Art on the rocks

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With the help of the community, the Paletteers Art Club is hoping to display 500 painted rocks throughout Adams County in public areas like parks, trails and open space.

The project is called Art Rocks-A-Public Art Project, sponsored by the Paletteers and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and already 200 rocks have been painted.

“We did this project 11 years ago and it was a big hit,” said Becky Silver, Aar River Gallery owner and Paletteer member. “We figured since it’s been a while since then that we should do it again.”

Community members will have a few opportunities this summer to paint rocks with no cost to participate and all supplies provided.

Silver said many people painted rocks at the recent Jazz Festival in Westminster, but for those who missed that opportunity she and two other galleries will be hosting rock-painting sessions.

The first session will be 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Gallery 3698, 3698 West 72nd Ave. in Westminster.

The second is from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Mainstreet Gallery, 36 South Main St. in Brighton.

The final session is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Aar River Gallery, 3707 W 73rd Ave. in Westminster.

All rocks must be donated to the Art Rocks Project and artists will be on hand to assist anyone with questions.

“I think this program is great because a lot of people don’t get a chance to go into galleries, so it’s kind of nice that people get to see art while they are out on a walk or at the park,” Silver said. “It’s great for families to do together and a fun way to be creative.”

Silver said the Paletteers are hoping to have all of the 500 rocks complete by the end of August when members will begin to place the rocks throughout the county.

For more information contact Silver at 303-466-2512.