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Fire & Ice Spotlight: Jeff Olson

Do you ever wonder about the people behind the beautiful snow and ice sculptures that you see around Sturgeon Bay during Fire & Ice? We caught up with Jeff Olson to ask him how he got involved creating art out of this unlikely medium. 

• Jeff began carving at 19 years old with members of his fraternity during UW-Superior’s Snow Week. He’s been an avid ice and snow carver ever since.

• The largest snow block Jeff has carved was 10 x 10 x 12 feet for the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships of 2014. The end result was a striking sculpture of butterflies and coneflowers that earned him and his team third place.

• Jeff holds a Master of Arts degree from UW-Superior, and he worked as an art teacher in Oak Creek for 35 years.

• Ice and snow sculpting has taken Jeff all over the world, including Japan, where he served on the alternate Olympic ice carving team.

• When asked what advice Jeff would give to an aspiring snow carver, he states, “Just do it. Don’t be afraid. You can usually fix mistakes. Snow carving is both an additive and subtractive process.”

You'll be able to see Jeff create his newest masterpiece on February 13th. The day promises to be a family friendly day in the brisk winter air. Stop in local businesses or SBVC for a voting ballot and cast your vote for the People's Choice. 

And if you want to get involved creating your own masterpiece, check our Fire & Ice information for details on how you can do that and get a $50 gift card to Door County Candy!