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Juanita, one of the artists on the project, showing off our rain barrel.
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Our Rain Barrel Project

Nine women of St. Margaret’s House—Aileen, Andrea, Audrey, Debra, Fanny, Joyce, Juanita, and Shenell—worked hard throughout this past spring with our Art Programs to design and create a rain barrel to represent St. Margaret’s House. The Rain Barrel Project is run by a local sustainability organization called Greening the Bend. St. Margaret’s House was asked to design and paint a rain barrel to be auctioned. As we were excited for an opportunity for our artists to contribute to our community and to showcase their talents, St. Margaret’s House graciously accepted the invitation to participate in the project.

The rain barrel, pictured on the left, represents the women of St. Margaret’s House in many ways. The design is a depiction of women supporting women, a parallel to what we as an organization work for every day. Each woman on the rain barrel is painted in uniform, faces blank and replicated bodies with their hands entangled. But each of our artists designed the clothing to be painted on the barrel to represent herself. Our rain barrel design represents our individuality, our cultural, and our organization.

St. Margaret’s House is one of many local organizations to paint rain barrels that will be auctioned off at Greening the Bend’s Inaugural Rain Barrel Ball on September 7, 2013 from 6:00 to 11:00 at the Century Center. St. Margaret’s House will receive 50% of the profits of our rain barrel, on a sale up to $1,000. If interested but unable to participate in the auction, you may bid by proxy online. For more information about the auction, please visit .

We would like to thank the nine St. Margaret’s House artists for their beautiful work and Elena Zarandona, our Mental Health and Counseling intern from Indiana University South Bend who spearheaded the project.