The Eureka Street Art Festival (ESAF) is a week-long, city-wide event that takes place each summer since 2018 in Eureka, California. The festival was a lil' different this year (thank you, Coronavirus!) and didn't include a block party, but a dozen artists and a dozen poets still got together and made some magic happen!
The 2020 Festival took place August 10 - 15, in the Henderson Center neighborhood of Eureka. Over 20 murals and sidewalk poems were installed throughout the neighborhood. Progress was live-streamed daily to Facebook and updates were available on Instagram and YouTube, including background biographies on the artists.
I had a pretty fantastic week, and was super excited to see some friends that made the trek to say hi, masks and all. I caught up with some old friends who stopped by to check the 'hood out, and met a couple great local artists and entrepreneurs in the area who were welcoming and encouraging about the new art pieces going in. Humboldt gives serious love to it's local artists, and it's one of my favorite things about the area. I will definitely miss seeing all of you at festivals this Holiday season.
The pictures are pretty self explanatory, mostly taken by the incredible Rocky Arroyo. His attention to detail and artful eye made for a great collection of colorful images I'll treasure for a long time. Next time you're in Eureka, stop by Henderson and check out the ink all over the place-and maybe get a bite at The Diver and sit on the parklet in front of my mural and enjoy the Complementing Chaos.