February Newsletter

2019 in review, a feature on our Studio Artists, and the future of art in Artcata, ASAP

Casual Cafe returns tomorrow, and everyone's invited to this free Sunday hangout.

Dear Friends of the Sanctuary,

Remember 2019? It was a whirlwind of new faces, music and art at 1301 J Street. February saw the sparkling Bits and Pieces, the works of the late mosaic artist Laurel Skye. Natalie Williams also began hosting Life Drawing sessions - stay tuned for a new schedule in 2020. March gave us a double-dose of Balkan music with our regular Balkan and Eastern European Music Meet-ups, and a rousing performance by the Szkojáni Charlatans. We also took time for self-care and fun with the Play Shop series, hosted by artist in residence Natalie Kinsey. April brought animals center stage though Alan Peterson's exhibition of Antarctica photos for Arts! Arcata. We also met a young boy named Poppo and his turtle friend Baloney for Poppo and Baloney in Dreamland, a puppet circus collab between ourselves, artists in residence Abby Mortical, Natalie Kinsey and her family, and based on the story by our Director of Development Alison Kinney. May saw us dashing back and forth for the yearly Donation Dash at Humboldt State, where we diverted over 9,800 pounds of food and clothes from the dump. In June we presented two photography projects by Jacquelyn Stuber, Signs of Water and Site Reading. We were joined by writer Jacquelyn Suskin for a poetry workshop delving into the magic of stream of consciousness writing. July saw the return of Lee Rusty Mothes and his detailed watercolors, and a return stint as an artist in residence from the beloved Sanctuarian and former neighbor Carissa Clark. Canyon Williams presented eclectic drawings of his musical and personal inspirations for the months of August and September. At the end of August, Thollem and ACVilla explored modern mural culture alongside a talk by abstract expressionist muralist Anna Sofia Amezcua. September saw the Albanie Falletta Band bring with them a jazzy shade of blue, while Brenna Hansen hosted cyanotype workshops and we got all dressed up for the North County Fair. In October, we co-hosted the Mutual Aid Skill Share, learning disaster preparedness skills and ways we can work together as a neighborhood. At Fancy Night, we brought our fineries out with a catered dinner fundraiser, and with our friends and neighbors got to express the mutual love and appreciation shared between ourselves and our incredible community. In November the Printmaker's Group show adorned the walls, as we collected Calls for Entry for our ongoing Visiting Artists residency, alongside a call for Local Artists and exhibition proposals. In December we shared our wares in the Pop-Up Shop, got silly with Zigtebra for an Arts! Arcata music video, and then closed up shop to clean, reflect and plan a new year of programming at the Sanctuary.
Wow. It is now my fifth year here as an artist, and the second as a cooperator. I am blown away by the dedication, thoughtfulness, excitement, and imagination I find each time I enter the basement door.
Things may be getting busier as each year progresses, but the vision remains the same - to bring art, music, and comradery to the neighborhood, while supporting those who create this work. Our exhibition for February and March will be investigating that very relationship. In Artscata, ASAP we've come together with the City of Arcata and the Arcata Playhouse to share the history of the arts and culture of Arcata, the city’s currently in-process Arcata Strategic Arts Plan (ASAP), and the Local Arts Agency (LAA). And as a Studio Artist, I wanted to pay special tribute to our growing Studio Artist roster with a feature on our artists each month. This month we say hello to Tayloranne and Daniel, and we hope to say hello to you all again this weekend as we open with Open Lab today, and Casual Cafe tomorrow.

Thanks for reading, and here's to visions of the future.
Katy Warner, Cooperator

Featured Studio Artists: Tayloranne Finch & Daniel Nickerson

The Sanctuary celebrates Studio Artists and organizers, Tayloranne Finch and Daniel Nickerson this month. They have spent this winter on their newest collaboration, A Trip To Cowtown, a collage performances of song, story, and object play. Through the help of their Incredible Collapsible Magical Marionette Music Box (made right here!), they tell the story of Peggy Pilgrim and Toe-Tapping Tommy, two wandering spirits (and sometimes marionette puppets), who become friends in a world where all travel and spontaneity has been banned by the Good Government.
Additionally, they are releasing The Cowtown Serenaders first full-length album, "Dream Songs for the Endless Weekend.” It was recorded at the Sanctuary last fall with the help of other J Street Regulars, (Hannah Lee Hoffman, Alison Kinney, and Cyrus Smith). The duo will take a west coast tour of their show this spring. For tour info, and to hear their album, released February 2nd, visit their website, Instagram or Facebook.
Scroll to the bottom to learn more about their Sanctuary performance on Leap Day, February 29th at 7 p.m.

This Month at the Sanctuary

Open Lab // Saturdays 12 to 6 p.m.

The Sanctuary received a spring cleaning and tool upgrades over the break, and is now open and ready for creations (and creators) big and small. 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. Note: Open Lab will be closed on February 29th, but we will be open that evening for the Cowtown Serenaders show at 7 p.m.

Casual Cafe // Sunday
February 2nd, 10 a.m.

To kick-off of another year of community arts organizing, The Sanctuary will be hosting our seasonal, family-friendly Casual Cafe, with refreshments and entertainment. Entry will be free, but attendees can show support by browsing the bake sale, or making donations for hot coffee and tea. There will be live music provided by The J Street Regulars, newspapers and books to browse, toys and games, as well as lots of balloons. Come say hello, see some friends and neighbors, and help us celebrate!

Career & Volunteer Expo // Thursday February 13th, 1 p.m.

Located at the Humboldt State University West Gym, the Sanctuary will be sharing our volunteer opportunities to the student community. Consider visiting to learn more about how you can help out in our lab, gallery space, concerts and other public events. Volunteers get free entry into the events they help support. Click here for more information from Humboldt State University's website.

Sewing Night // Sunday February 9th, 6 p.m.

Come the second Sunday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. for sewing and mending night. Suggested donation of $5 – $20, please call Debbie with questions at (707) 822-4221.

Arts! Arcata // Artcata, ASAP //
Friday February 14th, 6 p.m.

Artcata, ASAP is part of our Conversation Piece series, a series of art pieces designed to spark conversations about topics we find relevant.

This conversation, particularly inspired by Kate Ericson and Mel Zeigler, revolves around the rich arts and culture of Arcata, the city’s currently in-process Arcata Strategic Arts Plan (ASAP) and the Local Arts Agency (LAA).  

Our scope and understanding of the arts is ever expanding.  Here, planning is an art to put on the wall and interact with as a means of communication and problem solving.  Cultivating a garden of compassionate, active, beautiful, dedicated, creative participants is a never ending act. The creation of the Strategic Arts Plan could demonstrate the city’s priorities towards this art-rich garden with a Local Arts Agency to act as a conduit.

In collaboration with the Sanctuary, the City of Arcata and Playhouse Arts, we invite you to participate in this interactive exhibition. Opening for February Arts! Arcata, and continuing through the month of March.

Artist Resident Showcase // Tuesday February 18th, 8 p.m.

Come experience the sights and sounds of our visiting February Sanctuary Artist Residents at the Artist Residence Showcase, February 18th at 8 p.m. at the Sanctuary. Visiting from Ithaca New York, Matthew Pueblo and Jessie Gray weave electronic ambience and jazzy folk into a tapestry that draws inspiration from the natural world, the political climate and the spiritual realm. It’s Ethereal, dark, and uplifting.

From Portland Oregon, physical theatre artists Claire Rigsby and Keegan Kyle perform Palindrome Machines. Inspired by Pina Bausch’s Cafe Müller, The Viewpoints, and Mary Oliver, this performance seeks to explore the tension and resolve the contradictions that exist within ourselves.

Six Rivers Montessori School Model UN Fundraiser // Tuesday February 18th, 6 p.m.

The Six Rivers Montessori School presents a Côte D'Ivoire culture and dance presentation by Atito Gohi. This event is to benefit the Montessori Model United Nations Project in New York City, and features speeches by the delegates, Ivorian snacks and drinks, and a silent auction. For more information, call (707) 382-6862.

Artists Dismantling Capitalism // Saturday, February 29th

ADC is now in its third year, hosted by Cooperation Humboldt and presented at Arcata Playhouse. Artists Dismantling Capitalism is a participatory symposium created in an effort to bring together artists, culture workers, social change agents and anyone who knows that we can collectively create a society that is loving, compassionate, inclusive and beautiful. Many Sanctuary volunteers will be presenting, so Open Lab will be closed that day. We encourage you to attend this free event. For more information, and the upcoming schedule, see the Cooperation Humboldt website.

The Cowtown Serenaders //
Hazel Rickard & Kyle Butz //
February 29th, 7 p.m.

Sanctuary organizers Tayloranne Finch and Daniel Nickerson are excited to share their most recent work with the community, a collage performance of song, story, and performance art called "A Trip to Cowtown." This show will also be a celebration of the release of the Cowtown Serenaders first full-length album, "Dream Songs for the Endless Weekend," recorded at the Sanctuary last fall. Former artist resident Hazel Rickard and Kyle Butz will be providing an opening set of music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., $10 - $25 sliding scale.

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