn’t happen.
However, with plentiful handwashing stations and sanitizer, portalets replaced by trailers with running water, and Space Force volunteers enforcing CDC guidelines, the show went off without a hitch.
Due to travel restrictions, the festival wasn’t an international sand sculpture competition, but an exhibit crafted by those who were able to partake. Nine sculptors from North America – as far as Canada and Washington state and Massachusetts – and all over Florida turned Treasure Island into a paleolithic wonderland.
But COVID-19 wasn’t the only obstacle this year.
Copious flooding from Tropical Storm Eta, which hit Gulf Coast shores Wednesday, November 11, also threatened the sculptors’ natural canvass; luckily the water receded in time for the show to go on.
Over the event’s four days, artists, vendors and visitors took to the beach to enjoy the beautiful weather, gorgeous sunsets and the amazing gifts of nine unique artists, with plenty of space to spare.
The City of Treasure Island will keep the sculptures up until the New Year, weather permitting.
Deb Barrett- Cutulle- Saugus, MA
Mélineige Beauregard- Montreal, CAN
Manuel Campos- Jacksonville, FL
Meredith Carson-Doubleday- Treasure Island, FL
Dan Doubleday- Treasure Island, FL
Sue McGrew- Tacoma, WA
Damon Meri- Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Bruce Phillips- San Diego, CA
Abe Waterman- PEI, CAN