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City of Green hosting rain barrel art contest

9/26/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Artist Denise Ivey Telep is pictured above at the recent art-A-palooza event painting a rain barrel, which is now on display at the Central Administration Building. Shown below right are children helping to decorate the barrel.
Photos courtesy of the city of Green
GREEN — As part of its Living Green initiative, the city of Green once again is hosting a rain barrel art contest for people of all ages, as well as community groups and businesses.

A rain barrel collects rain that falls from a roof, and that rain water can be used to water gardens or wash windows, cars and more. According to city officials, these barrels conserve water, slow storm water runoff and help prevent flooding and water pollution.

Anyone wishing to participate in the rain barrel art contest will receive a rain barrel to paint and decorate as they wish after making a deposit of $30. That deposit will be refunded when the painted rain barrel is returned to the city for auction. The rain barrels must be returned by Dec. 6.

“Since our first rain barrel workshop two years ago, there has been a lot of interest in rain barrels,” said Chrissy Lingenfelter, planner for the city of Green. “This art contest provides an opportunity for our community to show their creativity and to continue to promote this growing initiative.”

When the barrels are returned to the city, they will be clear-coated to provided a weather-proof finish through a partnership with Nagy Collision Center and then put on display at various businesses around the city.

The finished rain barrels will be auctioned off at the Rain Barrel Workshop March 15 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd. A $100 prize will be awarded to the artist receiving the highest bid for his or her rain barrel, and $100 will be awarded to the “Judge’s Favorite” artist.

A free rain barrel workshop, offering instruction on how to install a rain barrel, will follow the auction, from 10 to 11 a.m. Prior to the workshop, participants may purchase a new, unpainted rain barrel for $50, while supplies last.

All funds raised from the auction will be used to provide community education about storm water and ways to live sustainably, according to city officials.

Rain barrels for contest participants are now available for pick-up weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CAB.

For more information on the contest, visit www.cityofgreen.org/living-in-green.

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