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Festival celebrates ocean’s tumbled offerings

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By Chandra Hays
Santa Cruz Sentinel

There’s one tiny downside to people becoming environmentally conscious and not throwing their bottles into the ocean — less sea glass to be found on the beach.

If you need your fill, though, here’s some good news: The Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3. Attendees can browse and purchase the works of more than 40 sea glass vendors from around the country. The glass is mostly transformed into jewelry and other small art pieces.

Santa Cruz’s Krista Hammond, who makes sea glass jewelry and who earlier this year published “Santa Cruz Sea Glass: The Story Behind the Treasure,” launched the festival in 2009, saying she wanted to share the beauty of the ocean. All admission proceeds from that first festival were donated to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, where the festival was held.

Since then the event has grown, from 25 vendors to 41, and it has been held in the ballroom at the Cocoanut Grove since 2010. Hammond, owner of the business Santa Cruz Sea Glass, picks the vendors each year, saying she tries to ensure a variety of art and prices.

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