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Welcome to the Sanctuary

We are committed to creative growth through the arts and engendering a spirit of community. This is a grassroots experiment in sharing. Follow the link below to read more about us.

About Us
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Check out the link to the calendar below to see upcoming shows, workshops and events happening at the Sanctuary.

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Sewing Night

Come the second Sunday of the month from 6pm to 9pm for sewing & mending night.

Suggested donation of $5 - $20

Call Debbie with questions

See you there!

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Open Lab

Our open lab hours are

12 pm to 6:00 pm.

See the link below for more information.

Open Lab Brochure

Sanctuary 2018 Community Supported Art (CSA)

Artists are like farmers. Given time, space, resources, and a hospitable climate, they will produce things that bring health and happiness to others. This year, artists at the Sanctuary are joining forces to produce small works and personal letters. Now you can cultivate a connection between artists and audience by becoming a member of the Sanctuary’s 2018 season of Community Supported Art.

Each month, members will receive a piece of art made at the Sanctuary and an insightful letter by the artist. The letter will invite you into the collective conversation between the artists, and tell the story of each artwork. In the spring, there will be three months of CSA, from March to May, featuring the artists Katie Belknap, Violet Crabtree, and Carissa Lillian Clark. In the fall, the CSA will run from September through November, featuring artists Daniel Nickerson, Rory Cullifer, and Natalie Williams. This project will culminate in an art exhibition at the Sanctuary in December 2018.

Local shares are $140 for the full (six-month) CSA share or $75 for the half (three-month) share. Half share members can choose between our Spring or Fall CSA. Each month’s share will be available for local pick-up on the second Friday of the month, from 6 - 9 p.m. during our Arts! Arcata openings, or on Saturdays during Open Lab from 12 - 6 p.m. The Sanctuary is located at 1301 J Street, Arcata. If you would like it delivered to you, or a loved one’s door, we have a mail-order option, which will be sent out on the second Friday of each month. Mail-order shares are $190 for the full (six-month) CSA share or $100 for the half (three-month) share.

Click here for the CSA subscription form

Please email, or print-and-send this form to us after filling it out.

CSA Share Options

If you participated in our 2017 Summer CSA, and are returning as a member, we would like to thank you with a complimentary silkscreen! Let us know on your subscription form.

This year's participating artists have a variety of artistic backgrounds, but share the Sanctuary as their primary studio space, and work as part of the volunteer staff that keeps the Sanctuary ship afloat.

Carissa Lillian Clark is a visual artist who loves to work with found objects. Wood, metal, and ceramic sculpture and paper collage are her favorite mediums, though she is becoming increasingly enchanted with painting and poetry. Her work often blooms from her curiosity about people and the world. She delights in the meeting point between industrial and natural materials.

Katie Belknap is an artist who works with found items and materials. They may be bits of blue beach findings, wool felt, watercolors, linoleum for printmaking, 1930’s Sear’s catalogs, or songs. The goal is to bring each item into its highest purpose before its inevitable end. Her linocuts are often hand-painted with watercolor; her collages and pen and inks take on musical and nautical themes.

Violet Crabtree is a cartoonist, storyteller, crafter and filmmaker. All of her work has a whimsical flavor, inspired by science fiction, fantasy, history and the forests and ocean of our area. She sews using recycled materials cut into animals and creatures of the imagination. Her stop-motion animated and live action films are all based on her comic book stories that she draws and performs with her group The ComiX Trip. She also animates music videos for local bands. More info at:

Daniel Nickerson is a musician, artist, and writer whose work often finds its final home in the form of books, posters, CDs, and tapes which are reproduced in small editions and circulated among friends. Illustrations, words, and recordings mix together to tell stories and inspire creativity in others.

Rory Cullifer is a craftsman of many sorts whose long-time passion has been ceramics. Each individual piece shows his love of lore, built to fill the heart––a visual metaphor for easing the mind.

Natalie Williams is a visual artist who fulfills her creativity in working with community members as an art teacher and facilitator, and in the ceramics, painting, and printmaking studios of the Sanctuary and beyond. Her work is inspired by children, "children's" stories, dreams, weather, clouds, seasons, animals, poetry, music, mountains, and the sea.

The Internship

The Big Picture

The Sanctuary Internship is an opportunity for Northern Humboldt high school and college students interested in an immersive learning experience at a dynamic arts organization. Interns will assist the Sanctuary's staff of artists and organizers with the administrative, artistic, and community-engagement tasks that fulfill the organization's mission statement:

The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.

Through an internship at the Sanctuary, we hope to offer art students the chance to participate in providing a creative sanctuary for artists, makers, dreamers, and schemers of all types. We believe that organizations such as this are necessary in keeping the arts alive, and interns will get the opportunity to assist in many ways.

Upstairs lives the art gallery and concert venue, where local and visiting artists present their work to audiences, and the Sanctuary's vast collection of books are available for perusal. Downstairs lives our workshop spaces, with facilities for sewing, printmaking, woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, bicycle repair, and more.

Interns can expect to learn in depth about the maintenance and use of these different types of spaces and equipment, in addition to helping facilitate the use of the Sanctuary by the community. At the end of their internship, it is our hope that participants will have gained a new set of tools for their future in the arts.

The Details

Interns will be expected to attend and assist during Open Lab, the Sanctuary's weekly community engagement project, each Saturday from noon to 6pm, for 11 weeks. Two internship positions are available, during three seasons, making a total of six openings. The dates of the three seasons are as follows:

1) Spring - March 3rd through May 12th

2) Summer - June 2nd through August 11th

3) Fall - September 1st through November 10th

How To Apply

Interested applicants should write a cover letter explaining their art-making practice, what they hope to gain from an internship at the Sanctuary, which time frames they would be available to participate in, contact information for the applicant (phone number/email address), and contact information for three personal references. Letters can be sent via email to, or sent via mail to:

1301 J Street
Arcata, CA, 95521

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on February 7th. Applicants will hear back from Sanctuary staff no later than February 15th. Further questions can be sent via email, or call us at 707-822-0898.

The Residency

The Big Picture

The Sanctuary Artist Residency is an opportunity for artists of all types to spend a month living and working on the Redwood Coast of northern California. Located in downtown Arcata, the Sanctuary is a community arts center and non-profit organization based in an historic building that was constructed in 1916 to be the Arcata Women's Clubhouse. Today, it is a bustling music venue, art gallery, community center, and artists' workshop, with facilities including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, music recording, bicycle repair, gardening, homesteading, and more.

Artist residents may freely explore their creative practice during their time at the Sanctuary, making use of the in-house facilities, exploring the diverse community of Arcata, or venturing further to the beaches, redwood forests, and mountain trails that occupy our coastal bioregion. Past residents have activated the Sanctuary's many art-making facilities with recording sessions, book-making projects, pop-up art shows, and the production of ceramics. In addition, past residents have utilized the Sanctuary's gathering spaces to make offerings to the larger community, through educational workshops, concerts, dinners, and dance parties.

Whether looking inward to cultivate one's personal practice, or expanding outward to draw connections between people and place, it is our hope that artist residents will draw on the Sanctuary's mission statement: The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.

The Details

Schedule: Eight residencies are available in 2018, each month from March through October. We will be looking to schedule residents for the duration of a full calendar month, with some flexibility.

Accommodations: Artists will reside in a small loft (slightly larger than a full size bed) built into the upper floor of the building. The loft is accessed with a ladder. Special arrangements can be made if accessibility is an issue. A desk is provided for residents on the bottom floor, which includes limited space for storage. Artists have access to all Sanctuary facilities during the stay, including the communal kitchen, which is abundant in dry foods (rice, beans, flour, etc.) and often receives bulk donations of fruit, vegetables, and bread from local food distribution programs. These resources do fluctuate, however, and artists will be responsible for providing the rest of their food. There is no refrigerator in the building, but there is a grocery store two blocks away.

Participation: Artists will be expected to participate in the Sanctuary public events throughout their stay, including the weekly Taco Tuesday potluck, Saturday Open Lab hours, and the monthly Arts! Arcata open house, on the second Friday of each month. Participation in these events is critical in building relationships with the community, and is considered integral to the residency experience.

Cost: The residency fee is $200, which is used to cover operating costs and utilities.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should write a letter explaining their art-making practice, what they hope to gain from a residency at the Sanctuary, which months they would be available to participate, contact info (phone/email) and three samples of past work or ongoing projects. Further questions can be sent via email to, mail to 1301 J Street, or call us at 707-822-0898

Art Facilities - Open to the Public

        In an attempt to make artistry more accessible to the general public, the Sanctuary provides essential resources that would not otherwise be available to artists and makers with limited space, tools, or knowledge. Three days a week the public is invited for Open Lab hours in our studio and workshop spaces, where they explore and create with the guidance of knowledgeable technicians. These spaces not only inspire art-making but also the restoration, recycling and repurposing of old materials, modeling a lifestyle of waste-diversion and prevention.

Our open lab hours on:

12 to 6 pm


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the Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.