Sanctuary 2018 Community Supported Art

Erland Sanborn/ October 14, 2018/ Uncategorized

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.

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