Neighborhood Edition

A new dance floor in the works, Community Supported Art for sale, and a check-in with our beautiful neighborhood.

Dog-in-residence Clover enjoying the sun in our garden.
Photo by Jax Stuber.

Tayloranne here to report on the scene at J and 13th. 


What has it been like at the Sanctuary while Shelter in place has kept its founders and permanent artist resident organizers at home?  To begin, I’ll describe the sounds of the Sanctuary. There is a distinct rhythmic groove coming from the pianos here as Daniel Nickerson has been in a deep study of the Boogie. To accompany this there is a certain kind of knocking and tapping that echos through the building. One’s imagination could call it the footsteps of dancers finding the groove, though if one looked they would find Katie and Solomon in full work garb on their hands and knees staring deeply into the Sanctuary floors. Other sights include the gardens that stretch across and around both J and 13th. There are roses, snapdragons, daisies, and poppies blooming; potatoes, tomatoes, squash and many many other greens and seeds planted. There seems to be a general enthusiasm and attention to detail over the growth and progress of each plant’s journey from seed to sprout to bloom.

I know I have noticed the wonders of our yard, and neighbor’s yards with a keener eye than ever before. As for our neighbors? They have been sharing their garden news and seeds too, and have seemed to develop increased interest in the activities of our local animals. One neighbor shared she has been offering the crows crumbs from her daughters car seat. And well, the crows, hanging on the telephone line, tells all with their vibrant CAW of her arrival back home. A different neighbor has been going around collecting and feeding snails wine, indulging in a local and readily available protein delicacy. This gardener is happy to have such neighbors. 

Now back to the building, to the Sanctuary, whose primary service has been a gathering place, a place of congregation. Our doors remain closed to the public in compliance with state recommendations. As we see it now, you can come over (following recommended social distancing and mask wearing) but you can’t come inside... enjoy our garden. As for what’s going on inside? We are happy to announce we are renovating the entire upstairs by refinishing the original Douglas fir hardwood floors. This project contains within it many other projects, including a renovated recording studio, stage, library bookshelves, sunset window, and new gallery install. 


Katie and Solomon (founders and residents) were awarded Preservationist of the Year by the Arcata Historical Preservationist Society. And to celebrate?! The household decided to take on the floors, returning their golden shine, and filling the approximate 10,000+ screw and nail holes, so that someday soon, we might all join together for a good Boogie Woogie dance groove. 

Until then, please read below for our current virtual events, and offerings from other J st. Regulars for our Neighborhood Edition of our monthly newsletter.


Thanks on thanks for reading and being a part of our community,


Featured Artist and Neighbor: Sean Pitney

This month the Sanctuary is celebrating our neighbor Sean Pitney, founder, friend, and the Sanctuary’s longest sustaining donor. You may have tasted a mason jar filled with one of his fine home brews at a Sanctuary concert. His passion for sharing his brews elevates the Sanctuary gatherings and provides an outlet for his creative energies.  He has donated the proceeds to create the Pitney Fund, which go to A/V upgrades in our performance and studio spaces. Currently the Pitney Fund is a core sponsor in our upstairs renovation project. Thank you Sean!

During quarantine Sean has been teaching from a distance his preschool class at Glen Paul, singing circle time songs in his new at home teaching studio. Additionally, he is making Zoom delivery videos and interactive games for coworkers to play together during virtual engagements. He has helped us set up our Radio Hour, troubleshooting with us and lending his tools. He continues to provide neighbors with weekly growler fills of his brews


Generosity is one of Sean’s most regular practices. He shares sunset time lapse videos and co-hosts the OuterSpace Collective Sunday Nights Open Mics with Julio Perdido. Together Sean and Julio recently finished an EP at the Sanctuary recording studio for their band Los Perdidos, to be released this summer.  Stay tuned.


Thank you for your friendship and neighborlyship through the years Sean!

Community Supported Art (CSA)

 Subscriptions for June now available!

The CSA returns for the month of June, now with the option to pay online via credit card using Stripe payments. Don't have plastic? Call us at (707) 822-0898 to arrange for payment. Katy Warner and Jacquelyn Stuber both have artwork for sale in June. Whichever artist you choose will produce artwork from their home, and ship it directly to yours.
Mail subscriptions cost $35 a month, and shipping is included in the cost. Consider the gift of art for yourself or a loved one, and support the Sanctuary's artists at the same time. Note: local pick up subscriptions are not available at this time, but may be in future months.
Oberlin College students Sara Reddy and Carson McHaney, currently residing on J st, created an interactive painting as part of their Environmental Sciences and Sustainability class. The two are both finishing up their degrees this week and graduating from Oberlin College, in the virtual sense. Be sure to check out this sidewalk attraction and engage with their questions if you're on J street. Or, you can follow this link to get to their website.

What do you need right now? What brings you joy today? What are your worries and fears? What message do you want to share with the community? How can we still connect as a community? What brings you hope?
Local bluegrass musician and neighbor Brooks Otis had a jam with friends next door, keeping their distance all the while. What a great soundtrack to have while gardening! Click the image for a short clip on our Youtube page.

J St. Regulars Radio Hour //
Weeknights 7 - 8 p.m. online

Thank you neighbors Jimbo and Johnny for coming outta the house and sharing music with us for our first Wild Wednesday Porch Edition of the J St. Regulars Radio Hour. Did you miss it? Here it is on Facebook. We have many musical neighbors, who knows who will be hosting next Wednesday? Daniel Nickerson will return as host on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and James Zeller on Mondays and Fridays. Tune in each weeknight for live music by the J St. Regulars, 7 - 8 p.m. on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Our neighbor Solomon Clark at Hello World Computer Sales & Repair has some great deals on refurbished computers. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the Sanctuary. Click on the image for the full page ad.

Surveys on Moving Forward

As we learn more about businesses reopening, local arts group Humboldt Creative Alliance is seeking more information from the public regarding the pandemic's affect on artists and their fans. What measures should art and entertainment venues take when reopening in the future? Here is the survey if you're interested in contributing.

Leslie Castellano created this survey for the Ink People to assess the affect of the pandemic on local artists. Click here for Artists Perspectives on Recovery/Response/Renewal during COVID-19.

Donating to the Sanctuary

Want to support the Sanctuary?
Consider a one-time or ongoing donation to help us during the extended closure. Donations of $50 or more will receive a piece of mail art from one of our artists.
Click here for more information.

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