Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival
Ocean lovers, treasure hunters and creatives of all types should mark their calendars for the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival on September 14-15, 2019 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA.
This unique two-day event showcases the works of artisans inspired by the sea, offers hands-on workshops, and gives attendees an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about their own saltwater treasures.
The 5th Annual Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival, the only event of its kind in Southern California, will feature an incredible diversity of handmade sea glass jewelry and ocean-themed art created by artists from all over the country. There will be live music, contests, workshops and speakers throughout the weekend.
This year, sea glass expert Mary T. McCarthy will be available to identify attendees’ special finds. McCarthy has a world class collection of sea glass, serves as Secretary and Education Chair for the Board of Directors of the North American Sea Glass Association, and is Executive Director of The Sea Glass Center educational nonprofit organization. She is the author of the children’s book I SEA, A Beachcombing Treasure Hunt with Kirsti Scott.
Among the many highlights of the festival weekend is the annual Treasure Contest, which gives collectors a chance to have their cherished sea glass evaluated by a panel of judges.
This year’s festival also boasts an expanded workshop schedule. Festival goers can learn how to make cyanotypes (photographic prints), sea glass charm bracelets, and wire wrapped sea glass necklaces. Several sessions of each workshop will be held over the two-day event. Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for Sunday admission, $7 for Saturday admission, $10 for a two-day pass, and $15 for Saturday Early Bird admission. They are available for purchase at the door or online at https://www.santabarbaraseaglassandoceanartsfestival.com/buy-tickets-2019. Parking at the venue is a $5 charge, cash only. For more information, ticket purchases, and workshop registration, visit www.santabarbaraseaglassandoceanartsfestival.com.