By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
The Laguna Madre area has a tendency to inspire and even transform people. In some instances, individuals have discovered passions and talents they didn’t even know existed within themselves.
Such was the case of a Midwestern high school English teacher who, some 30 years ago, came to the Valley to teach, found her way to South Padre Island, and was so inspired by the beach that she “retired” from teaching at age 26, changed her name to Sandy Feet and became what could only be described as a groundbreaking artist in her own right.
That may be simplifying her story a bit, but in essence, it’s true, minus the fact that somewhere down the line she found her artistic voice in the sand she walked on here in these beaches. These days, Lucinda Wierenga, or as she’s better known as, Sandy Feet, is widely considered a pioneer in the art of sand sculpting, winning national and international acclaim and writing three books on the subject.
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