As you pass through the City of Fairbury, be on the lookout for some special art pieces placed throughout the community by the Jefferson County Art Guild.
The guild is busy decorating and painting rocks to place in a variety of locations in Fairbury, all part of an effort to promote art in the community.
Amber Rogers, member of the Art Guild, explained that people who find these decorated rocks are encouraged to post a photo of the rock on their special Fairbury, NE Rocks Facebook Page. She notes that there has already been some activity on the page.
“When people find these rocks, they can share a photo of the rock they found and where they found it,” said Rogers. “People can either keep the rock, or re-hide it somewhere else in the community for another person to find. Eventually, the Art Guild will be hosting paint-ins where people from the community can come and paint their own rocks to hide in the community. There’s already been some people who’ve found rocks and posted them on Facebook.”
Rogers believes that promoting art in Fairbury and throughout Jefferson County is important because it showcases the great amount of creative talent that exists in the area, which often is overlooked.
“We want to make somebody’s day a bit brighter with these rocks,” Rogers said. “Getting the community involved with art projects like this is really neat to see, and we would like to continue hosting projects like this to help keep art in the public eye.”
Currently the guild has prepared roughly 40 rocks, but they plan to decorate more to hide throughout Fairbury soon. Rogers stated that the Jefferson County Art Guild hosts a number art projects through the year, such as painting miniature barns to display at the upcoming Jefferson County Fair. If people are interested, they are encouraged to check out their main Facebook page, or contact any of the members.
“The Jefferson County Art Guild is an organization where people who are interested in all kinds of art, not just painting, can come together and learn more about other kinds of art,” said Rogers. “We encourage people to learn about a variety of art forms and to help broaden their horizons. It also helps people to connect with others in the county who want to promote the arts. We’re spreading art throughout Jefferson County! We invite people to come sit in on a meeting just to see what it’s like.”
(Photos Contributed By Amber Rogers)