• Spruce Pine resident Janie Glenn admires the rocks she painted and hid this past week in Mitchell County.
    Spruce Pine resident Janie Glenn admires the rocks she painted and hid this past week in Mitchell County.

No stone unturned

Local woman combines art, adventure

SPRUCE PINE – Spruce Pine resident Janie Glenn was trying to think of something inexpensive, fun and outdoors for people to do this summer.

Building off a similar movement in North Wilkesboro called “Color Wilkes,” Glenn has started “Spruce Pine Rocks,” where people paint rocks with uplifting messages or images and place them in public for others to find.

“I love to paint, so I just started painting rocks,” she said. “Then, I just wanted to come up with something for people to do.”

Glenn painted 60 rocks she began hiding this past Thursday and at least one is somewhere in Riverside Park in Spruce Pine. When a “Spruce Pine Rock” is found, Glenn said people are asked to take a picture of it, post it on the “Spruce Pine Rocks” Facebook page and re-hide the rock.

“I encourage people to paint their own rocks and hide them,” she said. “Let your kids or your grandkids paint them and let them hide them. I think it will be interesting and I hope it goes on forever. People need to do things like this. People here are always outdoors, all the time walking or fishing or something, so why not look for some pretty rocks.”

What a rock represents is determined by the person who painted it, she said. Most of Glenn’s rocks are colorful or painted to look like something the shape of the rock resembles; Glenn has rocks painted as a jalapeno pepper and a strawberry in her repertoire, among many others.

People of all ages and skill sets are encouraged to participate, Glenn said.

“It will be interesting just to see how far some of these rocks will travel,” she said.

The MItchell News

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