Sharon Villapiano is an award-winning writer, children’s book author, teacher and marketing director at Seashore Day Camp. She also is on the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Board of Judges, a presenter at Columbia University’s Spring Journalism Conference and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her husband John and mini schnauzer Mick at the Jersey Shore.
John Gowdy is an international sand sculpting champion, who holds sand sculpting titles from every corner of the globe. A few of his most significant accomplishments have been a commission for Pope Francesco at the Vatican and The White House Commission of Remembrance on Normandy Beach. He enjoys teaching the art of sand sculpture to both children and adults. In addition, he is the creator of a performance painting show entitled Flying Colors. John is a retired captain of the Atlantic City, NJ Fire Department and an artist, specializing in marble, sand and mixed media. For more information, visit www.johngowdy.com or YouTube “The John Gowdy Team.”
Laura Cimador Gowdy is an illustrator, teacher and award-winning sand sculptor. She competes as a team with her husband John Gowdy. They took first in the televised show Sand Wars and co-organized the World Cup of Sand Sculpting in Atlantic City. A native of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, she arranged the commissioned piece for Pope Francesco, which was a replica of the church where he received his calling. Laura took painting instruction from the famous Italian artist Angelo Gatto, who taught her techniques that bring text to life through oil paint and watercolors.