November 2020 Edition

New Radio Hour music and poetry guests, Foliage of Feelings, and a fond farewell to one of our volunteers.
A new collage poster for our livestream by Katie Belknap.

Dear Friends, 


Sometimes it’s hard to know what to say. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. Coffeeeee!


Then, the problem is I say way too much. Fortunately, Katy Warner has informed me that there’s a solution to this problem. The Sanctuary website now has a blog where you can read some overflow thoughts.


Though the world confounds me at times, writing about the goings on of the Sanctuary is easy. First off, this month our spotlight is on someone who has given greatly of their time and expertise to the Sanctuary: James Kloor. Thanks James! Artists Katie Belknap and Hannah Hoffman are guiding the creation of a public art piece titled “Foliage of Feelings” on the Sanctuary’s south wall. Read about it below and contribute.


The J St. Regulars Radio Hour continues to grow! Past shows are archived on Facebook. The Paula Jones Band pre-filmed a radio hour on the sunny Sanctuary steps that aired November 5th. Current resident artist Sara Kei performed November 19th. We featured a local legend, poet Jerry Martien, on October 8th, and coming up, we’ll feature two more local poets, Jaqueline Suskin (Dec. 9th) and Tony Wallin-Sato (Dec 18th). I’ll be opening for each poet with music, and there will be an artist making live art each night. We’re excited to add live artists to the show when we can do so in a COVID-safe way. The regular hosts continue, as well as special guest hosts. 


The world can feel bleak now. I take regular walks with my oldest friend John Wood, who helps keep me sane and encourages my best craziness.  At times, I’m not even sure I know who I am. I had a conversation a few weeks back with Hazel Ra that really helped. 


We talked about the sense of self, and how popular culture, gender roles, traditions and other influences have had major impacts on who we believe we are starting from early childhood. And now, trying to understand what’s going on in our minds, we’re in the process of identifying those influences as things that are outside our true selves. We both agreed the process can be scary. What’s left? Who am I, if not all these things I’ve imagined I am? Hazel told me something that’s helped me, it might help you. It’s a truth to hang on to: Cause and effect is real. (I’d be happy to debate this, by the way).


I try to remember that my actions matter, down to the smallest. It is a true blessing to feel the sense of caring that exists in this community, to see that the world matters to people around me. You inspire me. Keep it up! Thank you.


Finally, Katy Warner does so much around that I must say thanks! And Natalie Williams is a positive force for good always. Following her great example, I’d love to write back to anyone who writes me here, at James Zeller, 1301 J Street, Arcata, CA. 95521. I'll be happy to send anything you send me into a madlibs.


With a smile, a laugh and, just because, love,

James Zeller

To Our Friend
James Kloor

James Kloor has been a faithful mainstay of the Sanctuary since he volunteered to make our first website in 2014.  While collaborating on it with him, I discovered that he was an accountant for Sun Frost and a thoughtful & compassionate human being.  I encouraged him to come over more to take part in the ride and he did.  He moved in next door, signed up as our founding CFO and joined our founding board of directors.  James’s service to the community expanded as he joined the financial team at Humboldt Area Foundation and later signed on to serve on the CO-OP board.  

This November marks the passing of the checkbook torch as James retires from his volunteer posts here.  We thank you sooooooooooo much.  James is also a delightful whistler and here is a clip of him doing a solo from the audience in our first Midnight Band Practice performance.

-Katie Belknap

(Pictured above: James Kloor getting his portrait drawn by Cyrus Smith at the building's 100th birthday party.)

Foliage of Feelings //
Call for community entries


The plywood tree trunk on the south side of the Sanctuary was first created for The Fruit of Jonesy, a production by local artist Violet Crabtree (watch on Vimeo).  It was carried into the Sunny Brae forest with paper leaves and cardboard apples and filmed as part of her multimedia story. If you are inspired by the claymation, watch Violet’s claymation workshop series here on Youtube.

Artists Katie Belknap and Hannah Hoffman would like to fill the tree with leaves once again as glad tidings for 2021 and beyond.  Please share your voice! 


Imagine you’ve stepped into 2021 and everything is going amazingly well. How do you feel?  Sanctuary artists will paint your words onto leaves made out of recycled materials and mount them onto the tree trunk.  In populating the tree with our shared dreams, may we come one step more towards manifesting a more loving communal experience.  Read about the power and health benefits of visualization here.  As we walk by, may we be reminded of our common goals. 


Please send your greatest desired feelings in 1 to 10 words by December 15th to go in the first round of leaf grafting.  Mail or drop off at the Sanctuary 1301 J St. Arcata, CA 95521 or email Katie at  All entries will be anonymous.

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

Artists give a one hour program to communicate and connect, to send the healing sounds of music, to educate on American Music History and celebrate Artists of Color, and more.

November celebrates 100 years of women’s right to vote and we are celebrating with all female guest musicians! Check the calendar and tune in or watch the video later on Facebook, or on the new live section we have started on our Youtube channel.

Tune in on Facebook @thesanctuaryarcata & Instagram @creative.sanctuary Supported in part by listeners like you and the Footprint Foundation. For inquiries email

From our Studio Artists

Questions //
by Sara Kei



what emerges from the quiet when we let ourselves listen?

how do i listen and add my voice to the song at the same time?

i sometimes feel a gut-level, insidious resistance to doing what i need to do most? why is that?

how do i structure life such that, at any given moment in time, i am doing exactly what i need to be doing?

how do i give myself what i need, in order to serve the greater whole i am a part of?

these questions, swimming among myriad questions, leap out, breaking the surface of the seamind,

as i settle into this place, this body, this lifetime.

i am indescribably grateful to be here, to have the chance to listen, to be.

this morning, in the sunlight patch that is the sanctuary, i thought:

naught is for naught.

it is not a lot to believe in,

but it is not to be forgotten.

for rotten knots

release their roiling flesh,

rift by bit by bit, bereft

of form, forgotten.


Video Workshop Series
Part 2: Claymation Set Building //

with Violet Crabtree

Here is the second of our series of workshop videos sponsored by the Grace Us Foundation. They will cover a wide variety of art and craft projects, most of which you can create at home with easy to find supplies. Stay tuned for new videos on our Youtube channel and on our website.

This is part two of a three part tutorial on making claymation movies by Violet Crabtree. In part two we learn how to build park-themed set for puppets to walk on and interact with.

From our Friends and Regulars

Out in the World: 
Creative Practice by CR Alumni //

 at the Morris Graves Museum of Art

This exhibition showcases the variety of paths College of the Redwoods art alumni take with their careers. Included in this show are paintings, photographs, digital collage, mixed media sculpture, ceramic design, printmaking, works on paper, tattooing, mixed media installation with video projection, and studio pottery.

Included in the exhibition are culture makers living and working locally, regionally, and nationally. Artists who completed significant foundational training in the CR Art Department were selected based on a sustained commitment to a creative practice outside of an academic setting. We are excited that our friend, volunteer and former studio artist Carissa Clark has been included in this exhibition. Open Wed-Sun 12pm - 5pm.
Pictured left: Inheitance by Carissa Clark.

Zero by Samara Jade

Now on Spotify and Bandcamp

Released on the Scorpio new moon, November 15th 2020, Samara Jade's album Zero is a tribute to the fool's journey and the shadowy realms of the mystery.  Samara's fourth and largely self-recorded album, she stitches together a unique tapestry of ethereal, jazz-tinged folky indie Americana, showcasing her as a multi-instrumentalist and featuring a cast of top-knotch musicians from different corners of the country. 

Many of the instruments were tracked at Chris Rosser's studio in Asheville, NC last winter, and the rest of the album was recorded at The Sanctuary in Arcata, CA, at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Though Samara had written many of the songs as personal narrative, they began to take on new layers of meaning about collective initiation in a time of great uncertainty. 

Samara wishes that Zero may be a medicinal soundtrack to accompany metamorphosis in the times of not-knowing. Listen on Spotify or purchase/download Zero on Bandcamp.

Mailart and Donations

Our mailart postcards are coming out to our donors, and here are a few examples. Thank you to Katie Belknap and Natalie Williams for their wonderfully collaged contributions. Above: Untitled by Katie Belknap.

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.

To the right: Abundance by Natalie Williams.

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