May’s Arts! Arcata includes a Ball Gown Stroll

PLEIN AIR Ryan Jensen paints above Luffenholtz Beach. He’s one of 27 artists with a special show at Umpqua Bank in Arcata. Submitted photo

Arcata Main Street

ARCATA – Arts! Arcata, Arcata Main Street’s monthly celebration of visual and performing arts, takes place Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Arcata.

Friday’s festivities will include a magical Ball Gown Stroll, a free community event that invites participants to don their most spectacular and sparkling ball gowns, formal attire or fairy and mystical creature-inspired looks while enjoying an art walk through the Plaza, making stops at local businesses.

Magical folk of all ages and genders are welcome and encouraged to share their sparkle.

The enchanting evening will also include fairy fanfare with a live fire show after dark on the Arcata Plaza. Those who wish to participate the the stroll are asked to meet at the center of the Arcata Plaza at 5:30 p.m. 

Venues and shows for Arts! Arcata include:

Alchemy Distillery, 330 South G St.: Whiskey tasting and acrylic art by Sonny Wong, who creates various products across art prints, tech accessories, apparels and home decor goods

Arcata Artisans, 883 H St.: Artists Gilbert Castro and Susan Morton are both presenting intricate ceramic pieces in separate shows. A nonprofit wine pour is hosted by Bayside Community Hall. 

Arcata Exchange, 813 H St.: Artist Jay Brown in mixed media with a nonprofit wine pour by Healthcare 4 All Humboldt.  

Blondie’s Food And Drink, 420 E. California Ave.: Acrylic paintings by Noah Sheffler. Also enjoy Piano Karaoke and a nonprofit wine pour by Arcata Elementary PTO. Sheffler’s paintings bring to light the nuanced detail of twilight scenes. With warm light and cool shadows, the landscapes are beautifully intricate. 

Bubbles, 1031 H St.: Live music performed by Pure Mongrel. 

Café Brio, 791 G St: Featuring artist Joyce Jonte. 

Fire Arts Center, 520 S G St.: Ceramics by Sue Kimpel and Marta Lapezyhski. View Sue Kimpel’s latest series of handbuilt Fortune machines and Roman soap dishes, and  Marta Lapezyhski will share her latest wheel thrown vessels.


Feuerwerker Building Gallery, 854 Ninth St.: A photography show by Katia G Karadjova and Kelly Fernandes titled “The World. The way we saw it.” Live music performed by Tyger Byle.

Garden Gate, 905 H St.:  Photography on Birch by Jody Himango titled “The Waters Between.” Music by Blake Ritter and Friends, and a nonprofit wine pour with Friends of the Dunes. 

Global Village Gallery, 973 H St.: Hosting the visionary art of Pablo Amaringo with music by singer and songwriter Joanne Rand. The late Panlo Amaringo who is from Pulcalpa Peru in the Amazon Jungle presents in mixed media. 

The Heart of Humboldt, 601 I St.: Mixed media exhibit by artist Tony Diaz. Diaz’s creative vision has been inspired by psychedelic poster art, horror films and creatures from the natural world. 

Humboldt Outfitters, 708 Ninth St.: Complimentary wine tasting with Trinity River Vineyards. 

Humboldt Pet Supply, 145 South G St. Suite C: Oil paintings by local favorite Sonny Wong with live music by The Jazz Animals, a local three piece jazz band. Jacoby’s Storehouse, 791 Eighth St.:

Plaza Grill, Jacoby’s Storehouse, 791 Eighth St., third floor: Mixed media by artist Jay Brown.

Libation Wine Bar, 761 Eighth St.: Hosting Mickey’s works in acrylic paint. Live music by Bayside Blues. 

Moonrise Herbs, 826 G St.: Hosting artist Genise L. Smith, accompanied by acoustic guitar performance by Erik Eustus.

Om Shala Yoga, 858 10th St.: Oil paintings by artist Carin Billings,  a native of Humboldt County. She has always been fascinated with how the human body can be stretched and morphed in order to convey an idea.  Much of her work is symbolic or surreal in nature.  

Outer Space Arcata, 1100 M St.: Will be hosting “Photo Voice Project,” youth perspectives on alcohol and other drug use, a photography show. Also on site you will find Ruby Langdon, ukulele, and Sunday’s Forever:, alternative pop.

Pacific Paradise, 1087 H St.: Chronic fantasy adult coloring books in acrylic paint. 

Redwood Curtain Brewery, 550 South G St.: Exhibiting photography by Chris Galleron (apotheoceans). Photographs of nature mostly throughout Humboldt County and some other places in the U.S.

Sanctuary, 1301 J St.: Presenting Alan Peterson’s work in photography with show titled “Growing up in Arcata Marsh.” 

Stokes, Hamer, Kirk & Eads, LLP, 381 Bayside Rd.: Anthony Kaftal, Nila Kaftal and Charla Page present works in mixed media. Live Celtic music by Seabury Gould, and a nonprofit wine pour with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

Tin Can Mailman, 1000 H St.: Ceramics by Hannah Meredith. 

Umpqua Bank, 1063 G St.: Welcome attendees to enjoy the exhibit “All Things Spring.” After a dreary and wet winter, this show will celebrate the long awaited spring. A total of 27 artists will share their visions of the blooming spring color and the dazzling light of the North Coast Landscape. The show is accompanied by music performed by DogBone.



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