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Sandy Mountain Festival exposes art colony

More than 150 artists and artisans will fill a forested Meinig Park for the 41st festival


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LORI RYLAND - This art by Lori Ryland of Sandy is titled Teepee on St. Johns, and will be one of many on display at the Sandy Mountain Festival in Meinig Memorial Park on  Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14.The time of year that Sandy shines is Mountain Festival time, and there are only 16 days until the show opens for its 41st festival.

Festival visitors will find more than 150 artists and artisans who will be showing the results of their skills and creative techniques.

In addition, there will be about two-dozen food booths supporting local nonprofit organizations as well as entertainment on two stages - all in Meinig Memorial Park Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14.

An example of the community pride these artists and organizations have for their home community is exemplified in Sandy artist Lori Ryland, who will debut her recent work at the festival, some never seen by anyone but the artist.

Ryland says she will donate 10 percent of all of her sales at the festival, all art, photos and T-shirts, which will be split between the Sandy Historical Society Museum and the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

“At the mountain festival I will have a huge display of my own artworks.” Ryland said, “This is my newest body of work that I have not shown anywhere, including at my studio and gallery in Sandy.”

Ryland will show nearly three-dozen photographs on steel, mainly of Portland’s bridges.

She’ll also bring to sell at the festival a stack of T-shirts with a design she created. The shirts show a picture of Mount Hood with the large letters OR under the mountain and under the state abbreviation are the words “I like it.”

Ryland’s studio and gallery is located at 39110 Proctor Blvd.

For more information, visit loriryland.com or call 503-313-7464.