Tri Communities Rainbarrel Program

Supporting local artists and our watershed

About the Program

Rainscaping is a method of watershed restoration that uses practices, like rain barrels, to manage rainwater where it falls. The Tri-Communities Rain Barrel Project is centered around restoring and protecting the Kalamazoo River Watershed while featuring the works of local artists. Barrels within each of these communities will be used to capture stormwater and repurpose it for watering flower beds and landscaped areas. In partnership with Saugatuck Center for the Arts, works by local artists will be featured on each of the barrels.

Rain Barrel Scavenger Hunt

Find each barrel to solve a riddle and win prizes from local businesses!

Check out the map of Saugatuck, Douglas, and Fennville below to see all the businesses where rain barrels are located! At each rain barrel, look for the letter included on the sign, download and fill out the scavenger hunt poem with the letter that corresponds to the location number. Visiting each rain barrel location in one of the cities will reveal the missing word in our scavenger hunt poem. A sentence about how if you visit one city you get this prize, and if you visit two you get this prize, and if you visit all three you get this prize while supplies last!

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Rae is the founder and owner of the nature inspired art and apparel brand, Woosah. Rae studied printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and has built her brand around woodcuts and the outdoors. 


Scotty is a boutique garden creator, community builder, and 2022 Artist in Residence at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. He strives to connect communities with garden landscapes to encourage personal growth, self-improvement and social joy.


Amy is a multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, painting, screen printing and installation art. Her work embodies the investigation and process of building up and tearing down any surface or structure. 


Sayde is a fiber artist, community builder, and maker working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques based in Durham, North Carolina. Her work is inspired by rethinking the relationship between art, sustainability, and the land. 


Michael is a painter, ceramic, & concrete artist and is the Owner and Director of Button Gallery in Douglas, MI. His work revolves around abstract painting that represents getting lost in the environment around you. 


Ronna is an encaustics artist who lives in Douglas, Michigan with her family. Her work is peaceful, as she allows the hot wax to do what it will, and is framed with reclaimed wood from the Bigelow-Cooper building of Bay City, Michigan.


James has a studio and gallery space in Saugatuck, MI. He paints from observation, creating work that is reflective of elements in the landscape that touch all senses. His wish is that “our grandchildren and great-grandchildren can make their own visual response to a natural environment”.


Rachel is a Michigan-based weaver whose work focuses on microbial communities. She is a homesteader, fermentation nerd, and hopeful environmentalist.


Lisa is an illustrator living in Holland. She is truly inspired by color and all things quirky which she creates whimsical patterns and illustrations from. Her work focuses on color, positivity and truth in a world gone mad.


Paloma is a Mexican printmaker born in Lima, Peru. Her work focuses on human migration, social in/visibility, the intrinsicness of human-to-human relationships, & our desensitized relationship to the universe. She strives to help other rootless ones like herself, and those the world deems invisible, find their place too.


Blake is the Lead Designer & Manager of Silkscreen Marketing, a design studio and print shop in Holland. His work places him in a diverse context of neighbors & small businesses where he helps create, refine, and aestheticize commercial artwork. 


Bryanna Manning is a painter based in West Michigan. Her work is inspired by the Lake Michigan lakeshore and surrounding landscape. Bryanna’s work evokes a sense of nostalgia and presence, bringing viewers back in time to long afternoons at the shore and days spent exploring in the woods.


Capizzo Studio was founded by Nick Cappelletti and Michelle Pizzo. The space holds an area to gather, host events, showcase sculptures, and a stage for performances. Capizzo has enlarged its collection to outsider and unconventional art to fine art 2D works, sculpture, jewelry, books, furniture, and vintage items.


Brandon is an imaginative character designer and illustrator. His work revolves around telling a story through his art, and his experience as an actor has allowed him to bring life to his new characters and designs. 


Jeff is a West Michigan artist who has been actively making work in the area for 20 years.  Working primarily as a potter, he also blows glass and works with various different materials of interest. His work is centered around color, design, an appreciation for mid-century-modernism, and science. 



Blue Star Barns is a unique space in Saugatuck, Michigan with a comfortable vibe and super fun scooter rentals & repairs.

J. Petter Galleries is a unique find for art enthusiasts, collectors, designers, and wine lovers featuring a curated collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and glassworks from over 100 artists complemented by boutique wines, artisan cheeses, and hand-poured chocolates in the wine bar and shop.

Saugatuck Douglas Convention and Visitors Center, located in Douglas, MI, provides information on Allegan County area attractions, sights, accommodations for guests and travelers.

De Graaf International Fine Art has been assisting clients throughout the country for over 50 years by creating extraordinary spaces within their homes and businesses utilizing the work of our talented group of select international artists.

Ox-Bow House is a pilot project by Ox-Bow School of Art, a 112-year old, independent summer art school that has been welcoming artists from around the nation and beyond to West Michigan since its founding in 1910.

The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library strives to be a welcoming place that supports lifelong learning, inspires exploration of ideas and culture, and enriches the lives of all our users through diverse materials, programs and services.

Saugatuck Brewing is a a socially responsible brewery, crafting quality products that inspire joy and memorable experiences in those who enjoy them.

Saugatuck Brewing is a a socially responsible brewery, crafting quality products that inspire joy and memorable experiences in those who enjoy them.

Saugatuck Brewing is a a socially responsible brewery, crafting quality products that inspire joy and memorable experiences in those who enjoy them.

Come to the Fennville Post Office for your mail services.

Root Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits offers rustic food created with farm fresh goodness from our farm and our local partner farms. Relax and enjoy a small batch roasted espresso, craft beer or a cocktail.