Aaron became an artist in an abnormal way. His curiosity was tweaked when a local ski hill in the Okanagan advertised a snow sculpting competition the following week. Although he dabbled in woodwork and enjoyed drawing he did not see himself as an artist. After the very first snow sculpture he was hooked!
Heinz Zadler – has had a lifelong interest in art; especially in carving and sculpture; has competed and taken part in many ice festivals, for example – Edmonton’s Ice on Whyte Festival; Lake Louise’s Ice Magic; Ottawa’s Winterlude; Qualicum Beach’s Fire and Ice Street Festival.
Hercules is a chef currently working in a pub, in new Westminster. He started ice carving in his younger years at a food show in Vancouver where he met with a master ice carver who invited him to his first fire and ice competition. He placed silver on that first year. Since then, Hercules has been competing in Qualicum for several years, and has learned many styles and techniques.
Vancouver Island sculptor Mike Rebar also specializes in marble, granite and more to make beautiful, timeless sculptures.
Mike has been carving since 2001. He has competed in Edmonton, Lake Chelan, Vernon, Whistler, Victoria, and Oregon. He won the Fire & Ice competition in 2002 as Amateur and Pro in 2008 & 2011. Mike is a part-time carver and works for Victoria Coal & Heating full-time in Victoria.
In 2004 Robert Woodbury got a call from his friend and Master Carver Delayne Corbett to join him in carving snow in Quebec. That began almost a decade of snow and ice carving, connecting with other artists and having fun all over the country, sharing and creating.
Aaron MeadowsAaron Meadows has been sculpting since the age of seven, at the age if seventeen found his love for sculpting stone. He has lived in the Parksville/Qualicum area for the past seventeen years. Eight years ago this coming May Tammy his wife informed him that she entered him into his first ever ice sculpting competition …. Ice was a whole new medium for Aaron giving him a new challenge, and he has been enjoying Fire & Ice ever since.
Delayne was born in beautiful Nelson, BC in 1972 but was raised all across Canada. The abundant raw materials like wood, stone, ice, snow and sand were his playthings and guided him early onto a creative path. Traveling has broadened his knowledge with new experiences and amazing artwork. Now his sculpting career flows in seasons stone, snow, ice & sand. He lives in Vancouver, and has a studio in his garage. He is thrilled to be returning to compete in QB Fire & Ice Street Festival!