Geauga SWCD’s Painted Rain Barrels Keep Conservation Flowing!

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District wishes to thank everyone who participated in our 2020 Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign.

Seven talented artists painted barrels that uniquely reflected Geauga County’s natural, cultural, agricultural, or historical resources.  This year’s artists and their masterpieces included: Serenity painted by Byron Leffler and purchased by Annie Rodewig, What Lies Beyond painted by Yvonne Delgado Thomas and purchased by Howard Bates, Covid Dreams painted by Bob Kolcum and purchased by Howard Bates, The Migration of Kings painted by Nimue Shive and purchased by Annie Rodewig, Little Brown BATitat painted by Taryn Zwolinski and purchased by Diana Horning, A World of Westies painted by Mary Samide and purchased by Sue Sutkus, and The Three Sisters and Moon Maidens painted by Julie Bell and purchased by Howard Bates.

The sale of the barrels collectively raised over $2,800 for the District’s community education programs and will help conserve thousands of gallons of water.  Thanks to all who participated in this year’s campaign – especially the artists, bidders, and buyers!  A special thanks also goes to Ken’s Auto Body for protecting the barrels with clear sealant.  For more information on rain barrels or this program, visit or call 440-834-1122.

Entitled Covid Dreams, Bob Kolcum’s rain barrel was one of seven featured in Geauga SWCD’s 2020 Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign. Contrasting the day and night in his barrel painting, Kolcum beautifully captured the significance of Ohio’s abundant freshwater resources and outdoor opportunities, especially amidst a painful pandemic.