About

MISSION:

Keep surface pollution out of our waterways:
Use beautiful Rain Barrels and get FREE water for your garden (or wash your driveway or car).

VISION:

Beautify all residences with Hand-Painted Rain Barrels and help our lake become squeaky clean so we can enjoy clean water for recreation and drinking.
Aiming for a studio space with a storefront for sustainable arts workshops and commissions in the long-term; Presently renting space at Waterloo Arts, for now.

HISTORY:

In 2011 I received one of the free rain barrels from NSDC from the Mayor’s Youth Opportunities Unlimited program, and was taken by surprise when it began showing patches of algae through the translucent white walls, quickly becoming an eyesore.
As an artist, I tackled the problem as I would any other: I sanded, primed and painted the barrel while it was in use, then applied multiple coats of an outdoor acrylic boat sealant.

Neighbors watched the progress and as requests for help with their sad unpainted barrels trickled in: An idea was hatched. 

In 2012 I  received a Community Partnership for Arts and Culture Artist in Residence Grant for funding to create a painted rain barrel auction inspired by my pilot barrel was created. Local artists competed and All ten were hired to paint 10 barrels: all were successfully auctioned at our event in the Waterloo Arts Community Center in April 2013.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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“As a 1987 graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, I was fortunate to travel to India the following year, where I was inspired by the colorful culture and practical ethic of repairing everyday objects.
They also couldn’t rely on daily regularly running water and had to capture municipal and rain water in a motley assortment of containers for a variety of uses.
I continually apply this conservation ethic in my use of upcycled materials in the work I create, and in classes I teach at CIA Continuing Education and Lakeland Community College Continuing Education.
As an artist, one of the things that I’m most proud of was a solo exhibit held in The Corning Gallery at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, in 1993.
Among my public murals is commission by The City of Cleveland to create a large painting for the new Collinwood Recreation Center, a LEED Certified recycled big box store.
I received a 2013 Community Partnership of Arts and Culture Artist in Residence Grant to create Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project to commission local artists to paint rain barrels to be auctioned; our first event was successful, and I hope to repeat a yearly cycle.”
-Director Linda Zolten Wood