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From the Boston Globe - October 17, 2007
Rock on
Painted rocks are the most popular product by George Witham.
By Cindy Cantrell | http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ - October 18, 2007

ROCK ON: Although he is a serious artist who sculpts and paints in acrylics, pastels, and watercolor, George Witham said he has accepted his role as "comic relief" at art shows for his most popular product: painted rocks.

"People are used to seeing jewelry and pottery because that's the norm," said Witham, who lives in Townsend. "You know the kids will love [the painted rocks], but so do a lot of adults. And it's usually not the ones you'd expect."

Witham began painting rocks 23 years ago as a way to entertain his 12-year-old daughter. Surprised by the overwhelming response to a rock resembling a purple Volkwagen Beetle by his daughter's classmates, Witham began selling variations to co-workers at Millipore, where he worked as a graphic artist. Soon afterward, he began taking painted rocks to art shows.

Although he generally charges $40 for paperweight-size designs of animals, people, food, and flowers, his most popular creations - which resemble crushed Coca-Cola and Budweiser cans - are priced higher. He has also been commissioned to paint 45-pound rocks modeled after pet dogs and a cat.

"Just like people see shapes in clouds, I see shapes in rocks," he said. "I let my imagination go and have fun with it."

Witham's rocks and pet portraits will be in this weekend's 18th annual Dunstable Artisans Art Show and Sale, which will also include jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, baskets, wood, stenciled floor cloths, lamp art, photography, and mixed media. A preview party will take place tomorrow, 7-9 p.m., at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School in Groton. For more information, visit dunstableartisans.org.



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