Art From Scrap Reuse Store Grand Re-Opening

store 4 - CopyJoin us on Friday, February 13th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a celebration of all things Art From Scrap at the Art From Scrap Store Grand Re-Opening!  We’re celebrating a new year, a new store, and a new Executive Director!

Lindsay Johnson, New Explore Ecology Director

Come meet our newly appointed Explore Ecology Executive Director Lindsay Johnson. Hear her vision for the future of Explore Ecology and its programs at 7:00 pm.

Come see the recently remodeled Art From Scrap Store- now designed for a better shopping experience. Program begins at 7:00 pm, bring a friend! Check out the new Art From Scrap Gallery Annex and Reuse Store Art Workshop space.

Visit the AFS Gallery upstairs for an Art Opening and Reception for Nature Literacy, featuring the work of naturalists and artists Mike Kresky and Ariana Rose Palmisano.


Art by Michael Kresky

Meet new friends and enjoy food, refreshments, and music.

2014 was our biggest year yet with even bigger things on the horizon in 2015. We’re excited about our positive changes and are looking forward to sharing them with you.

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Increase Your Nature Literacy at Art From Scrap Exhibition

Glass Track Series by Michael Kresky

Glass Track Series by Michael Kresky

Nature Literacy, the first art exhibition of 2015 opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery on Friday, February 13th at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Nature Literacy features the work of naturalists and artists Michael Kresky and Ariana Rose Palmisano.  Inspired by the natural world, their art depicts wildlife in beautiful, educational, and provocative ways.

Woodpecker Series by Ariana Rose Palmisano

Woodpecker Series by Ariana Rose Palmisano

Ariana and Mike say, “In this show we want to bring together the beauty of Art and the wondrous world of Nature that surrounds us in our daily lives. Our experience tells us that local knowledge of the natural world or “reclaiming nature literacy” may be a strong component in the foundation of literacy itself. Most of our inspiration comes from the actual experience of these creatures on their terms, in their homes, and right outside our door.”

Insect Series by Michael Kresky

Insect Series by Michael Kresky

The evening, part of Art From Scrap’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration includes food, music and a chance to visit the newly re-modeled Art From Scrap Store.

Range Map Series by Ariana Rose Palmisano

Range Map Series by Ariana Rose Palmisano

Don’t miss this celebration of art and nature! Join us at Art From Scrap on Friday, February 13, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and increase your nature literacy.




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Thanks For A Wonderful Year!

Here are some of the highlights of Explore Ecology’s past year.

Our Environmental Educators taught over 750 classes in local schools, inspiring over 19,000 students.

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The Art From Scrap Gallery hosted 7 art exhibitions, offering local artists a place to show their work. Our Art Center offered over 100 low cost or free Art From Scrap Workshops.

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Over 200 cleanups were conducted at Arroyo Burro Beach. We managed Santa Barbara County’s Coastal Cleanup Day.


38 classes, grades 4th-6th, participated in our Flows to the Ocean Marine Debris Prevention Program, which includes a trip to Santa Cruz Island and service learning projects.


Our Garden Educators manage 32 school gardens from Guadalupe to Carpinteria where over 8,000 kids learn how to grow their own food and make healthy food choices.

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The Art From Scrap Retail Store diverted thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill, while providing low cost items to the Santa Barbara Community!

IMG_4388Thanks for a fabulous year! We will be closed until January 6th. Our Reuse Store is being remodeled. We can’t wait to share it with you!


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Turn Corks into Beautiful Jewelry- Art From Scrap Workshop

Art From Scrap is offering a new series of art workshops for adults. Enjoy a glass of wine as you design and create cork jewelry with Guest Artist Extraordinaire Mary Price on Thursday December 11th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  In this two hour workshop, Mary will teach you how to transform old wine corks intro new beautiful wearable creations.

corks 3Sign up for online or by calling Art From Scrap at 805-884-0459 x13. No art experience is necessary. Materials provided by Art From Scrap, although participants can bring their own if desired. The  cost for this workshop is $25.00. Click Here to Buy Tickets Online. 


Corky jewelry

For questions, to sign up, or if you are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Jill at or (805) 884-0459 X13.

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Ornament & Card Making Workshop Is This Thursday

It’s a wrap! Holiday beginnings at Explore Ecology – Time to get COZY and make things!

Don’t you wish it would snow in Santa Barbara? Or even get a little cold? Well – you can pretend this Thursday, December 4th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, by joining us at Art From Scrap for an Ornament and Card Making Workshop. We’ll be using everyday cold-weather inspired actions such as wrapping things in yarn and fabric, coating and covering… scrunching and knotting, tying and fastening like you would be doing to yourself if you were on a snowy street somewhere else.

TREE BRANCHIn this workshop, you might make wooly snowballs, knotted garlands, beautiful wrapped sticks that become fantastical miniature trees, and tiny houses for tiny creatures in or around your tree. You can create cork people and little rockets, or winter flowers and stars. For a start.

Tree BotsYou may need invitations for friends, cards and tags for presents – so we have some Holiday Card ideas for you, too. One card design that can be many things: posted to overseas friends, a gift tag on a present and then hung on the tree for decoration, or for the children to find and play a game with. Each card is also a tiny pocket in which to hide or tuck a note, small treasure, or set of clues that point your children on a treasure hunt around the house. Your imagination is the limit, our materials are there for your creative first few steps.

Tree CardsNo reservations are required.  Don’t miss this Art From Scrap Workshop on  Thursday, December 4th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This workshop is part of our Homespun Holiday First Thursday Celebration, which includes an Art Opening & Jewelry Show, music by DJ Ted Coe of KCSB FM and wine by Santa Barbara Winery.

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Homespun Holiday Opening Night Is This Thursday

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and First Thursday at Art From Scrap on Thursday, December 4th, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Join us for an art opening and reception, a craft show, and a free Holiday Card and Ornament Making Art From Scrap workshop.


Art by Colleen Darling

The Family Friendly First Thursday event includes music by DJ Ted Coe of KCSB FM, wine by Santa Barbara Winery, and refreshments.

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DJ Ted Coe of KCSB FM

Enter a raffle for Wine Tastings from Santa Barbara Winery, Art Workshops, and Prizes from the Art From Scrap Reuse Store.


Art by Mary Stanley

Homespun Holiday features the work of artists Colleen Darling, Elena Mary Siff, Mary Stanley, and Syd McCutcheon, who have created small- sized work perfectly priced for gift giving.

Artisans Aziza Browne, Mary Price and Carol Rosen will be selling handcrafted jewelry.

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Carol Rosen Jewelry

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Aziza Jewelry


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