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Myth Salon: Squaring the Circle - The Art and Mandalas of Burton Kopelow

Updated: Feb 27

The Myth Salon is bringing you Squaring the Circle, which derives from the art and philosophy of visionary California colorist, Burton Kopelow who brought forth abstract, mystical mandalas reflecting his immersion in Jung, alchemy, consciousness, Theosophy, eastern mysticism, and personal transformation. Kopelow originated the idea of Chromorphism, a series of large scale paintings which centered on Tibetan Thangka paintings and the core concepts of CG Jung, especially Jung's psychology of mandalas that he considered expressions of the total Self.


Here’s a link to see more of Kopelow’s mandalas:


Here is a link to the exhibit at PRS:


This Myth Salon takes place as accompaniment to an exhibit currently installed at the Philosophical Research Society. Our panel will include PRS exhibit curator David Orr, Sandra del Castillo, PhD., a ritual artist and spokesperson for the exhibit, and Nancy Blumstein, Kopelow's widow and author of the stunning retrospective book, Burton Kopelow: Paths of Discovery. David Orr is a mandala artist himself, currently immersed in producing "moon mandalas" and releasing them on a weekly basis (that we may get a chance to view). He writes, people will experience a deep dive into the “vivid kinetic geometry” of Kopelow’s “asymmetrical yet balanced” mandalas. The focus of this Myth Salon is not only the art of Kopelow but it is first of a series of Myth Salons on mandalas. 


Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Mythological Studies Program At Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has authored, coauthored, edited or coedited 33 volumes of poetry, non fiction and fiction. His most recent titles include The Way of Myth: Stories' Subtle Wisdom and The Fiction in Our Convictions. His web site, contains a series of blogs, paintings, adventure invitations and online courses.


Dana White, Ph.D. a contributing faculty member to Pacifica's myth degrees and author of numerous volumes on mythology. Over the course of his career, Dana has worked in radio and industrial television, as a vice president of marketing for Merrill Lynch, and as an academic department chair at an art college. He edits and designs books, produces films and motion media for universities, corporations and non-profits, and is a professional photographer with more than 40 books to his credit.He currently produces and hosts the Myth Salon, a venture he co-founded in 2016 with Dr. Will Linn,


WILL LINN, Ph.D. Is the Founder of He Produces Psychedelic MixTapes for Fascinated by Everything and co-hosts a European TV series called Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity. From 2011-2021, Will led projects for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and from 2015-2023, he served as a professor and founding department chair for Hussian College—a film and performing arts school in Los Angeles. He has moderated these monthly Myth Salons with Dana White since 2015. His media and conference appearances, publications and roundtables have been focused on the poesis of nature and technology, meta-narratives of transformation, historical arcs in the mythic imagination and the archetypal revolution of meteor-steel.


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