By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger
Photo by Curt Werner
____Artist Larry Lerew could be described in current parlance as an “Outlier,” a scientific term popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book of the same name describing things that lie outside normal experience. Gladwell used the term when referring to people who have become extraordinary in their craft. In his book, the author explains “the 10,000-hour rule,” hypothesizing that dedicating 10,000 hours to any pursuit will result in excellence. Lerew, who began painting in childhood, has likely racked up enough hours to have exceeded that mark.
____The Dillsburg resident studied at the York Academy of Arts as a commercial art major and then took a job doing prepress work for print ads in magazines and newspapers. Ever wonder who developed the cute masthead still used today for the Dillsburg Banner? Yep, Lerew’s the behind-the-scenes talent who designed it back in the 1980s.
____The gifted artist made the jump from commercial art to painting after the 9/11 incident in New York City. “It was a time when many people started evaluating what they wanted to do in their lives and I decided I wanted to paint instead of doing commercial art,” he said.
See the October 17, 2013 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.