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Local artist Peg Haubert will bring her show, "Venus Rising," to Lakeland University for the second art exhibit of the 2017-18 season.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 10.

The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the university is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.

Haubert received a bachelor of fine arts degree in independent filmmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1983. After years of being a video producer, writer, director and editor, she turned to making visual art to relieve stress.

"The only thing I needed to make art was my imagination and a variety of art supplies and years of learning and practice," Haubert said. "I firmly believe 'creating' visual art is the highest form of personal freedom I can expect to have in life."

She studied visual art in a zigzag manner, taking Traditional Realism classes with artist James Prohl and learning mixed media techniques with artist Kenn Kwint. She currently works primarily in mixed media.

"I think of mixed media as a type of alchemy; a way to create something that is not easily duplicated and will not appear in limited edition prints," Haubert said. "I believe that original art needs to be viewed in person to be enjoyed and evaluated thus my work is difficult to photograph due to the textures and reflective surfaces. It is best viewed in person."

She used glyphs or symbols in most of my mixed media works. "This stems from my interest in language and the development of written texts," she said. "Languages from around the globe started as drawings. To me, the glyphs are a reminder that people have wanted to express themselves since the beginning of conscious thought. They also provide a mysterious visual rhythm to my work."

Haubert's work has been shown at the UW-Milwaukee Fine Arts Gallery, UW-Madison Art Gallery, Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, Nevel Museum in Green Bay and many galleries including the James Dixon Art Gallery in Tory Island, Ireland.

She participates in Sheboygan Visual Artists group shows at EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Ave., Sheboygan, and conducts finger painting parties monthly in the SVA Art Factory.

Her studio is open by appointment. Visitors are welcome, but appointments are advised. To see more of her work, visit ArtenSoulStudio.com or follow ArtenSoul Studio on Facebook.

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