Bert Adams is mostly a contest organizer and teacher. He’s started more contests than any known person in the world, and annually oversees the Sand in the City® fund raising contests. He LOVES being invited to a contest he doesn’t organize. It’s often the only time he gets to carve all year. Bert doesn’t win medals at Masters contests, (OK, he got 2nd this year at SandFest in Port Aransas TX), but he often wins the publicity prize. His “Under Pressure” sculpture, (or Hand on Head), is still a favorite on the web (Still on the 1st page of Google Images Sand Sculptures). He’s gotten 6 AP and UPI photos from his contest entries. As Walter says” He wins the ‘Publicity Prize’”. Not bad for a guy that carves once or twice a year. Bert is proud of starting the Sand in the City® Contests. These Fund Raising Contests have generated over $8M for Non Profit Organizations, and taught sand sculpture to literally thousands of people. Many Sand in the City® graduates now compete at Masters Contests throughout the USA. Bert’s Goal is to make Sand Sculpture the next intramural High School and College sport/competition.
Albert Lucio is a native son of Texas who carved his first 5 gallon bucket of sand in 2005. This occurred approximately one week before his first ever sand competition, a grueling 25 hour straight through the night event. Once the competition was over he went home, applied ample amounts of aloe vera to his severe sunburn, took a long nap and welcomed a new adventure into his life. Albert has been sculpting ever since and has won several awards competing in open, solo and duo competitions from amateur to advanced categories in Texas and across the U.S. Albert believes that competitive sculpting has a zen like quality that just happens to mix in a lot of blood, sweat and tears. When Albert is not sculpting he’s doing stuff like working at his job, mowing his lawn and show-
ing his dog, Charlie, card tricks.
Andy Daily’s background in the arts took a fun turn towards sand sculpting in 2011 . After learning how too work in this new (to him) medium from fellow artist and future wife the hook was set . He won 3rd place during his first competition at the Crystal Classic in his hometown of Sarasota Florida. Interest in sand as art brought opportunities to work and learn from several Master sculptors not only at competitions but by working side by side on many Corporate sponsored jobs as well. Andy has won 1rst place, Judges Choice and People’s Choice at the Siesta Key annual Sandsculpting festival two years in a row ,placed second at the American Championships as well as having two 1st place finishes at the “Crystal Classic” in the Pro-am division. This is his second year working with “Sand in the City”.
Kevin Schluckebier is in his third year as a Coach here at Arvada’s Sand in the City! And he’s excited to be back! He was sculpting in the sand box from an early age and just can’t let it go! He also spends time as an Accredited Learning Environment Planner and Architect throughout the Midwest; Focusing on PreK- post secondary Education and religious facilities…and Sand Sculptures! He helps create and educate sand carvers with a humorous and positive outlook as a frequent sand coach, designer and team captain. Always looking to have fun you may also find Kevin helping with his daughter’s dance focus, out camping with the family, canoeing with his dog, Sully, in the sand box or many other outdoor activities. Always having FUN…See you in the Sand!!
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