Robert Therien’s [MFA ’69] early inspiration in art came from a less conventional source: Mad magazine.

The cartoonish art from the satirical humor publication is much different than the Fremont man’s photo-realistic scenes of goldfish, turtles and caladium.

This month, works by the internationally known artist and retired professor of art at Midland University are on display at Gallery 92 West in Fremont.

Admission is free to a reception in honor of the artist. The event, which is open to the public, is from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Fremont Area Art Association Building, 92 W. Sixth St.

Those who attend can see many of Therien’s latest works — a vibrant collection of oil and watercolor paintings of botanical subjects.

Therien’s interest in art began years ago. Back then, he lived in North Omaha and went to Florence Elementary and McMillian Junior High schools.

“I had a very adventurous youth,” Therien said.

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