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October Art Market: Art, Wild Weather, Halloween and Day of the Dead

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Rainbow Over October 25 Art Market – Photo Tammy Scott

A Halloween-themed Creamery District Art Market was held on October 25th at the former Arcata Community Recycling Center at 1380 Ninth St. in Arcata. The Art Market venue was supplied by Holly Yashi, the new owners of the site. A lucky 13 local artisans peddled their jewelry, clothing, screen printed shirts, photographs, ceramics, wood carving and other wood art.  It was a wild and stormy day punctuated with rainbows, but the Art Market stayed dry under the big roof.

Art abounded on October 25.  The mood was created by the fantastic band La Musique Diabolique, who played their Gypsy Jazz from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Arcata Playhouse provided coffee and tea, a decorate your own Halloween cookie booth, and a booth for painting your own Dia de los Muertes Calavera (Day of the Dead skull) on locally collected river rocks.  Edie Butler and the other members of the Humboldt Handweavers and Spinners Guild demonstrated their skills.  Multitalented Angel Fargas showed his three-dimensional media prowess by sculpting pumpkins with amazing faces and designs.  See Angel’s Art Market YouTube video.

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Painted Day of the Dead Skull – Photo Tammy Scott

The eerie ambiance was maintained by Paul Woodward’s ghost storytelling, roaming giant skeleton puppets and Shoshanna from Redwood Raks painting faces.  For many Art Market denizens, the highlight of the day was Ann Youmans and her dancers performing a noon-time flash mob of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  The dancers had practiced their moves from 10 a.m. until show time in the Arcata Playhouse.  The rain poured down on the dancers but they were enthusiastically unperturbed.

The winter holiday themed last Art Market of the year will be located inside Redwood Raks Dance Studio in the Creamery Building on November 29.