Winners Announced in Lost in Scrap Exhibition and Fundraiser at Art From Scrap Gallery

Winners Announced in Lost in Scrap Multimedia
Exhibition and Fundraiser
Judges Award Cash Prizes to Three Artists

Santa Barbara: Artists Rosemarie Gebhart, Sharon Nigh, and Joyce Wilson are the winners of the Hollister Family Awards for their work in the Lost in Scrap exhibition at the Art From Scrap Gallery.

This year’s judges were Nathan Vonk, President of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, Kerry Methner, Editor at CASA Magazine, Greg Corso, Publisher of Santa Barbara Seasons, and Jeremy Tessmer, Gallery Director at Sullivan Goss. The judging panel came to a conclusion after looking at over sixty assemblage, collage, and multimedia works of art.

Rosemarie Gebhart was awarded the First Prize of $500 for her assemblage On the Road Again, & Again.

(On the Road Again, & Again)

The Second Prize of $300 was awarded to Sharon Nigh for Map to Yosemite.

(Map to Yosemite)
The Third Place award of $200 goes to Joyce Wilson for The Oldest City.

(The Oldest City)

This year the judges also awarded several Honorable Mention Awards to Pamela Zwehl-Burke for Lost What Where?, Jana Zimmer for C’est pas par la, c’est par ici, Dan Levin for Lost Oasis, Bari Ramoy for Travel Where?, and Bella Knezevic for Dressed and Ready.

(Nathan Vonk, Greg Corso, Kerry Methner, and Jeremy Tessmer)

The judges met on September 23rd at the Art From Scrap Gallery. Their task was to arrive at a consensus as to the best artwork resulting from the use of salvaged maps.

Nathan Vonk says, “It is always fun to see new art, and in general, I’m a huge fan of seeing what people create under the constraint of a particular theme. As to judging, I really enjoy the back and forth with the other judges as we try to hone in on our favorites. When you have multiple judges, it can be difficult or impossible to agree on a single favorite, especially when there are so many nice things in the room. But eventually, after much discussion we all come to a consensus.”

Jeremy Tessmer, “Assemblage is such an important tradition in Santa Barbara, going all the way back to the 1950s. Seeing the latest works and hearing what the other judges thought was both a lot of fun and really interesting as a curator.”

The art is available for public viewing and bidding at the AFS Gallery until October 10. (Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.) Bidding will continue at the Lost in Scrap Fundraiser on Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Art From Scrap. Winning bidders will be able to take their art home with them that evening. All proceeds benefit Art From Scrap’s art and environmental education programming.

Besides the Art Auction, the event also has a Silent Auction of donated items, including a four night stay in Sayulita, Mexico, a trip to Santa Cruz Island, a brood of chicks, and dinner at local restaurants.

Other festivities of the evening include live music with OnE and a photo op with the creative dynamo Bob Debris who will photograph guests in Lost in Scrap-inspired costumes. Patrons will also enjoy local beer and wine from Telegraph Brewery, Kalyra, Santa Barbara Winery, and Alma Rosa.

Greg Corso says, “Being asked to judge has only added to my enjoyment of the work. While you can count on some of the usual suspect’s participation… I always discover the work of someone new…as is the case with this year’s Lost in Scrap show. I highly recommend stopping by the gallery to view…and possibly purchase…some unique and thought provoking work.”

Admission to the Lost in Scrap Fundraiser is $15.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at EBrite- Click Here for Link or at Art From Scrap at 302 East Cota in downtown Santa Barbara.

For more information about the Lost in Scrap Fundraiser, contact us at 805-884-0459 x13.

Art From Scrap gives special thanks to the generous sponsors of this year’s event: Union Bank, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, MarBorg, Deckers,, McConnell’s, Mission Wealth, American Riviera Bank, Barbara N. Rubin, Nancy Gifford, Susan E. Bower, and Joanne Hollister.

About Art From Scrap: Art From Scrap promotes materials reuse and waste reduction through art discovery. The Art From Scrap Creative ReUse store has been a beloved community resource for over twenty years. The Art From Scrap Gallery features a rotating calendar of exhibits, bringing together art lovers, collectors and artists to explore environmental issues. Art From Scrap is a program of Explore Ecology.
Art From Scrap Gallery and Store Hours are: Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology is Santa Barbara County’s largest environmental education and arts nonprofit. A registered 501(c)(3) that provides free environmental education to school children grades K-6, Explore Ecology’s programs include Art From Scrap, the Watershed Resource Center and the School Gardens Program. Explore Ecology empowers people to protect and preserve the environment and inspires them to make smart choices that shape a better future.


Jill Cloutier
Explore Ecology
805-884-0459 x13

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