Recycling plastic has never looked so good! Once a year the Geauga Soil Conservation District (SWCD) combines water conservation and art appreciation through their Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign. Through this creative community initiative, local artists transform 55-gallon recycled plastic barrels into beautiful, repurposed rain barrels! By collecting rooftop runoff for watering landscapes, lawns, and flower gardens, these decorated barrels help save water, alleviate flooding, and reduce stormwater pollution.
Seven talented artists have each painted a barrel that uniquely reflects Geauga County’s natural, cultural, agricultural, or historical resources. This year’s artists and their masterpieces include: Serenity by Byron Leffler, What Lies Beyond by Yvonne Delgado Thomas, Covid Dreams by Bob Kolcum, The Migration of Kings by Nimue Shive, Little Brown BATitat by Taryn Zwolinski, A World of Westies by Mary Samide, and The Three Sisters and Moon Maidens by Julie Bell. These decorated rain barrels are available for bidding at the Geauga SWCD office or on our website until 3:30 pm Friday, October 30th. Be sure to check the current bid amount of each barrel prior to submitting a bid. View the barrels or bid online by visiting geaugaswcd.com, or contact the office at 440-834-1122. A special thanks to the artists for their generosity and to Ken’s Auto Body, Inc. in Troy Township for applying protective clear sealant to the barrels. Don’t delay, bid on a barrel today!