Suzanne is the Assistant to the Director of this World Championship Sand Sculpting Event, working as a team with co-organizers; Charlie Beaulieu and John Gowdy, along with the great sponsorship and support of the Atlantic City Alliance. Do Anything ~ Do Everything ~ DO AC www.doatlanticcity.com
Suzanne was professionally trained by her late husband Marc Altamare. Mark is one of the true legends of sand sculpting, sometimes sculpting entire vignettes the size of a small house with only his bow knife and bare hands. Suzanne lives in Daytona Beach, Florida and has been making a living as a sand sculptor for 30 years. Suzanne is a specialist in soft sand sculpture and helped establish the Navarre Beach soft sand sculpting competition; she also enjoys and is admired for her work in compacted sand. In 2003 she also began to work supervising the building of logo piles for different sand events and contests, she currently runs the Master's contest at Texas Sand Fest. Sand Mottos: Change your mind....not the sand. Don't fight it, hide it. Suzanne is highly respected by the sand sculpting community and serves as sculptor liaison and Assistant to the Director for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting "It’s a privilege to represent the sculptors of the World and work to continue the 30+ year tradition of the "Worlds".
John is co-organizing this World Championship Sand Sculpting Event along with Charlie Beaulieu
and Suzanne Altamare, along with the excellent sponsorship and support of the Atlantic City Alliance. DO-AC
John has been carving sand and marble professionally for more than 25 years. He has retired from The Atlantic City Fire Department after serving 27 years, half of his career in the rank of captain. John also served 7 years as a beach lifeguard in Atlantic City. John has lived most of his life right here in Atlantic City
“He is Proud to have served 34 years protecting the public safety of Atlantic City.”
After retiring in 2006, John relocated to a quiet little town in Italy known as Castelfranco, about one hour west of Venice.
John has dedicated the rest of his life to the arts… He sculpts both sand and marble and also paints portraits. John does a crazy performance painting show called FLYING COLORS in which he paints portraits of famous musicians to the sound of their music. He throws and brushes paint onto a large spinning canvas. In about seven minutes, a likeness of a famous person appears to the amazement of the audience.
You can see The Flying Colors Painting Show on The Kennedy Plaza Stage on the boardwalk in front of Boardwalk Hall the following dates and times; Fri. June 14th, Fri. June 21st, Sat. June 22nd, & Fri June 28th. @8pm. Web site www.jgowdy.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
He has a long list of titles in sand sculpture which includes:
4 time and current American Champion in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA
3 time North American Champion in Virginia Beach, USA
2 time People’s Choice World Champion in Harrison, BC, Canada
International Champion in Quebec, Canada
2 time International Champion in Italy and many more accolades, to many to list………
6/13 - 6/30
10am - 7 pm each day
6/13 - 6/16
Awards 6/16 5:30pm
6/20 - 6/23
Awards 6/23 5:30 pm
6/15,16, 21, 22, 23 7:00pm
6/14, 21, 22, and 28
6/25 - 6 28
Come join us in Atlantic city this june 13 - 30 and witnesss first hand the amazing talent exhibited by this group of international artists as they compete for the title "World Champion of Sand Sculpting"
In addition to the amazing solo's and double's competition, you will have the opportunity to learn techniques and take tips from professional sculptors. Award winning Artist, and event organizer John Gowdy will be performing his famous "Flying Colors". Finished paintings will be put up for auction with proceeds going to helping victims of hurricane Sandy. There will also be live sculpting performances by Food Network star and Ray Villafane and his partner Andy Berkholtz.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions in sand sculpting along with answers from our world champion expertsHow do you build them so tall?