Beyond 2°: Millennial Impact- A Call to Artists for Environmental Change

Calling all aspiring young artists! Explore Ecology and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Teen Arts Council invites local high school students from Santa Barbara County to submit their work to the Beyond 2°: Millennial Impact Art Exhibition. If you are a passionate artist or environmental enthusiast between the ages of 13 to 18, this opportunity is for you!

Create art that heightens public awareness and add your voice to the global conversation on climate change.

Artwork must address the natural sciences, natural or recycled materials, or be otherwise inspired by the current state of our environment. There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist.


Submissions must be dropped off on March 11, 2016 between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm at Art from Scrap. Artwork will be displayed from March 19 to April 22, 2016 at Art from Scrap.

The public is invited to a Closing Party on Friday, April 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Art From Scrap Gallery. 


This student exhibit is being held in conjunction with Beyond 2°, a Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition that brings attention to the ecological and social effects of natural resource extraction and exploitation. 

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Emerging Artists Show Work at Art From Scrap Gallery

Do you love art?  Join us at the Opening Reception for the Art Without Limits Emerging Artists. This party, exhibition, and fundraiser features dance, poetry, prose, music, video, fiber arts, mixed media, and more.

Photo by Leanna Thompson

Photo by Leanna Thompson

Exhibiting Artists include: Cecily Stewart, Satpreet Kahlon, Isaac Welsh, Sol Hill, Elite Henenson, Leanna Thompson, Ash Robinson, Dan La Bellarte, Derrick Curtis, Si Jie Loo, and Shauna Murphy.

Landscape by Sol Hill

Landscape by Sol Hill

The exhibition will be on view at the AFS Gallery until March 5, 2016. Original artwork will be for sale at the event.

Illustration by Isaac Welsh

Illustration by Isaac Welsh


The Coming Out Party, is an integral part of the AWoL Mentorship Program and an opportunity for Emerging Artists to present their artwork to the community. Artists who have created educational outreach programs and dance productions will talk about their projects in a presentation during the opening on Saturday, January 23rd.

Book Of Secrets, Satpreet Kahlon

Book Of Secrets, Satpreet Kahlon

In the Art Without Limits’ Mentorship Program, Emerging Artists, and Mentors work one-on-one for up to a year. Mentors volunteer their time. The Emerging Artists are not charged to participate in the program, however they are encouraged to give back to their Mentor, to AWoL, and to pass the gift of mentorship on to the next generation of artists.

The Art From Scrap Gallery, Creative Reuse Store, and Art Workshop are located at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Art From Scrap provides the Santa Barbara community with a source of affordable and sustainable art supplies, waste reduction environmental education, and workshops for children and adults. Art From Scrap Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Painting 2 by Si Jie Loo

Painting 2 by Si Jie Loo

Show your support for emerging Santa Barbara artists on Saturday, January 23rd at the Art From Scrap Gallery. Join Art Without Limits and Art From Scrap for an evening of creative expression and celebration!


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Eat, Drink, Be Merry… and Get Your Shopping Done


– created by Jason Summers

Join us on Wednesday, December 9th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, for great gifts, a fun art workshop, and lots of holiday cheer at our family-friendly Under $50 Holiday Event.

Celebrate the season with delicious refreshments, good company, an Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Workshop, and a variety of one of a kind art, jewelry, and beautiful gifts all priced under $50.00!

bulls by brad nack

bulls by brad nack

Under $50 features the work of artists, artisans, and jewelers including Brad Nack, Dan Levin, Colleen Darling, Jason Summers, Syd McCutcheon, Tara Patrick, Carol Rosen, Maddie Joyce, and Bari Ramoy. All of the art, jewelry, refrigerator magnets, and ornaments are perfectly priced for gift giving.

- created by Maddie Joyce

– created by Maddie Joyce

Jewelry by Carol Rosen

Jewelry by Carol Rosen

Get creative with cookies at our Holiday Cookie Decorating Table. Kristin Fracella will lead an Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Workshop during the event. You can drop in at any time to learn how to make your gifts look gorgeous using reuse materials. The AFS Creative Reuse Store will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 for holiday shopping.

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DyslexiaLand Pop-Up Art Show at Art From Scrap

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Art From Scrap is hosting a pop-up art show Welcome to DyslexiaLand: Population 1 in 5.  A collection of dyslexia-themed assemblage pieces created by local dyslexia advocate and artist Cheri Rae, DyslexiaLand depicts some of the realities of dyslexia and celebrates accomplished individuals who have/had it.

Using salvaged and cast-off items—many from Art From Scrap, Rae has created several colorful and thought-provoking pieces. One of the pieces, “Seeing Red,” contains an actual classroom assignment by Rae’s son (who has dyslexia); it’s marked up in red by the teacher and given with a grade of 0/20. Several sharpened red pencils are arranged aimed right at the assignment. “The red pencil is a real difficulty for students with dyslexia,” Cheri explained. “And it’s pretty obvious that getting a zero out of 20 points on a little writing assignment can be very discouraging for a student working hard in the classroom. So then you have a child struggling not only to read and write, but also dealing with low self esteem as a result.”

Several other pieces depict successful and accomplished individuals with dyslexia—which might surprise some viewers—from inventor Alexander Graham Bell to Albert Einstein, to artists Pablo Picasso, John Lennon and Ansel Adams.

Cheri Rae wants to create a more dyslexia-friendly community.  Her mini-exhibition, Welcome to DyslexiaLand: Population 1 in 5, raises awareness about this common “learning difference” that affects 20% of the population.

Welcome to DyslexiaLand: Population 1 in 5 will be at the AFS Gallery until November 14th. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Halloween Headquarters for a Green Halloween

The Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store has everything you need for a Green Halloween.

IMG_6263Fabric, skateboard wheel shavings, paper, plastic, computer parts… Create your one of a kind costume out of reuse materials- save money and resources. Store Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am -5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

IMG_4390If you need some inspiration, come to our Art From Scrap Halloween Workshops: Saturday, October 24th- Creepy Creatures and Saturday, October 31st- Dia de los Discards. Both workshops start at 10:00 am and cost only $8.00 per person.


Happy Halloween from everyone at Art From Scrap and Explore Ecology!

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Incredible Art Sale at AFS Gallery in Santa Barbara

If you missed our Lost in Scrap Multimedia Exhibition Fundraiser at Art From Scrap last Saturday, October 10th, there is still a chance to see some incredible art. (You know who you are, Neil Young fans.)

Stop by the AFS Gallery between now and November 2nd at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara to see some amazing works of art. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All proceeds benefit our environmental education and art programming.

To see photos from the event click here. For Lost in Scrap-inspired photos with Bob deBris, click here.

The 30,000 children of Santa Barbara County who benefit from our environmental education and art programming each year thank YOU for your support!

Click on the photos below to see the whole image of the art.

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