Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival Names Explore Ecology As Their Giving Back Recipient 

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival is one of three Sea Glass Festivals on the West Coast and the only one in Southern California. It brings together juried artists from all over the country to display and sell their one of a kind pieces of jewelry and artwork.

The Festival Committee strongly believes in giving back to the community. Each year, they choose a nonprofit or school in Santa Barbara County to donate to. Today, on World Oceans Day, they named Explore Ecology as their 2016 Giving BackRecipient.

Karen Clark, Aesthetic Director of the Festival, says, “It’s not only a great creative experience to take in, but the Festival is proud to give back to the community. Explore Ecology was the perfect fit to be this year’s recipient of our Giving Back program due to their connections to the arts and the ocean.”

Explore Ecology is an environmental education and arts nonprofit located in downtown Santa Barbara. Explore Ecology empowers people to protect and preserve the environment and inspires them to make smart choices that shape a better future. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Watershed Resource Center, Flows to the Ocean Marine Debris Prevention Program, and School Gardens Program. 
Explore Ecology’s Executive Director, Lindsay Johnson says, “We are honored to be chosen as the Sea Glass Festival’s beneficiary nonprofit this year! Thanks to Karen and everyone who is part of this amazing Festival.”
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 availableonline or at the door.
This year’s stellar lineup of speakers includes bestselling author Mary McCarthy who will be lecturing on Sea Glass Marbles from Around the World on both Saturday & Sunday and author Richard LaMotte who will introduce visitors to his new book The Lure of Sea Glass, Our Connection to Nature’s Gems. Festival goers will also have an opportunity to show their own collections of sea glass and to participate in a Sea Glass Treasure Contest with prizes going to top honors.
Author Mary McCarthy on the Beach
Karen Clark says, “People will be amazed at the beauty of sea glass, local and from around the world. Its different colors and forms and how these talented artists create using treasures from the ocean. Ocean artists will be at the event as well, showing and selling their very unique creations.”

About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology is an environmental education and arts nonprofit located in downtown Santa Barbara. For more information, 


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