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VERMONT  |  Block #5




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Team Name:  The Pour Saps

Sculpture Title:  Release

Artist Statement:   Release began as a daydream. Our daydreamer has slipped away from wherever she sits to the interior infinite of the imagination. Here anything can happen, from fantastical feats of daring to otherworldly adventure. But here also is a refuge from a troubled world, even a worried heart. Here the limited self can release its pains and illusions and melt back into communion with all that is, all that was, and all that can be.

Team Members:

  • Katie Runde (Captain) - Katie Runde is a contemporary realist oil painter specializing in portraiture out of her studio in Bristol, VT.  She is currently represented by the Edgewater gallery in Middlebury, VT.  While an oil painter by day, she loves the adventure of athletic, performative, and ephemeral art and travels the northeast doing large scale chalk murals and looks forward very much every year to snow sculpture season.  She moonlights as a funk/soul sax player and is a candidate for priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of VT. She is currently completing a commission for the Vermont State House of the mid 19th c. educator, minister, and first US college graduate of African descent and state representative, Alexander Twilight.  Katie has been snow sculpting since 2014 and loves not only the challenge of an unpredictable medium and t  e wonderfully warm, dynamic snow sculpture community.


  • Mugsy Logan - Mugsy Logan was born and raised outside of Boston, MA, and has always had a love and natural talent for art and imagination.  He met Tony and Katie, his fellow Pour Saps, after moving to Vermont some years ago.  They invited him out to Lake Geneva, and snow sculpting joined the long list of Mugsy's creative passions, which include woodcarving and pyrography.  Aside from the satisfaction of contributing detail and hard work to their projects, Mugsy most enjoys the camaraderie and friendship that he has found among the niche snow sculpting community.  This is his fourth time at Nationals in Lake Geneva and he looks forward to some fun (cold) and creative days out in the snow. He and his partner Ana recently became parents to a wonderful new Sap, Gus.


  • Tony Perham - Tony has been in love with 3D art as long as he can remember.  Ceramics is the medium he was accustomed to sculpting before huge snow art was introduced.  He has been an aspiring artist his whole life and recently went freelance, creating wildly creative sculpture commissions from a giant concrete garden dragon to a triceratops head to three-dimensional business signage.  He has competed in five state qualifiers.  This will be his fifth visit to Nationals in Lake Geneva.  He is in love with the endurance part of snow sculpting as well as the fact that in snow, something as small as an ant can be scaled to six feet tall! His pastimes include watching PBS and playing dinosaurs with an 8-year-old...and throwing snowballs to the dog.


Team Vermont is proudly sponsored by:

Town Bank Lake Geneva

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Team Vermont is proudly hosted by:


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