April 2021 Edition

Wildflower Art Gallery, Folklife support for the Radio Hour, and calls for collaboration this month at the Sanctuary.
Katie and Helena visiting a goose-pen in the Arcata Community Forest

Dear Friends,

The local zeal for the arts never ceases to amaze! We're happy to announce our collaboration with the Humboldt Folklife Society, who has joined us as a sponsor. The Humboldt Folklife Festival in 2020 was sorely missed by the Sanctuarians (my name for the residents), so we're thrilled that local folk musicians have a venue through our digital stream. If you want to know more about the HFS, or the benefits of becoming a member, visit their website

Things are buzzing here as we prepare our reopening plan and dream up collaborations with other local organizations, including the Arcata Library and A Reason to Listen poetry collective. Stay tuned for future newsletters to see these team-ups blossom. For now you can see April's flowers budding down below, along with some new music and poetry from our Studio Artists.

Shine on you crazy diamonds,
Katy Warner

J St. Regulars Radio Hour // Mon - Fri 7 p.m.

The Radio Hour airs every weekday from 7 to 8 p.m., streamed live from the Sanctuary on Facebook and Youtube. Click the image above to view the full-sized calendar. Some highlight from this month’s schedule include:

Tuesday, April 6th - The return of Daniel Nickerson leading Alex Montes de Oca on bass and James Zeller for the first iteration of a long dreamt of project, The Blueberry Hill Boogie Band.

Wednesday, April 7th - The One Year Anniversary Show. Revisiting clips from the Radio hour, starting with the first show on April 6th, 2020!

Wednesday April 21st - Humboldt poetry collective "A Reason to Listen" presents 3 poets; Vanessa Vrtiak, Therese FitzMaurice and Jeremiah Wiebe-Anderson.

Thursday April 22nd - The Trow Show! Classical Guitar from Jennifer Trowbridge, every 4th Thursday of the month.

Radio Hour is supported by: donors like you, the Grace Us Foundation, the Fund for Artists’ Resilience, and Humboldt Folklife Society. For inquiries, contact us at

Little Free Wildflower Art Gallery // now through the month of April

This year the Sanctuary is participating in the Community Little Free Wildflower Art Galleries. This is a community ‘TAKE ONE, LEAVE ONE’ Art Share event in celebration of spring wildflowers. Come and see the gallery installed outside of the Sanctuary at 1301 J Street, and consider dropping off a 3 x 3 inch wildflower art piece of your own.

Events hosted this month by the North Coast California Native Plant society include Friday Night Art Demos, Community Little Free Wildflower Art Galleries, and a location list to visit Little Free Galleries. Plus, wildflower art prompts for children and the young at heart! All are great ways to safely participate in this month-long celebration of art and nature.

For more information, visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

From our Friends and Regulars

Good Morning //
by Hannah Lee Hoffman

good morning wide and
wild morning

your calmness is deceptive,
for in that quiet fog
are the exact steps
I will take

there's bombastic laughter
and sights that will make my
eyes anime-sparkle with

you seem so familiar
and yet, you hold
all my next unknowns --
every question and
every surprise as yet unseen
like seeds
in the folds of your skirt

Haiku Song // by Alison Kinney

Here's a song for you guys. We made it for Cyrus's songwriting workshop. It's the only song I've written this year. It feels good to sing again. The lyrics are a series of the haikus I've been writing everyday. Listen to the demo track here.

Call to me over
Ray Charles and the clang of
dishes and babies.

Dear Sunday, don't go.
I want to run my fingers
through your hair. Stay, please.

Will we be dragging,
feet through the mud, second cup
of coffee in hand?

All the children know,
when dreams are dark, we run
through the brisk morning air.

Word Games //
 with Katie Belknap

Thank you for bringing such joy to my inbox via these writing prompts and word games. Stay tuned to our blog to see some of my favorite word jumble results.

As for this month’s prompt: 

Go for a walk in your neighborhood and write one sentence about the things you saw.  Email it to me, Katie B. at by April 18th. Together we will compose a song and we’ll sing it on the Radio Hour on April 23. Photo by Katie Belknap of one of the things she saw.

Arts in Community

Redwood Model Collective //
 Streaming drawing sessions

A group of local models offer regular figure drawing sessions over Zoom 3 days a week. Zoom is a wonderful platform for offering figure drawing sessions as it allows the artist to choose from multiple angles without leaving their seat, includes one close-up view for every pose to capture more detailed portraits, offers the option for screenshots (reference photos) for an additional fee, and still offers a rotating schedule of local and experienced models. And you can attend this experience without ever leaving the comfort of your home or studio! $10.50 entry fee, + $10 unlimited screenshots (optional - references only). 

For more details, send an email to, check out the website at, or find them on instagram @redwoodmodelco. Pictured: Amy by Ryan Heitman @ryanheitman.

Covid Commemorative Quilt //
starting June 1st

Would you like to tell your COVID-19 story and help make a Covid Commemorative Quilt? Have you had to reinvent yourself? How has the pandemic changed your lifestyle?  

Pick up your story square – either fabric or paper -- at Arcata Library, 500 7th St (across from City Hall) or the Sanctuary, 1301 J St, Arcata, starting June 1, and return it to the Arcata library book drop by July 31.  Call Arcata branch Library at 822-5954 or visit the library homepage at for more information.

Studio Space//
April 2nd, 8:30 p.m. on KEET-TV

Studio Space is KEET-TV's new 13-part series about local artists. Every Friday at 8:30 pm starting April 2nd will feature two Humboldt County artists.

Friday, April 2nd at 8:30 STUDIO SPACE visits with glass artist George Bucquet (our neighbor!) and mixed media sculptor Jimmie Nord to talk about what inspires them and the work that goes into the creative process.

Studio Space gives you the opportunity to see the artists behind the art.

Thank you
to our donors

The Sanctuary’s programming requires ongoing support from volunteers and funders in order to offer low cost programming, scholarships, and community art projects to a diverse public. Interested in donating? Find out more information here (Pictured  right: A Clear Night mailart postcard by Katy Warner).
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