OWENSVILLE, Ohio (Nov. 24, 2014) — The Regional Storm Water Collaborative, also known as Save Local Waters, is seeking local artists to put their stamp on rain barrels for the 3rd Annual Rain Barrel Art Event. Through Jan. 20, 2015, artists can submit their artwork at www.savelocalwaters.org. The top 50 entries will receive a rain barrel on which to create their art.
Save Local Waters created the Rain Barrel Art Project to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley via an entertaining, yet educational medium. Rain barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country but they can often be dull in appearance. John McManus, Administrator for the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District and a member of Save Local Waters, said, “People are sometimes hesitant to use rain barrels because of their looks. Save Local Waters believes that producing beautifully painted rain barrels will make them more desirable and naturally increase interest in their use.”
The painted rain barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo April 1-23, at which time they will be auctioned at the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet.” Proceeds from the auction will be used to improve conservation efforts throughout Greater Cincinnati.