AMC-Mercy Resident Submits Artwork for Traveling Exhibit

SARANAC LAKE A resident at AMC-Mercy in Tupper Lake could be gaining notoriety on a statewide level through her artwork. Doris Laroque, 94, has been painting for the past 30 years, and has been a resident at AMC-Mercy since March 2007. Each year, the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA) presents its annual art exhibit at ten member facilities across the state. This year, Doris submitted a painting entitled "Sunset Over the Adirondacks" in the NYAHSA competition and exhibit. Judging of the entries is currently underway, and finalists will be named in early February. The NYAHSA traveling exhibit is scheduled in a geographic pattern across the state during the months of April through October. Each host facility receives the art for a pre-determined three-week period. Locations for the traveling exhibit have yet to be determined. Doris is a life-long resident of the North Country. She was born on a farm eight miles outside of Potsdam on Dec. 21, 1913. She attended schools in Potsdam, and went on to earn her bachelor's degree in teaching. Doris taught grades one through three, and her teaching eventually brought her to Tupper Lake where she met her husband and raised a family of four. Her husband, Charlie, was a dentist in the area. Upon retirement, Doris became a regular visitor at the Tupper Lake Adult Center where she and her friends took up painting. Other hobbies of hers include skiing, reading, golf, and playing bridge. Painting is perhaps her greatest passion as she is inspired by photographs of the Adirondacks. "It is such an honor to have my piece in the art exhibit," Doris said, "I get great satisfaction and pleasure from sitting at my art table." "Hey, it keeps me out of trouble!" Doris added with a smile.

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