The TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority) and ecoCaledon are organizing the First Annual Rain Barrel Artist’s Collection. Local artists have been invited to” Paint a Picture for Water Conservation”. Over 10 artists have come forward with designs to paint an ecoCaledon Rain Barrel. Each artist will use their own unique design to beautify the Rain Barrel. There is a full range of designs by each artist with colors and images that are outstanding! Christine Van Walraven a local artist and the Children’s Programmer at the Caledon Albion Bolton Library has completed the first Rain Barrel with a Japanese “Wishing Doll” theme which is on display at the Albion Bolton branch. It is a beautiful work of art! It will be on display at the Albion Bolton Library starting April 13, 2011.
The total collection will be at the Caledon Town Hall for the council meeting on May 17 as part of our launch. After this, the Artist’s Collection of Rain Barrels will be displayed individually with artist recognition in high profile places during the month of June across Caledon for all of us to enjoy. It will inspire us to consider the environment and specifically water conservation. The Rain Barrel Art Collection will be auctioned off on July 1 (details later). All proceeds will go to support ecoCaledon’s environmental workshops in local Caledon Schools.
Christine Van Walraven has painted a unique Japanese design that includes the Daruma Doll. The design reflects Christine’s time spent working and living in Okayama Japan. The Daruma doll is a popular souvenir at Buddhist temples in Japan. Christine’s Design has the Daruma Doll painted blue with the symbol of water on his forehead. The doll’s Face has one large black eye representing the Caledon Library’s goal of water conservation and also a symbol of perseverance and hope for the people of Japan. A second eye on the doll is empty reminding each of us to do our part to help save the planet and support efforts to help the Japanese survivors of the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami. In addition Christine’s design encourages us to conserve water locally through steps such as having a Rain Barrel. You can see the first Rain Barrel and make a donation to the Japanese earthquake relief when you visit the Albion Bolton Library.
These same rain Barrels (without the design) are sold for $50.00 at the Bolton Home Show (April 18, 19, and 20th) and throughout the year (see sites on ecoCaledon’s Web site; http:// http://www.ecocaledon.org/) to encourage water conservation. Water is collected from home eaves troughs for use in your garden. ecoCaledon has been assembling these Rain Barrels for 14 years with a team of community volunteers. Profits from the Rain Barrels are used to fund University/College Bursaries at each of the local High Schools in Caledon.
Rain barrels capture rainwater from your rooftop. This water would normally run into a storm drain, culvert or ditch before flowing directly into our local river, carrying all pollutants that it picks up along the way. Rain water that is captured in your rain barrel is fresh and clean and can be used to water your veggie patch, potted flowers and hanging baskets.
The Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. ecoCaledon promotes programs designed to; deliver environmental education to local schools, enhance and protect Caledon’s environment including: battery recycling, rain barrel sales, Caledon’s Green Directory, Healthy Lawns Healthy People and Clean Air Clean Energy.
For more information on this program and others you can go to:
http://www.trca.on.ca/rainbarrelcontest or http:// http://www.ecocaledon.org/ or contact:
Toronto and Region Conservation
416-661-6600 ext. 5786