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Hope by David Hale

On view in the CCBC Gallery October 20 – November 30, 2020

This exhibition celebrates local artist David Hale’s new mural of the same name, Hope, now located behind Creature Comforts’ taproom on the building shared by Epiphany and the Rook & Pawn. Most years, for a few hot evenings in June, this community hub is immediately adjacent to the AthFest Music Festival, which is a fundraiser for AthFest Educates. Hope, the artist’s third mural in the same location, was installed to commemorate what would have been the 24th anniversary of AthFest, looking toward the 25th year to be celebrated in 2021.

The CCBC Gallery exhibition features nine paintings created in preparation for the new mural as well as two new, larger paintings. In Hope 01, a full rendering of the mural, twenty-four swallows swirl together protecting a nest that holds the twenty-fifth swallow. Across cultures and throughout human history, swallows have time and time again been recognized as a symbol of hope. For sailors venturing across the sea into the unknown, these coastal birds served as a sign of solid land ahead. And while we may not be able to predict what lies ahead, this mural reminds us all to let hope light the path toward solid land.

The artist is generously donating 50% of proceeds from this exhibition to the Get Artistic program’s grantmaking efforts. This program aims to foster place attachment—to help more Athenians love Athens—by investing in the local creative economy. Learn more about Get Artistic by clicking here.

As of November 3rd, all pieces in the exhibition have sold. However, the artwork will remain on display in the taproom’s CCBC Gallery until the end of  November. Not local? You can still review the CCBC Gallery Customer Purchase Guide to view the paintings.

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