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Icy art at Winterfest

By Susan Mustapich | Feb 03, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich From left, Ethan Navarro, Christy Christensen and Danial Navarro of Station Maine chip away, creating the fine feathers of a penguin at Winterfest in Camden Feb. 1.

CAMDEN — Teams of amateur sculptors took their chisels to 300-pound blocks of ice at the Winterfest celebration in the Camden Public Library Amphitheater Feb. 1.

Wild, mythical and comical creatures emerged from the blocks as tenacious and warmly dressed team members chipped away, showering icy shards on the ground.

By early afternoon, an emperor penguin, a fox, an ancient Egyptian jackal and a circus elephant were all on display. At the back of the amphitheater, master carver Tim Pierce and volunteer Hector Pietra-Santa took a chainsaw to the frozen blocks to build a crystal throne for a bulldog.

Ice Carving Winterfest Camden Maine
(Video by: Susan Mustapich)
For fun, Andrew Dehlinger, left, and Jim Reitz, carve Anubis, ancient Egytian god of the afterlife. Team member Lois Anne is not pictured. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Sweetback School team member Elsie Pinchbeck, left, fits the nose into a fox sculpture, using water as a glue, while Hadrian Ward works on carving an ear. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Hector Pietra-Santa works with master carver Tim Pierce (not pictured) of Samoset Resort on a throne for a massive bulldog. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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