Preparing Rain Barels for Home and Garden Show

 Rain Barrel

For Home and Garden Show

 Angela Benedict

  Angela Benedict

My name is Angela Benedict (Starbeam Woman) and I am an emerging Ojibwe Artist from Sheshegwaning First Nation, currently residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario for the past nine years. I am a self-taught artist and while I am still developing my own style as an artist I would describe it as influenced by First Nations/Woodland School of Art styles but with my own feminine twist to the colours, lines, and forms.

Ray Swaluk

Ray Swaluk

Ray Swaluk was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has studied under Master Artists such as Tom Ray SwalukLynch, Rose Edin, Jim West and Gord Mackenzie. He also studied under great local Artists, Peter Humeniuk and Greg Zelinski. Ray believes that to be a good landscape artist, one must paint on the scene as much as possible and feels that living in Northwestern Ontario with it's shores and rugged rock formations give him great subject matter wherever he goes. He says the challenges in water colour painting are endless. Ray has also taught some art classes in his community and hopes to pass on this great medium of art to many others. Ray is a member of the North Shore Watercolour Society. His work is on display in the Lake Superior Art Gallery. ~ Thanks to Mother Nature

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Eco Superior Rain Barrel Program



The 6th Annual Painted Rain Barrel Auction, presented by Landale Gardens and DST Consulting Engineers, takes place once again this year from April 1-3 at the Home & Garden Show. 31 hand-painted rain barrels make an impressive display, and the event draws thousands of visitors to the Sports Dome.

For some of the barrels, the bidding will start early in an on-line auction accessible from EcoSuperior’s website. Top bids received on line will be transferred to the Home and Garden show on April 1 for three more days of live bidding. At the close of the show, winning bidders will be notified by telephone. The event also includes a treasure hunt for kids, who can seek out design elements for each barrel for a chance to win a prize package, and also vote on the Children’s Choice artist winner.

Each year, the event raises over $4000 for EcoSuperior’s community programs such as the nature-based summer day camp for kids, Central Gardens Natural Environment Park, litter prevention activities and school programs. Many businesses have supported the promotion of this year’s event as well as providing cash prizes for artists, including Northern Window and Door Manufacturing, Artistic Landscaping, Northern Credit Union and Dougall Media. Additional support for the event was provided by Auto Home Paints and Pinewood Ford.




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