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My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action

Jan 14, 2016 09:24PM ● By Jennifer Neys
Experience the escapades of iconic superheroes with this pumped-up collection of international artworks in a variety of media. As contemporary idols, superheroes provide a rich source of inspiration for artists around the world. My Hero! celebrates and re-envisions the possibilities that exist when you have a magic cape, lasso, or some superhuman power that changes everything.
My Hero! will feature art by nationally renowned artist Mark Newport (Keego Harbor, Michigan), who, for years, has been using superhero imagery to explore issues of identity and the definition of a “hero”
Sacramento artist Mel Ramos anchors the My Hero! exhibition. A pioneer in the genre of superhero art, Ramos has been using iconic images in his work for over 50 years. One of his earlier works, an oil painting of Superman (1962), is currently on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. 
Bedford Gallery also commissioned San Francisco artist, Lizabeth Rossof to create a Batman warrior for My Hero! Created in Xi’an, China, this piece features Batman as a historic Terracotta Warrior. 
Location: Inside the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, four blocks south of the Walnut Creek BART station. Telephone: (925) 295-1417.
Admission: General $5; Youth (17 and under) $3; Children 12 and under, free; First Tuesdays are free; Free for ticket holders to events in the Lesher Center for the Arts on ticketed date.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5:00 pm, and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on evenings when there are theater productions in the LCA. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.