Artistic Rain Barrel Public Unveiling

Starts Thursday, July 25 at 4:00 PM

Ends Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 PM

The Skagit River Salmon Festival invites the public to witness the unveiling of its 2013 commemorative Festival poster and Artistic Rain Barrels on Thursday, July 25 from 4-7 p.m., at the Front Gallery in Mount Vernon, 420 Myrtle Street, next to the Trumpeter Public House, with the unveiling starting at 5:30 p.m.

Bellingham photographer Jessica Newley, this year’s poster artist, will be on hand to sign posters purchased at the event. Additionally, eight local artists have turned rain barrels into works of garden art as part of a fun way 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.

The Skagit River Salmon Festival selected artists based on their creative barrel design. This year’s entries also include a barrel painted by students from Madison Elementary School, which designed a rain barrel as a teaching tool for the classroom.

The artistic barrels will be on display with interpretative signage at local libraries, community centers and businesses throughout Skagit County during the month of August. The location of the barrels will be available on the Skagit River Salmon Festival website—

The barrels will be sold via a silent auction at the Skagit River Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 7 with proceeds going towards the Children’s Museum of Skagit County’s construction of a new “Mighty Skagit” Watershed exhibit.