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AQUINAS COLLEGE GALLERY EXHIBIT HOSTS BRETT COLLEY & MARIEL VERSLUIS

September 12, 2001 - GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, September 12, 2001 Aquinas College is pleased to host Brett Colley and Mariel Versluis, as a part of the Art and Music Center Gallery exhibit. A gallery opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Art and Music Center Gallery. Admission is free of charge.

Colley's, mural sized relief prints and Versluis, assemblage and sculpture, will be on display in the gallery from Sunday, October 7 to Friday, November 9. The gallery will be closed Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 29, and will reopen Monday, October 30. The gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Colley's artwork is based on unrelated modular images. He uses relief techniques that involve carving images into block surfaces of wood and linoleum for his murals. Each day only one piece of block is carved for the mural. Some of Colley's murals are constructed with between 500 and 600 blocks using a spontaneous method of organization. Colley uses the popular media, fears, fascinations, and paranoia observed in society to develop a mural, he said "I fancy myself a reporter of my times and the world around me."

Versluis's artwork focuses on a universal look at life. She incorporates humanity, inhumanity, and the lessons that we learn in life into her works. Versluis calls this series the "Train of Fools". The "Train of Fools" is an ongoing project, and it consists of many cars.