On Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, you will find the annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts at McCormick Park in Duvall, along the shore of the historic and beautiful Snoqualmie River.
This year’s “SandTennial” pays homage to Duvall’s Centennial Celebration and features many endeavors into the arts in addition to the professionally-directed, interactive sand sculpting. We are honored with master sand sculptor, Kali Bradford’s return. In August of 2012, Kali was awarded fourth, out of 20 competitors, in the NW Sand Festival, “Tournament of Champions” held in Federal Way, and just last month she was honored with third place out of a field of ten in the 1st “Sand Bash Women’s Master Sand Sculpting Championship” held in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. Kali is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recipient, and has been granted awards on nine separate occasions in California, and on two occasions in Washington, as an artist-in-residence. A multi-media artist, Kali also paints, writes poetry and teaches.
One of the featured artists is Dan Cautrell, festival visual arts director, who has been creating installations and most of the recognizable iconic themes for the SandBlast Festival for over 10 years. This year, Dan is one of the artists exclusively selected to install a sculptural interpretation honoring Duvall’s Centennial to be unveiled later this summer.
Visit Dan throughout the SandBlast weekend in his booth of “Mixed Amazements,” including this year’s SandBlast print entitled “Dancing in the River.”
We also welcome the return of on-scene artist Joe Lee Davidson, in addition to this year’s artisans to include: Janelle Lile, painting/prints; Carman Komm, Mad Mosaics; Dawn Henry, jewelry; Ashley Bohler, watercolor/drawing; Becky Jeanes, fish prints; Cynthia Marker, painting; Tristan Coomes, jewelry; Dan Young, found object painting; Jo Parmley, hand dyed garments; Laura Krause, jewelry/crystals; Malory Milke, painting; Christine Rommel, glass mosaic; Paula Strobel/Russel Hendricks, Fabulous Whimsy; Kim Darby, Valley Photography; Chris Hyatt, stone bird houses; Kristin Connors, artisan collection, bags/jewelry; Hannah Hsu, decoupage home furnishings, jewelry; Heather Stoneburner Kyle, nature photography.
Artists will display and sell their work, and some will offer demonstrations.
Presenting live, local music has always been a key element of the SandBlast Festival. This year’s music director, Mike Kirby, along with assistant music director, Jason Cunningham, have selected groups that will keep your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’. Join us during the festival’s opening and closing ceremonies where we feature well-known Native American flutist, Peter Ali.
Saturday, July 20th performances: Peter Ali @ noon; Honky Tonk Sweethearts @ 12:20 p.m.; Rick Ravenscrosft Trio @ 1:30 p.m.; The Poindexters @ 2:30 p.m.; Jeff Hass @ 3:30 p.m.; BOWI @ 4:10 p.m.; Noisy Neighbors @ 5 p.m.; and 7-9 p.m. Cascade Community Theatre’s original adaptation of The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, adapted by Davin Henrikson.
Sunday, July 21st performances: That’s Cashed @ noon; Fred Francis Trio @ 1:10 p.m.; Cool Water @ 2:20 p.m.; Susan Burke Band @ 3:30 p.m.; Kate Phillips & Americana Soul @ 4:40 p.m.; Peter Ali @ 5:40 p.m. (Musicians and times subject to change).