For an evening of creative entertainment, visit Sandy Actors Theatre May 30

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROD STROH - This photo, Lonely Tree, is a photo composite that challenged the photographer to create an image that inspired creative thoughts.If it’s entertainment you want, Thursday evening, May 30, is certain to provide a blockbuster of entertainment for local residents.

Entertainment in several genres is always the best bet when it’s provided through the cooperation of the Wy’east Artisans Guild and the Sandy Actors Theatre.

“That’s Entertainment” is the latest art show from the Wy’east folks, and it will be on display in the lobby of SAT throughout its next production.

But on Thursday, May 30, the artists will be there to celebrate a festive occasion and explain their work.

For this exhibit, each member was asked to create an art piece that represents what they believe is entertaining.

Wy’east Artisans Guild President Claire Harrison says travel and art are her idea of a good time. Having spent a dirty but enjoyable time as a teenager in the excavation of American Indian ruins for the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, N.M., she was led to pursue a college education and a career with the National Park Service.

Inspired by the bright, rugged landscape of New Mexico, Harrison is bringing to the theater a pen and ink drawing she calls “Peak” representing the landscape near Cochiti Pueblo.

Rod Stroh, a local photographer, travels the world seeking out interesting images. He derives countless hours of entertainment in his digital darkroom, processing photos into works of art. Often he paints pictures with pixels instead of traditional paint, turning an ordinary photo into whatever his imagination can create. In this exhibit, Stroh will display realistic photographs and art prints.

A large painting, titled “Interlude,” is based on a love song written by a local musician. Longtime Guild member Becky Hawley painted the image predominantly in shades of red with an underlying story designed to change with every viewer’s interpretation.

Hawley says she would love to have the painting interpreted by other musicians, just to gain a different perspective.

“It’s not written like traditional sheet music,” she said, “I’ve used traditional notes and symbols in an unorthodox arrangement that cascades down the canvas.”

When artists begin talking about their work at 7 p.m., they’ll reveal why music, dance, sports, travel, sculpture and painting are among their choices for entertainment.

Come to the theater at 6:30 p.m. to allow time to see the art pieces before the artists provide explanations and answer questions.

By 7:30 p.m., everyone will be inside the theater and the curtain will go up on a free preview performance of “The Sunshine Boys,” the latest SAT production, which has opening night scheduled Friday, May 31.

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.

“The Sunshine Boys” will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays from May 31 to June 23. SAT is behind Ace Hardware at 39181 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information on the play or to make reservations, call 503-668-6834. During theater hours until June 23, the art exhibit in the lobby is open for viewing.

For more information about Wy’east Artisans Guild or to purchase art, call Hawley at 503-668-5590.

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