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Houzenga exhibit to open Jan. 27 with talk, reception

An exhibit of mixed media by Brent Houzenga will be on display Jan. 27 – Feb. 24 in Monmouth College’s Len G. Everett Gallery.

A reception for the Des Moines, Iowa-based artist will be held on the opening day of the exhibit from 3 – 5 p.m. in the gallery, and he will speak about the exhibit at 3:15 p.m. The exhibit, talk and reception are all free and open to the public.

Six years ago, Houzenga’s life was altered dramatically when he stumbled across a pair of antique photo albums from the 1890s in the discarded trash of others. Since that discovery, Houzenga has amassed an extensive body of work, attempting to bring these lost souls back to life through abstract painting and stencil work using vibrant colors and his own unique action painting techniques. Often displaying his subjects on re-purposed window frames suggests the antiquity of the subjects in his paintings as well as the rural and rustic background of this self-described “prairie pirate.”

Located in Hewes Library, the Everett Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – midnight.