Thank you everyone who participated in the 2019 “Our Community, Our Seniors, Our Water” Program. The artists were wonderful, the sponsors helped pull the whole program together and the individuals that assisted by purchasing the barrels are greatly appreciated. Also the Senior Center and Fountain Crest Retirement Community for letting us paint at their locations, JROTC for prepping the barrels the Library and Synovus for displaying the barrels.
Lehigh Community Services (LCS) and the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) have introduced the 1st Annual Rain Barrel Painting Contest in Lehigh Acres. Local seniors working alone or as a group are transforming a 55-gallon barrel drum into a work of art to celebrate World Environmental Day, June 5, 2019. The program serves to draw attention to the benefits of using rain barrels for water conservation and to slow runoff from storm water in Lee County.
Artists will be provided a barrel and all the necessary supplies for the project. Please see the following guidelines and dates:
*Artists can work alone or as team of up to 3 individuals.
*The barrels were be painted the week of May 6 – May 10, 2019 at the Lehigh Senior Center, 219 Plaza Dr., Lehigh Acres, FL.
*Artists relinquishes all ownership of their artwork upon completion of the painting project.
*LCS retains the rights to use pictures of the barrels and the painting event to publicize the event.
*The number of barrels is limited, registration for the event must be complete by April 30, 2019 or as the number of barrels are reached (whichever comes first) – since the date has passed if we have barrels left maybe we should extend registration? Plus, they are doing them quickly.
*Artwork does not have to be environmentally themed, however please avoid designs of political, religious or sexual nature.
*No stickers or attached objects.
The painted barrels will be displayed and promoted from May 10 – June 5 (World Environmental Day), judging of the barrels will be completed online and the top 3 voted barrels will receive prizes as follows:
a. 1st Place $250
b. 2nd Place $150
c. 3rd Place $100
Following the judging of the barrels, they will once again be displayed and sold in an online silent action. All proceeds raised will go to benefit local seniors struggling to pay water utility bills through a program administered by Lehigh Community Services.
Photos are representative of work in progress!