Storm Drain Art Project

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DiscoverCOS: Storm Drain Art

DiscoverCOS: Storm Drain Art

The Contest

Local artists (ages 18 and older or high school seniors), were invited to graphic or illustrated designs that reflect the themes “Keep It Clean We’re All Downstream” or “Only Rain Down the Drain.” Seven winning designs were chosen to paint their art on storm drains in downtown Colorado Springs.

Winning Concepts

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Storm Drain Art Project

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    The Artists

    Kimberly Barnes

    Kimberly Barnes is an artist and teacher living and working in Colorado Springs. She has been showing and selling her art for over 15 years and mostly works in acrylic paint on canvas and walls.  Kim’s inspired by nature, friends and family to create conceptual art with purpose.  As a high school art teacher at Falcon High School, she strives for her students to develop a voice as well as technical skills.  Find her work online at

    John Crosgrove

    My name is John Cosgrove, I am a Colorado Springs native.  I had picked up an interest in doing art during my school days, and have continued creating ever since.  I had started doodling and making drawings, but after graduating I have really made it become a piece of who I am to this day.  I just thoroughly enjoy painting and creating! I had started painting about ten years ago and continue to grow my talents.  I paint all kinds of different subject matters. Being in Colorado with its natural beauty, it is inspiring to capture.  If it wasn't for living here my whole life, I would not be the person I am today.  Doing artwork is my most favorite passion and I plan on continuing on for life.  I work hard to paint hard!  

    Marney Harlow

    Graphic Designer and Artist (but not in a pretentious way). 

    With a focus on design and clean lines, I've always gravitated towards digital art, but a few years ago I became an accidental mural artist on the side. I never thought I would be hanging off of the side of a 100 year old building painting a ladybug but its certainly been an entertaining surprise. I love bringing the elements of minimal design and illustration to the tangible art world. The idea of painting on public works sounds much more enjoyable than on a canvas so I am thrilled to be a part of this moment for our city. 

    Kami McFall

    Kami McFall was born and raised in Nebraska. Throughout her life, Kami has always been fascinated by nature and sustainable practices. In 2001, she enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Topographic Analyst and has toured Iraq and Kuwait. She has witnessed waste practices in foreign countries and throughout the United States. After her honorable discharge, she moved to Oahu, Hawai’i in 2007 to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at the Hawaii Pacific University. During that time she volunteered with multiple beach cleanups and saw first-hand the impact that waste had on the ocean environment and wildlife. She has always loved Colorado and relocated to Colorado Springs in 2010 to finish her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. While earning her degree, she also worked 4 years as a Zero Waste Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability and learned even more about sustainable practices. 

    Kami has always been very creative and is a self-taught artist who explores environmentalism and politics through different materials and mediums. She experiments with found objects, collages, photography and creating upcycled artwork and projects. Kami’s eclectic styles of art has been shown here locally in various art galleries and art shows to include: The Modbo, The Bridge Gallery, The Fifth Element, Tap Traders and Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort where her work “Sweet Stuff” won People’s Choice Award. Her passion for demonstrating her love for a clean and healthy environment for all creatures can be seen in her work.  Dubbed “Recycling Queen” and “Zero-waster” she enjoys practicing and teaching sustainable values through her art and in any way she can.

    Mario Sanchez

    Mario Sanchez is a free-lance artist and Colorado Springs native. In 1994, Mario was offered an out of state scholarship for his artwork, but he opted to remain close to home and attend local college. He has taken classes in fine art, digital art/mixed media and web design. When not busy designing logos or painting pictures, you can find him spending time with his daughters or camping in the beautiful Colorado mountains.

    In the late 90’s, Mario started designing logos for local businesses. You can see his handiwork on work vans, business cards and websites. He has been commissioned by private collectors for artwork in various mediums to include: acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, pen and ink and spray paint. Mario has designed t-shirts to sell, and for Manitou High School sports teams. Recently he has expanded his body of work to include signage and murals which can be found inside and outside businesses in the Colorado Springs area. His largest can be found on the side of Platte Furniture (in the Knob Hill area of Colorado Springs) and features and octopus whose tentacles spell out the word “Artist”.

    Mario’s forte has always been integrating multiple perspectives and hidden images into his personal body of work. He wants to engage the viewer to look beyond the initial image to find either a secret message or meaning. He can be contacted at: and Facebook/Instagram:  Dyadic Artist

    Corky Reed-Watt

    By day an Information Technologist, Corky Reed-Watt of Colorado Springs has been dabbling in the arts all her life, from visual art to music and writing.  Her paintings have been displayed at a PPLD juried show and Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, as well as featured in magazines.  She was commissioned to paint murals at two “The Goddard Schools” (Colorado Springs and Denver).  Corky directed church choirs for over 20 years, and entertained the troops on stage (“Laurey” in Oklahoma! and other concerts).  She has illustrated a children’s book (Have You Ever Kissed a Camel by Kathy Hill) and written the novel (Midlife Fairy Tales and Murder).

    From 2002-2010, 2-Watts Creative Center, a hands-on art studio envisioned by Corky and her husband, Steven Watt, was a popular destination in Monument, Colorado.  The couple taught art classes and created custom art pieces.  “The Essence of Life” is Corky’s vision, but Steve and other family members often help complete larger art pieces (like this one) under the “2-Watts Creative” brand.

    Dina Buckey

    Having moved to Colorado last year, Dina Buckey is enjoying connecting with other artists and the community.  Dina has taught adult art classes for over decades and her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States.  Dina has done two murals for the U.S. Army, three corporate commissions for Maker’s Mark Bourbon, and single pieces for a variety of socially conscientious institutions.  Having a master’s in social work, Dina is passionate about making art accessible to everyone and using art as a healing modality.

    Laurel Bahe

    I started painting in 2008 when I retired from my bank auditing job and rode my bike to a watercolor class at Pikes Peak Community College. On my ride to class along Fountain Creek I saw what a mess our litter and garbage can make of a waterway.  I couldn’t see but could sometimes smell the effects of garbage and “stuff” in the water itself.  I am pleased to paint this storm water drain to raise awareness of the need to keep pollutants out of our storm drains.

    My paintings have won awards, been sold internationally and even been kicked out of a show! I won 3rd place at ArtPrize 2016, the largest art show in the world.  In Colorado Springs my work is for sale at The Squash Blossom Gallery, Boulder Street Gallery and 45 Degree Gallery; online at Fine Art America and my website

    I painted the large (6-foot wingspan) butterfly sculpture for the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs Flight Lite 2018 raffle to be held September 7, 2018. Yes! I will sell you a ticket for $10.  I am also painting a utility box for the City Of Longmont, CO to be completed October 15, 2018.

    Brandi Ross

    Artist and shaman practicing the art of nonattachment, a spiritual medium, and guardian of earth. Changing the way we see ourselves, our food, water, currency, mental health, and relationships. Seeking truth and ending karmic debts. A passion for philosophy, mycology, biology, and quantum physics.

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    The Cause

    Our goal is to educate the public that pollutants that go into storm drains flow untreated into our creeks.  We’re looking for art that paints a picture of how important it is to keep our creeks clean.

    The Culmination

    The City gets 7 beautiful storm drains. Each winning design will be awarded a $300 stipend. 


    Donors and Sponsors


    • Guiry’s Color Source
    • Nor’wood
    • Nunn Construction
    • Status Symbol Auto Body
    • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum


    • Craig Carroll
    • HighSight Aerial Photography – Chas Saulsbury
    • Paul Mitchell the School
    • Precision Interior Trim, Inc. 
    • The Home Depot #1504