Humboldt resident Sonny Wong's mural sits on the corner of 6th and G Streets in Eureka. | Photo by Deija Zavala

Paint the Town

An early reflection of the second annual Eureka Street Art Festival.
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An early reflection of the second annual Eureka Street Art Festival

Artists from around the world swarmed Eureka with colorful supplies on hand ready to paint vibrant and diverse murals.

The Second Annual Eureka Street Art Festival kicked off July 27 and ended August 3. Artists were sponsored by local businesses and the Headwaters Reserve Fund. Last year, organizers brought several artists to paint murals on many of Eureka’s downtown buildings with the intent to beautify the area.

The murals painted were put up to benefit the community. It’s been less than a month since the street festival and the official unveiling of these pieces, but an early reflection was in order to highlight the impact of the pieces.

“I think it’s great and it’s not costing the taxpayers anything,” said Margaret Gibson, a Eureka local when asked about her thoughts on the benefit of having these murals.

Nathan Mathers, who has resided in different parts of Humboldt County for the last 20 years, wishes that the funds that pay the artists for these projects would be used in helping other parts of the community.

“There’s no reason these businesses can’t donate to help the homeless or fix the roads instead of paying people to paint the buildings,” Mathers said.

While the majority of the projects have focused on areas closer to Eureka Old Town, Humboldt natives like Jessica Warren hopes that in years to come they’ll see murals throughout the entirety of Eureka.

“Why stop at Old Town? If we want these murals to benefit the community they need to be seen everywhere,” Warren said.

Another local by the name of Sheri Jacobs said that she believes these murals will have several positive effects on the community.

“Some people might drive through Eureka and think it’s rundown, but how can they say that with all these vibrant murals hanging around,” Jacobs said. “It might make people want to stop and do their business here but if not, at least we all have something pretty to look at.”

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