The 2005 Artistry in Concrete presenters from left to right (1st row); Shellie Rigsby, Mathew Newman, Lee Gamble, Al Mahairi, and Ake Grunditz. (2nd row) Steve Ochs, Brian Vicari, Buddy Rhodes, Mark Haen, Cary Grant, Greg Demmert, and Julio Hallack.
The 2005 Artistry in Concrete presenters from left to right (1st row); Shellie Rigsby, Mathew Newman, Lee Gamble, Al Mahairi, and Ake Grunditz. (2nd row) Steve Ochs, Brian Vicari, Buddy Rhodes, Mark Haen, Cary Grant, Greg Demmert, and Julio Hallack.

More than 14,000 people visited and revisited the Artistry in Concrete demo at the 2005 World of Concrete (WOC) in Las Vegas—twice the number that visited the demos at the 2004 World of Concrete. About half of the people who attended the event came back to see the progress—two visitors came back nine times!

Two strong elements lead to high-quality decorative concrete work: a knowledge of concrete basics and creativity. The Artistry Demos focus on the latter. Each year Concrete Construction magazine and its co-sponsor, the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC)—a council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), invites 12 people who are doing creative work with concrete to participate in a live demo, showing visitors to the WOC what's possible. The goal is to encourage creativity with concrete, a material with so many potential uses.

Here are the artists and their work at this year's Artistry in Concrete Demonstrations.

Greg Demmert, Demmert & Associates, Glendale, Calif.

Lee Gamble, Creative Surfaces and Designs. Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Cary Grant Floor Seasons, Las Vegas

Ake Grunditz, Ake Grunditz Fine Design, Alameda, Calif.

Mark Haen Adobe Coatings, Mesa, Ariz.

Julio A. Hallack Concrete Innovations by Hallack, Turlock, Calif.

Al MahairiTopcoat LLC, Hillsdale, N. J.

Mathew NewmanSurfacing Solutions, Temecula, Calif.

Steve Ochs, Images in Concrete, Magnolia, Ark.

Buddy Rhodes Buddy Rhodes Studios, San Francisco

Shellie Rigsby, Acanthus Company, Piano, Texas

Brain Vicari, The Concrete Colorist, Benicia, Calif.