Fancy Night invitation, printed on our studio letterpress by Katie Belknap.

November Newsletter

Dance, sing, and give thanks this month at the Sanctuary

Dear Friends of the Sanctuary,

October was jam-packed with events from all across the creative spectrum. We danced the night away with DJ Canyon Williams, and celebrated the harvest with our neighbors in style. There were apples aplenty from farmers' seconds, and in a flurry of activity we pressed cider to drink, and to home brew for our Fancy Night this Sunday. The Printmakers' Show was a great success, and continues to bless our walls for the next Arts! Arcata. Special thanks to our friend Haley Davis for presenting her piece See Yourself In Art as a part of the exhibition. Stories were shared, both joyous and sad, during Humboldt Mediation Services' fundraiser It Takes Both Sides to Build a Bridge. The Lowest Pair returned with banjos ablaze, and some pretty nice wigs atop their heads.

We began our Open Call for Exhibition Proposals and Artists in Residence in mid-October. The deadline for proposals is November 30th, and we're looking forward to seeing all the great ideas from locals and visitors alike coming together for 2020. This last week was one of music. Quinn Deveaux concluded his residency with a free concert during Casual Cafe, and for Halloween Ian Scarfe tickled the ivories despite the looming threat of a power outage (which never came to fruition). And last but not least there was the Humboldt Mutual Aid Skill Share, our collaborative event co-hosted by the HSU Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT). We thank each and every participant for their contributions, and we're looking forward to collaborations in the future with Humboldt Mutual Aid. The Arcata Community Resources Map will be here at the Sanctuary until the end of the month, so if you know of a resource, safe space or overburdened fruit tree, consider adding it to the map next Friday during Arts! Arcata.

This Sunday we invite you all to join us for our first dinner fundraiser, Fancy Night. What makes it fancy, you may ask? Freshly harvested chanterelles, beef and wine stew, potatoes au gratin, trifle with our housemade jam, hand-made party favors and autumnal center pieces are a start. Wine, cider, and a set by the dynamic James Zeller Trio during dinner keeps the fancy going all night. Don't worry about dressing up - we'll bring the fanciness to you. And in exchange you will be helping us raise funds for all the little and big things alike; whether it's a new walkway being built to the lower floor, or simply paying the electric bill. Tickets are on sale at Wildberries Marketplace for $55, and our doors open at 5 p.m. for appetizers and music before dinner. We hope to see you there.

Katy Warner

Dia de Los Muertos Dance Party //
Friday November 1st

Tonight - Samba so lively it may bring back the dead! Join us in your costume of choice for a double-header of Choroloco and Samba Floresta, playing a mix of vintage Brazilian Jazz and dance music in honor of Dia de los Muertos. $10 - $20 sliding scale. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Fancy Night //
Sunday November 3rd

Fancy Night at the Sanctuary is coming soon, and you are invited. Support the Sanctuary at our first harvest dinner fundraiser on November 3rd, at 5 p.m. Enjoy a grand feast of locally grown and lovingly prepared foods and drinks, and live entertainment in our great hall by our friends in the James Zeller Trio. Tickets are $55 at Wildberries Marketplace. Click here to see the complete menu.

Balkan and Eastern European Night // Monday November 4th

You are invited to play and sing a variety of Eastern European, Balkan, and international folk music with a community music group here at the Sanctuary! All instruments and levels are welcome. $7 drop-in cost, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. For more information, please contact Linnea at 707-496-6784 or

Arts! Arcata // Friday November 8th

Since its debut at the Mutual Aid Skill Share, the Sanctuary is hosting a community resource map of the Arcata area created by Caroline Griffith. The map serves as a visual tool to share resources with each other, (and perhaps more importantly) to envision what and how we want to share. The map will hang in the Sanctuary for the month of November, where you are welcome to participate by adding to it your knowledge of resources, ideas, and dreams for the future. This Arts! Arcata Caroline will be at the Sanctuary from 6 to 9 p.m. to facilitate participation in mapping and discussion of place and values; she will have a more formal presentation of the project at 7 p.m.

Griffith’s presentation is being held alongside our group Printmakers’ Show, entering its second month for Arts! Arcata.  This exhibition features prints by Trajectory artists, Humboldt State University students, and Sanctuary studio artists working in a variety of print forms include block printing, screen printing, lithography, cyanotype and more.

Sewing Night // Sunday November 10th

Bring your mending projects and use our vast array of industrial and domestic machines, notions and fabric. Come create something completely new or add a new twist to a favorite old piece. Sewing experts will be on hand to help you through your project at any stage of your process. Bring a treat and enjoy the records from our library while you work! 6:00 to 9:00 pm, $5 - $20 suggested donation.

Figure Drawing // Wednesday November 13th

Come join us for Figure Drawing sessions at the Sanctuary this second Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm! Sessions are hosted by Natalie Williams, Sanctuary co-operator and artist. We begin with short poses, 1-5 minutes, and end with longer poses 10-20 minutes. Tea and snacks are served at a short break midway through the session. Some drawing materials and easels are provided. Please bring your own drawing board if you need to use one, and please arrive on time. Sliding scale: $5 - $15. Note that the Figure Drawing session for November 27th was cancelled for the holiday.

HumSINGS // Wednesday November 20th

Humboldt SINGS presents a unique opportunity to explore your voice through our Improvising Singing Circle. The circle, led by Marika, creates a supportive circle that creates music in the moment.  We will be exploring rhythm, harmonies and our individual voices moving towards individual vocal improvisation. Come and add your voice to the circle. All ages and skill levels welcome and encouraged.  This ongoing event happens on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Call for Artists in Residence
& Show Proposals //

Due November 30th

Visiting and local artist residents activate the lab facilities year round, creating art, teaching workshops, performing and recording music, learning new skills, and sharing meals with the community. To learn more about residencies at the Sanctuary, please explore our Open Calls for 2020 below. Applications are due by November 30th.

Open Lab // Every Saturday 12 - 6 pm

Open Lab is a time for community access to art-making resources, tools and facilities. Sanctuary Lab Techs offer feedback and direction to participants, who are invited to use the Sanctuary's many different studio spaces to create artwork and repair goods. Through shared resources and experience, Open Lab offers a safe harbor for the preservation of our creative selves. $5 / hour for self-guided studio use, $10 / hour for assistance from a lab tech.

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