More than 100 painted rocks will be hidden Saturday in Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island, and the public is invited to join in on the fun of finding them.
The event is being held by Hilton Head Island Rocks, one of several groups popping up in the area that encourages people to paint and hide rocks for strangers to find.
Connie Lindler, co-organizer of the group, said the event is a way to introduce the public to the national movement known as “The Kindness Rocks Project.”
“People will be allowed to keep the rocks or hide them somewhere else,” Lindler said. “We have a lot of tourists on the island, and it would be nice to see the rocks travel.”
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The event will start at 11 a.m.
Bluffton-HHI Rocks is another growing group in the area.
Artist Cynthia Van Nus sat at a table outside Atlanta Bread on Hilton Head earlier this month with a pile of rocks decorated with everything from scenes of the Lowcountry to the Batman symbol.
A few hours later, she traveled to locations such as Coligny Beach Park and Shelter Cove to hide the rocks in plain sight in hopes some passerby would find the treasures.
“It is a community-building, fun thing to do,” Van Nus said. “In our day and age, people are wound tight.”
“It gives the hobbyist a craft to do that is inexpensive,” she said. “It is a pleasure and treat for those who find them.”
Van Nus is more than just a hobbyist. She is skilled in landscape painting and a part of The Society of Bluffton Artists.
But painting rocks is a new gig for Van Nus. She was talked into the hobby by friends and family.
“They are different sizes and shapes,” Van Nus said of her stone canvases. “You have to think, ‘What can I fit on this?’ ”