Chas Martin Art

sculpture - painting - mentorship

The Hero's Journey Show at Columbia Center for the Arts

Poppy Dully

"The Hero's Journey" at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River is my first experience curating a show. I am very pleased with the results. The call for entries was a straightforward request:

Is there a difference between man and myth, or is each the reflection of the other? Explore the stories that define our lives through archetypal characters, cultural symbols, and dreams. These timeless stories guide us, anchor us and help us understand who we are and why we are here. “The Hero’s Journey” will reveal how men visualize themselves and their personal mythologies. Working in a variety of artistic forms, participating artists will consider their personal journeys, archetypes, the adventure of the examined life, and the deep roots of individual artistic expression.

The theme evolved from a discussion on Joseph Campbell's lectures which have influenced much of my own work. The call for entries resulted in a show of 30 artists from LA to Seattle. Interpretation of the theme vary widely, but also create a curious continuity.

The show will be on display through January 29, 2017 at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. As a compliment to the Hero show, I am exhibiting a series of sculptures, masks and paintings in the Center's main lobby.