The Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program, Water Conservation Office, and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful are co-hosting the tenth annual Roll Out the Barrels fundraiser – but with a twist! This year’s event will feature an online-only silent auction of 16 beautiful rain barrels painted by local artists.
The online auction will open at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 13, and will stay open until 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Preview this year's barrels below, or click the link above!
Clicking on the barrel photos below will also redirect you to that barrel's bidding page.
Participating artists receive a commission from their barrel sale, and remaining proceeds go directly to the Athens-Clarke County Green Schools Program, an initiative that encourages environmental education in local schools.
Want to take a look at the barrels in person?
Barrels will be on display for in-person viewing in the Lounge Gallery of the Lyndon House Arts Center starting on Tuesday, May 4, but all bidding will take place online.
The Lyndon House Arts Center is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM, and on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
"Native Fishes of the Oconee River Basin" by Alexandra Nicole
"Camellias and Their Pollinators" by Babs Kall
"Save the Bees" by Christina Tornambe
"Great Blue Heron Serenely Standing" by Deborah Manoll
"Mother's Garden" by Cindy Jamison and Teresa Yoder
"Ride the Wave" by Cody Fortson
"Spring in Quarantine" by Darya Kalantari
"Moths of Georgia" by Nat Freeman
"Flamingo Pond" by Helen Kuykendall
"Dark Side of the Rain" by Lorenza "Chico" Rozier
"Bacchus" by Cameron Bliss
"Not So Coy Koi" by Sarah Cook
"Sea Turtles" by Maria Mueller
"Unraveled" by Joan Terrell
"Bubbles" by Maggie Seee
Untitled by Marisa Leilani
What is Roll Out the Barrels?
Roll Out the Barrels is an annual event (typically held in May) that raises awareness of stormwater runoff, water pollution, and water conservation, all while promoting local artists and supporting environmental education. Local artists turn ordinary, 55-gallon rain barrels into beautiful pieces of functional art to be auctioned off in support of the Athens Green School Program, an initiative to ensure environmental education is taught in the classroom.
Why Rain Barrels?
Water pollution is a serious problem in Athens-Clarke County and green infrastructure, such as rain barrels and other rainwater harvesters, are an important component in addressing that problem. Rain barrels are easy to install and can be used to protect water by both reducing stormwater runoff and reducing the need to pull from city water supplies for lawn-care and car washing.