Detail of “Kemitic Essence” by Victor Sweatt

More than six local artists are joining forces for one common cause: to depict their favorite heroes in an exhibit at Art Sanctuary and save the world while doing so.

Well, maybe not the second half, but if we’re running with the comic-book theme, it makes sense.

Heroes,” which opens Friday, Jan. 4, will feature the artwork of eight* artists in various mediums who all had the same assignment: Interpret your version of what a hero is.

“Honor” by Joseph Mayernick

Participating artists include Jonathan Matthews, a sculptor for DC Comics who lives in Louisville; collage artist Joseph Mayernik; abstract artist Kerri Horine; muralist Victor Sweatt; portrait artist Susan E. Brooks; and illustrators Rene Blansette and Brandon Jones.

The work will be as diverse and individual as the group and include everything from paint to collage and abstract expressionism to realism.

*Beloved artist and illustrator Kevlen Goodner also was going to be part of “Heroes,” but he suffered a stroke in late December and is currently in recovery. His family has started a Go Fund Me page to help with medical expenses. While he did create some art for the show, it is uncertain whether it will be part of the exhibit.

“Heroes” opens Friday, Jan. 4, with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. It continues to hang through Jan. 27, but gallery hours are by appointment only. Art Sanctuary is located at 1433 S. Shelby St.