Sandblast artists will carve out riverboat replica
by Jane McClure
The Duvall Arts Commission is finalizing details for Sandblast '98, a three-day river and arts festival to be held July 24-26 at the McCormick Park Sandbar and the King County Snoqualmie Valley Trail. "This year's Sandblast is going to be more active and fun than ever," said Sunny Ruthchild, who first organized the festival four years ago. "There will be three major opportunities for community-involved art--sand sculpture, music and dance, and fine arts and crafts--all of which will take place along the river."
Sandblast '98 will once again involve the building of a giant sand sculpture by festival-goers under the guidance of professional sand artist Kali Bradford. This year's project will be construction of a replica of the riverboat Black Prince, which delivered goods to residents along the Snoqualmie River before there were roads or trains.
Music will be provided by File Gumbo, a Cajun Zydeco band, Les Femmes d'Enfer, an all-woman Cajun band and Bang Talk, a local drum group. Afro-jazz dance workshops will be led by Cris Daigre, and tap and jazz workshops will feature the local TJ Dance group. These community dance workshops are free and a community performance is scheduled for Sunday.
New this year is an art walk along the river trail designed to showcase the work of local artists and artisans. Applications to become an art walk exhibitor will be accepted until June 25. "I encourage everyone to participate and enjoy the event," Ruthchild said. "Also, we're still looking for volunteers to do a variety of things." For volunteer or art walk information, call Ruthchild at Gardens and Sunspaces Gallery, 425-788-9844.