(PHOTOS/VIDEO) 2022 Eureka Street Art Festival |  Lost coastal outpost

(PHOTOS/VIDEO) 2022 Eureka Street Art Festival | Lost coastal outpost

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


A crowd gathered under the Samoa Bridge near Halvorsen Park on Saturday afternoon to enjoy food, local vendors and music to celebrate the latest set of murals bringing our city as part of the fifth annual Eureka Street Art Festival decorate.

Jenna Catsos, one of the organizers of the festival, said she was thrilled with how this year’s murals turned out. She had no idea how many people attended tonight’s party, but said there seemed to be a big turnout and was thrilled that so many community members – vendors, volunteers and attendees – made it to the event had.

“I would call it an unequivocal, 100 percent success,” said Catsos outpost during the festival on Saturday afternoon. “There are so many different ways to measure the success of an event like this and one of them is by putting the murals on the wall. Check! A big festival event has so many moving parts, but… everyone came here and somehow heard about it. I would call that a great success.”

Above and below: Murals under the Samoa Bridge in progress

The Eureka Street Art Festival — a week-long event promoting public art — began in 2018 and focused on adding new murals to Old Town. The event, which varies in location each year, has helped bring vibrant artwork to downtown, Henderson Center and Fourth and Fifth Streets. This year the festival showcased 11 different artists from across the country and focused on the north end of Eureka to bring art to the Waterfront Trail, the 101 Corridor and the foot 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 include in the bridge murals.

Festival organizer Jenna Catsos is conducting an art walk earlier this week

“I feel like this is the start of an incredible relationship with Caltrans,” said Catsos, adding that the festival organizers and Caltrans are likely to continue their partnership in selecting venues for future festivals.

The festival has continued during COVID, with the last two years including socially distanced murals. However, this is the first time since 2019 that the festival will include the block party event to celebrate the completion of the murals. Catsos said the team was a bit rusty, but with the party being held at a different location each year, new logistics had to be figured out. She was delighted with the event being held in such a unique location this year and hopes it will be the first of many outdoor events under the Samoa Bridge.

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

“When people come to events, come out for the art walks, show their excitement on social media — that’s why we keep going,” Catsos said outpost. “Invest your energy and enthusiasm in things you love about the community because that’s why they keep going.”

If you read this post in time, the party under the bridge will continue until 6 p.m

Under the Outpost’s Andrew Goff spent some time this week stopping by the ESAF and was able to snap photos of all the artists who attended this year. Get to know her now.

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-Tess Yinger-

Eureka, California


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Crescent City, California


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Weott, California

“Surf and Turf”

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Eureka, California


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Santa Rosa, California

“color fall”

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Bayside, California

Mural “Rowing”

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Eureka, California


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Greensboro, North Carolina

“View from the old town”

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Los Angeles, California

“The seed plants us”

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Rochester, New York

“A Place to Land”

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Need more murals? Lucky for you, local AA Part 107-certified commercial drone pilot Chad Johnson took a trip to the Samoa Bridge wall landscape this week and shared some snazzy aerial shots he took. Float through the colors with him below.

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