Fun for all at SandBlast — July 21

  • Written by Robin Akkerman
Courtesy photo. Dan Cautrell
One of the featured artists at this year’s SandBlast is Dan Cautrell, festival visual arts director.

Cautrell 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.

Cautrell’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, he will have an image that conveys the essence of your thought. If you appreciate the logos and icons utilized by the festival, you can thank Cautrell.

He is also an educator and has provided numerous adult and youth oriented workshops in which he shares his insights, inventiveness and mixed media processes.

Cautrell 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 him in person and “muse” his creations.

In addition to Cautrell, our master sand sculptor Kali Bradford and on-scene artist Joe Lee Davidson, this year’s artisans include: (roster at press time) Paula Strobel and friends, mixed arts; Kristin O’connor, jewelry/bags; Brian Kearns, metal; Jo Parmley, T-dye; Janelle, drawing/painting; Stan Kozad, metal; Brian Kearns, metal; Laura Krause, jewelry; Cynthia Jones, pottery ceramics; Christy Rommel, mosaic; Heather Kyle, photography; Dawn Henry, jewelry; Wendy Shimada, photography; Mallory Milke, painting/prints; Grand Girls Glass, glassware; and Becky Jeanes, fish prints.  Artists will display and sell their work, and some will offer demonstrations.

The annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts will once again be held at McCormick Park, on the shore of Snoqualmie River. SandBlast features many endeavors into the arts including professionally-directed, interactive sand sculpting, live music, community theatre, and a juried fine arts and crafts fair.

Let the “arts muse you” during the festival set for Saturday, July 21, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, noon to 6 p.m.

Food and beverage vendors on site: Rustic Pie Wood-Fired Pizza and G & G Dogs – Gourmet Hot Dogs and Sausages.  Alcohol is not permitted in the park.  Feel free to bring your own lawn blankets and chairs.

The event is brought to you by many local sponsors, including the Duvall Foundation for the Arts and the City of Duvall.

For more information, contact Duvall Foundation for the Arts at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Duvall Foundation for the Arts promotes creativity, diversity, and cultural awareness by supporting the arts and arts education in the lower Snoqualmie Valley.

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