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click to enlarge Blake Reagan and his Best Art Mural-winning "Diva's Grace." - SUBMITTED
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Blake Reagan at The Speakeasy

Best Art Mural

Two years ago during the Eureka Street Art Festival, the façade of the Speakeasy bloomed with bright flowers around a singing woman's profile. You'd be forgiven for thinking she's Billie Holiday, with the vintage microphone and the white flower in her hair, but Blake Reagan's mural "Diva's Grace" depicts writer, singer and actress Nina Kristopherson performing as Lady Day. It suits the bar, with its updated take on vintage style.

Building and bar owner Karina Estrada requested Reagan, from whom she's also commissioned work. "He's so talented," she says, "I've always been a huge fan of his work."

Reagan says the piece was meant to "honor divas of old" and the win feels good. "I'm glad that the public is appreciative of public art like that." While he isn't painting anything for this year's festival, keep your eye out for his in-progress murals at the Sequoia Park Zoo's café, including one of the late Bill the chimp, as well as a patio mural at Phatsy Klines's Parlor Lounge featuring "music and cats."

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Artwork Mural

Blake Reagan - Speakeasy

Second Place: Lynn Jones - Morris Graves

Third Place: Sonny Wong - Ship in a Bottle


The Undercovers

Second Place: Die Geister Beschwören

Third Place: The LOUD Neighbors

Beer Festival

Hops in Humboldt

Second Place: Strange Brew

Third Place: Humboldt Homebrew Fest


Bear River Casino Resort
11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta; 733-9644

Second Place: Blue Lake Casino

Third Place: Cher-Ae Heights Casino and Bingo

Drag King

Tucker Noir

Second Place: Cocky Muffington

Third Place: Noma Steaks

Drag Queen

Mister Cister

Second Place: Mantrikka Ho

Third Place: Fuschia Rae

Free Attraction

Arcata Marsh
569 S G St., Arcata; 826-2359

Second Place: Arts Alive

Third Place: Sequoia Park

Golf Course

Lighthouse Plaza Mini Golf
Lupin Dr., Arcata

Second Place: Beau Pre Golf Club

Third Place: Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club

Humboldt Clothing Line

Humboldt Republic
535 4th St., Eureka; 497-6270

Second Place: Nothing Obvious

Third Place: Homeboldt

Live Music Venue

Humboldt Brews
856 10th St., Arcata; 826-2739

Second Place: Arcata Theater Lounge

Third Place: The Jam

Local Artist

Oryan Peterson-Jones (Documentary Filmmaker)

Second Place: Annette Makino

Third Place: Pablo Rahner

Local Sports Program

Humboldt Roller Derby
Redwood Acres, Eureka; 441-1993

Second Place: Humboldt Crabs

Third Place: Par Infinity Disc Golf

Local Tour

Kayak Trinidad Whale Watching Tour
1 Bay St., Trinidad; 329-0085

Second Place: Old Town Ghost Tour

Third Place: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Music Festival

Summer Arts & Music Festival

Second Place: Humboldt Folklife Festival

Third Place: Redwood Coast Music Festival


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Second Place: Dustin Thompkins

Third Place: Joe Brookshire

Place for a Birthday Party

Humboldt Bay Social Club
900 New Navy Base Rd., Samoa; 502-8544

Second Place: Bear River Family Entertainment Center

Third Place: ARCADA

Place to get married

Fieldbrook Winery
4241 Fieldbrook Rd., McKinleyville; 839-4140

Moonstone Beach

Second Place: The Lost Whale Inn Oceanfront B&B

Place to see a play

North Coast Repertory Theatre
300 5th St., Eureka; 442-6278

Second Place: Dell'Arte International

Third Place: Ferndale Repertory Theatre

Place to shoot pool

1407 Albee St., Eureka; 443-3497
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Second Place: Logger Bar

Third Place: The Pub at the Creamery

Place to take visitors

Fern Canyon

Second Place: Trinidad

Third Place: Madaket Harbor Cruise

Places to play games

660 K St., Arcata; 630-5236

Second Place: Bear River Family Entertainment Center

Third Place: The Scruffy Nerd Herder

Tattoo Artist

Luis Lopez
1908 Myrtle Ave., Eureka; 445-2609

Second Place: Henry Kruger

Third Place: Mike Arneson

Weekend Getaway within 150 miles

Benbow Historic Inn
445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville; 923-2124

Second Place: The Historic Requa Inn

Third Place: Riverbar Pharms Bed & Breakfast

Wine Festival

Fieldbrook Art & Wine Festival
4241 Fieldbrook Rd., McKinleyville; 839-3201

Second Place: Fortuna's Art and Wine in the Park

Third Place: Humboldt Wine Festival

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