Spearheaded by the ACC Water Conservation Office, Roll Out the Barrels is an annual project in which ordinary rain barrels are transformed into unique pieces of functional garden art by two dozen local artists, this year including Peter Loose, Jamie Calkin, “Cap Man” Jim Straehla, Dan Smith, David Mack, Heidi Hensley and Christina Ward (pictured). Many of the decorated barrels are auctioned off at prices comparable to those of standard in-store barrels—and far less than what a traditional painting of their sizeable dimensions would typically sell for—making this an opportunity to take home some truly affordable and earth-friendly art. Proceeds from the silent auction, which begins at 5:30 p.m., benefit the Athens Green School Program, an initiative that ensures environmental education is taught in classrooms through projects focusing on conservation, preservation and beautification.
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