“Art Around Town “is showcasing creative works by some very talented artists right now, and you won’t want to miss seeing one of our very own artists represented before it all ends in early October. But what is “Art Around Town“, anyway? And more importantly, which Paint a Miracle artist is participating in this first annual event for the Rochester Hills area?

“Art Around Town” is an exhibition launched in July by the Village of Rochester Hills and the City of Rochester Hills. The idea developed from the very successful model put together by the Detroit Institute of Arts known as the Inside|Out. The DIA program brings reproductions of masterpieces to the streets and parks of communities throughout metro-Detroit to engage people with art in settings that are familiar to them. Both municipalities have embraced this idea and set out together- along with the sponsorship of the Village Fine Art Gallery, to design a local spin with the same mission. An added benefit to the home-grown edition is the pride and creativity it will inherently foster among the two communities and artists alike.

03033_Rau,Aaron_IMG_1.4inSeveral entries were submitted from local studios including The Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Paint a Miracle and several privately owned studios. Of the seven artists chosen by a panel of experts to be featured this year, Aaron Rau from our studio was awarded the honor of having a reproduction of one of his masterworks on exhibit. The piece is titled Joyful Movement and perfectly describes the vibrant abstract made with acrylics on a 42 inch square canvas.

During a phone interview with Aaron, he recalls upon learning that his piece was being exhibited he was filled with excitement over the honor and added “it was really cool.”  Generally, when a conversation between two people is a degree or more away from person to person, whether over the phone or via email, certain qualities of the conversation and the message are missed, but there was no denying the emotion captured in Aaron’s response; you could just hear the smile and pride come through in his voice!  Aaron has been attending Paint a Miracle for more than ten years.  The mediums he likes to work with best are acrylics and watercolor.   We finished our conversation with Aaron sharing what a great experience he has had since attending Paint a Miracle and what he enjoys best are the people he meets and his classmates.124_Aaron_Rau_1.33in_portrait

Aaron’s work is on display until early October in the Village of Rochester Hills at the Wholefoods Market on the building’s west side.

This blog was contributed by guest blogger: Amy Alandt

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