July 16, 2001
Circus theme for this weekend's Sandblast
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
DUVALL - Hordes of amateur sand carvers, along with probably an equal number of music and art lovers, are expected to descend on McCormick Park this weekend to take part in Sandblast 2001 - the community's annual summer festival on the beach.
Beginning in 1995 with the building of a giant sandcastle, the event has evolved over the years to include two days of concerts and art exhibits.
This year's sandsculpture will have a circus theme. The community is invited to assist on all three days of construction.
On Friday, July 20, there are opportunities for people to help build the forms in preparation for the carving, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, and continue through Sunday, July 22. The creation of the sculpture will take place under the guidance of U.S. National Champion sandcarver Kali Bradford, who has directed several previous Sandblast projects.
Music and other entertainment will be on the McCormick Park stage from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will also include an artwalk and children's art activities organized by Children's Services of Sno-Valley and Art Shack of Duvall. A free community youth talent show will be held Friday, July 20, 7 p.m., at Cedarcrest High School. Winners will be introduced on the McCormick Park stage at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Also on display for Sandblast weekend will be a special sculpture installation created by Duvall artist Dan Cautrell and Carnation artist Frank Sebenius. The 8 by 10-foot sculpture will be a driftwood and cast aluminum piece dealing with native fish habitat and restoration and preservation.
Cautrell said the artwork was made possible by a grant from the King County Arts Commission. But plans are that the sculpture will be in place just for the weekend, he said.
"One of the guidelines of the grant is that the piece will be placed there on a temporary basis," said Cautrell.
The first Sandblast was the brainchild of local artist and businesswoman Sunny Ruthchild, who asked Bradford to design that year's sculpture, a sensational sandcastle, surrounded by a large dragon.
Subsequent sculptures have included a replica of the Black Prince, the riverboat that served the Valley communities in the days before the railroad, pieces that reflect Valley life, Native American art and the natural history of the area, and some just for fun.
McCormick Park is located along the banks of the Snoqualmie River, on the west edge of the town of Duvall. Parking is available around town and at the Metro Park and Ride lot just north of the Woodinville-Duvall Bridge. Follow the signs to McCormick Park.
For a full schedule of events, see page 12.