Art From Scrap’s New Store Hours and Eco Boutique

A beloved community resource for over 25 years, the Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store has NEW hours. We listened to customer feedback and have changed our store hours so YOU can shop more conveniently. Our New Hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.

AFS Creative Reuse Store- Kelsey Crews Photo

AFS Creative Reuse Store- Kelsey Crews Photo

And that’s not all… We’re proud to provide another great way to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle for our Santa Barbara Community. Introducing the new Art From Scrap Eco-Boutique, a tiny store within our store! The AFS Eco Boutique will  feature the work of local artists and craftspeople who take the environment into consideration when creating their work.

AFS Eco Boutique

AFS Eco Boutique

We’re thrilled to support local artists with yet another way to showcase their art. If you are interested in having your work in the AFS Eco Boutique, contact us at 805-884-0459 x11.

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Introducing the New and Improved Adelante School Garden

After many months of good design and hard work, Leadership Santa Barbara County and Explore Ecology unveiled the beautiful, new, and improved garden spaces at Adelante Charter School. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication took place in Santa Barbara on Friday, May 13th.

Alex Bereda, School Gardens Director, Talking to Crowd

Alex Bereda, School Gardens Director, Talking to Crowd       (Photo- Jill Cloutier)

Each year, Leadership Santa Barbara County (LSBC) chooses a Community Service Project. Working with Alex Bereda, Explore Ecology’s School Gardens Program Director, participants in the LSBC project revitalized Adelante’s school garden and outdoor learning space.

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Ribbon Cutting at Adelante    (Photo – Jill Cloutier)

LSBC classes seek projects where they can have hands-on experience in addition to raising funds and awareness. Past LSBC class projects include a Chicken Coop for Fairview Gardens Educational Program, Onsite Mini-Libraries for the Housing Authority of SB, and a Playground for Isla Vista Youth Projects.

LSBC Student Hard at Work

LSBC Student Hard at Work       (Photo- Sam Dickinson)

The Explore Ecology School Gardens Program currently serves approximately 10,000 students in thirty schools, in five school districts throughout Santa Barbara County. The School Gardens Program connects students to their food and their environment through hands on, meaningful lessons in the outdoor garden classroom.The new garden areas at Adelante will be used as outdoor classrooms where students learn about organic gardening, composting, and other nature-related topics.

Crystal Franco, Garden Educator   (Photo- Jill Cloutier)

Crystal Franco, Garden Educator (Photo- Jill Cloutier)

The Adelante School Garden Project wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the partners and sponsors that made it such a success. Special thanks to the Teacher’s Fund, Los Agaves Restaurant,  Mandala Gardens, Milpas Rental, Allen Construction, and Kidzmet.

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Art & Nature Exploration Summer Camps

At Explore Ecology we know what kids like- exploring the natural world, creating art, making new friends, and going on fun summertime adventures. We’ve been offering camps for over 15 years and love hanging out with happy campers!

 Kelsey Crews Photo

Explore Ecology Summer Camp- Kelsey Crews Photo

“At Explore Ecology every child gets to experience the ability to change the world’s environment and make it a better place.”                                                                                                                                                                                            (Ella, Summer Camper, 12 years old)

This summer we are offering five sessions of camps.

Ecology Explorers Camp: Session 1: July 11 to 15 and Session 2: August 1 to 5, 9:00 to 3:00
Art Voyagers Camp: Session 1: June 27 to July 1, 9:00 to 3:00 and Session 2: August 15-19, 9:00 to 3:00
Natural Artists Camp: July 25 to 29, 9:00 to 3:00

Age Range: Children ages 5 -12. Cost: $250 per student. Each additional sibling will receive a $20.00 discount. Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

A Counselor-in-Training program is available for students ages 13 to 17 and costs $75.00 per week. For more information and to register, visit our website by clicking here.

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5 Reasons Why Your Child Will Love ‘Kids Night Out’

What do kids and parents love most about our monthly Kids Night Out- Party in Your Pajamas event? To find out, we did a very informal poll of some of our satisfied repeat customers. All were between the ages of 5 to 10. Here are some of their responses.

  • Yummy meals and snacks like “popcorn, mac and cheese, and pizzas.” (No one mentioned veggies, but we do include them at every Kids Night Out!)
  • Art From Scrap art projects: Past projects include Forest Creature Headbands and Masks, Making Leaf-Men, and Valentine’s Cards.
  • “I liked it when you got to go into the store and pick out something for your project!”
  • “The movie was great!”
  • “Making new friends that don’t go to my school.”

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Our next Kids Night Out is on Friday, May 6, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Art From Scrap. The cost is $30 per child and $25 for siblings. Held at the Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store, your kids are guaranteed to have a good time! Our experienced staff will entertain your children with fun activities including Art From Scrap Projects, Games, Stories, Movies, and More.  Dinner and healthy snacks are included.

Kids Night Out is appropriate for children ages 3 and up.

Eventbrite - Party in Your Pajamas! Kids Night Out
Contact for more information.

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Self Surveillance Art Opening & Reception

Emerging artist Tess Kriegman’s solo exhibition Self Surveillance opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery on Friday, April 29, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Kriegman’s work, described by show curator Kai Tepper, as “a collective narrative on the introspective human experience” will be available for viewing at the AFS Gallery from April 29th through May 13th.

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Tess Kriegman is a graduating senior and VADA student at Santa Barbara High School. Even in her youthful career as an artist, Tess has already completed a number of art mentorships, internships, and college-level work study programs.

TessaK- by Tess Kriegman copy(Tessa K)

On the same night and just one block away, Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts & Design Academy presents the VADA Spring Art Show at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW). Tess and many other talented young artists will be showing their work in this Annual Spring Show. Located at 631 Garden Street, the VADA event is just a short stroll from Art From Scrap, making Friday, May 29th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the perfect time for a “Mini Art Walk” on Garden Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

sleeping man 2015 by Tess Kriegman copy(Sleeping Man 2015)

The public is invited to view the art of Tess Kriegman in the Art From Scrap Gallery from April 29, through May 13th, 2016. Gallery Hours are Thursday and Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Art From Scrap Gallery features a rotating calendar of exhibits, bringing together art lovers, collectors and artists to explore environmental issues.

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Santa Barbara Mayor Presents Environmental Youth Awards

Support young environmentalists on their quest to make the ocean a cleaner place by attending the Environmental Youth Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 16th, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm on the Kids Corner Stage at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park. Mayor Helene Schneider will present awards to the students and teachers who participated in the 2016 FTO program.

Flows To The Ocean is a yearlong program that educates students about how litter makes its way to the ocean and the impact it has on marine life once there. Since an estimated 80-85% of marine debris comes from the land, Explore Ecology’s environmental educators empower FTO students to know how their actions on land can positively or negatively affect our waterways.

IMG_0745Each class that participates in FTO chooses a project that focuses on reducing marine debris by teaching others how to replace disposable plastic products with durable items. These projects educate and encourage others in the school and broader community to substitute durable products for disposable plastic, Styrofoam products, and packaging that make up a large percentage of marine debris that is washed into the ocean from storm drains and creeks.


Past student projects include replacing a school’s Styrofoam lunch trays with washable trays, student-created books that are read to younger grades, and influencing a restaurant located close to a popular beach to stop handing out free mints enclosed in plastic wrappers.Last year, Franklin School teachers guided a student project  to reduce the use of disposable plastic cups at their school. They were shocked to learn that over 1,000 cups were used and disposed of every day! As their year-end project,the students raised money to purchase a dishwasher and durable cups for the cafeteria, eventually replacing 180,000 plastic cups with reusable ones.


Stop by the Environmental Youth Awards on Saturday, April 16, 11:30 to 12:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival to get inspired and learn about the Flows to the Ocean 2016 Projects!

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