Artists invited to enter rain barrel paint contest

rain barrel artOWENSVILLE, 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  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.


Here is the schedule for the 2015 Rain Barrel Art Project:
• Nov. 15, 2014-Jan. 20, 2015: Artwork entries for Rain Barrel Art
• Jan. 20-Jan. 31: Selection of top 50 entries
• Feb. 7: Mandatory artist workshop and rain barrel pickup (1-3 p.m. at Cincinnati Zoo)
• Feb. 7-March 27: Painting period for rain barrels
• April 1-April 23: Rain barrels displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo
• April 23: Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction
About the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District:
Established in 1943, the District works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and farmers to control erosion, promote water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on agricultural working lands. The District provides technical assistance, grants and cost share funding, educational programming and other resources to urban, rural and suburban landowners to help them address a diverse range of local conservation issues. For more information, or call 513-732-7075.