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


Fri, May 03
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Indigo Tour – Dyeing Workshop with Graham Keegan


4:00-5:00PM Free indigo seedling giveaway. Come pick up a bundle of seedlings and learn how to grow and process indigo to extract the dye from the leaves. Includes a show-and-tell of various steps in the process. RSVP to reserve your seedlings at

5:00-7:00PM Learn the basics of Indigo dyeing in this introductory workshop. We’ll be dyeing in an indigo vat and making patterns on the fabric using itajime, folded and bound compression. The course covers creating a ferrous vat from scratch, 4 basic folding forms: stripe, lattice, hexagon and chevron. Graham will be teaching best practices for both clamped and tied bindings, and discussing pre and post treatments for fabrics. He will be providing a cotton bandana to each attendee to begin with and encourages everyone to bring a lightweight, reasonably sized item or two (t-shirt, skirt, top, button-down or fabric piece) to fold and dip. No experience necessary. Purchase tickets at

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Thu, May 09
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Lowest Pair


We are excited to welcome back, for the third time, some singing and songwriting pals from the Pacific Northwest, The Lowest Pair. Kendl and Palmer play banjo duets with the musical integrity of serious old-timers, and sing tunes playful and surreal with the whimsy of the forever young. One of the Sanctuary’s house bands, The Cowtown Serenaders, will open with a set of spaced out folk tunes, led by the high and lonesome sound of the musical saw.

$10-25 sliding scale
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Fri, May 10
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Growing Up in Arcata Marsh


A lecture on the young animals of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Join photographer and videographer Alan Peterson for a look at Arcata Marsh’s youngest residents. See hummingbirds, river otters, raptors, songbirds and more in footage and photos captured by Peterson as they grow up in an abundant and competitive environment. This media-rich lecture covers how ravens encourage their young to fly, how Northern Harrier mothers and fathers take on different roles to protect and feed their offspring, how changing habitats require otter parents to change the lesson plans for their young, and other animal parenting stories from our local biodiversity hotspot. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.


Wed, Apr 24
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Figure Drawing


Come and join us for life drawing sessions! Live models will pose for a variety of time durations, beginning with shorter poses and ending with longer poses. Some drawing materials provided. Please bring your own drawing board if you want to use one. Please arrive on time or 5 minutes early.

Hosted every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Upstairs at the Sanctuary (meeting room)

Cost: $5-15 donation for models and tea.

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Sat, Apr 27
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Lab

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.

Fri, May 10
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts! Arcata


Come and join us every second Friday evening in the meeting room to see a rotating variety of artists. Exhibitions are two months long, see our newsletter for current artist(s) being featured.

Sun, May 12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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.
(707) 822-4221