Georgia Magazine - March 2018 - 25
AMBER LANIER NAGLE
COURTESY RACHAEL WHITE
A group paints rocks at the Freeze Frame
Yogurt rock-painting party commemorating the
100th SPARK Art event in the Columbus area.
connects us all in a meaningful way."
Rockin' Forsyth's Facebook page showcases hundreds of photos of whimsical rocks participants have
created, hidden or found.
"Some of the rocks are works of art," she
says. "One of our participant's rocks are so
amazing they should be in a museum, and,
of course, some of the younger kids' rocks
are beautiful blobs of paint, and that's OK.
This project proves that everyone-young or ISTOCK.COM
old, artistic or not-can leave a positive impact
on the world in their own way."
Melissa Collins, left, and Brendlee Fairbanks of
Calhoun show their "community rock," which
many people in their area helped paint.
Melissa Collins of Calhoun found that starting a Kindness Rocks Project in her community was pretty easy.
"I lived in Columbus for a while, and they had
started a rock project there, so I was familiar with it,"
Collins says. "When I moved back to the Calhoun area, I
was trying to reacquaint myself with the community and
trying to find something fun and interesting to do with
my little cousin, Brendlee."
Collins and Brendlee started the rock project in
Calhoun in January 2017. They set up a Facebook page,
"Calhoun GA Rock's," and posted some instructions.
"Just paint rocks," Collins says. "Almost everyone can
paint a rock, right? And on the back, put 'Calhoun GA
Rock's' so people will know to go to the Facebook page."
She suggests sealing the rocks with acrylic so that
they are weather-resistant.
"And hide the rocks in public places," she says.
"In Calhoun, we have a park in downtown that's a hot
spot for rock-hiding and -hunting, but there are plenty
of other places to hide them. Then go to our Facebook
page and leave a clue if you want."
Collins has hosted rock-painting parties at assistedMarch 2018
COURTESY MIRANDA WYCOFF
Kindness Rocks basics
Miranda Wycoff specializes in painting unicorn rocks and
hiding them around Columbus. The horn is a small spiral seashell.
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