The 19th annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts came to a close on Sunday, July 21st after two days of live music, community theatre, an arts and crafts fair and a professionally-directed, interactive sand sculpture.
The weather was perfect along the shore of the historic and beautiful Snoqualmie River, at McCormick Park.
This year’s "SandTennial" paid homage to Duvall’s Centennial Celebration and was 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 earlier this year she received 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.
This year’s carving endeavor featured five separate themed sand sculptures which remained "up" for a week. One of the featured artists was 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.
Seventeen artists displayed and sold their work, and many offered live craft demonstrations. The return of on-scene artist Joe Lee Davidson was also welcomed.
Saturday evening, a full crowd was treated to a performance from Cascade Community Theatre’s original adaptation of The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, adapted by Davin Henrikson.
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, selected 11 groups that kept toes tappin’ and hands clappin’. It was a privilege to feature well-known Native American flutist, Peter Ali, for the annual festival’s opening and closing ceremonies.
SandBlast is typically held the 3rd weekend in July. The event was brought to you by many local sponsors, and presented by Duvall Foundation for the Arts and supported by the City of Duvall.
The Duvall Foundation for the Arts promotes creativity, diversity and cultural awareness by supporting the arts, and arts education, in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley.