Arts celebrated at Duvall Sandblast

  • Written by Robin Akkerman
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Local artist Joe Lee Davidson works on the SandBlast sand sculpture with help from Autumn, a young Duvall resident. Lisa Allen/Staff photo
DUVALL – The first day of the 18th annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts could not have been more perfect.

Held at McCormick Park, on the shore of the historic and beautiful Snoqualmie River, the July 21st and 22nd festival held a full audience both days.

SandBlast featured many endeavors into the arts including a professionally-directed, interactive sand sculpture, live music, community theatre and a juried fine arts and crafts fair. Of the 17-plus artists on hand, this year’s festival featured Kali Bradford, award-winning and internationally known master sand sculptor, and Dan Cautrell, master printmaker, muralist and mixed media artist.

Gerry Kollman, and assistant musical director Cheree Harder, carefully arranged the quality and presentation of this year’s performers on the music stage.  Attendees enjoyed musical talent from all ages and genres from reggae to classic rock, blues to country roots.

Saturday evening, Cascade Community Theatre presented its one act adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

Dan Ackerman, festival chair, commented that, “The event would not have been a success without a strong team in place ensuring execution of festival objectives. We set the bar high, and accomplished our goals.”

The annual event is brought to the community by many local sponsors, the Duvall Foundation for the Arts and the City of Duvall.  They look forward to entertaining the community next year with this free family fun event typically held the 3rd weekend in July.

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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