Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 Wintersculpt and Kidsculpt - Ice Sculpture Artistry & Competition, January 13-15

2011 Wintersculpt and Kidsculpt
Ice Sculpture Artistry & Competition, January 13-15

Snowmass Village, CO – Equipped with designs, buckets, shovels, an array of tools and their imagination, six determined Wintersculpt teams and five local middle schools will compete in an intense snow sculpture contest in conjunction with Aspen’s Wintersköl 2011.

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Wintersculpt competition officially starts at 4 pm on Thursday, January 13th on the Mill Street Mall running 48 hours straight until 4 pm on Saturday, January 15th.

Teams will often work around the clock, night and day, to transform an 8’x 8’ x 8’ snow block into freestanding creations.  A combination of creativity, teamwork and grit will define the winning teams.   Each Wintersculpt team receives a $200 participation fee and cash prizes are awarded to the top three sculptures.

Saturday evening at 5 pm, the completed Wintersculpt sculptures will be judged by a panel of independent community members based on creativity, technical execution, and compliance to rules. Ribbons will be placed on the winning sculptures by 6 pm on Saturday, January 15.

This year’s teams are comprised of 24 sculptors and the entries are:

Team Australia (artists: Danika Davis, John Smollen, Sean Smollen, Petunia Davis and Dewey Davis) will be producing a larger than life Aussie inspired sculpture, “King Kang”. 

The Frozen Chosen (artists: Jason Schneider, Emily Fannon, Elizabeth Ferrill, Erin Dinsmoor, David Stassi and Jason Speich) will craft a creative creature in a sticky situation aptly named, “Diamonds Are a Squirrel’s Best Friend”. 

Team Metta (artists: Yayoi Wakabayashi, Mary Ballow, Kathy Sovich, Patty Lecht, Jennifer Long, Misheel Chuluun) will tap into their spiritual side as they create, “Compassion: Humanity’s Jewel”.

Team Thomas Barlow (artist: Thomas Barlow) will construct a sophisticated and beautiful sculpture in, “The Gem”.

Team Relish (artists: Andy Curtis, Ryan Truettner, Jeff Wistler and Charlie Curtis) will produce a playful carving sure to bring a smile in, “Hot Dog’N Aspen”.

Lastly, Team Sno-Shoe Rabbit (artist: James Rabbit Thomas) will produce a design that encompasses the fundamentals for lovely anniversary toast.

In addition to the adult Wintersculpt, nearly 50 middle school students will be participating in Kidsculpt, with teams representing Aspen Middle School, Aspen Country Day School, Aspen Community School, Carbondale Middle School and Carbondale Community School.  Their sculptures will be in front of McDonald’s on the Aspen mall and they will sculpt on Friday, January 14, from 9 am-12:30 pm. Kidsculpt judging will be at 1 pm on Friday.

Stop by the Mill Street Mall on either Friday or Saturday to support the teams and for a great photo opportunity.

Wintersculpt is generously sponsored by Claudia Potamkin, Mary and Pat Scanlan, Karen and Bayard Hollins, Nancy and Bruce Stevens, and The Thrift Shop of Aspen. A special thanks to the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association for their support.

Contact Sonya Taylor at 970-923-3181 x204 or email her at  for more information about Wintersculpt and Kidsculpt. 

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a world-class learning community dedicated to creativity and growth through the making and understanding of the visual arts. We promote the personal and professional development of artists of all levels of expertise through year-round workshops, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, lectures, public events and community outreach. The facilities feature fully-equipped studios, galleries, café, dormitory and ArtWorks store. Anderson Ranch programs and activities attract thousands of artists, art-lovers, students, faculty and patrons annually to this historic and beautiful 5-acre mountain ranch near Aspen.

For more information on our programs, call 970.923.3181, email, write Anderson Ranch Arts Center, P.O. Box 5598, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, or visit our web site at

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