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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Mosaic Artist Creates Octopus Out of Sea Glass

When Explore Ecology needed to find an artist who could create a one of a kind sea creature out of reuse materials for the Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival, we thought of mosaic artist Betsy Gallery.

Betsy Gallery is an award winning mosaic artist and Santa Barbara native whose public murals can be viewed at the Outreach Center for the Teaching of Ocean Science (OCTOS) at UCSB and at the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach.

Betsy came up with the idea of making a California Two-Spot Octopus (Octopus bimaculoides). The Octopus will be on display at the entrance to the Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival. Visitors to the Fest will have a chance to win the Octopus Mosaic in the Festival’s 2016 Raffle, which this year benefits Explore Ecology.


The octopus is specific to the Channel Islands. Its colors tend to vary according to the background. Betsy is creating it using sea glass, reuse iridescent vitreous tiles, and round glass from the Art from Scrap Creative Reuse Store. The finished piece will be 4 x 4 feet.

Betsy added another sea creature to the mosaic mural, a newly discovered “purple orb” that the Ocean Exploration Trust vessel Nautilus found in the Channel Islands, which may be a new species of nudibranch. The mural may be the very first artist’s interpretation of this marine creature.

Octopus In Process

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival brings together artists from across the country to display and sell their handmade, ocean-themed, and genuine sea glass art on September 10th & 11th, 2016 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The only of its kind in Southern California, the Festival attracts thousands of sea glass lovers and enthusiasts to the renowned coastal jewel of Santa Barbara.

The Sea Glass Festival Committee strongly believes in giving back to the community and chooses a nonprofit or school in Santa Barbara County to donate to. This year, they named Explore Ecology as their 2016 beneficiary. We are thrilled to partner with the Festival this year.

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The Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival takes place on September 10 & 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day at Warren Hall, Earl Warren Showgrounds. There will be an Early Bird Option Admission on Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am for those who want first viewing and first pick of the beautiful items at the Festival. Tickets are available online or at the door.

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Create With Us This Summer!


Garden Guardians

This Summer Art From Scrap is offering a new lineup of art classes. Our Saturday Schedule is filled with fun workshops like Old CD’s- Fantastic Creations and Modern Mummies. We’ve also added a new series of Wednesday STEAM Workshops (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). All workshops are at Art From Scrap. We can’t wait to create with you!

Join us for a series of Wednesday Workshops focused on ‘STEAM’ – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Workshops are taught by teacher Michelle McMillian and are fun for children of all ages! Cost: $8.00 per person. No Reservations Necessary.

Wednesdays, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

August 3 – Crystal Construction Geology Workshop: Discover what’s inside different types of crystals, build giant models, and take home your own crystal growing kit!  At this workshop students will examine a various gems and minerals and explore their properties.  Then, students will learn about the geometry of crystallization and build some giant models of these shapes.

August 10- Rubber Band Racers Forces and Motion Workshop: Make the fastest car you can power only by a rubber band!  At this workshop students will learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion then test out these ideas while making a recycled material race car.


Our Saturday Workshops are from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and are taught by Guest Instructors. Cost: $8.00 per person. No Reservations Necessary.

July 30  Rattle Bots: Things That Shake, Rattle, & Roll 

August 6  Old CD’s, Fantastic New Creations

August 13  Pretty Postcards

August 20  Wood Construction: Houses, Animals, Structures!

August 27   Modern Mummies: Wrap It Up!

September 3  Ahoy! Pirate Treasure Chests

September 10  The Day the Puppets Made Movies

September 17  Leaf Prints

September 24  Pieced Together: Self Portrait Collages

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Stop by our Creative Reuse Store Thursday and Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for an ever-changing inventory of art supplies and other materials.

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