615 Rocks! helps spread joy by sharing art with others

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Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A movement to spread joy that started in Memphis is now taking over Nashville.

Former kindergarten teacher turned church kid’s director, Emily Gouldener, is behind the newest trend of rock painting.

You can often find Emily and her son Hudson painting rocks – a craft that started after she heard about a movement that two women started in Memphis from her mother.

After learning about the craft, Emily then decided to reach out to one of the Memphis women.

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“I just said, ‘Hey, what would you think about bringing this to Nashville, and any ideas?’ And obviously, ‘Can I steal your creativity and bring it here?’ She walked me through every bit of it and said do it,” Emily told News 2.

In September 2015, 615 Rocks! was born. The concept is simple – have fun creating art on rocks.

“That’s kind of the cool thing, you can do anything. You can leave them as is and let the rock be absolutely natural, or spray paint it a bright color, or do emoji’s. Anything that just kind of strikes you,” she explained.

After creating a unique rock, you then go and hide it in public.

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Photo: WKRN

“Putting them somewhere you know someone is going to encounter it and it’s just going to make their day. Some people are pretty sneaky about where they hide them. You might drop one on the counter at Walgreens and hope the person right behind you sees it and goes, ‘Oh, cool what is this?” Emily explained.

Emily told News 2 the concept is a way to spread love by sharing art with others.

“If you think about it, it is something so small. If you paint, you can paint one rock a day and it will take you three or four minutes. That will make you smile because you painted it, someone else smile because they found it, and if they keep planting it and painting it you have the exponential growth of it,” she said.

Emily uses the power of social media to spread the 615 Rocks! concept.

People have found the painted rocks from Franklin to Kingston Springs, to Dickson and Murfreesboro.

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Photo: WKRN

Over 8,000 people have already requested to join the movement’s Facebook page, where you can find clues as to where to find a painted rock.

Emily told News 2 she has no idea how big the movement will get or even how long it will last, but she says she has no plans to stop painting and hiding rocks.

“Somedays I paint zero, some days I paint 10,” she said. “As long as people are finding joy in it and having fun with it, we keep it going.”

Check out some of the stories and hunts on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page.

Several businesses, including Home Depot in Cool Springs and Bellevue, and StoneTree Mulch and Gravel have boxes of free rocks available to anyone who is interested in joining 615 Rocks!