Special Edition

A visit with Sanctuary Artists online during March and April.

Katie Belknap and Daniel Nickerson during The J St. Regulars Radio Hour,
livestreaming at 7 p.m. every weekday on Facebook and Instagram.
Greetings from the Internet,

Like many of my fellow Sanctuary artists, I am away from my studio but still filled with creative energy. Potatoes have been planted in the garden boxes, sunflower and Romanesco broccoli starts sit in the kitchen window (thanks Tea and Katie), and many, many loaves of bread have been baked. But I have found my art practice difficult to maintain without our cohort of artists - sharing their excitement, inspirations, skills, and emotional support. I didn't realize how much I took our studio for granted. But now I have colored pencils at the ready, sketching postcards for donors and family members about a little digital island named Amnesty. I hope this special edition newsletter will give you some inspiration and succor in the same way as it has for me. Stay safe, and we'll see you IRL (that's Internet for "in real life") in the not-too-distant future.

Take care,
Katy Warner

Studio Artist Highlights

Sanctuary Artists Alison Kinney and Cyrus Smith welcomed daughter Esme Rose Kinney to this world on March 18th, weighing seven pounds and two ounces. We all look forward to getting to know our new friend. Alison and Cyrus, who create music under the name Cicada Song, recorded a new album before Esme’s birth, to be released this Summer. In celebration of new life here is the first song to be released, ‘Outside’ featuring Hazel Rickard.
Sanctuary Artist and neighbor Cooper Goldman is a woodworker who likes to make boxes! Here are images of boxes as furniture featuring a writing desk. Interested in a special box, made just for you? He takes custom orders, send him a message at
Erielle Laura recently completed this anatomically correct felt heart. Local craftswoman and Ink People admin Monica Topping found it almost immediately on Instagram and bought it for her collection of heart art. If that isn't #lovestream2020, I don't know what is! You can find more of Erielle's diverse studio practice, and her online store, at her website.

From Jax Stuber: "Long live the USPS. Sending postcards in the mail has always meant a lot to me, it blows my mind you can fly something across the country to be dropped at a friend’s doorstep for less than fifty cents, and it’s so rare to get anything personal in the mail it makes it almost sacred feeling. Since we have at least another month of this I encourage you to sit down and send something to someone far away, which right now feels like everyone. It doesn’t have to be much, a pretty postcard from a friend that just says I’m thinking of you and I wish you all the best might make someone’s day. Wouldn’t it make yours?" Pictured: neighbor Sean's day may have been made when he received this cyanotype from Jax.

From Violet Crabtree: "Bill Ding approves of your excessive Comfort Screen usage! This is Bill Ding, the villain in my work in progress stop motion animated film Wildfur. This is a rare glimpse of him in nature. Usually he’s in an office building or overseeing the exploitation of animals and plants in his factory. I made him able to tie down to my new animation table, so he’ll be very stable, and make tricky movements smoother. I sewed his little clothes and made his head out of aluminum foil and Sculpey."

An in-progress painting by Studio Artist Taylor Snowberger. She is already planning for her local artist residency once we can reopen, and we're looking forward to it!

From Sanctuary Artist Katie Belknap: “This is my first reduction linocut print. I carved and printed the green a few months ago from a photo I took in San Diego. I then carved the same block further and printed the blue on top on the little line-o-scribe press from our neighbor printmakers Jeff and Ruth Jensen.”
Sanctuary Studio Artist and J St. Regular James Zeller has teamed up with local artist Emily Reinhart on a collaborative stream, pairing charcoal drawing with jazz. A great soundtrack for your own artistic endeavors, streaming every Saturday from 2 to 4 PM during the shelter-in-place on Facebook. Reinhart's completed triptych Perfect Blend will be on display sometime in late 2020 or early 2021 at the Morris Graves' Museum of Art in Eureka. She is pairing up with many other Humboldt musicians throughout the upcoming weeks on her Facebook stream.
Keep your eyes out for weekly Garden Tours of the Sanctuary’s garden. Artist Resident Tayloranne Finch will show glimpses of all that’s growing and being planted. You can join in on the growth too! Make comments on posts on her Instagram or send emails to with your address and she will send you Sunflower Seeds in the mail. She’s calling this project Grow Together... because she really wants to collaborate in creating a future with lots and lots of Sunflower blooms.
From Studio Artist Marina Gagarina: "Potted plants know a thing or two about staying in one's home, so I have turned to them for guidance during the lockdown. Drawing portraits of these beautiful still beings on the windowsill has been an excellent reminder to savor my own currently-forced stillness." Pen & ink, watercolor, water-soluble pencils/pastels/graphite.

Resident Artist Highlights

Artist-in-Residence Samara Jade has just completed recording her album at the Sanctuary while in quarantine. No plans to release it yet, but you can follow along on her Patreon to hear samples as the final touches are added. Thank you to Samara for hosting the J St. Regulars Radio Hour every Wednesday in April!
From Zoe Minikes, former Artist-in-Residence. "Since my residency, I started a small press called Flower Press. We center women, femme, and queer artists and practitioners. We've grown to 17 artists in one year, have over 40 publications, periodicals, books, zines, dreams, and soft goods under our belt, and have done 2 book fairs and 2 readings to date. I have also been working with my collective, Homeboat, to make magic happen in small towns and rural places." Pictured left: The Yes! House community center in Granite Falls, Minnesota supported by Homeboat.

Tonight's Online Event

A Trip to Cowtown Film Premier //
TONIGHT, Apr. 30th, 7 p.m.

The Cowtown Serenaders, a performance art duo created by Sanctuary Resident Artists Tayloranne Finch & Daniel Nickerson, are excited to present a film version of the marionette musical "A Trip To Cowtown." This performance was created for the road, with tours expanding to the Bay Area, Oregon and Washington. But now with tour plans on hold it'll be made available to all, premiering April 30th on Facebook Live.
Using homemade marionette puppets, textiles, and props, the show tells the story of Peggy Pilgrim and Toe-Tapping Tommy, two wandering spirits who become friends in a world where all travel and spontaneity has been banned by the Good Old Government. Nobody involved in the making of this puppet show had any clue how relevant this story would become, and the show's theme of personal growth and resiliency, in spite of obstacles, now seems universally relevant.
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