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Calling all artists: Bluegrass Greensource looking for people to create works of art on 10 rain barrels

Bluegrass Greensource has put out the call for local artists to create works of art on 10 fully functional rain barrels. This year, the theme for all barrels will be horse racing.

Thousands of people will be exposed to your artwork throughout April and May of next year. Each barrel will be displayed, along with artist bios and contact information in high volume areas throughout Central Kentucky. Examples of past display locations include Starbucks on Main Street in Lexington, Magees Bakery and The Hub Coffee Shop in Georgetown.

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All rain barrel artists’ contact information will be promoted to supporters who buy plain barrels and who participate in rain barrel making workshops to potentially provide future work. Additionally, because of the theme, Bluegrass Greensource is actively working to have all of the barrels on display at Keeneland during the spring meet.

Barrels will be displayed in various locations throughout April and May of 2016. All barrels will be brought together during Bluegrass Greensource’s annual event, GreenFest on May 21, and will be sold to help fund Bluegrass Greensource’s environmental education activities throughout our region.

Here are the details:

– Submit a rough sketch of your racing barrel idea by Nov. 30 (These are 55-gallon drums that measure 34 1/4 inches tall and 23 1/4 inches in diameter; the spigot is the front of the rain barrel, and the back is usually against a wall)

– Artists will be selected and barrels can be picked up on Dec. 15

– Completed barrels MUST be returned to Bluegrass Greensource by Feb. 1

– Artist responsibilities include priming the barrel, creating a functional, attractive piece of art that can withstand the weather (Acrylic paint works best and artists are not allowed to adhere anything such as paper, tiles, etc. to the barrels

– Submit supporting information, including the title of the work, artist’s bio, contact information and a short interpretation of the work at the same time (or before) as the barrel

– Bluegrass Greensource will give each artist $50 to help defray cost of supplies; will professionally topcoat each barrel; work with local media to provide as much exposure as possible.

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