(PHOTO / VIDEO) 2022 Eureka Street Art Festival |  Lost coast outpost

(PHOTO / VIDEO) 2022 Eureka Street Art Festival | Lost coast outpost

Saturday afternoon the Eureka Street Art Festival under the Samoa bridge | Photo: Stephanie McGeary. All other photos by Andrew Goff


On Saturday afternoon a crowd gathered under the Samoa Bridge near Halvorsen Park to enjoy food, local vendors and music to celebrate the latest batch of murals to decorate our town as part of the fifth annual Eureka Street Art Festival.

Jenna Catsos, one of the organizers of the festival, said she was thrilled by the way this year’s murals were done. She still had no idea how many people attended today’s party, but she said it seemed to be a huge turnout and was thrilled that so many community members – vendors, volunteers and attendees – were able to attend the event. .

“I would call it a 100 percent unequivocal success,” Catsos told Outpost during the party on Saturday afternoon. “There are so many different ways to measure the success of an event like this, and one of them is to put murals on the wall. Check! A big festival has so many moving pieces, but … everyone has come down here and heard about it somehow. So I would call it a great success ”.

Above and Below: Murals in progress under the Samoa bridge

The Eureka Street Art Festival, a week-long event promoting public art, began in 2018, focusing on adding new murals to the historic center. By choosing a different location each year, the event helped bring vibrant artwork to the downtown area, Henderson Center, and Fourth and Fifth Streets. This year the festival featured 11 different artists from across the country and focused on the north end of Eureka, bringing art to the Waterfront Trail, Corridor 101 and at the bottom of the Samoa Bridge.

This year’s location was suggested by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), which approached festival organizers with the idea of ​​decorating the Samoa bridge, Catsos said. The organizers then selected some other nearby walls and surfaces in the surrounding areas to connect to the bridge murals.

Festival organizer Jenna Catsos leads an art walk earlier this week

“I feel this is the beginning of an incredible relationship with Caltrans,” said Catsos, adding that the festival organizers and Caltrans will likely continue their collaboration in choosing locations for future festivals.

The festival has continued throughout COVID, with the past two years including mural painting at a social distance. But this is the first time since 2019 that the festival includes the block party event to celebrate the completion of the murals. Catsos said the team was a little rusty, but as the party is held in a different venue every year, there’s always new logistics to figure out. He was very excited about the event being held in such a unique venue this year and hopes it will be the first of many outdoor events under the Samoa Bridge.

Catsos wanted to thank the other organizers – Swan Asbury, Economic Development Associate Planner for the city of Eureka, and Michelle Cartledge, owner of the Humboldt Cider Company – who helped this event grow and thrive. She also wanted to thank the community for their continued support of the Eureka Street Art Festival.

“When people go out for events, they go out for art walks, they show they’re excited on social media, that’s why we keep going,” Catsos told the Outpost. “Invest your energy and enthusiasm in the things you enjoy in the community, because that is why they will continue.”

If you’re reading this post in time, the party under the bridge will continue until 6pm

Under the Outpost’s Andrew Goff spent some time at ESAF this week and was able to capture photos of all participating artists this year. Get to know them now.

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Eureka, California


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Crescent City, California

“Err Werh son”

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Weott, California

“Sea and mountains”

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Eureka, California


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Santa Rosa, California.

“Autumn color”

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Bayside, California

“Mural with oars”

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Eureka, California


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Greensboro, North Carolina

“Views from the historic center”

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Los Angeles, California

“The seeds plant us”

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Rochester, New York

“A place to land”

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Do you need more wall pictures? Luckily for you, local AA Part 107 certified commercial drone pilot Chad Johnson took a trip to the Samoa Bridge mural landscape this week and passed some glitzy aerial shots he took. Fly through the colors with him underneath.

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