New Signs at Art From Scrap

 In Art From Scrap, Art in Santa Barbara

Have you noticed something exciting happening in the Art From Scrap parking lot?

Two artists, Shayne Martin Oseguera and Eliot Spaulding have created signs that brighten up the store and illustrate Art From Scrap’s impact on the community. Designed and hand painted in both Spanish and English, our beautiful new signs will remind Art From Scrap shoppers that they are not only getting great art materials, they are also helping to divert waste from landfills and supporting the work of environmental education nonprofit Explore Ecology.

Art From Scrap is a program of Explore Ecology and is a vital part of our mission to empower the next generation of environmental stewards. Keeping materials out of the landfill, hosting field trips to teach children about waste reduction, supplying low cost art supplies, offering  a wide array of art workshops for kids and adults, and so much more happen at the creative reuse store that has been a part of Santa Barbara County for over 30 years. 

The vibrant new signs will educate shoppers about Explore Ecology’s work beyond the store and highlight the impact customers have when they choose to shop at Art From Scrap. Having two California-based artists create these signs and designs makes the information sharing a lot more creative. 

Here is a little bit about each artist and their signs in their own words:


“Shayne Martin Oseguera (SMO) is a Chicano visual artist from the Bay Area working out of San Diego, CA. He specializes in murals with public art across California, including National Historical Landmark Chicano Park. Most recently, Shayne painted new signage in Spanish and a storage locker for Art From Scrap, a program of Explore Ecology. His graphic approach to the signs were inspired from the bold and bright lettering seen painted around Mexico. The inspiration behind the storage locker comes from Mexican embroidery and his experience while visiting Art From Scrap. Visit the store and you’ll witness breathtaking mountains and be greeted by a family of crows.”


Eliot Spaulding : “I am a local interdisciplinary fine artist, and illustrator. Being selected for this project felt like a wonderful full-circle moment. Having grown up in Santa Barbara, I’ve been coming to Art From Scrap since childhood. In my previous career as a Display Artist, I donated many excess materials and installation components to the store; and in my current studio practice, sustainability is at the core of the work I create, so naturally Art From Scrap is always my first stop when I’m in need of supplies.”





We are so grateful that Eliot and Shayne were able to work on this project. Their enthusiasm for Art From Scrap as a creative hub was great.

Thank you to the City of Santa Barbara for supporting the grant funds to make this project possible. We are so grateful for their support to make this project a possibility. Also, a big shout out to the City of Santa Barbara Office of Arts and Culture. Funding support was provided by the City of Santa Barbara’s Organizational Development Grant Program.

We hope to see you soon at Art From Scrap so you can see the signs for yourself!


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