Art: Broad range of talent at juried exhibit
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Art: Broad range of talent at juried exhibit

Hide caption Those half-cans of interior and exterior paint sitting in garages? When donated to Pete LaRouech of Scotts, they take on a new life as artwork. Those half-cans of interior and exterior paint sitting in garages? When donated to Pete LaRouech of Scotts, they take on a new life as artwork. His efforts paid off Sunday, when his piece “Ancient City” garnered Best of Show 2D in the Carnegie Center for the Arts’ 2019 Regional Juried Arts exhibit. “I’ve always had an interest in art,” said LaRouech, who taught English and physical education at Sturgis High School from 1971-74 prior to a career in teaching, business and consulting. After his retirement, he began to experiment with abstract painting. “It’s really been a fun thing for me,” he said. Working in the medium of “recycled house paint,” he helps people clear out their clutter while making them part of his pictures. “I’ve had people say ‘Is that my brown?’” he said. LaRouech doesn’t plan out his paintings. He chooses his colors, then “I let the paint kind of do it,” he said. With his finished products being abstract, everyone sees them differently. So for this piece, he reached out […]

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