February 2021 Edition

Watercolor Workshop, Foliage Premier and New Studio Artists
Dreamscape by incoming Studio Artist Erielle Laura

Dear Friends, 

We're getting back in the groove, the mix, the scene. In January we were joined by Nova Baur as a new studio artist, and she has been enjoying the large upstairs space to practice her cello. We will also be having two new Studio Artists joining us beginning in February: Cassandra Castruita and Erielle Laura. Erielle is a consummate draftsperson whose work you can see more of on her Instagram page. It's so exciting to have the studio spaces active again, even if it has to be by appointment with masks on and plenty of space.

The Arcata Strategic Arts Plan (ASAP) has returned too, after COVID's impeccable timing delayed our public comment event nearly one year ago. An overview of the plan was presented to the Arcata City Council on Wednesday, you can view the proceeding here. We thank Playhouse Arts for incorporating our feedback into this strategic plan. Starting sometime in late February or March, the ASAP draft will be available on the City and Playhouse websites for additional comment.

Check out our digital and physical offerings below, and thanks for reading!

Take care,
Katy Warner

Foliage of Feelings Installation Premier//
Friday, Feb. 12th 7 - 8 p.m. online

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by 1.5 billion people across the world as a time for new beginnings and family gathering with themes of fortune, happiness and health. The Sanctuary invites one and all to honor the first new moon of 2021 with them on February 12th with the debut of the Foliage of Feelings, an onsite community art installation.

Katie Belknap will join James Zeller on his J St Regulars Radio Hour show celebrating the New Year and the Foliage of Feelings Friday night from 7 - 8 p.m. on the front porch as weather allows. Check out the J St Regulars Radio Hour through This project was funded by the Footprint Foundation. (Pictured left: foliage in progress by Katie)

Humboldt State Volunteer Expo //
Friday, Feb. 11th, 1 p.m. online

I won't be able to drag our kit and caboodle to HSU this year for the Volunteer and Career Fair. Instead we are participating in the digital version, online on Handshake from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. James, Katie and I will be hosting a chat at 1 p.m. to explain what things we'd love student help with, including a web tech for the Radio Hour and help with social media. If you're a student who's interested in helping us rev up for 2021, sign up to participate today.

-Katy Warner (Pictured at the last expo befriending the zebra hat)

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

A variety of performers, artists, poets and dreamers are in the mix this month on the Radio Hour stream. February's Wondersday Wednesday opened with Sara Kei, who shared a poem and original music including an amazing punk rock track about the complexities and allure of greasy, mouthwatering hamburgers. Alex Montes de Oca and Abby Morical performed an original song, and Abby shared a short video about the amazing zero-waste, water-soluble wax based paint she crafts called Finally Paints.
Members of The Sanctuary Germ-pod Ensemble (Katie Belknap, Abby Morical, Hannah Hoffman & Ruby Loren, and James Zeller) performed "Prelude and Chorus for a Sanctuary Ensemble" by John Wood, an experiment in democratic music that naturally morphed into a something more... exactly as it wasn't planned. 
Local artist Emily Reinhart has been collaborating with musicians since near the start of COVID, offering a way to perform and make income to a wide array of musicians, many local. She and host James Zeller discussed her project and shared clips of different musicians from her show, including former Humboldt County resident Sarah Torres, current resident Xeff Scolari, and Zoomed-in visitors Nelly's Echo, Kendra Emokpae and Jessie Andra Smith).
Jesse Alm closed the musical portion of the show with two beautiful Cello pieces, first Bach, then Mark Summer's "Julie-O." The show, as it often does, closed with laughter to a very appropriate madlibsing of the Sanctuary's Mission Statement.

It was a great evening, and we encourage you to watch the full show on Youtube. See the calendar above for the rest of the month's performers.

-James Zeller

From our Friends and Regulars

Plein Air Watercolor Workshop Video //
 Part 1 of 2 now on Youtube

Our latest workshop video is from painting instructor and Humboldt Sunday Paint-out regular Paul Rickard. In this video Paul shows us the basics of Plein Air watercolor on Trinidad Beach, including a preliminary value sketch. Plein Air means outdoors, making this is a great activity for a socially distanced art practice. Sunday Paint-out is postponed, but Paul will be participating in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational in March. Part 2 of this tutorial will be uploaded to our blog later this month. Tune into the blog or the Youtube channel to see both videos.

Magic Powers Platform Tour //
by Liana Gabel

Liana was artist resident at the Sanctuary in 2018 to write her album Go Outside, which she recorded here during a second residency in 2019. She is fundraising for a new type of venue.
"I am writing because I have this vision of creating a VANue. A traveling venue to host outdoor concerts across the country called the 'Magic Powers Platform Tour.' COVID has brought a lot of challenges. Among them, the inability to play live shows and the looming reality that many venues that we once enjoyed may be closing.

Idea: We take the house concert model, turn it into a yard concert where folks can spread out, open up the van, pull the stage out, play a show. I do need help. I'm looking for yard concert hosts, musicians to share a bill with me, a reliable high roof van, and money contributions to this project. Are you inspired to get involved in some way? Here is the link for more information.

I deeply appreciate your time,

On the blog //
MaryAnn Clark

We're going to be sharing more submissions on the blog, and wanted to direct your eyes that way.

Kids in the Hive is a YouTube Channel that showcases sweet and fun videos filmed with real kids. The videos are made for 3-8 year olds. The creator is a neighbor and local Arcata artist, MaryAnn Clark. The most recent video called "The Edible Alphabet" was filmed in Bayside, where a couple of kids read a book written by Sanctuary artist --and cousin of MaryAnn-- Carissa Clark, when she was a 10 year-old kid. (Pictured left- J is for a Jar of Jam by Carissa).

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: Donut Planet mailart postcard by Katy Warner).
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