Rain Barrel Art Auction
May 4, 2012
7:00 - 9:00pm
South Bend Museum of Art

Thanks to all for your support of art & sustainability! We had a great time showing off the amazing work of area artists and promoting the benefits of water conservation. Kudos to Center Fellow Kathleen Petitjean for her hard work, dedication, and passion for this project!
Here are a few scenes from the 2012 auction.

Kathleen's barrel on display Auction crowd Barrels ready for auction

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For images from the Rain Barrel Design activity sponsored by PNC Bank and the South Bend Tribune:
SustaintheFuture's Rain Barrel Art photoset SustaintheFuture's Rain Barrel Art photoset

Fifteen area artist and artist groups, including students from Stanley Clark School, Discovery Middle School, Countryside Montessori, Edison Middle School, and Washington High School in South Bend, have painted 55-gallon plastic containers converted for use as rain barrels.

The painted barrels are being clear-coated by Lochmandy Collision Center and will be displayed by area business underwriters for this event from mid-March to mid-April. They go on display at the SBMA beginning the week of April 23. Foegley Landscaping will once again be providing the indoor garden display for the barrels at the SBMA.

Rain barrel

PNC Bank, who is underwriting one of the barrels is also underwriting a Children's Rain Barrel Decorating Project to tie-in with this event.

The goal is to raise awareness of water as a natural resource and demonstrate how homeowners can save money while protecting the St. Joseph River and watershed by capturing water in a rain barrel.

Evening wear and garden gloves recommended (but not required)!

Proceeds benefit IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future, the SBMA and participating artists and schools.

For more pictures and latest news on the auction, find the event on Facebook
Patty Reddy's Barrel

Kathleen and her rain barrel

This Rain Barrel project is being conducted by Kathleen Petitjean, SNAP OT and a Fellow with IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future.

rain barrel art

rain barrel art

This year, in conjunction with PNC Bank and the South Bend Tribune, a Rain Barrel Art activity for children accompanies the auction.

rain barrel art

rain barrel art

Beginning March 15, 2012, pictures of rain barrel designed by area children went on display in the St. Joseph County-City Building in downtown South Bend and a prize drawing took place.

Five Rain Barrels were underwritten by local credit unions.
These will be used as bistro tables during the auction then given to unity, school, non-profit community gardens after the auction:

Patty Reddy barrel

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union
Artist: Patty Reddy
See it at: Douglas Road Branch

TCU Barrel Teachers Credit Union
Artist: Michele Klota
AAA Credit Union Barrel AAA Federal Credit Union
Artist: Corey Stokes
CWCU Barrel

Community Wide Credit Union
Artist: Bailey Williams

TCU rain barrel IU Credit Union
Designer: FastSigns
See it at: IU South Bend Branch

Fifteen Rain Barrels, sponsored by the following area businesses, are now on display before they are sold at auction:

Phil's barrel at Fiddler's Hearth Fiddler’s Hearth
Artist: Phil Kwiecinski
See it at: 127 N. Main Street, South Bend
Edison barrel Lawson-Fisher Associates
Artists: Edison Intermediate Center Students
Teacher: Jean Smith
See it at: 525 West Washington Street
Discovery Middle School barrel St. Joseph Soil & Water Conservation District
Artists: Discovery Middle School 6th Graders
Teacher: Michele Klota
See it at: 2042 E Ireland Rd, South Ben
Amy's barrel Roseland Garden Center
Artist: Amy Talcott
See it at: 125 Dixie Way, South Bend
Stanley Clark barrel at Martins Martin’s Supermarkets
Artists: Stanley Clark 4th Graders
Teacher: Jill Hunt
See it at: 314 N Ironwood Drive, Mishawaka
Kristin barrel Kil Architecture and Planning
Artist: Kristin DeMeester
See it at: 1126 Lincoln Way East, South Bend
jeff barrel PNC Bank
Artist: Jeff Stillson
See it at: a branch near you!
Mitzi barrel South Bend Waste Water Treatment Facility
Artist: Mitzi Sabato
See it at: 3113 Riverside Drive
Nicole rain barrel Purple Porch Co-op
Artist: Nicole Brinkmann Reeves
See it at: 1302 High Street, South Bend
Betty barrel Hill’s True Value
Artist: Betty McKinney
See it at: 52295 Indiana 933
St Joseph HS barrel The Beehive Salon
Artists: St Joseph High School Students
Teacher: Paul Kuharic
See it at: 706 E. Jefferson Blvd
Jill barrel Just Goods
Artist: Jill Wygant LaFountain
See it at: 714 E. Jefferson Blvd
Washington HS barrel Barnaby’s Pizza South Bend
See it at: 713 E. Jefferson Blvd
Artists: Washington High School Students
Teacher: Sherry Sprouls
Countryside Montessori barrel Coca-Cola Refreshments
Artists: Countryside Montessori Preschoolers
Teacher: JoAnn DeCloedt
See it at: 1700 Ireland Road
Kathleen barrel DanceSport
Artist: Kathleen Petitjean
See it at: 4609 Grape Road, Mishawaka

Read more about the auction in Arts Everywhere and in the IUSB news room.