New Art From Scrap Workshops for Adults in Santa Barbara

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.

Karen 2This workshop is for anyone, including those who draw objectively (realistically), those with no art background, and everyone in between.

karen 4This 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.

Upcoming adult workshops include Quirky Corky Jewelry with Mary Price on Thursday December 11th, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. $25.00. Mandalas with Marilee Krause on Thursday January 29th, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. $25.00. and Mosaic Tile Trivets with Gail Hercher on Saturday March 7th, 2015,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $40.00.

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 or (805) 884-0459 X13 for details and pricing.

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Don’t Miss WATER Art Opening on Friday, October 10, 6-8pm at Art From Scrap Gallery

Untitled by Jenny ValdezThe 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.

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The Coast Is Clear- Santa Barbara Coastal Cleanup Day

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.


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Celebrate Local Organic Food This Weekend with Explore Ecology at the SOL Food Festival

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!


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Coming Soon To A Beach Near You- Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

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.

Join Us! Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 2014 cleanup sites. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable gloves, bags or buckets to reduce waste. More details are provided at or by emailing or calling Mariana Cruz (805) 884-0459 x18. Invite your friends to attend on Facebook by clicking here or visiting

2014 Santa Barbara County Beach Sites
Arroyo Burro Beach
Butterfly Beach
Carpinteria State Beach
Carpinteria Creeks
Chase Palm Park Beach
East Beach
El Capitan State Beach
Ellwood Beach
Gaviota State Beach
Goleta Beach
Guadalupe Dunes
Hammond’s Beach
Haskell’s Beach
Hollister Ranch
Isla Vista Streets
Jalama Beach
Jelly Bowl Beach
Lookout Park Beach
Leadbetter Beach
North Rincon County Park
Refugio State Beach
Rincon Park Beach
Santa Claus Lane
Tajiguas Beach
Villa Carrilo Apartments Garden and Creek
West Beach

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.

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Save Your Gaviota Coast- First Thursday Celebration

Celebrate First Thursday on September 4th, 5-8pm with Explore Ecology, Naples Coalition and Gaviota Coast Conservancy at the Save Your Gaviota Coast event at historic Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara.

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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.

Make A Wish For The Gaviota Coast with an Art From Scrap project.

Come share your hopes and dreams for the Gaviota Coast and learn about the impending development that threatens it.  See what it is we desperately want to save.

Pure Order beer and wine will be available. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win something from Patagonia,Aquasports and other great items.

Find out how you can help shape the future of the Gaviota Coast at this fun First Thursday event!

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