March Newsletter

More music and workshops this month at the Sanctuary

The team behind Arcata, ASAP. Photo by Tayloranne Finch.

Dear Friends of the Sanctuary,

In February we reopened with much aplomb and a new season of Casual Cafes. They're so popular, Casual Cafe host James Zeller wants to bring them back on a monthly basis - see below for more info on our March 8th event. We visited students at the HSU Career and Volunteer Expo, and befriended both students and academic advising staff. The Artist Residence Showcase was a fun exploration of works in progress, using sound and body as a form of storytelling. Artcata, ASAP premiered during Arts! Alive, where we solicited ideas from the public on the Arcata Strategtic Arts Plan. Thanks to the team of Sanctuarians and Playhouse staff who made the show a reality. And after a tour through Northern California, The Cowntown Serenaders returned to Arcata to host an Artists Dismantling Capitalism workshop, followed by a marionette show and concert with the unassailable
Hazel Ra.

This March, our music season is in full swing with 4 shows. Our incoming Artist in Residence Samara Jade is hosting a vocal improv workshop (time and date TBA), and many of our favorite local musicians are returning to support visiting acts. And we have the return of Figure Drawing, now on the final Sunday morning of the month, with more time to paint and experiment during sessions. Stay tuned for more workshop opportunities in the months ahead, especially for the little ones.

Thanks for reading, and c'mon down to see what's new,
- Katy Warner, Cooperator

Featured Studio Artist: Violet Crabtree

The Sanctuary celebrates Studio Artist Violet Crabtree this month. Violet is a comic artist, multimedia performer, and claymation film director. She received a Humboldt Area Foundation arts grant to make a feature length claymation movie called Wildfur. She has been doing stop motion animation for 4 years, and is about to complete a short claymation film called House Cleaning. You will find a link to this film, and all her other animations, on her website after it's finished. In September she'll be teaching six claymation classes to kids at The Sanctuary. See her vimeo page to watch more.
Violet is a part of the Kinetic Paranormal Society, who will be having a fundraiser for their kinetic sculpture on Saturday, March 14th at The Sanctuary! The sculpture idea is partially based on a comic story drawn by Violet about the Ghost Train of Arcata.

This Month at the Sanctuary

Palmer T. Lee / Humbird //
Tuesday March 3rd,
8 p.m.

For the past three years, Olympia-based folksinger Palmer T Lee has stopped in at the Sanctuary with the Lowest Pair, his duo collaboration with another great Northwest songwriter, Kendl Winter. This time around, he'll be performing solo, sharing material from a new album of songs, "Winebringer." A copy of the record was deposited in the Sanctuary's collection last year, and it has proven to be a good friend to have during these cold months. Joining him on this tour will be Humbird, the songwriting outlet of Minneapolis-based Siri Undlin.
$10 - $25 sliding scale at the door, doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Open Lab // Saturdays 12 to 6 p.m.

On March 7th, our bicycle-loving lab techs will be available to help folks with bicycle repairs and maintenance for a special Bike Repair Cafe. Come and get your ride ready for our already verdant spring.

Open Lab is a time for community access to art-making resources, tools and facilities. Sanctuary Lab Techs offer feedback and direction to participants, who are invited to use the Sanctuary's many different studio spaces to create artwork and repair goods. Through shared resources and experience, Open Lab offers a safe harbor for the preservation of our creative selves. $5 / hour for self-guided studio use, $10 / hour for assistance from a lab tech.

Casual Cafe // Sunday March 8th, 10 a.m.

The Sanctuary hosts a family-friendly Casual Cafe each month on 2nd Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry is free, but attendees can show support by browsing the bake sale, or making donations for the live entertainment and exemplary hosting. Jazz and oldies music provided by The J Street Regulars, made up of James Zeller, Daniel Nickerson, Lee Phillips, and whoever else happens to be around. There will be newspapers and books to browse, a gallery exhibition, as well as toys and games for kids. Come say hello, see some friends and neighbors, and help us celebrate another month of community arts organizing!

Sewing Night // Sunday March 8th,
6 p.m.

Come the second Sunday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. for sewing and mending night. Suggested donation of $5 – $20, please call Debbie with questions at (707) 822-4221.

Johanna Warren / Samara Jade //
Thurs. March 12th,
8 p.m.

When asked what motivates her to make music, Johanna Warren responds immediately: “Music is vibration; it's a direct way to affect matter. A song is a way to journey into places of discord and then resolve back into harmony.” A nomadic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Warren constructs complex, gossamer folk compositions that draw from the richness of the human experience and her own unique flavor of mysticism.
Samara Jade, currently with Jumpsuit Records, is a modern folk troubadour - a writer, performer and leader of songs who stitches together a unique genre-bending tapestry of sounds and stories.  With skillfully innovative guitar playing, an acrobatically emotive voice, and a knack for clever and piercingly truthful lyrics, Samara’s songs stimulate minds, open hearts, empty tear-ducts and perhaps best fall into the nutshell of a fan-coined genre: "Philosopholk."

$10 - $25 sliding scale, doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Arts! Arcata ASAP Discussion //
Friday March 13th, 6:30 p.m.

The City of Arcata is in the process of creating the Arcata Strategic Arts Plan (ASAP) and is seeking community feedback in partnership with the Sanctuary and The Arcata Playhouse. On Friday, March 13, the Sanctuary will host a conversation about the importance of art in Arcata. The discussion will be held within the space of their current exhibit, Artcata, ASAP, which is part of a series of artworks designed to spark conversation, curated by the Sanctuary’s co-founders, Solomon Lowenstein and Katie Belknap.

City staff will provide a brief overview of their planning efforts to develop the ASAP, which will be followed by several creative opportunities for community members to provide feedback and contribute new ideas to the planning process. Complimentary ice cream will be served, and attendees will have the ability to move in and out of the discussion as they please. This free event will take place during Arts! Arcata, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Pi Day Party // Saturday March 14th,
5 p.m.

PIE, pizza, drinks! Games, prizes, music, dancing and puppets!

This party is a fundraiser for the Kinetic Paranormal Society's kinetic sculpture race team, and will feature bingo, raffles, and a puppet karaoke contest where YOU can enter to sing a duet with a puppet from the KPS!

Live music from The Cowtown Serenaders, Los Perdidos, Drip Torch, and more dance party after that.

Doors open at 5:00, Puppet show by the KPS at 5:30 p.m. Sliding scale: $5 - 25, kids 6 and under FREE!!!

Will Karmis / Paulastretch // Saturday March 21st,
8 p.m.

Two experimental musicians and sound artists from the east coast will be passing through our hall as part of a 40 date tour that will take them all over the U.S. Their music is a fascinating eddy of sounds, brittle and beautiful, and we're looking forward to an evening of entrancing tones. Local synth wizard Hudson Glover will be opening. $10 - $25 sliding scale, doors open at 7:30 p.m.


Will Karmis is a musical improviser, guitarist and songwriter. Weaving together the expressions of drone poetry and song, their music exists between states of untethered ambient improvisation and reflective folk. On tour to support their new release "Shellbody," Paulastretch composes lush, ambience zones from the dungeon of circuit bent tape players and lo-fi samplers. Echoing samples form percussive dots connected by decaying drone swells.

Banny Grove /
Zigtebra // Saturday, March 28th, 8 p.m.


Recently localized synth-pop duo Zigtebra will be joining SoCal pop-art trio Banny Grove for a high-energy Saturday night at the Sanctuary. Hooray! Formally based in Chicago, Zigtebra relocated to Arcata after a three month artist residency at the Sanctuary, following years of touring the country constantly and perfecting their catchy craft.

Banny Grove has similarly been moving in circles around the country on innumerable tours over the last few years, passing through Arcata barroom venues Richard's Goat and Blondies as part of their adventures. We're looking forward to seeing it all come together in the Great Hall, Saturday Night Fever-style, on March 28th. $10 - $25 sliding scale, doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Figure Drawing & Painting //
March 29th, 9 a.m.

Come join us for Figure Drawing and Painting sessions at the Sanctuary on the last Sunday of each month, March through November, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will begin each session with a few short poses to warm up, and then settle into a long pose for the rest of the session, with short breaks. Tea and snacks are served.  At the end of each session, work and feedback can be shared, but during the pose we will maintain a quiet and focused atmosphere. Some drawing materials and easels are provided.  Please bring your own drawing board, painting or even sculpting supplies, if desired, and please arrive on time.  Sliding scale: $5 - $15.

Thank you to the Grace Us foundation for funding the model’s fee, and part of the operating cost. 
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