The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring a rain-barrel painting contest.
DNREC describes the contest as a fun way to educate the public on the benefits of using the barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality.
Artists from throughout the state will be selected and invited to paint creative designs on a rain barrel for public display. Once Delaware artists have been selected by the judges, they will have five weeks to paint and return their barrels.
The winning barrels will be displayed at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover during the month of April, with the grand prize winner later also having their rain barrel placed at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence, for display.
Photos of all decorated barrels will also posted on the Delaware Watersheds website, www.delawarewatersheds.org. Additionally, following the contest, the rain barrels will be made available for display at Delaware events, at state businesses, and municipal government offices, and also given as prizes for social media contests.
To participate, an artist or group of artists must submit a completed application postmarked or dated (if emailed) no later than February 14. Each artist selected for the contest must be willing to donate time, creativity, a short biography and interpretation of design, paint, and the use of brushes or other application tools.
In exchange, DNREC’s Rain Barrel Program will provide a fully-assembled and primed rain barrel, sandpaper, top coat, bubble wrap, and a location to temporarily display your work.
Applications can be found at www.delawarewatersheds.org, and completed applications must be returned (by Feb. 14, 2014) to:
DNREC Rain Barrel Painting Contest
C/o Sara Wozniak
2430 Old County Road
Newark, DE 19702
source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)