If you can't tell that there's a lot of artistic talent in the redwoods, the annual California's World Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race on Memorial Weekend should convince you. But that's a one time event, and doesn't even compare to the daily opportunities to explore art in Arcata.
Arcata Artisans is a retail outlet on the downtown Plaza where you can browse and buy fantastic art for your collection, or take great gifts made in California. No matter what the project, the vision or the need, you'll likely find something that will appeal to your taste in a variety of media ranging from paintings and photography to jewelry, ceramics, weaving, and sculpture.
Known throughout Humboldt County as the finest place to purchase art, this is not your ordinary artwork you'll see mass produced. Each artwork is custom made by artisans with an amazing variety of talents. Colors span the rainbow, media range from paper, wood, glass and stone to metals, and the sizes and shapes are all over the board, so to speak.
You can actually just go in and look, enjoying the fine arts gallery and its great displays, much as you would attend any art gallery. But while visiting, your purchases help support the arts and California, as well.
Chinese clothing and gifts from Walmart have their time and place,
but not on the Arcata Plaza where locals are beaming with pride and
spend painstaking hours and days to create treasures they hope you'll