Two of the artists featured at Duvall’s annual are Dan Cautrell and Kali Bradford.
These two robust and accomplished artists have both exhibited extensively, with works in many collections. Kali Bradford is an award winning and internationally known master sand sculptor, and Dan Cautrell is a master printmaker, muralist, mixed media Artist, and SandBlast’s Visual Art Director.
Kali Bradford’s career has spanned for more than 30 years, where she has traveled the world creating scalable and detailed sand sculptures, ranging from diminutive three foot displays, to a sky reaching 64-foot architectural installation. She’s sculpted sand in China, Australia, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and India as well as throughout the United States. A multi-media artist, Bradford also paints, writes poetry and teaches. She is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recipient, and has been granted awards on nine separate occasions in California, and on two occasions in Washington, as an artist-in-residence.
“Sand sculpture is art happening, a performing art, a positive addiction that gives satisfaction to the participants with its multi-task emphasis, so that whether (you are) the water carrier, using a shovel or carving the finest details it is easy to be enamored with the process as well as the end product,” said Kali.
Dan Cautrell has been creating installations and most of the recognizable iconic themes for the SandBlast festival for more than a decade. His style and talent is known throughout the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. Dan’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, Dan will have an image that conveys the essence of your thought. He also creates the logos and icons utilized by the festival. He is also an educator and has provided numerous adult and youth oriented workshops where he shares his insights, inventiveness, and mixed media processes.
The annual SandBlast Festival of the Arts will once again be held at McCormick Park in Duvall, on the shore of the historic and beautiful Snoqualmie River, Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. The festival celebrates, introduces and promotes local and regional artists, musicians, and supporting organizations. SandBlast features many endeavors into the arts including professionally-directed sand sculpting event, live music, community theatre, and a juried fine arts and crafts fair.
The Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m. Free, family fun for all!
The event is sponsored by many local sponsors, the Duvall Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Duvall. For more information contact Duvall Foundation for the Arts at www.duvallarts.org or email email@example.com. The Duvall Foundation for the Arts promotes creativity, diversity, and cultural awareness by supporting the arts and arts education in the lower Snoqualmie valley.