March 2021 Edition

Helena, Womxn's Fest, and Words
Incoming Artist in Residence Helena Williams at work on the old Ink Annex.

These days, having a new friend in your life seems like a rare, precious treat. Especially when your new friend is as awesome as the Sanctuary’s new Artist In Residence Helena Williams. Wow we feel lucky! Helena moved into the Sanctuary in the middle of February and her humor, kindness and enthusiasm is refreshing and much appreciated. We hope to have her around for a long time. 

Helena’s art mediums include acrylic painting, mosaic, welding and woodworking. Check out her artist statement and more photos of her work on our blog.

In addition to being a resident artist, she will work with the Sanctuary as a paid intern through Trajectory and the Redwood Coast Regional Center, helping design and install a new stage backdrop as well as make improvements to the art making spaces, walkway and gardens.  

Zero to Fierce Womxn's Festival meets J Street Regulars Radio Hour

The J Street Regulars Radio Hour regular program continues as it regularly does, with the regular hosts on the regular nights except for some exceptional irregularities. That is, we’re excited to be a part of the 5th Annual Womxn’s Week Zero To Fierce, presented by Playhouse Arts, March 8-13.

Take note!  Our M-F show times will vary day to day in order to fit in with other awesome Zero To Fierce events.

We’re excited to feature livestream lineup of amazing women artists: regular Radio Hour contributors Jax, Fig, Katie Belknap, Sara Kei, Nigella, the Paula Jones Band, Jennifer Trowbridge.

Local poet Vanessa Vrtiak and musician/bandleader/singer Lindsey Battle will each appear for the first time on “Radio Hour”.

“Wondersday” is, of course, the first Wednesday of the month, 3/3. The variety show focuses on Arts as a positive force in community.

Check our calendar here.

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We’re excited to collaborate again with local poet Vanessa Vrtiak on Wondersday and during the O2F fest.  Below is a sneak preview of her work and more can be found at A Reason To Listen.


Eureka, I found her.


Sometimes she calls home

even though her family knows she only calls to ask for more money

she wants to tell them how tired she is


how she stays up all night protecting her body from becoming an ATM

how nobody even considers her when she’s holding her sign on Broadway


no one thinks about her family

how their eyes are undammed rivers with enough water to stop all the forest fires in California


no one even considers the smile she held when she was a little girl

looking for the love she was born to know

dreaming of a career as a tap dancer or a painter


no one remembers that were all addicted to something


all they see are the place holders in her forearms

each groove waiting for the needle to drop to play the soundtrack to her soul

Her baby carriage holding every unkempt promise and belonging

as people parade past her because they have got somewhere to be

Giant Word Jumble

We salvaged these huge letters and we want your help spelling things other than pork flavor, door, and fork. 

Here's what we've got.

E(4), O(3), LA (attached to each other), D(3), A, I(2), P, F, V, R, K, L, C

Please email Katie B. at with your favorite word combinations and we will share the results next month. 

The Information Age (Part Two) is streaming now!

I am really excited to share this (very long) second part of the album with anyone who wants to listen to it. Part Two is about the personal information we gather as we age and hopefully grow. It gets a little heavy at times. An in-depth, song by song break down is on the weblog. The lyrics are on the websiteA digital songbook is for sale at the store and contains the words and chords to all the songs, a link to download full quality audio files, and a brief introduction with my thoughts on songwriting. 

Thank you so much for continuing to support my work. Connecting in this way means a lot to me and I am grateful for every listener. I hope you are staying warm and safe out there. I cannot wait to play songs in front of a real, three dimensional audience again. That is gonna be an epic droplet exchange.

John Elliott

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: Beyond Hubble by Helena Williams).
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