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Watershed Education: Artistic Rain Barrel Program


The 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel program and display period concluded on April, 17, 2010.

The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center and the City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division joined forces for an Artistic Rain Barrel program.

This year, we invited artists to creatively paint rain barrels, as part of a fun way to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to improve water quality. Potential artists were required to submit a short summary of their intended design for a rain barrel. The Friends of Pioneers Park chose artists based on these descriptions. Teachers who applied for their class were required to submit a short description of how they would use the rain barrel as a teaching tool in their classroom for consideration. In total, 25 artists and teachers were selected for this year's program.

After the close of the application period on February 1, 2010, a total of 25 artists were selected to paint rain barrels. The selected artists had four weeks to paint and return their barrels.

Artistic Rain Barrels were on display around Lincoln March 8, 2010 - April 16, 2010 at local businesses and libraries, spending the last week at the Nature Center.

On April 17, 2010 the 25 Artistic Rain Barrels were auctioned off at the Pioneers Park Nature Market. From 9:30-11:00 a.m. Guests at the market competitively bid on the barrels, raising a total of $7,120.85 (a 33.5% increase from 2009) for the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, who will use the fund to provide children with scholarships to Adventure and Extreme Nature Camp. The average bid was around $285 per barrel. In other words, the 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel Program was a huge success!

Thank you for your support!

See Also: 2009 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

2010 Artists and Display Locations

Location/Address Artist/Theme Photo of Barrel
Chris Thody: "Saving Water is for the Birds"
School of Natural Resources
3310 Holdrege St., Hardin Hall
Becky Lamb: "Batik Barrel"
MO Java Coffee
2649 N 48th St.
St. John the Apostle Catholic School: "Know Water, Know Life, No Water, No life"
Victor E. Anderson Library
3635 Touzalin Ave.
Friend Public Schools: "Water, the World's Greatest Resource"
Sunrise Coffee Co.
1265 S Cotner Blvd.
Deanna Larson: "Mesa in the Garden"
Avant Card
2600 S. 48th St.
Kim Boone: "Prairie Silhouettes"
Campbell's Nursery & Garden Center
2342 S 40th St.
JoAnne Shipperbottom: "Mother Nature"
The Mill (South)
4736 Prescott Ave.
Valerie Oertli: "Autumn Hawk"
Earl May
555 S 48th St.
Schoo Middle School: "Nebraska Wetlands"
Bagels & Joe
4701 Old Cheney Rd.
Catherine Griesen and Linda Helton: "Portal to the Prairie"
Great Harvest Bread
4815 Old Cheney Rd.
Diane Ogden: "Fish"
Red Clover
5500 Old Cheney Rd.
Lincoln Southwest High School Art Club: "Taking Flight"
Wild Bird Habitat
5601 S. 56th St.
Sue Gardener Fenster: "Dew Gathering"
Charles H. Gere Branch Library
2400 S 56th St.
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators: "The Benefits of Trees"
Campbell's Nursery & Garden Center
5625 Pine Lake Rd.
Community Alternatives NE Senior Center: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow..."
Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library
6701 S 14th St.
Gregory Dank: "Tide Pools"
Indigo Books
701 'P' St.
Douglas Snow: "Harmony"
The Mill (Haymarket)
800 'P' St.
Julia Lauer-Chéenne: "Floral Fiesta"
Mary Riempa Ross Theater
313 N 13th St.
Andrea Riley: "Wetland Whimsy"
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S 14th St.
Sarah Thomas: "All Clear"
The Cup
643 S 25th St.
Rachael Wells: "Rain Dance Cranes"
Open Harvest
1618 E South St.
Mary Miller: "RAZZLE DAZZLE"
South Branch Library
2675 South St.
BryanLGH West Adolescent Unit: "Unity + Respect = Beautiful Nebraska"
Pioneers Park Nature Center
3201 S Coddington Ave.
Parkview Christian School: "Greater Things Are Yet to Come"
Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior St.
Kathi Woody: "Shimmery, Sparkly, Raindrops"
Scooters Coffee
2909 S 84th St.

For more information, please contact

Ellen Wright
Environmental Health Educator

Related Links

News Articles
News Release - "Nature's Market" Set for April 17 at Pioneers Park Nature Center (4/9/10)
Journal Star, New artistic rain barrels unveiled  (3/8/10)Remote Site
News Release - Artistic Rain Barrel Display Starts Monday (3/5/10)
News Release - Deadline Extended for Artists to Apply for Rain Barrel Project (1/21/10)
News Release - More Artists Needed for Rain Barrel Art Project (1/11/10)
News Release - Artists Needed for Rain Barrel Art Project (12/4/09)
History of the Artistic Rain Barrel Program

Watershed Education: Artistic Rain Barrel Program