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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pretty in Pastels

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist.

Sidewalk art is necessarily fleeting and, like Tibetan sand mandalas and bright fall foliage, its ephemeral nature is part of its beauty. If you still find yourself clinging to the temporary pleasures of the world, as we do, you'll be glad Mark McKenna was out on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 7, photo-documenting the color-saturated beauties artists were laying down on the concrete squares. Enjoy this slideshow of the annual pastel pageantry benefitting North Coast Children's Services.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fukiko Oguchi Marshall and Orr Marshall's Shock of Color

Posted By on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 2:16 PM

Oguchi Marshall's "Red Triptych." - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Oguchi Marshall's "Red Triptych."

The Black Faun Gallery was awash in color on Friday evening when it hosted a private opening for paintings by Orr Marshall and Fukiko Oguchi Marshall. Old friends of the couple and friends of the gallery, which was celebrating its one-year anniversary in the spot, milled past bright canvases with plastic champagne coupes. They clustered in front of the paintings and around the platters of sushi, murmuring, “I had no idea.”


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Samba Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Samba da Alegria drew a crowd for the parade on the second day of the North Country Fair. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Samba da Alegria drew a crowd for the parade on the second day of the North Country Fair.

Sunny warm weather continued for another day for Sunday's 44th annual North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza. A large crowd soaked up the sunshine and the high energy created by the Samba da Alegria dancers with their 31st annual Samba Parade.

Sunday's Fair featured another round of live music and dance performances. Attendees checked out the food, drink, clothing, arts and crafts, and tie-dyed clothing offered by over 200 vendors. See the slideshow below for highlights from the parade and more.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

All Species Saturday

Posted By on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Butterflies fluttered by in the parade courtesy of Trillium Dance Studio. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Butterflies fluttered by in the parade courtesy of Trillium Dance Studio.

Event organizers Same Old People were surrounded by a large crowd attending the first day of the 44th annual North Country Fair held on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday — with just one big change in tradition. The Northcoast Environmental Center's All Species Parade swapped days with the Samba Parade, surprising a lot of attendees who hadn't heard about the change. See the slideshow below for highlights of Saturday's festivities.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top That

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Heather Bellinger and Paulette Hanson looking blooming lovely on Ladies Hat Day. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Heather Bellinger and Paulette Hanson looking blooming lovely on Ladies Hat Day.


Wearing formal hat wear on the sixth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Humboldt County Fair on a hot, smokey Saturday got you free admission into the horse races and a chance to compete for some big prizes. See some of the feats of fashion in the slideshow below.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Humboldt Style: Opera Alley Block Party Edition

Posted By on Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Kids of all ages lent color to the Opera Alley Block Party on Saturday during Arts Alive. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Kids of all ages lent color to the Opera Alley Block Party on Saturday during Arts Alive.

Smoke from wildfires settled like a hot fog on Saturday evening, after a day of record-breaking temperatures. Undeterred, the crowds showed up in style for the first ever Opera Alley Block Party, which closed off the street in front of the Clarke Museum to make way for vendors selling beer, rum punch and barbecue, while The Latin Peppers got a few couples dancing. With a pair of sticks, some rope and a bucket of suds, Courtney Karnes conjured opalescent bubbles that wafted overhead to be popped with a splash by a circle of gleeful children.

And heat or no, folks were out there serving looks. The last weekend of summer brought out downright tropical color, bold patterns and, damn, even a dedicated furry who we hope stayed hydrated in that suit. We couldn't resist snapping shots of a few inspiring ensembles that make basic black look, well, basic. 
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Century Celebration

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Shoshanna Rose (right), of Arcata, helped cut and serve the Creamery Building replica cake that building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, brought to share with Fervor Fest attendees. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Shoshanna Rose (right), of Arcata, helped cut and serve the Creamery Building replica cake that building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, brought to share with Fervor Fest attendees.

It took four days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Creamery Building in Arcata this past week. Building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, have spent the last 40 years rejuvenating the building and hosting an eclectic mix of tenants in the center of the emerging Creamery District — so they and friends decided to throw a party.

Arcata artist Lush Newton introduced her outdoor art installation "Golden State Creamery: The Land of Milk and Honey" at Thursday's evening reception at the Creamery District. She said her work commemorates the history, people and culture surrounding the historic Creamery building on its 100th anniversary. The billboard was inspired by designs for the original tenant, California Creameries, and her portable hand-painted figures were based on historical photos (including one of her great aunt riding a cow).

Friday evening's highlights were the Arcata Playhouse's outdoor shadow-puppet show that followed the Elemental Spectacle procession that included dancers, stilt walkers, giant puppets and a large dragon marching around the Creamery Building to live music. The Ya Habibi dancers performed next at the entrance of the Creamery prior to the shadow-puppet show.

More than 20 vendors offered unlimited samples of beer, wine, kombucha, cider and distilled spirits at Fervor Fest on Saturday. A large crowd attended the family-friendly event that included live music, food vendors and a popular children's play area. In mid-afternoon, the Finigans brought out the 100th anniversary cake shaped liked the Creamery building to share with Fervor Fest attendees.

The Creamery Festival wrapped up on Sunday with the last of the Flynn Creek Circus shows.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Painting on the Wall

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Muralist Duncan Jago and Joe Murdter work on the De Paul Building. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Muralist Duncan Jago and Joe Murdter work on the De Paul Building.

The lift parked in the alley behind the DePaul Building is down low enough for Duncan Jago to chat. The Bristol artist's black pants are spattered with the same pink, lavender and aqua paints he and assistant Joe Murdter have been putting up on the building's south wall, just across the street from the mural Dan Kitchener, another U.K. artist, put up a few weeks ago.

"Monet in space" is the simplest way he can describe the impressionistic mural that will feature "abstracted figures moving through space." He's not ready to share its title yet and is mostly focused on meeting his fast approaching deadline of Saturday, especially since he's got a flight home to catch this weekend. The piece, which covers the building's entire side, is set for completion in only five days — half the time of Kitchener's "Electric City." But he's not terribly worried, despite the "Worriers" T-shirt he's sporting. On Tuesday Jago and Murdter prepped the surface, sealed off the windows and laid down the base. "Today is just knitting it together," says Jago.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Irie Stylings at Reggae on the River

Posted By and on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 1:50 PM

The sun glints off a woman’s necklace in the concert bowl, Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
  • Photo by Erica Botkin
  • The sun glints off a woman’s necklace in the concert bowl, Sunday afternoon.

Instagram-ready festival wear has become its own species of personal expression. The styles at Reggae on the River are certainly qualify, whether on performers, fans or the vendors, workers and volunteers who make the show possible, including volunteer security personnel, medics, food truck operators, cooks, camera people, sound technicians and journalists.

A camera operator at work during Marla Brown's set on Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
  • Photo by Erica Botkin
  • A camera operator at work during Marla Brown's set on Sunday afternoon.

Oven-like August temperatures presented a daily challenge. There are basically two schools of thought on how to beat the heat — let’s call the debate Shirts v. Skins. Layer flowing fabrics? Or do away with layers altogether by wearing as little as possible? Both were in effect. (See the slideshow of the gamut of looks below.)

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Angels of Hope Gets a Makeover

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Playful Magic members Veneta Nikolova (right), Joe Hessenius and Liz Ferrie painting at Angels of Hope. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Playful Magic members Veneta Nikolova (right), Joe Hessenius and Liz Ferrie painting at Angels of Hope.
Community Paint Day turned lots of would-be shoppers into artists helping paint a mural at the Angels of Hope Thrift Store on Saturday, July 29 in Arcata.

“I just came by to shop at the thrift store, and they gave me a paint brush,” said Jessica Young, of Arcata.

“We were at the store to look at furniture so this was a surprise,” said Colleen Clifford, of Manila. “The ugly, bland building gave the artists a good place to work.”

“We’ve been walking by every day this week watching them work,” said Amy Rebstock, of Arcata, “and today they just invited us to join in.”

Playful Magic members Veneta Nikolova, Joe Hessenius and Liz Ferrie, all of Arcata, spent the afternoon inviting community members to add their own personal touches to the mural. Check out the slideshow below to see how it turned out. The trio donated their skills to the week-long collaborative project through Playful Magic, their local organization with the goal of building community connections through fun and artistic experiences.


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