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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment August 18, 2017

8/8/2017 11:36:00 AM
Painted rocks project rolls out in Sisters
By Erin Borla

Calling artists and creative types of all ages - Sisters Rocks!

The Nugget Newspaper is inviting the public to create hand-painted rocks to hide in all sorts of fun places throughout Sisters Country.

Visitors and locals alike are invited to create their own rocks and hunt for other hidden treasures. Once rocks are found, snap a picture and post it on the Sisters Rocks Facebook page, then re-hide the rock.

The Nugget Newspaper, who is behind the campaign, worked to create a few rocks to start off the project. Each of the initial rocks have an eclipse theme and are hidden in places throughout Sisters Country.

"Everyone can do this project, they don't have to be an artist," said Jess Draper, graphic designer for The Nugget. "They don't have to be on Facebook."

The rules are simple: Paint and hide rocks around Sisters. All artists are encouraged to make sure their rock art is weatherproof by coating with a clear acrylic or enamel paint, and National Parks and private property are off-limits for hiding rocks. On the back of each rock write

#sistersrocks. Each rock reflects the opinion and attitude of the individual artist - not the group as a whole.

According to the Facebook page, the project is designed "to bring smiles, brighten days and involve more folks in our artistic community. We welcome you to join us by painting and hiding rocks for searching for and (usually) re-hiding rocks!"

"Often as adults, we stop making time for artistic endeavors," Draper said. "I need artistic outlets. These rocks are tiny, no-pressure works of art that are perfect to do alongside the children or easily fit in after the baby goes to bed.

"Kids need opportunities to be creative," she continued. "Just them and the paint. They need to know there is no right or wrong in art; it's their individual expression."

The Nugget staff is planning a rock-painting party at Saddlestone Park; items will be provided to paint - but if folks wish to bring their own supplies they may do so. Check Facebook for the date, or call The Nugget at 541-549-9941.

Jose Mendoza posted the first rock found on July 25.

"Even the simplest of them (the rocks) has the power to bring a smile to somebody's face," she said. "I look forward to seeing more posts on Facebook of folks, locals and visitors alike, finding the rocks."

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