Artists asked to dip into Rain Barrel Art Project

Can a rain barrel double as a piece of art? The answer is yes, if it’s an entry in the fifth annual Rain Barrel Art Project.

All artists, whether students or seasoned professionals, may submit designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels. The finished products will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo and auctioned off to raise funds for conservation education.

The project, a joint effort of Save Local Waters and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, is intended to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by stormwater runoff.

“Rain barrels are a great tool for conserving water and saving money, and through the Rain Barrel Art Project we’ve so far been able to place about 200 beautiful rain barrels at homes and businesses throughout the Ohio River Valley area,” said John Nelson, a Save Local Waters representative and public relations specialist.

The deadline for submitting designs is Jan. 20. Winners will be announced at the end of the month. Artists whose designs are selected will be asked to attend a Feb. 11 workshop to pick up their barrels and learn techniques for applying their designs. Finished barrels must be returned in the March 30-April 1 period.

Entry form and information: savelocalwaters.org

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