EcoSuperior is accepting design submissions for the 6th annual Painted Rain Barrel Art Project, presented by DST Consulting Engineers. It’s a fun and creative fundraiser with something for everyone!

Each year EcoSuperior invites local artists, community groups and schools to enter their design ideas to be painted on a rain barrel. The initiative promotes water conservation and offers cash prizes for the artists, while also supporting environmental programs in the community.

“Rain barrels not only conserve water, they also protect our waterways and lakes from excessive storm water run-off,” says program coordinator Julia Prinselaar. “And they can also be transformed into eye-catching, functional backyard art, as demonstrated by our talented participating artists.”

Once they’re painted, the rain barrels will be exhibited and sold in a silent auction at the Spring Home and Garden Show from April 1-3 at the Sports Dome. Over 20,000 people attended last year’s event.

“There are some great incentives to join: all participants become eligible to win cash prizes in a range of categories, and the show draws more than 20,000 visitors each year, granting artists unique exposure over three days. We also post photos of the painted barrels to an early bird online auction and our Facebook page, which has more than 2,000 followers,” added Prinselaar.

The artist who paints the barrel that earns the highest bid receives 50% as a cash prize. Other cash prizes are generously donated by local sponsors. Prize categories include Best Individual Effort, Best Group Effort, Children’s Choice and Best Environmental Theme.

The deadline for artists to submit design entries is Friday, February 12.

To enter, pick up an application from EcoSuperior at 562 Red River Road, or download one from

All proceeds from the auction support community programs including educational outreach, summer day camps and environmental stewardship in the Lake Superior basin.