April Newsletter

J St. Regulars Radio Hour, letters and art for donors, and a visit with Studio Artists online as we all shelter-in-place.

James Zeller's online stream in action last week. One of many Sanctuary artists sharing online with the tag #lovestream2020

Dear Friends of the Sanctuary,

As April unfolds, much is different than what was expected for us all. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented offerings. Our doors may be closed for the month of April, but we are dedicated to offering unique programming - to be enjoyed from our home to yours. 


The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other. We’ve done this by opening our doors to collaborate together in community. We want to stay connected with our community… and while we can’t open our doors to you, we can write you letters! All financial donations received for the month of April will receive mail art from Sanctuary Studio Artists. Please leave us your address in the memos, or send us an email with your address. We may not be able to connect in person, but we can connect from elsewhere. 


Because new memories can’t be made in person, we want to celebrate all the beauty that has taken root here through the years by opening up the Sanctuary archives to share memories of the past, to remind us all of the good times that have been had here! Please join us, and contribute by sharing with us your memories of the Sanctuary. This can be in the form of photos, recordings, stories. Please share with us by calling our landline and leaving a message, sending us mail, an email, through facebook or instagram where you can tag us, or use the new tag we are using - #lovestream2020. Together, from afar, we can continue to create and share the Story of this Creative Sanctuary.
Our address is 1301 J St., Arcata CA, 95521. Our phone number is (707) 822-0898. We look forward to hearing from you, and we invite you to hear us by tuning in to the J Street Regulars Radio Hour, airing tonight and every weeknight at 7 p.m.

The J St. Regulars Radio Hour //
Monday through Friday, 7 to 8 p.m. PST

As part of the Sanctuary's array of "shelter in place" offerings, you are invited to tune in Monday through Friday from 7 to 8 pm for a live-stream performance, broadcast from the Great Hall. Flying straight into computers everywhere via Facebook Live, each evening's radio program will be hosted by one of the J Street Regulars. The host will perform live, mixing originals and traditional material, as well as taking requests from audience members.

April's weekly schedule will feature

In ordinary times, scheduled concerts and impromptu musical offerings are a regular part of the Sanctuary's soundscape, and an integral part of our community arts programming. During these extraordinary times, we'll do our best to keep that spirit alive with the help of the J Street Regulars Radio Hour.



All financial donations received for the month of April will receive mail art from Sanctuary Studio Artists. Please leave us your address in the memos, or send us an email with your address.

To the left:
a two color letterpress print using dingbats printed by Katie Belknap this week during our housemate Open Lab, inspired by old quilt patterns and woven coverlets.

An additional way you can support the Sanctuary at this time is by adding us to your Amazon Smile. If you are buying online, have a percentage of your purchases go towards helping a non-profit. Just click the link above to be prompted to add this option to your Amazon shopping page.

Studio Artist Highlights

The majority of our studio artists live outside of 1301 J, and we miss them dearly. But many are busy at home creating, or contemplating the stay-at-home order in their own ways. Here are two highlights from our inbox this month. Stay tuned for more highlights in the coming weeks in a special edition newsletter.
Studio Artist Hannah Lee Hoffman and past Resident Artist Natalie Marie Kinsey have joined together to create a celebratory podcast. It's called The Gladcast: Shit to be glad about. It is dedicated to reveling in the everyday and extraordinary joys of being alive. You may find it here at, or wherever you get your podcasts. The duo will be recording and uploading an episode every day during this time of Staying at Home.
As April is National Poetry Month, we were excited to host Jacqueline Suskin for a special event to celebrate. Since we're unable to gather together, Jacqueline has developed programing through her Instagram for the month, doing live readings and writing spontaneous poems two days a week. You can always order personalized poems from Jacqueline's site, as well as her books. When we asked her to contribute to this newsletter with a prompt or poem about this moment, this is what she sent.
Poetry has always served as a collective aid, a healing tool, and it often acts as a gift of sacred guidance. As we look for something soothing or inspiring, we can can always turn to poetry in our time of need.

Summer and Fall CSA

(Community Supported Art)

Artists are like farmers.

Given time, space, resources, and a hospitable climate, they will produce things that bring health and happiness to others.

Want more mail art?  Support local artists and check the website to see which Studio Artists are featured each month for the Sanctuary CSA.  
The Community Supported Art (CSA) program at the Sanctuary, modeled after similar programs used by small farms, cultivates a mutually beneficial relationship between artists and audiences. In previous years, subscribers have received ceramic bottles, handmade books, framed block prints, and metal jewelry.
Patrons subscribe online to receive a unique handmade art or craft in the mail.  The cost is $35 for each one month subscription. Consider gifting a CSA share to someone you love!
Note: local pick up subscriptions are not available at this time, but may be in future months.

This Month "at" the Sanctuary

Music Lessons "at" the Sanctuary //
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Perhaps now is the time for some music lessons! Sanctuary resident artist Daniel Nickerson will be offering lessons "at" the Sanctuary via Zoom, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 5 p.m. All ages and all experience levels are welcome! Instruction on piano, guitar, bass, accordion, 5-string banjo, and drum set will be offered. The student's interests will guide the focus of the lessons, whether that be musical basics, advanced jazz theory, folk singalongs, rock rhythms, improvisation, composition, etc. The sky's the limit!


Lessons will be offered for a sliding scale fee, with a portion of all money exchanged going to the Sanctuary. Contact Daniel at to learn more and reserve a time slot.

A Trip to Cowtown Film Premier //
Thursday, April 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.


On Thursday, April 30th, a live stream introduction to the show will be conducted on Facebook Live at 7 p.m., followed by the debut of the film.

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