DUVALL–The annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts will once again be held at McCormick Park, on the shore of the historic and beautiful Snoqualmie River, Saturday and Sunday, July 21st and July 22nd.
The festival celebrates, introduces and promotes local and regional artists, musicians and supporting organizations. SandBlast features many endeavors into the arts including professionally-directed sand sculpting event, live music, community theatre and a juried fine arts and crafts fair.
Of the many artists on hand, this year’s festival will feature two robust and accomplished artists, both having exhibited extensively, with works in many collections. The featured artists are Kali Bradford, award-winning and internationally known master sand sculptor, and Dan Cautrell, master printmaker, muralist, mixed media artist and SandBlast visual art director.
Kali Bradford’s career has spanned more than 30 years, where she has traveled the world creating scalable and detailed sand sculptures, ranging from diminutive three foot displays, to a sky- reaching 64-foot architectural installation. She’s sculpted sand in China, Australia, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and India as well as throughout the United States.
A multi-media artist, Bradford also paints, writes poetry and teaches. 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.
“Sand sculpture is art happening, a performing art, a positive addiction that gives satisfaction to the participants with its multi-task emphasis, so that whether (you are) the water carrier, using a shovel or carving the finest details it is easy to be enamored with the process as well as the end product,” says Kali.
Second featured artist is Dan Cautrell. Dan has been creating installations and most of the recognizable iconic themes for the SandBlast festival for over 10 years. His undeniable style and talent is known throughout the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond.
Dan’s installations typically use common and historical imagery as metaphors to convey current topics and concerns in our society. If you can think of a topic, Dan will have an image that conveys the essence of your thought. Should you appreciate the logos and icons utilized by the festival, you can thank Dan! Dan is also an educator and has provided numerous adult and youth oriented workshops where he shares his insights, inventiveness and mixed media processes.
Dan is originally from Southern California, and if you carefully look into his work, you might see some of the traditional themes and myths historically held by those of the region. Meet Dan in person and “muse” his creations.
The festival hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Free, family fun for all!
The Duvall Foundation for the Arts promotes creativity, diversity and cultural awareness by supporting the arts and arts education in the lower Snoqualmie valley.