Public Eye Soar organizes a projection art festival at Panama City College

PANAMA CITY — Southeast City’s largest outdoor public art gallery will soon return to Panama City to create an interactive environment through a projection art festival.

Public Eye Soar will be held on November 11th and 12th from 6-10pm at Gulf Coast State College, 5230 WUS 98 in Panama City. Now in its ninth year, Public Eye Soar aims to transform buildings using projectors with works by artists from around the world into a unique wonderland of light, color and imagination.

The family event is free and open to the public.

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Public Eye Soar is the brainchild of Margaret Webster and John Daniel, who brought this event to life to bring public art to the local community. This is the second year it will be hosted by Gulf Coast State College, with previous events held in downtown Panama City and the Panama City Mall.

“When we started this event, we had about 22 projectors and we put it together in three months and it had a great turnout, so we decided to go ahead,” Webster said. “It’s allowed us to really reach out to our community, which is really important to us.”

Sharing art in all forms

Since 2014, Public Eye Soar has featured more than 500 artists from 23 countries on six continents and showcased over 2,700 works of art. This year’s event will feature more than 50 projection surfaces displaying art in all forms.

Works by more than 140 local, national and international artists will feature in this year’s festival, including sculptures, short films, animations, photography, sand art and more.

Attendees can enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers, and local artists will showcase their talent live, with art surprises and interactive opportunities for attendees to create on site.

The work of local artist Karen Albers brings color

“We try to make things as simple as possible for all artists of any age or ability so that anyone can participate,” Webster said. “It’s a great community event and there will be an opportunity for people to interact with local artists.”

In honor of Veterans Day weekend, a special screening honoring veterans will be held on both nights of the festival.

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