Pastels on the Plaza

When autumn comes to Arcata, Pastels on the Plaza returns to Humboldt County. Artists gather on the first Saturday of October every year to lend their talent for the day. Each artist creates an original piece of art representing a business sponsor. Artists, businesses and children are what this day is all about. Some are experienced artists; others are just beginning to express themselves through drawings, paintings, or sculpture. Their sponsors are local businesses, corporations, schools, service clubs and patrons of the arts. The day is full of color, music, food, friends and the fun--something to look forward to each year. NCS serves over 1000 children in 30 locations throughout Humboldt and Del Norte Counties each year. These are challenging times for families and children, the funds raised from this event support our programs for young children. The way it works… Businesses “buy” a square for $125 or $225. Artists sign up for the event. Some businesses and artists will agree to work together, but for the majority, 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 them and their sponsors at the Plaza Grill. Within a month both artists and sponsors receive a photo of their artwork to treasure for the next year. For additional information regarding Pastels, please visit the events page at or call 707-822-7206 and ask for Kathy Montagne or Lindsey Jones Ziegler.