PANAMA CITY — On Sept. 6, the Visual & Performing Arts Division of Gulf Coast State College opened an exhibit, "Made in Greece VIII," featuring artwork produced by the students and faculty of the Athens/Skopelos Study Abroad Program. The work in the show was produced by GCSC’s students over a three-week period at The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, in Skopelos, Greece.
"We’ve been going for eight years, and I look forward to it every year. In fact, the more I go, the more I fall in love with the place and the people," said Pavel Amromin, associate professor and gallery director. "Every trip is a little different and there is always something new to discover. We’ve taken all kinds of students — art majors, business majors, nursing students, anthropology majors, etc. We’ve taken traditional students and non-degree seeking students.
"Some have taken the class more than once. Some students are well traveled, some have never been on a plane before. Every group is a little different, but many speak of the trip as a life-changing experience. An experience that opened their eyes to new cultures, new ways of thinking and new possibilities."
After intensive two-week introductory courses in ceramics and photography stateside, the students traveled to Greece where they created artworks in response to the rich artistic and cultural traditions of the country, the island of Skopelos, and their personal experiences as travelers. The resulting work offers a glimpse into the unique experience of each student.
Featured artists are students Sophee Beall, Zachary Branson, Evelyn Fore, Alyssa Hurst, Hannah Kelling, Michelle Norris, Claire Olson and Cynthia Smith, and instructors Pavel Amromin and Tammy Marinuzzi.
The work will be on display in the Amelia Center Main Gallery (Room 112) until Oct. 4. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.