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  • Work by sand artist Andy Coutanche in Jersey.

    Work by sand artist Andy Coutanche in Jersey.

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Find where you stashed your sunscreen and beach bucket, because a beach day is coming up despite it being winter.

Event organiser Nicky Gurret is currently looking for sponsors for the second annual Bermuda Beach Art Festival scheduled for March. Last year, the festival was held on beaches around Bermuda and drew hundreds of local and overseas visitors.

This year’s event will include yoga on the beach, kiteboarding demonstrations, a children’s play area and a sand art competition, among other things.

Sand art is simply the act of disturbing the sand in an artful way, usually using a rake. No paint, dyes or chemicals are used.

“This year we are bringing in a different sand artist, Andy Coutanche,” said organiser Nicky Gurret. “I want to bring in a different artist every year from around the world. Last year we had a Frenchman called Sam Dougados. This year, I am bringing someone in from Jersey in the United Kingdom. Jersey is an Island like Bermuda. It is an English colony like Bermuda. The first beach art competition was held in Jersey, which Sam Dougados won.”

Mr Coutanche is known affectionately as the ‘Jersey Sandman’. He grew up in the Channel Islands and was inspired to try making art on the beach with a rake after seeing pictures of mysterious crop circles. His sand art work has recently caught the attention of several magazines including Coast magazine, The Telegraph newspaper and website, and planetgreen.discovery.com, among others. He was one of the organisers of the first World Beach Art Championships held in Jersey in 2011. It was this competition that inspired Ms Gurret to try something similar in Bermuda. While in Bermuda, Mr Coutanche will give workshops and talks to the general public about his art.

“Jersey is a beautiful place to do beach art because the tides are so varied,” said Ms Gurret. In Bermuda, she has to plan the date of the event very carefully around the tides. The tide has to be as low as possible to have enough sand “canvas” to work with.

Naturalist Dr Wolfgang Sterrer will also be giving a lecture about the nature of Bermuda beach sand and the creatures that live in it, shortly before the festival.

“His speciality is sand,” said Ms Gurret. “How perfect is that?”

She was also excited that a video of In Motion Dancers dancing to Bob Marley music was in the process of being made, and would be used to create the event. There will be two versions of the recording with In Motion.

Last year 15 people took part in the beach art competition. It was won by teenager Jade Robinson and a friend. They created a Bermuda Lizard out of beach sand and rocks.

The event is eco friendly. Environmental groups are invited to make presents during the festival.

The Bermuda Beach Art Festival will be held on March 23. Artists can pick any public beach on the Island to work on. Potential beach artists, participants or sponsors can find more information on the Bermuda Beach Art Festival Facebook page or contact organisers by e-mailing ngurret@northrock.bm or match@northrock.bm.

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Published Jan 10, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm)

Beach Art Festival marked in sand

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