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Billings woman invites community to find '406 Rocks' around town

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With rocks and paint, one Billings woman uses her art to spread joy through her community.

Mary Duke Hughes, 52, said the idea for her '406 Rocks' came from similar projects in the East. 

"There's the '423 Rocks' and the '901 Rocks' in Memphis," Hughes said. "I moved to Billings about 4 years ago, and I want to spread joy like these other groups are doing."

Hughes said the project is simple: collect rocks, paint positive images and pictures on them, and place them around town to share with the community. 

"You don't have to be an artist, just put something on there that would brighten someone's day," Hughes said.

Hughes paints rocks with words like 'hope' and 'love,' with popular cartoon characters, bright animals, and other images she hopes bring a smile to their finder's face. 

After completing her painted projects, she places the rocks around town, providing hints to their whereabouts on her '406 Rocks' Facebook page. 

"I go on the page and I tell them what area to put them in, and they can replant them or keep them!"

Hughes said she hopes to see more people get involved by painting rocks and placing them around the community.While the locations vary, the goal remains the same.

"If I could reach one person and brighten their day, it's worth the whole thing."

If you would like to join the treasure hunt in the treasure state, Hughes invites everyone to check out her '406 Rocks' Facebook page. 

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