- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Frederic Lecut loves creating mosaics - an art form he first learned more than 10 years ago.

Lecut’s mosaic art has been commissioned by individuals. His work hangs on the walls of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. He created a prayer labyrinth at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan. His pieces hang throughout his home, along his backyard fence and in his studio. He conducts private and small group lessons.

A self-taught mosaic artist, Lecut said he loves the art form.

But, he wanted to do more than just create art and make living at it. So he offered his skills for projects geared to local children.

“My point is not so much to teach them how to do (mosaic); my point is to show them that they can be creative,” Lecut said.

Lecut, who is originally from France but lives in Headland, oversaw a community mosaic art project in Headland in May.

The project began during Headland’s Daylily Art and Garden Festival. The community art project sponsored by the Headland Police Department Drug Prevention Program and The Home Depot invited children attending the festival to construct individual mosaic blocks. Lecut then used those blocks to create a larger piece of art that will hang on a wall at the Headland Municipal Complex.

“We hope this will be the first of other community mosaic art projects for Headland,” Rhonda Harrison, executive director of the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release.

In all, 20 different blocks were used for the larger mosaic. The mosaic skills varied widely among the children, who were ages 7 to 13, but Lecut said their skill level wasn’t really the point. The point was to show children they could contribute to something larger.

“When we put them together, it looks pretty good,” Lecut said of the larger mosaic piece. “.When you put it together you have something beautiful.”

He hopes when the children see how their work was combined with others, they will realize they can contribute to their community, and that will in turn improve their self-worth.

Lecut’s next community project will involve students helping him do outdoor mosaics on tables and benches on the campus of Troy University in Troy.

“One aspect of mosaic that I think is very important is that it lasts a very long time,” Lecut said. “.We still have mosaics that are 2,500 years old in Europe and in Asia.”

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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