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Neighborhood Artist Review features Marvel Houge

By Staff | Apr 2, 2011

"Esther"ville, Iowa May 1910 - Lincoln Street looking West  by Marvel Houge *

Marvel Houge, of Estherville, is currently the featured artist for the Excel! Estherville Neighborhood Artist Review. Houge’s artwork will be available for viewing at the Emmet County State Bank in Estherville from April 1-30. The bank is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. 4:15 p.m. Houge’s art will be featured a second month, May, at Little Swan Lake Winery.

“My paintings reflect my life in the Midwest, mainly Estherville, the Iowa Great Lakes, and Winterset,” Hough said. ” I was born in Winterset and my family moved to northern Iowa when I was a youngster. As years passed, and I became an artist, I revisited the area to photograph all of the bridges so I could paint them. I’ve also exhibited at the ‘Covered Bridge Art Festival.’

“My artworks are watercolors, pen and ink, and scratchboard drawings. They are mostly realistic, as most of my wildlife paintings coloring is part of the main focus. I rely on my camera to capture inspiring scenes and colors. My subjects are very versatile, as I love to explore new concepts. I’ve remained mostly self-taught, as the basics of wildlife, or any other subject, has to be accomplished over time.

“My city landscapes were painted mainly to preserve an image of a special site of interest, especially my paintings of ‘Esther’ville. It’s a picture of the Ridley’s. Estherville was named after Esther Ridley. The horse and buggy era was part of the towns’ history, and a friend made his early snapshot available so I could use it for a scene of early 1900s. Central Avenue was known as Lincoln Street then. I used my own photos when I painted the ‘Chicago Rock Island Depot.’

“My career in art has been one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences of my life. It’s increased my own awareness of nature and made me appreciate the beauty God has given us to enjoy. I hope friends will enjoy viewing my artwork in my upcoming exhibits. It’s been a pleasure to be an artist and to show my paintings.

“My artwork is of rural and city landscapes, water scenes, wildlife, song birds, florals, and architecture.”

For more information on Neighborhood Artist Review, contact Sarah Morphew at 712-209-4949 or email neighborhoodartistreview@gmail.com.