January 2021 Edition

Outdoor art installation, poetry, and a call for art on the Radio Hour.
The Foliage of Feelings installation will go up in front of 1301 J St. on February 12th.

Dear Friends, 

The inability to have you over has been difficult, being a community center based on the tactile and collective experience.  Time has proven mutable over the last year, at once frozen in smoke or by ill will, and yet the days again are getting longer and it is January. Like a ship heading home from open waters, the myriad advancements in collaboration have been as birds to the sailor, a sign of land. 

Thank you for your responses to my foliage of feelings prompt.  Leaves are being populated with your well wishes for 2021 and we look forward to leafing out the tree fully and presenting it to the world by the lunar new year. Come by (safely, safely) on or after February 12th to see our collaborative efforts. May it serve as a reminder to strive toward this collective future.

I have wanted to see leaves on this tree since we transplanted it from the Bat Cave, and genuinely thank you for helping me achieve my goal. It is unbelievable that I can have an idea and tell some people who tell some people and all of the sudden we are working through a collaborative art project with over 30 other people.  In the middle of a pandemic nonetheless, and grant funded thanks to the Footprint Foundation. May it inspire you to think big and ask for help. Feel free to reach out to me with ideas.

-Katie Belknap

From our Friends and Regulars

The Bhakti Cart //
by David Pavlovich

I possess an ornate harp
that is so powerful 
it can touch
the Heart of God.
I push it around all day
in a cart
which has fallen into
Divine Disrepair.
The wheels speak to me:
ca-chunk, ca-chunk, ca-chunk.
But all I hear is
Bha-kti, Bha-kti, Bha-kti.

I long to set its content on fire
deep within
your holy abode
and sweep the sacred ash
from the ground 
of our mutual being.
I now stand at your doorway
with my most precious possession.
I've pushed it all this way
just to ask:
Hey buddy, can you spare a light?

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

The Radio Hour returns with some new programming for the new year. Every first Wednesday is Wondersday Wednesday, where we explore the cyclical relationship between art and community. Last week we had Haley Davis join us to share portraits she did of the Radio Regulars Julio, Daniel and Tea. Neighbors dropped by to share their songs, including Hannah Lee Hoffman's new music video for Burning Brightly. We're looking forward to more local art to share on-stream. C'mon by to the front steps of 1301 J street in the mornings where James Z. keeps his socially distanced office, and submit your own!

We're also pleased to announce Jennifer Trowbridge's classic guitar show, now every 4th Thursday of the month on the Radio Hour. Dr. Trowbridge teaches guitar, music history, and career skills for musicians at Humboldt State University, so we're excited to see what she has in store for us all.

From our Studio Artists

Puppet Slam //
both nights now on Youtube

We would like to send a sincere thank you to all of the artists who helped us put on two Puppet Slams last month and to the Puppet Slam Network for their funding and support.  All of your contributions made for two delightfully wacky evenings on our Radio Hour.  

Puppet Slams are (usually live) shows featuring back to back short-form puppet works.  In case you missed the Sanctuary’s December shows, the recordings can still be found on our Youtube page - part 1 and part 2.  And of course, be sure to look out for more Slams in the future!

-Natalie Williams

Black Walnuts //
by James Zeller

I collected Black Walnuts, wanting to eat them. As I was breaking the husks off, I noticed how beautiful the juice was. I watched the brown run down my hands, which it left gorgeously stained. I decided to make ink with the stuff. It turned out watery, not much good for writing. And the nuts were so small it was hardly worth the trouble. But I ended up making watercolors of sorts in my journal! You never know what you're up to! 

How to Make a Fish //


(I didn't choose the title of this poem. It was auto-chosen when I sent this email for the newsletter. I think it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long, long time. - James Zeller)


How to Make a Fish:


I always try to make 

something something other

than what it is


When I draw a cloud,

I try to make it a fish

sometimes, I do make it a fish


When something’s broken

I very genuinely try 

to fix something else


When I do this, sometimes,

I break the thing I’m “fixing” 

that wasn’t broken


Then, that’s when I can be found

holding hands with a tree

or in conversation with blackberries

Thank you
to our donors

The Sanctuarians are amazed by all the contributions we received at the end of 2020, including $10,000 from the Footprint Foundation. With these funds we can now pay three part-time staff who support our website, webstream and studio artists. As the new year unfolds, we are better prepared to face the changing arts landscape with more events, workshops, and activities. Thank you all for helping us support our artists!


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