The art barrels provide mobile publicity. A laminated flyer attached to each one provides details about the workshops, and they can be moved to other sites.
After the East End event, they'll go to the West Side in advance of a May 1 workshop at Cato Park, then to Capitol Market and Kanawha City.
"When we were going to do this workshop, I felt strongly we needed signs," Grogg said. "Instead of doing a banner, I thought of putting out artistic rain barrels. We're not the first city to do that. And I'd read in the newspaper, they did a study, the city needed more temporary art."
In early February, she started recruiting artists. She called artist friends. Ned Savage of East End Main Street suggested some names.
So far, 17 artists have delivered finished barrels, and more arrive daily. Some of the artists are well known -- Rob Cleland, Ian Bode -- and have painted some of the murals in the Peer to Pier project. Others, she said, are not so well known.
Grogg stacks the colorful barrels in the window of the City Service Center, where they're catching the eye of folks passing by on Virginia Street.
"It has started people talking," she said. "People have seen it in the windows. They call: 'Are those garbage cans?'
"We got two more today," she said Thursday. "Sometimes, artists wait till the last minute. Imagine that. I even got some calls late in the game from artists willing to do it. We had some extra barrels. We said, 'We'll pick you up when we move to the West Side.'
"All the artists were very kind. They donated their time and materials."
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.