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Creative variety at Sandy artist salon

Another Sunday afternoon is on tap at Lori Rylands studio


When the turkey and pumpkin pie are all gone, it will be time to go out for a bit of entertainment and education rolled into one event.

Sandy artist Lori Ryland has organized another in her series of monthly salons, all held at her studio in downtown Sandy.

This month, she is featuring a movie, “Mountain Heir,” produced by a middle school art class, working with Seattle film producer David Sterling.

The movie has not been shown to any audiences because its sell-out at the Sandy Cinema in 2002.

To create the movie script, students tapped the memories of Sandy elders to weave together stories of early Sandy as remembered by people who lived those rustic years.

The film, created with a 16 mm camera, took 18 months to produce 12 minutes in seven separate nickelodeon style vignettes.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO This is the creation of Portland metal sculptor Betsy Soifer, who uses pieces of recycled metal to create whimsical creatures with an attitude. Soifer will demonstrate her work at a Sandy artist salon from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Portland sculptor Betsy Soifer will bring some of her work to the salon to show how she creates such whimsical animal-like characters out of recycled pieces of metal.

Don’t look too closely at Soifer’s art work, said Ryland, because those animals have an “attitude.”

Those errant pieces of metal come together with Soifer’s artistic talents, and include such items as plumbing parts, hub caps, nuts, screws, kitchenware, bolts and knobs.

Also at the salon attendees will be hearing the readings of a couple of writers — a poet born in Russia and a local short-story author.

A. Molotkov, who came to the U.S. in 1990 and began writing in English in 193, will read from his most recent poetry. But that’s not his only talent, since he also is a composer, filmmaker and visual artist.

Molotkov is the author of several novels as well as collections of short stories and poetry. He is the winner of the 2010 New Millennium Writings, the 2008 E.M. Koeppel fiction award and two Pushcart nominations. His writings have appeared in more than 50 publications, in print and online.

Among the favorites at Ryland’s art salons is local author Stevan Allred, who will be reading one of his short stories, “The Idjit’s Guide to Intuitive Mastery of Newtonian Physics.”

The artist salon is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Lori Ryland Studio and Gallery, 39110 Proctor Blvd.

Attendance at the event is free to anyone interested in creative expression, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-313-7464.