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Photo of Michael with a variety of masks

Photo by R.J. Frost - Sault Star

LOOKIN' MEAN, an exhibit of masks and helmets, opens at the Art Gallery of Algoma with a reception today at 7 P.M. Curator Michael Burtch shows off a couple of his favourtes -Mascara de Montserrat Gritando, which was created by the 20th century Spanish sculptor Julio Gonsales in 1936, and Mike Palmateer's goalie mask from the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, which sports a confederate flag. Dozens of other masks, including the First Nations masks, pictured above, are part of the display. The exhibit uses original helmets and masks from the Hockey Hall of Fame and private collections to look at the relationship between contemporary sporting icons and traditional fine art and ceremonial masks. The reception this evening is open to the public to meet and greet Soo Greyhound players, get autographs and enter a free draw for a jersey. Refreshments will be served.