Do This: Sanding Ovations and undercover

click to enlarge SANDY, BABY: 2012 fourth place winner Sue McGrew. - Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce
Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce
SANDY, BABY: 2012 fourth place winner Sue McGrew.

click to enlarge SANDY, BABY: 2012 fourth place winner Sue McGrew. - Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce
Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce
SANDY, BABY: 2012 fourth place winner Sue McGrew.
  • Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce
  • SANDY, BABY: 2012 fourth place winner Sue McGrew.

If you've ever molded sand and water in a plastic bucket and tipped it upside down, hoping it doesn't crumble immediately, you can appreciate the patience and skill required by sand sculptors in creating gigantic statues, human facial and anatomical features, detailed engravings and other works of art from tiny crystals on the shoreline.

See the best of the best of sand sculptors at the Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival at Treasure Island Beach, behind the Bilmar Resort. Treasure Island's competition is back for its fourth year with 10 sculptors creating intricate and sometimes massive works of live sand art.

First day of sand sculpting is today, with artists carving out works till 5:30 p.m. Vendors will be open till 6 p.m., and sculpting hours are the same tomorrow, with vendors and festival open 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Two great local bands headline Friday evening — Applebutter Express at 6 p.m., The Black Honkeys at 8 p.m. Festival hours are the same on Saturday, but live sand sculpting ends at 2 p.m. Awards ceremony is at 7 p.m., and bands on Saturday include Cornfused at 3 p.m. and The Rocket Man Show starring Rus Anderson as Elton John at 8 p.m. Fireworks cap it all off at 10 p.m.

For an art show on land, visit HCC-Dale Mabry's Gallery 221 for undercover, an intentionally lower-cased (oh, you right-brainers!) that shows that what we see is not always what we get — completely, anyway.

click to enlarge BELOW THE SURFACE: Selina Roman's "Tubes #2." - Selina Roman
Selina Roman
BELOW THE SURFACE: Selina Roman's "Tubes #2."
  • Selina Roman
  • BELOW THE SURFACE: Selina Roman's "Tubes #2."

Photographers Selina Roman and Wendy Babcox explore contradictions in our environment in "an exploration of the colorful, and often times, paradoxical images that appear in plain sight." The works look at the playful tension between manmade and natural surroundings.

For more information on the artists, visit wendybabcox.com or selinaroman.com. Artist reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., including an informal artist talk around 6 pm. The show will be on display through Dec. 12.

Bilmar Beach Resort is at Gulf Blvd. Price: Free admission. Parking at adjacent lot is $10. 800-826-9724. HCC-Dale Mabry is at 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. hcc-fl.edu.

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