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Annual Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival Comes to Earl Warren Showgrounds

Views 27 | Time to read: 2 minutes | Uploaded: 10 - 4 - 2017 | By: Emily Mosher

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival brought crowds of people to the Earl Warren Showgrounds, once again, on September 9 and 10. Though the festival was once held in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara has adopted it as its own yearly event in which a multitude of diversified and talented artists gather to present their art. The festival originated in 2012, and--as the only sea glass and ocean arts festival in Southern California, and one of only three on the West Coast--it draws both visitors and residents of the city. This event offers talented artists the opportunity to present a variety of artwork, from jewelry, to wall art, to woodwork, and much more.

With dozens of tables spread out around the room, there was no shortage of fascinating and mesmerizing works. Tables were placed in the form of a circle, and were also compiled in the center. No two displays were the same, and each table offered something different from the one next to it, leaving incomers intrigued and excited to visit each exhibition, like kids in a candy store. Though some displays and assortment of decorations were more eye-catching than others, the noticeable satisfaction and pride of each and every craftsman was compelling.

All of the art presented at the festival was either made out of sea glass or fit into the category of ocean art. Sea glass collectors compiled the beautiful substance into many different forms, and other artists used the ocean as inspiration or as a place to find rare objects to transform into something remarkable. Some artists refurbished and reconstructed both sea glass and ocean finds, while others used them in their original form.

The three largest categories of craft were jewelry, wall art, and woodwork; though there were a few sub-categories such as quilts or sewing products. In jewelry, there were dozens of different earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Uniquely, some were made from collected sea glass, while others from treasures found in the sea, such as sea urchin.

The assortment of wall art was perhaps the most diversified, from mosaics, to photographs, to paintings. In a variety of work, sea glass was glued onto canvases, or used to shape and form a picture, while others captured photographs of the ocean or painted it. Lastly, the woodwork presented was intricate and at the same time included a wide range of products. Though content and availability of products from each artist were far from sparse, most of--if not all of--the artists offered customizations of their work.


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