Pastels on the Plaza

First Saturday in October
On the Plaza, Arcata, California

In 1987, on the first Saturday in October, a handful of artists meet on the Arcata Plaza for a one-time morning of “Sidewalk” art.  Local businesses made a donation to Northcoast Children’s Services for each of the 29 squares.  The art was scattered along the spokes of the Plaza cement.  The City of Arcata staff was dubious about such an event.  Those “one time” artists and businesses had such a good time it was continued every year until Pastels on the Plaza became the largest art event on the Northcoast and a major fundraiser for Northcoast Children’s Services (a non-profit serving over 1,000 children and families a year in their local; children’s programs in Humboldt and Del Norte counties).

With October the weather is sometimes a consideration—wind, rain, drizzle, fog or sunshine—the artists endure and the event goes on.

The Farmer’s Market has always been very accommodating; the live music and the harvest bounty create a wonderful back drop for the art and shoppers alike.

The way it works…

Businesses or Sponsors “buy” a square of sidewalk for $100 or $200.

Artists sign up for the event.

Some businesses and artists will agree to work together or we match up artists and businesses a few days before the event.  We provide the pastels and a square of cement.  At 8:00 on Saturday morning, artists show up to start drawing.  After their art is complete, we host a reception for the artists and their sponsors at the Plaza Grill.  Within a month both artists and sponsors receive a photo of their art work to treasure.

Please mail the registration form to:

Northcoast Children’s Services
Pastels on the Plaza
PO Box 1165
Arcata, Ca  95518

Or–Bring the registration form in to the office located at:

1266 Ninth Street
Arcata, CA  95521

For additional information regarding Pastels, please call:

Kathy Montagne                     Gwenda Ashburn
Executive Director                  Event Coordinator
707-825-1302                         707-825-1313