Ocean lovers, treasure hunters and creatives of all types will convene for the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival on Sept. 14-15. 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 only event of its kind in Southern California, the festival will feature a diverse array of handmade sea glass jewelry and ocean-themed art from all over the country. Sea glass expert Mary T. McCarthy will be at the event to identify attendees’ special finds. McCarthy has a world class collection of sea glass, serves on the board of directors of the North American Sea Glass Association and is executive director of The Sea Glass Center.
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. The 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.
This year’s festival will be held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, California. 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. For more information, visit santabarbaraseaglassandoceanartsfestival.com.