Love and support for our community is the message of this year’s Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival. Showcasing handmade sea glass jewelry and ocean-themed art, the festival celebrates local artists, speakers and vendors, and also benefits the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network.
The festival, being held on September 8 – 9 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., features local artists, including Silvia Pauletto of Lionheart Jewelry, Tabitha Bergerson of 1247 Studios and Christine May Brand of Nature + Pigment.
This year’s featured artist Elizabeth Roberts, also known as @marinedebris911 on Instagram, turns ocean trash into whimsical works of art filled with vibrant colors. Roberts herself picks up marine debris and creates pieces that are more than just beautiful, they illuminate the effects of pollution and raise awareness for our marine environment. She presents a talk titled, “Make Art Not Trash: An Artist’s Call to Action” on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
The two-day festival will not only have unique pieces for purchase but will be accompanied by live music and special events. Both days feature presentations from a variety of speakers on topics ranging from sea glass to the issues of marine pollution. Greg Gorga, one of the local speakers, is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and will take listeners through Santa Barbara’s maritime history. Santa Barbara Unified School District Mobile Café will be offering delicious plant-based bites for guests to enjoy.
Guests will also have a chance to bid in a silent auction on an original painting by local artist Pedro De La Cruz. The auction is a part of the effort to support the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. The fully volunteer-based organization rescues, rehabilitates, and returns injured and orphaned animals back to their homes. They save thousands of animals within and beyond Santa Barbara county each year.
“We chose the Wildlife Care Network this year specifically because of their work in response to the Thomas Fire and associated Montecito debris flow at the start of the new year,” says Karen Clark, a festival committee member. “We saw the critical help they offered land and sea animals that were directly impacted by these events, and it felt important to all of us.”
Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival committee already donated $1,000 to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network to assist them with the Holiday Fire recovery efforts and looks forward to support them further during this festival.
Earl Warren Showgrounds is located on 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara. Please note, parking at the venue is $5, cash only. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online here. For more information visit www.santabarbaraseaglassandoceanartsfestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.