Ask Evanstonians about painting rocks, and they probably think of the rocks at the water’s edge of the Northwestern campus. But Saturday afternoon at the Ridgeville Park District there’ll be a much smaller scale rock-painting-project open to all.


It’s organized by Jason Brown (aka The Zip Code Kid) as part of the WinterHeARTh event series. Lisa Degliantoni talked to Brown about that project and much more in this installment of the Lisa D Show podcast.

Brown has worked as a community arts advocate and organizer in Evanston since 2013 when he launched the annual Winter HeARTh public community art series, while co-chairing the Public Art Committee.

He has also helped produce community and public art works and programming through Art Encounter, The Big Draw Evanston, Downtown Evanston, Evanston Made, the Evanston Community Foundation and the City of Evanston.

As an independent artist, Jason, also under the alias “The Zip Code Kid,” runs the brand Geocommunetrics, a multidisciplinary design practice that seeks to explore the ideas of space, place, home and belonging using abstract, minimal design.

Saturday’s Rocks & Rolls event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ridgeville Community House, 908 Seward St.

It will feature Evanston-made bread and tasty soup from Lucky Platter and Cross Rhodes, while participants hang out and paint hopeful flowers on rocks and “plant” them outside. A craft and a snack for artists and non-artists alike, this Winter HeARTH event hopes to warm you up and keep life colorful.

All ages and families welcome. Bring a few rocks from home to paint, or paint some ours. Paint and brushes supplied.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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