Sewing Workshop at Art From Scrap

Isn’t it time to ditch plastic bags? In California, approximately 13.8 billion plastic bags are used per year.  Less than 5 percent of these bags are recycled. Many of these plastic bags are used one time and eventually end up in our oceans and other waterways causing great harm to marine animals and water quality.


Is there another way? Sew your own reusable bag!


Join us for a sewing workshop on Friday, October 21, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Dressmaker and Seamstress Laya Iravani. We will design and sew a reusable tote bag during this fun two hour class. Materials are provided and all levels are welcome.

This workshop is for adults and includes a glass of wine. The cost is $30.00. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door, unless there is room in the class.


Laya Iravani’s experience as a seamstress spans over four decades and three countries. She has worked with well-known designers and companies and has an impressive list of clients, including: Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, in addition to collaborating with Luis Estevez as a designer.

Laya Iravani


Don’t miss this fun workshop and opportunity to learn from a gifted and experienced seamstress. The Holidays are around the corner and homemade bags make wonderful presents. See you on Friday night at Art From Scrap!

Eventbrite - Sew Your Own Tote Bag Workshop
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And The Winners Are…. 

When Kai Tepper, Phoebe Brunner, Nathan Vonk, and Jeremy Tesmer gathered in the Art From Scrap Gallery on Tuesday night, they had a tough job ahead of them. As judges of Art From Scrap’s 2016 Assemblage Fundraiser Exhibition, their goal was to pick three winners for the prestigious Hollister Family Awards out of 74 works of art.

(Jeremy Tesmer, Kai Tepper, Phoebe Brunner, Nathan Vonk)

After much deliberation, the judges awarded First Place with a $500 Cash Prize to Dug Uyesaka for burn the ships, Second Place with a $300 Cash Prize to George Couper for In Memoriam, and Third Place with a $200 Cash Prize to Jack Hewitt for The Little Mermaid.

(Dug Uyesaka, First Place Winner)

The Hollister Family Awards have been presented to assemblage artists at the Art From Scrap Fundraiser Event for over 12 years. With a long history of exhibiting assemblage art in Santa Barbara, the Art From Scrap Gallery is committed to providing a place for local assemblage artists to show their work.

(George Couper, Second Place Winner)

Selected art, including the winning pieces, will be available for public viewing and Silent Auction bidding at the AFS Gallery from October 6th through October 15th during Open Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Winning bids will be announced at the Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All proceeds benefit Art From Scrap’s environmental education and art programming.

(burn the ships by Dug Uyesaka)

The public is invited to the Art From Scrap Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm where they can meet the artists, enjoy delicious food and refreshments, and a Bob deBris photo op. Admission is $15.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at EBrite: Click Here for Link, at Art From Scrap at 302 East Cota in downtown Santa Barbara, or at the door.

(In Memoriam by George Couper)

For more information about The Art From Scrap 2016 Fundraiser, contact us at 805-884-0459 x13.

(The Little Mermaid by Jack Hewitt)
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Trash Into Treasure Eco Art and Reuse Market


On Sunday, October 2 , from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm join us at Art From Scrap for the first ever Trash Into Treasure: Eco-Art and Reuse Market. To embrace the spirit of reuse, this event will showcase how individuals in our community creatively tackle the art of recycling.


There will be local eco crafts, art, vintage treasures, clothing, and like-new reusable items.

Veronica Juarez

Veronica Juarez

As an added bonus, the first 15 people to arrive at the market will receive their choice of a free bag with samples from Saks 5th Avenue or a $5 bulk bag from Art From Scrap.

Joe Rockwell

Joe Rockwell

We hope to see you there!

Kathleen Hinson

Kathleen Hinson

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The Beach Needs You On Coastal Cleanup Day

ccd-cigsJoin us this Saturday, September 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers of all ages are needed to ensure that Santa Barbara County beaches and creeks stay beautiful! When you volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), you’re not only cleaning the beach, you’re also joining the largest volunteer effort in California. Be part of the solution this Saturday and join us at your favorite beach.


Volunteers can enter a contest to win two tickets to Norah Jones at the Santa Barbara County Bowl if they download the Clean Swell App on their phones before CCD. See details above.

Bring your own cleanup supplies to help make this a waste-free event. Reusable buckets are especially great for beach cleanups. If you don’t have supplies, don’t worry, we have a lot!


Take photos and win prizes in our Countywide Photo Contest!

For more information visit  or contact Mariana Cruz by phone at (805) 884-0459 x18 or email: Invite your friends to attend on Facebook by visiting:

In Santa Barbara County, Coastal Cleanup Day is organized by Explore Ecology and Project Clean Water, with the help of many non-profits, businesses, governmental agencies and generous individuals.

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Enjoy Ice Cream & Support School Gardens


McConnell’s Ice Cream is holding a Back To School Promotion starting September 1st. All proceeds from the sales of their delicious Peanut Butter & Jam flavor will be donated to Explore Ecology’s School Gardens Program. This classic combination of tartly-sweet California raspberries cooked down to a luscious jam and thick creamy peanut butter, folded into rich, sweet cream ice cream is the best! The promotion ends when this yummy flavor runs out.

McConnells Promo

Stop by McConnell’s flagship store at 728 State Street and support school gardens with every delectable bite of Peanut Butter & Jam Ice Cream! Store Summer Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm and Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:30 pm.

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Call to Artists for Revalorizar


Revalorizar: To revalue, to reassess. To increase the value of something. 

Artists are invited to participate in Art From Scrap’s Fall Fundraiser Exhibit Revalorizar: Reclaimed Beyond Borders. A celebration of art created with reuse materials, Revalorizar will showcase the work of assemblage artists in Santa Barbara County and beyond.

Art: Artists can enter an Assemblage piece with foreign flair made with at least one reclaimed item from the Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store.
Entry Forms and Material: Pick up your forms at Art From Scrap beginning on Thursday, August 25, 2016.Or click on the links below to download and fill out forms. Email completed forms to:
Your $15 Entry Fee: Includes a $5.00 credit to the AFS Creative Reuse Store and a ticket to the Fundraiser Event on October 15, 2016.
Deliver Your Art: to Art From Scrap on Thursday, September 29th between 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Art Requirements: Can be in any mixed media of assemblage. Have fun!
Open to Artists of All Ages
Exhibition: Selected artwork will be on exhibit at the AFS Gallery from October 6th through October 15 and will be available for sale through a Silent Auction.
Viewing and Bidding: Visit the AFS Gallery from October 6th through the 15th during Open Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Celebrate: Join us for an evening of fun, entertainment, and delicious food at the Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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