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Exhibit shares memories from students’ trip to England

Arapahoe, Colorado Mesa joined forces as 16 travelers made overseas journey

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In May, 16 Arapahoe Community College and Colorado Mesa University students headed across the pond to England for a 12-day art-making journey to record impressions of architecture, art, food and culture — individual visions of scenes both ancient and contemporary, according to Trish Sangelo, ACC program coordinator. “London is very much a blend of old and new,” Sangelo said. “Brick and glass exist side by side, the new reflecting the old, offering an inspiring contrast for artists.”

Those memories are now being shared in an exhibit at ACC’s Littleton campus.

The travelers visited, recorded and photographed scenes dating to ancient Roman occupation, as well as cutting-edge modern — plus the British Museum; street scenes; the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio; a cruise on the Thames River …

Other spots with visual and intellectual appeal included Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Wellington Arch and St. Paul’s Cathedral and Garden.

The group watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and participated in the Aardman Animation Workshops (“Wallace and Gromit”) and the Dr. Who Experience.

“The Study Abroad Program provides a variety of for-credit international courses, fostering intercultural understanding through the study of art. These classes allow students to immerse themselves in a global experience, providing them with a different perspective on culture, theory, history, art, architecture and the economy,” Sangelo adds.

She also said that 49 art students are going to Japan next June. We’ll look forward to that exhibit!

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“Through the Eye of a Lens,” the exhibit of photography and collaborative works by ACC and Colorado Mesa University students, runs through Jan. 11 in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, in the Annex at the Littleton ACC campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. ACC will be closed Dec. 25 to Jan. 1. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Contact Trish Sangelo for information about the program at TrishSangelo@arapahoe.edu.

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