CALL FOR ARTISTS: MAPLE SUGART INVITATIONAL – Get creative with vintage sap buckets from Swine Creek Reservation

Calling all artists who live, work or attend school in Geauga County…Geauga Park District and the Geauga Arts Council invite you to participate in our Maple SugART Invitational – an exclusive project to “upcycle” vintage galvanized steel sap buckets for the creation of artwork!

One hundred buckets historically used for maple sugaring at Swine Creek Reservation will be distributed November 15 through 20 (maximum two per artist), and completed entries (one or two per artist) will be due back January 18 or 19 and displayed in early 2022 at The West Woods Nature Center to honor Geauga County’s rich maple sugaring heritage.

Sap collection at Swine Creek transitions almost entirely to tubing this sugaring season, with the exception of educational components near the sugarhouse, hence the need to repurpose the buckets, said Teresa Runion, special events coordinator.

“I have always had a love of repurposing items for use in a form other than their original design or function, and am so excited to see what the arts community creates from these vessels that would otherwise be discarded,” Teresa said. “It will be a tribute to all their years of service ‘employed’ in the creation of Geauga Park District’s delicious award-winning maple syrup, otherwise known as liquid gold!”

Buckets may be painted/embellished in their current form or deconstructed for materials, and any additional media may also be utilized. Artists are encouraged to submit a conceptual drawing of their project(s) at the time of bucket pick-up. Sale of artwork is permitted, but the presenting partners will each retain 10 percent commission from any sales during the show, and sold pieces must remain on display for the exhibition’s duration.

For an artist application, visit and select Special Events & Art Shows from the Activities dropdown menu.

With questions, contact Teresa at or 440-226-2542.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.


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