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Mysterious art at theater

Whether on stage or on canvas, art can be a mystery. Come to SAT and see


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROD STROH - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROD STROH  Sandy artist Becky Hawley spent a day painting at the Cloud Cap Inn last summer. This is one of the art pieces she produced that day, which she called 'a most enjoyable and awesome experience.' View it up close and personal at the SAT art exhibit. In a very appropriate combination, the art exhibit that will welcome theater-goers to the Sandy Actors Theatre is entitled “Mystery.”

The exhibit’s companion, the show they will see on the SAT stage, is a popular whodunit murder mystery from the pen of Agatha Christie.

In fact, the story is so popular that this play has the longest initial run of any play in history, running continuously since 1952 in London and marking its 25,000th performance last fall.

The mystery of this whodunit tale, especially with its unexpected ending, matches the art exhibit’s theme.

In the case of the exhibit, offered by members of the Wy’east Artisans Guild, the mystery is in what types of art the exhibitors will put on display.

The nature of individual art pieces is so much a mystery that no one knows what will be brought to the theater — not even the exhibit’s curator, Becky Hawley.

Artists have been asked to submit examples of their work for the show, not based around a theme or subject as is usually the case, but instead artwork of the artists’ choice.

“The Wy’east Artisans Guild is a diverse group,” Hawley said, “supporting art and artists in the Mount Hood corridor; each show reflecting their diversity.”

That diversity is not only shown in the variety of forms of expression, but also in the media used.

Arriving at the theater by 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 4, will give visitors time to view the art exhibit, listen to artists briefly explain the nature of their work at 7 p.m. and enter the theater before 7:30 p.m., when the full-length preview performance of “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie begins.

Thanks to SAT, there is no admission charge to the preview performance, but the Wy’east artists would appreciate a donation to help them pay for their community service activities.