AVPA Artists’ Water-Themed Painting is a Barrel of Fun
By Isabella Bustanoby
Art students from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts have designed, painted, and submitted their original barrel design for the 2017 Water Harvest Festival’s Rain Barrel Art Project sponsored by The West Basin Municipal Water District. The contest’s purpose is to further involve the public in how to conserve their water, and bring interest in these rain barrels which are a way for residents to capture rainwater and use it for outdoor irrigation at their homes, in order to conserve drinking water for other uses.
The design of AVPA Art’s rain barrel centers around our neighborhood’s most prominent water feature, The Ballona Wetlands. Special emphasis was given to the wildlife and habitat of the wetlands with a graphic and modern twist. “This means a lot to me [painting the barrel with this imagery]. The wetlands are right by my house and have been over developed ever since I was little. They’re really important to our environment and should be protected,” states senior Isabella Bustanoby. The Ballona Wetlands are a pivotal part of LA County’s water cycle, which made their inclusion in this project even more important.
The five AVPA Artists, Ana Belcher, Isabella Bustanoby, Brennan Elliott, Sophie Nelson and Siena Nellis worked on their water barrel making sure each line, stroke and color would transform the barrel into something spectacular. Working on a surface as curved as the rain barrel was out of the ordinary for these young artists. Lines that meant to be straight had to be re-adjusted to give true definition, and discernible features like the Blue Heron and Turtle had to render lifelike even on a surface that could warp their image. “Working on a rain barrel was definitely something I’ve never done before. But it’s an opportunity totally unique and something only this program offers,” explains senior Siena Nellis. Besides these factors, the students persevered and enjoyed working with these factors.
West Basin’s 2017 Water Harvest Festival celebrates “70 Years of Water Reliability!” on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility located at 1935 S. Hughes Way in El Segundo, CA 90245. As part of the festivities, West Basin will be offering tours of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, food, games, stage shows, kids costume contest, reptile petting zoo, a chance to enter into our grand prize giveaway and so much more. The event is free and open to the public.
The finished barrel will be displayed and be part of a raffle at the 2017 Water Harvest Festival. The other participating schools will also be presented, and the the barrels will be judged to culminate the competition. The day will be lots of fun and will educate the public on how to conserve water and find alternatives to over using Southern California’s scarce water supply. AVPA art is very honored by the opportunity to participate in this project, and had a wonderful time learning about their own water usage through this experience.
AVPA Artists Rain Barrel Art Project for the West Basin’s 2017 Water Harvest Festival