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Local ‘heroes’ model in new photography show at Winnipeg Art Gallery

The new show has local athletes posing as their favourite Greek Gods.

Locals may soon be able to spot some familiar faces hanging on the walls of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

This week, the gallery announced the opening of a new photography exhibit that showcases homegrown athletes portrayed as ancient gods and goddesses.

Called ‘Modern Day Heroes’, the new show is a part of the gallery’s ongoing exhibition of ‘Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collection of Berlin,’ which is on display until March 6.

Pictured in the black and white portraits are models Sophia Lee, who is a principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as well as Moe Leggett of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“I am one of the many artists over the centuries who have been inspired by the work contained in Olympus,” said Winnipeg-based photographer Ian McCausland in a release issued by the gallery Tuesday.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to channel that inspiration into creating images of our modern day heroes.”

Other athletes in the show include Finn Higgins, who wrestles with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen team and Kimberly Moors, who is on the University of Manitoba’s Bisons swim team.

In Tuesday’s release, the gallery said each of the four models had the chance to choose which deities they portrayed.

‘Modern Day Heroes: Photography by Ian McCausland,’ is on display until Mar.6

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