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There's much to like at Mountain Festival

Annual event never fails to amuse, amaze residents, visitors


by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - Sherrill Pratt, who lives a few miles southwest of Sandy, works on a black and white painting which shows that her repertoire goes beyond the usual. The spectrum of her work — paintings, photos, giclee prints and greeting cards — will be on display with the other 150 artists in the Sandy Mountain Festival, July 13-14.Volunteers for the Sandy Mountain Festival are getting ready for the big weekend when hundreds of artists and thousands of people who appreciate art descend on Sandy and its beloved Meinig Memorial Park.

Art theme

The main theme of the festival is art, and about 150 artists are registered to take a booth and fill it with the fruits of their handiwork.

That work will vary widely from jewelry to mosaic art, photography, handmade soaps and lotions, woodwork, fused glass, weaving, painting, leather work, garden art, pottery, carving, metal art, hats, candles, aprons, charcoal drawing, bronze sculpture, stained glass, tie dye clothing, stone art, hand painted bags, glass sculpture, raku pottery, wood burning, airbrush tattoos, quilts, beading and ceramics.

Artists come from as far as Tucson, Ariz., Spokane, Wash., and Arcata, Calif., but many come from various cities in Oregon, including Sandy, Boring and the mountain villages.

For example, Sherrill Pratt, who lives a few miles southwest of Sandy, will show her paintings, photographs, giclee prints and greeting cards.

Pratt has been teaching herself to paint since 2000, and now has established the Tickle Creek Studio in southeast Boring.

Pratt has traveled a lot inside and outside the United States, so her art is inspired mainly from travel vistas — some from photographs and some from memory, both mental and emotional.

She seldom reproduces the scene she is looking at; instead, reproducing art that inspires the emotions felt at the location.

That’s why she says her art is “inspired” by photographs or travel views.

Pratt will be looking to talk with the people who walk by her booth at the festival. She will ask their reactions to her art, and that will help her when she makes choices for future art.

For more information, call 503-545-1048 or visit the Web ticklecreekstudio.weebly.com.

Entertainment

On the Dale Nicholls Front Stage, festival visitors will see a wide variety of entertainment, beginning with something from the Islands.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, the stage will be filled with Ka Pa Hula O Kanaeupuni with the Kanaepuili Trio.

By 12:30 p.m., festivalgoers can Joshua English, a vegan who lives in Portland and Boston and likes to play punk rock.

At 2 p.m., Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind band take the stage to show off some of the best Americana story-telling music that represents the hard life, injustice, the dark side and tough living.

Getting close to evening, you’ll think the festival entertainment went to the dogs. At 4 p.m., The Hamdogs will offer ’70s and ’80s California country rock, while at 6 p.m. The Lucky Dawgs will round out your day.

On Sunday, July 14, at 11:45 a.m. get the day started on a high note with the Mariachi Viva Mexico group. By 1:30 p.m., people will be ready to slow down and dance a little with the sounds of the Al Kader Shrine Dance Band. The day and the festival will end with the professional Whiskey Hill band and its roadhouse rock and blues music known so well in the band’s hometown of Lake Oswego.

At the Birdcage Theater in Meinig Park, Saturday’s 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. lineup includes Silvertones, Dragon Puppet Theater, International Reptile Rescue and Michelle Group.

Sunday’s 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. lineup includes Bug Chicks, Mad Scientist, International Reptile Rescue and Old Time Fiddlers.

For the kids

Activities especially for children, with refreshments served at each activity, include a pet show at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the covered play shed behind the Aquatic Center.

A bike derby for ages 3 and older is organized to begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, near the Cedar Ridge Middle School track. Helmets are required. Youngest riders begin at 11:15 a.m.

A kids’ parade begins with staging at 11:15 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Sandy Elementary School. The parade begins at noon.

The usual carnival will start its engines and begin nearly four days going round and round in the open lot east of the Big Apple and west of Windermere Realty.

The carnival begins after the parade ends at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday, and it also will be open Friday through Sunday. Presale tickets are available now at Walgreens and Sandy City Hall.

Information

In next week’s Sandy Post, parade information will be featured. Remember to stake your spot early (July 9 or 10) alongside the parade route on Pioneer Boulevard between Bluff Road and Wolf Drive.

For more information on the festival, visit the website at sandymountainfestival.org.