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The MAG Community Art Center announces a special exhibition, “AFVN: Stories from the R.E.M.F.,” by Rick Mjos, at the Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau, from November 10th to 30th. This is not an exhibition of the Vietnam war, but a series of paintings depicting Mjos’ memories of the people he knew and the places they lived during his time as a Rear Echelon “Military Force'' in South East Asia.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
It can be viewed during normal Murray CVB hours of Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30 pm. For more information on MAG programming and events, see murrayartguild.org.
My colorful abstractions feature botanical, aquatic and microscopic motifs. I am inspired by the elegant intricacy of patterns in nature that repeat on both small and large scales across a variety of lifeforms, from single cell amoebas to entire ecosystems. I strive to capture the dynamic nature of life, which is in a constant state of growth and decay. Blending images from the real world and imagination, my art celebrates nature in all its beauty and complexity.
My primary medium is acrylic paintings, but I also love drawing & photography, and my creative process often starts with photographs and sketches of details in my daily encounters with nature. I look for repeating patterns and abstract them into series of lines, shapes, and colors, which form the foundation of my own visual language.
I received my BFA in photography from the University of Michigan, an MA in photography and MFA in painting from Illinois State University. In addition to making art, my career in the arts stretches over 30 years as Educator, Gallery Director, Photo Curator and Portfolio Reviewer. After living on both coasts, in 2015 I moved back to Michigan to focus on my art.
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