Handrich-Walker said that part of what drove her to start the Facebook group "Reno Painted Rocks" was a love of art abandonment, or leaving artwork somewhere for others to find. The group has over 1,500 members, dispersed all over the world, from Reno to South Korea.
An Outlet and Smiles
Handrich-Walker, who also works in a bakery, said she “loves” Reno and its arts and culture scene, which she described as up and coming. While also serving as an outlet for her, she said she likes the fact that the rocks can make someone else happy.
“If I can paint a rock and know that it's going to bring somebody a smile, that is soothing to me," she said.
Handrich-Walker said some of what she uses for her rocks includes acrylic paint and watercolor pencils, while others in the group have used melted crayons and Sharpie pens to add color to the rocks. “(The mediums are) endless,” she said. “If you can write with it, you can draw a rock with it.”
Photos, Audio and Reporting by Kevin Sheridan shared with Our Town Reno