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ICE & SNOW CARVING COMPETITION A SUCCESS!

 

The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners from the 8th Annual High On Ice Festival.

Carving events took place by professional and amateur carvers from January 13 to 15 in Centennial Park. The theme was ‘Forces of Nature’which proved fitting after Fort St. John experienced weekend temperatures of -38 with windchill!

And the competition winners are…

Amateur Ice Carving

Media Challenge: Alaska Highway News "Owl"

Mayors Challenge: District of Taylor

Intermediate Competition:

 1st – Meadow River (Angela Lamothe, Dave Lamothe, Sarah Conkin, Nathan Conkin)

 2nd – Joie De Vivre (Suzon Anne Tremblay, Laurie Petrucci, Nicola Hedges)

 3rd – Ice Breakers (Andrew Blaney, Charity Blaney)

Professional Ice Carving

Single Block:

 1st – Dean Murray USA

 2nd – Chris Foltz USA

 3rd – Ilya Filimontsev RUSSIA

Team Abstract:

 1st – Ilya Filimontsev RUSSIA "Melodies of the Wind"

 2nd – Peter Vogelaar & Carl Schlichting CANADA "The Higgs Boson"

 3rd – John McKinnon & Denis Kleine CANADA "A Windy Day in the Park"

Team Realistic:

 1st – Dean Murray & Chris Foltz USA "Shhhhh…Calming the Fire"

 2nd – David David Ducharme & Jesse Forrester CANADA "The Chase"

 3rd – Woojay Poynter & Benjamin Rosenbaum USA "Rise of the New Year"

Thanks to all the volunteers, the competition was a huge success! The sculptures will remain in Centennial Park until they melt – so there is still time for families to come out, enjoy the displays, and have fun on the family ice slides!  

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Not for the Faint of Heart!

Professional Ice Carvers brave a bitter north wind to work on their sculptures on the second day of the High on Ice ice carvign competition

For the second year in a row, professional and amateur ice carvers are braving bitter cold to produce the sculptures that always seem to rise above the weather conditions and amaze all of us who are brave enough to walk through the park on a day like this.  The competition started with perfect carving conditions on Friday evening, but it was too good to last and the rest of the weekend promises to be a stern test for the artists.  One has to admire their toughness and perseverence as, again for the second consecutive year, the Ice Carving competition is the only High on Ice event left standing in the face of truly horrible winter conditions.  Let's at least make the Fort St. John welcome warm for these talented visitors; make at least a quick visit to Centennial park on Saturday or Sunday to offer them a word of encouragement and praise for their efforts.

Single Block Ice Carving complete

First Place in the Single Block category was awarded to Dean Murray from the USA.

The High on Ice Carving competition is well underway at Centennial Park and conditions are good with the colder weather arriving just in time.  The Single Block sculptures have been completed and judged.  Carvers are now hard at work on their large sculptures.  Be sure to come down to the park and watch the artists at work while the children enjoy the ever popular ice slide.  Get your picture taken at the coloured ice photo booth and carve your name on the interactive wall.  The amateur Ice Carving will take place on Saturday; see how our local city council measures up in the mayor's challenge. 

Ice & Snow still a go!

Mild Temps Won’t Derail Family Fun at Carving Contest

Fort St. John BC (January 11, 2012)— The weather outside may feel like spring, but winter will be in the air this weekend during an outdoor carving extravaganza teaming with fun for the whole family.

The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is proud to host the 8th Annual High On Ice – Ice &  Snow Competition, happening January 13 to 15 in Centennial Park. People of all ages are invited to celebrate spectacular sparkling creations carved from ice.

Sculpting events by professional and amateur carvers will take place all weekend long, with the amateur event featuring the annual ‘Mayor’s Challenge’ on Saturday and the “Media Challenge” on Sunday. Take in the snow and ice carving competitions in Centennial Park at the following dates and times:

Other events take place all weekend long around Fort St. John. Families can come out and enjoy pond hockey, curling, tobogganing, sleigh rides, children’s activities, fishing, live entertainment, theatre, comedy, and more.

PROFESSIONAL CARVERS – TEAM

  • David Ducharme & Jesse Forrester CANADA **Jesse is from Fort St. John
  • Dean Murray & Chris Foltz USA
  • Ilya Filimontsev RUSSIA
  • John McKinnon & Denis Kleine CANADA
  • Peter Vogelaar & Carl Schlichting CANADA
  • Wojay Poynter & Benjamin Roseanbaum USA

PROFESSIONAL CARVERS – SINGLE BLOCK

  • Chris Foltz USA
  • Dean Murray USA
  • Denis Kleine CANADA
  • David Ducharme CANADA
  • Ilya Filimontsev RUSSIA
  • John McKinnon CANADA
  • Peter Vogelaar CANADA
  • Wojay Poynter USA

ABOUT THE HIGH ON ICE FESTIVAL

The 8th Annual High On Ice Festival comes to life in the community because of the support and partnerships of local organizations and residents. We would like to thank the following Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsors for 2012:  Pomeroy Hotel, Shell Canada, Safety First Professional Driver Training, Peace Country Rentals, DGS Astro Paving, Spectra Energy, Rhayson Contracting, Talisman Energy, and Surerus Pipeline.

We would like to thank the Silver, Bronze and Friend sponsors for 2012:  ACTO Structures & Logistics, Bizzybody Events, Brandt Tractor, Northern Groove, Cat The Rental Store, Driving Force, Encana, Evolve Enterprises, Extreme Signs, Fort Motors, Moose FM, Neufeld Petroleum & Propane, Peace River Regional District, School District #60, Smith Fuel, Spectra Energy, Swift Specialty Services, Trans Carrier Limited, Tru Value Hardware, Wesco Distribution, Boston Pizza, Canadian Helicopters, Candoo Oilfield Services, Chinook Log Homes, D&T Disposals, Dalco Instruments, District of Taylor, Golder Associates, Gregg Distributors, JD Fitzgeralds, Mr. Mikes, Northern Metalic, PriceSmart Foods, Patch Java, Brewed Awakenings, RONA, Real Canadian Wholesale, Super 8, Trojan Safety, Woodland Tim-br Mart, and C&V Trailer Sales.

Thank you also to the following people, for the hard work and dedication to the event this year – and for some, for many years: Andrew Blaney, Angela Loftus, Bill Hedges, Brad Shilling, Carlos De Smit, David Ducharme, Denise Kleine, Erin Thompson, Ilya Filimontsev, James Landry, Jesse Forrester, John McKinnon, Kyler Forrester, Margaret May, Peter Vogelaar, Rosemary Landry, Russ & Kathy Wilkenson, Sassy Hardt, Sonja Butts, Sue Popesku, and the North Peace Secondary School Students.

 

High on Ice

History

The Arts Council partners with the City of Fort St. John to deliver the High On Ice Festival.  The Fort St. John Community Arts Council delivers the ice and snow carving events, including an international NICA (National Ice Carving Association) sanctioned Professional Ice Carving Competition.
Each year, professional ice carvers from all over the world to participate in the competition. This partnership began back in 2005 and continues to grow each year.

With all of the excitement from the High On Ice Festival building year after year, our residents were not content to simply stand by and let the professionals get all of the glory.  We found that we have a whole lot of talent in our neck of the woods, so we now organize an Amateur Ice Carving Competition and a Snow Sculpting Competition.  We also arrange for a children’s ice and snow playground to be constructed during the festival. Residents look forward to this event and come out in vast numbers despite chilly weather.

Professional Ice Carving Competition

 

Professional carvers can compete in two artistic categories, Abstract or Realistic, and all works must be created within the 2011 theme, Land of Myth & Legend.  A maximum of 8 teams (or 16 competitors) are accepted for this competition. Please note that space is limited.  We suggest that those teams interested in competing contact the Arts Council  prior to sending registration fees.

Click here for Professional Carving registration information

Registration for Professional Teams and Single Block Carving due December 17, 2010. Please mail applications and payment to:

 

Fort St. John Community Arts Council
Box 6474
Fort St. John, BC. V1J 4H9 
Canada

 

Amateur Ice and Snow Carving Competition

*Please Note that the Amateur Ice Carving and Amateur Snow Carving are two separate competitions, though individuals may compete in one or both events.

Amateur ice carving invites community teams of ice carvers to enter in beginner or intermediate community categories on the Saturday of the festival. Beginner teams receive two blocks of ice, intermediate carving teams will receive 6 blocks of ice. As part of the amateur competition, the City of Fort St John also hosts an annual “Mayor’s Challenge” wherein dignitaries from area communities are invited to bring a team to the event to compete for bragging rights. (And a trophy!)

Amateur snow carving events are designed to be a fun activity for the whole family to take part in. The ease of working with snow allows everyone to help create a work of art in a block of snow. Community snow sculptors will have a snow block for each team with friends, family and colleagues helping with their creation during the day on the Sunday of the festival.

Click here for Amateur registration information

Registration for Professional Teams and Single Block Carving due January 7, 2011. Please mail applications and payment to:

 

 

Fort St. John Community Arts Council
Box 6474
Fort St. John, BC. V1J 4H9 
Canada

 

 

Community Celebration

In addition to the Ice and Snow events, the High on Ice Festival includes a community celebration featuring toboggan races, children’s activities in the park, live entertainment, sleigh rides, an ice fishing derby, an “Over the Line” ball tournament, Mukluk Curling Bonspiel and Comedy Night. It is organized by a planning committee made up of various community organizations and interested citizens, and planning starts in the fall of each year for the following year’s celebration. Watch for coming details on the 2011 High On Ice Festival in Fort St John!

Please visit the City of Fort St. John’s website at http://www.fortstjohn.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=254&Itemid=124 for more information on the Community Celebration during High On Ice.

 

Ice Carvers reach new heights at High On Ice

Fort St. John BC (January 17, 2011) — The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners from the 7th Annual High On Ice Festival. Sculpting events took place by professional, amateur and intermediate carvers from Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16. After an exciting and dazzling display, winners were announced yesterday evening.

And the winners are…

Snow Sculpting

1st “Metamorphosis” Suzon Anne Trembley, Balbir Westaway

2nd “The World on Its Back” Ed Stanford, Eliza Stanford

3rd “The Cremation of Sam McGee” Emily Goodman, Samantha Butler, Patrick Corbitt, Victoria Butler

4th “The Tree of Life” Graham McBoubrey, Ayrilee Geddert, Dan Murray, Melissa Schreyer

Ice Carving Amateur

Beginner: 

Honourable Mention “The Furies” Chantelle Bourgeau, Lara Sheldon-Kelly

Intermediate: 

Honourable Mention “Dole” Andrew Blaney, Charity Blaney

3rd “Joie de Vivre” Suzon Anne Trembley, Laurie Petrucci, Darcy Danczak

2nd “Arctech Ice Busters” Dave Diehl, Andrew Kovacs

1st “Meadowriver” Dave Lamothe, Angela Lamothe, Nathan Conkin, Sarah Conkin

Mayor Challenge

1st District of Chetwynd

2nd District of Taylor

3rd City of Fort St. John

 

Ice Carving Professional

Single Block:

1st Aaron Costic (Gold)

2nd Dean Murray (Silver)

3rd Chris Foltz (Bronze)

4th Mark Davis (Bronze)

5th Christopher Huessey (Bronze)

 

Team Multi Block – Realistic:

1st Junichi Nakamura & Hiroshi Takahashi (Gold)

2nd Dean Murray & Chris Foltz (Gold)

3rd David Ducharm & Jesse Forrester (Silver)

4th Darren Jackson & Stephanie Quayle (Silver)

5th Christopher Huessey & Nick Cassidy (Silver)

 

Team Multi Block – Abstract:

1st Aaron Costic & Sarah Costic (Gold)

2nd Mark Davis & Edwin Winslow (Silver)

3rd Takashi Ito & Keijiro Miyata (Silver)

4th John McKinnon & Denis Kleine (Silver)

 

Peoples Choice / Media Choice / Carvers Choice

All three categories won by Junichi Nakamura and Hiroshi Takahashi – by unanimous decision!

A special thank you to the City of Fort St. John and the corporate partners: Talisman Energy, Pomeroy  Hotel, Arctech Welding & Machining, Surerus Pipeline, Pomeroy Inn & Suite, Brandt Tractor, Cat – The Rental Store, McCormick Ventures, Moose FM, Peace Country Rentals, Cheyenne Industries, Driving Force, Encana, Evolve Enterprises, Extreme Signs, Fort Motors, Neufeld Petroleum & Propane, Safety First, School District #60, Spectra Energy, Swift Specialty Services, Systems Sound Source of the North, Trans Carrier Limited, True Value Hardware, Wesco Distribution, Woodland Tim-BR Mart, ATCO Structures & Logistics, Bizzy Body Event Planners, Carnwood Wireline, Cascade, Deb’s Flower Hut, D & T Disposals, Home Hardware, Jim & Marion Sodergren, Northern Gourmet, Northwoods Pizza, Panda Tank, Patch Java, Peace River Regional District, Peace A Da Rock, RONA, Saigon Noodle, Smith Fuel, Sushi Heaven, Uptown Grill and Imagine That – The Logo Store!

Thanks to all the volunteers, the competition was a huge success! Even though the weather was -44 with wind chill, many came out to enjoy the sculptures and winter fun. The sculptures will remain in Centennial Park until they melt – so there is still time for families to come out, enjoy the displays, and have fun on the family ice slides!

 

High On Ice Competition Winners

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The High On Ice Festival’s Professional Ice Carving Competition is known globally as a premier competition for carvers.  The masterpieces created each year by professional and amateur carvers alike offer a unique attraction in Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Please read more to see a full list of this year’s winners.

 

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