Rain on Main barrels due July 28

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Local artists (professionals and talented adult amateurs) are invited to participate in the third annual Rain on Main event, a painted rain barrel art contest that will include cash prizes in two categories as well as exposure for participating artists and their work.

Rain on Main is designed to help educate the public about the value of water conservation. The painted rain barrels will be on display in the Carmel Art’s and Design District beginning with the IU Health North Gallery Walk on Aug. 12. The barrels will remain on display throughout the district throughout the next week before being re-located to a display area at the Carmel Farmer’s Market on Aug. 19.

In addition to having the painted barrels judged by experts, there will also be a “People’s Choice” selection based on votes from the public. Cash prizes of $200, $100, and $50 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place artists in the Art Show and the People’s Choice contest winner and runner-up will receive $100 and $50. A silent auction, where the barrels will be auctioned off to the highest bidders, will be held during the Farmer’s Market with net proceeds used to fund water education signage in Carmel Clay Parks.

Interested artists should visit RainOnMain.com. Once participation is confirmed, artists will be able to pick up a rain barrel to begin work. The finished product will be due back no later than July 28. Questions may be directed to Claire Lane at 317-773-2181 or Claire.lane@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

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