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Emmaus Arts Commission Kicks Off Rain Barrel Project

Local artists were on hand for June 1 reception held at the Clock Building to launch the second annual Art in the Garden Rain Barrel Project and Silent Auction.

The Emmaus Arts Commission (EAC) launched the second annual Art in the Garden Rain Barrel Project and Silent Auction on June 1 during a kick-off reception at the Clock Building.

Six barrels will be on display from June 11 through July 21 and are available for purchase through Silent Auction, according to an EAC press release.

Like last year, the EAC invited artists to creatively paint rain barrels as part of a fun way to make an artistic statement while educating the Emmaus community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Local artists submitted sketches and short summaries of their intended design and those chosen volunteered their time to create beautiful works of art on 55-gallon rain barrels.

The five artists and one student class include:

  • Angela Darling Faidley
  • Becky Hay
  • Lauren Kuhn
  • Karen Lyngdoh
  • Joanne Morgan
  • The Emmaus High School Art Club. 

Barrels will be in the front windows of the Clock Building for viewing from June 11 to July 21. Official bid sheets will be located at Emmaus Borough Hall weekdays from 8:30 to 3:30. Bids start at $100 per barrel with minimum bid increments of $10. Silent bids will also be taken at the Emmaus Farmer’s Market on June 24, July 1, July 8 and July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Final bids will be accepted the day of the auction on-site at Community Park on Saturday, July 21 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Auction results will be announced during the Community Day Old-Timers Baseball Game to be held at Emmaus Community Park. Winners not in attendance must pick-up their barrel within two days. 

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