Have you ever attended an Art From Scrap workshop for kids and wished that you could join in on the fun? We’re pleased to announce that our new art workshop schedule includes evening and weekend workshops for adults.
Our series starts off with Exploring Symbolic Drawing with Karen Lehrer on Thursday October 16th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Discover how to draw in an abstract and non-representational manner, tapping into inner symbols of the psyche. Participants will experience symbolic drawing in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
This workshop is for anyone, including those who draw objectively (realistically), those with no art background, and everyone in between.
This is strictly an introduction to the concept of non-objective drawing. The only thing needed is an open mind and life experiences. The cost is $25.00. Click Here to purchase tickets online.
Most materials for the workshops are provided by Art From Scrap, but participants are welcome to bring additional items if they wish. No previous art experience necessary. All workshops include a glass of wine.
*If you would like to teach a workshop, please contact Jill at Jill@ExploreEcology.org or (805) 884-0459 X13 for details and pricing.
The Art From Scrap Gallery is filled with amazing art for WATER, our latest environmentally-themed art exhibition that opens this Friday at the Art From Scrap Gallery. WATER focuses on artistic interpretations of water, drought, and conservation. Young artists from Santa Barbara, San Marcos, and Dos Pueblos High Schools and Youth Interactive (a creative entrepreneurship academy based in the Funk Zone) submitted art for this juried show.
Guest judges Nathan Vonk, President of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, Kerry Methner, Editor of CASA Magazine and Laura Denny, Artist and Art Teacher will choose three winners who will receive gift cards to the Art From Scrap ReUse Store: WATER Award of $100, Second Place for $50, and Third Place for $25.
Join us on Friday, October 10, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Art From Scrap Gallery at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
WATER will be on view at the Art From Scrap Gallery, 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara from October 10 through November 25, 2014.
Good job, Santa Barbara! Over 1,191 volunteers at over 29 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes cleaned up our local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks. Over 5,323 pounds of trash and 1,276 pounds of recyclables were collected and prevented from entering our ocean and waterways. A total of 6,599 pounds of waste was removed and 39 miles were cleaned.
This year’s local event was organized by Explore Ecology and Project Clean Water with assistance from the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara. Over 250 volunteers from United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Day of Caring helped clean up at four sites.
With 75% of the cleanup sites reporting, California had 54,124 volunteers who picked up 576,571 pounds of trash and an additional 109,494 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 686,065 pounds or 343 tons. Impressive!
This tremendous cleanup effort would not be possible without the hard work and services provided by local businesses, organizations and community members who act as site captains and by the many community members who volunteer their time and labor.
If you can’t wait for next year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, join us for Monthly Beach Cleanups the second Saturday of every month from 12-2pm at Arroyo Burro Beach. For information contact Mariana at 805-884-0459 x18.
Bring your appetite for learning and good food to the Sol Food Festival this Saturday, September 27th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at Vera Cruz Park in downtown Santa Barbara. We’re proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Seasonal Organic Local Food Festival!
We agree with Sol Food’s declaration: “Everyone has the power to create a more healthful, sustainable and delicious food future for themselves and their community.”
At Explore Ecology, we love educating about organic gardening, composting and the environment. Stop by the Hands On Garden to meet our Garden Educators, help plant a Butterfly Garden, learn about organic food production, composting, and more. Make an Explore Ecology Mini-Garden to take home with you.
Learn how sustainable, organic gardening and farming helps create healthier watersheds at Explore Ecology’s Love Your Watershed activity.
Celebrate into the evening at SOL’s Oasis Beer and Wine Garden, which will stay open for a special Happy Hour from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with special musical guests.
The festival is FREE, but you can pre-purchase food and wine passes HERE to save some money.We look forward to seeing you there!
International Coastal Cleanup Day is on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful way to celebrate and give thanks to the beaches and creeks that make Santa Barbara County such an amazing place to live.
2014 Santa Barbara County Beach Sites
Arroyo Burro Beach
Carpinteria State Beach
Chase Palm Park Beach
El Capitan State Beach
Gaviota State Beach
Isla Vista Streets
Jelly Bowl Beach
Lookout Park Beach
North Rincon County Park
Refugio State Beach
Rincon Park Beach
Santa Claus Lane
Villa Carrilo Apartments Garden and Creek
This statewide event is presented by the California Coastal Commission.In Santa Barbara County, the event is organized by Project Clean Water and Explore Ecology, with the help of many non-profits, businesses, governmental agencies and generous individuals.
An art and information-filled evening, this outdoor event will take place in the beautiful courtyard of Casa de la Guesrra at 15 East de la Guerra, just off of State Street. Richard Salas’ underwater photography, Dan Chrynko’s mosiac work (to be raffled) and Holly Mackay’s art created from marine debris will be displayed.
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