Artists Wanted for Rain Barrel Project

Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Skagit River Salmon Festival invites artists to submit a design application to have their artwork featured in the 2013 Artistic Rain Barrel Project.

Roll out the barrels for summer fun

Each selected artist will turn a rain barrel into a work of art as part of a fun way Festival _rainbarrel_to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to conserve water, prevent run off, and protect the resources of the Skagit River.

Artists must submit a brief narrative describing their rain barrel design concept, including a sketch of their proposed design and artist bio information. The Skagit River Salmon Festival will select 10 artists based on their application materials and creative barrel design. Teachers who wish to apply for their class, must include a description of how they plan to use the rain barrel as a teaching tool in the classroom.

A 55-gallon plastic barrel will be provided to the artist fully assembled along with spray cans of primer coat paint and protective top coat material. A $25 stipend will also be available to help cover the cost of paint supplies.

Applications for the 2013 Artistic Rain Barrel Project must be received by May 24, 2013.

Thousands of people will be exposed to the artwork. All artistic barrels will be on display with interpretative signs at local libraries, community centers and businesses throughout Skagit County over the summer.

The Skagit River Salmon Festival is publicized via print and online media throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Photos of all painted barrels and information about the artists will be posted on the Skagit River Salmon Festival website.

The barrels will be sold through a silent auction at the Skagit River Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2013, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Museum of Skagit County and its “Mighty Skagit” Watershed exhibit.