Third Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition

November 8 – November 12th, 2012
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota FL

Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.

November 8 – November 12th, 2012
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota FL

Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were “carved in marble.” The artists who compete in the yearly event travel to Siesta Beach from all over the world representing Canada, Holland, The Netherlands, Latvia, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, England and the United States.

In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. The Crystal Classic connects the arts and the beach in ways never before seen in Sarasota.

Cost and Time:

Thursday- Monday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., $5 per person and $10 per family (bands are good for all 4 days of the event). Proceeds benefit the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Conservation and Research program.

Parking:

Siesta Beach parking is limited so parking at Phillippi Estate Park on U.S. Rt. 41 (Tamiami Trail) provides shuttle service to Siesta Beach from 8:30 – 5:30pm.

Event Schedule:

Competition takes place Thursday through Sunday, with Monday as a final day to view the sculptures. Other schedule events include
· Live Music on the beach – All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
· Food and retail vendors – Lots of great food from local restaurants!
· Environmental Education by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Learn about sea life and get up close and personal through special touch tanks.
· Quick Sand – Speed Sculpting competitions during the evening – See your favorite sculptor create a work-of-art from a pile of sand in 10 minutes.
· …and much much more

For the full event schedule, visit http://www.crystalsand.org/event-info/event-schedule

James Griffin: Luminous Color, A Journey

February 3 – February 27, 2012
An exhibit showing “our paradise of light and color”, a masterful series of Sarasota paintings.

February 3 – February 27, 2012
Dabbert Gallery, 76 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota

After his recent move from New York, making Sarasota his home, Griffin has immersed himself in what he calls “our paradise of light and color”, and has created a masterful series of Sarasota paintings.

"Early Winter Morning- Sarasota Bay" by James Griffin, 32" x 50", oil on canvas

James Griffin was born 1949 in Kitchener, Ontario. Experiencing a culturally diverse childhood while living in the United States, Peru, England and Brazil, combined with his early expressions of creative talent, James was primed for a career as an artist. After acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1972, he was on his way.

"Siesta Sand & Seagulls" by James Griffin, 35" x 60" oil on canvas

During Griffin’s 36 year career as a freelance artist and illustrator he has created over 3500 illustrations with a concentrated focus on book covers. Recognizing his talent, dedication and passion most major publishers including Random House, Harper Collins, Viking Penguin, Berkley Books, St. Martins Press, Harlequin, Zondervan, Scholastic Books and many others have chosen James Griffin to bring their books to life.

"Mysterious Transformation" by James Griffin, 72" x 54" oil on canvas