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Myths and Mythologies
Saturday: April 30th through Saturday: June 11th

Myths and Mythologies will exhibit interpretations of the theme by over 50 artists. From the dawn of civilization, mankind has expressed its desires and yearnings, its fears and anxieties, in terms of mythological systems. While the term "mythology" usually invokes for us stories and characters from the pages of Homer or Hesiod, Ovid or Virgil, the mythologizing impetus has not been confined to classical societies. We need only reflect upon the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, or J.K. Rowling - and their cinematic counterparts - to recognize the pervasive presence of mythologies in our own time. To American mythologist Joseph Campbell, all myths share a common ground: "Myth opens the world to the dimension of mystery, to the realization of mystery that underlies all forms." Mythology is, for Campbell, "the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry."

But "myth" need not connote "mythology" in the sense of a large and interrelated system of stories exploring fundamental human attributes and dilemmas. Few topics have preoccupied modern linguists and intellectual historians more than the myriad "myths" which permeate our lives and are propagated daily by politicians and advertisers, among others. We all know, for example, that accumulated wealth "trickles down," that blondes have more fun, and that Germans make better automotive engineers, not to mention the many "myths" associated with religion and ethnicity invoked during our current presidential campaigns. To modern French philosopher and linguist Roland Barthes "Myth is a type of speech…It is a mode of communication." To Barthes, myth is inherent in the use of language itself.

Participating Artists

Jappie King Black
Philip Bornarth
Kristine Bouyoucos
Mary Buchan
Todd Chalk
Alice Chen
Paula Crawford
David Dorsey
Anthony Dungan
Elizabeth Durand
Ray Easton
Phyllis Bryce Ely
Barbara Fox
Sari Gaby
Walter Garver
Peter Gerbic
Jacquie Germanow

Margery Pearl Gurnett
Deborah Hall
Karl Heerdt
Denise Heischman
Robert Heischman
Charles Houseman
Thomas Insalaco
 Richard Jenks
 William Keyser
 Matt Klos
 John Lombardi
 Kristin Malone
 Amy McLaren
 Sarah Morgan
Daniel Mosner
Leonard Muscarella
Fran Noonan

Barbara Page
Bill Santelli
Ryan Schroeder
g. a. Sheller
Alan Singer
Helen Smagorinsky
Norine Spurling
Bill Stephens
Roland Stevens
Debra Stewart
Dario Tazzioli
Kate Timm
Ken Townsend
Jan Hewitt Towsley
Patricia Tribastone
Doug Whitfield
Wayne Williams
Jack Wolsky

An Artists' Reception will be held Saturday, May 14 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The reception is open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

Barbara Fox, "Pegasus," charcoal on pape
Dario Tazzioli, "Daphne,"
marble on Portoro base


Pat Tribastone, "Good Luck, Bad Luck," pastel on paper

Doug Whitfield, "Triple Goddess,
oil on canvas triptych

Fran Noonan, "La Cathédrale Engloutie, oil on board


Helen Smagorinsky, "Mermaid Fantasy:
Red Sky in the Morning…," acrylic on canvas

Todd Chalk, "Xanadu," acrylic and mixed media on canvas


Elizabeth Durand, "Cygnus Song: Children of Lir,"
embossed collograph collage

Peter Gerbic, "Turtle Island," ceramic


Alan Singer, "Unwelcome Guest_Underworld,"
transfer print

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