George Scribner’s Canal Expansion paintings at the Mery Palma Gallery

“Waiting for the Locomotives” by George Scribner

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Last week, George Scribner greeted an overflowing crowd at the Galería Mery Palma in the Sheraton Panama Hotel for an exhibition of his work entitled, “Visiones de Panamá,” that features small-scale examples of the paintings he is doing to document the Canal Expansion Project.

“Waiting for the Locomotives” by George Scribner

“Waiting for the Locomotives” by George Scribner.

George was born and raised in Panama City. For the past 31 years he has been an animator with the Walt Disney Company, most recently working as an Animation Director with the studio. Among his many credits, he is recognized for his direction of Disney’s 1988 full-length animated feature, “Oliver and Company.” He is currently in his sixth year documenting the Panama Canal Expansion Program, a job he was contracted for by the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) which involves painting large-scale oil pieces. To date he has completed 32.

George Scribner with Sandra Snyder from “The Breakfast Show with Gerry D.” (Photo courtesy of Sandra Snyder)

George Scribner with Sandra Snyder from “The Breakfast Show with Gerry D.” (Photo courtesy of Sandra Snyder).

George shared his delightful sense of humor with those attending the opening. He spoke about each piece, explaining where it was painted along with related anecdotes. “I’m honored to be part of the documenting project and found it a wonderful way of giving back to the country where I was born and raised,” he said.

In addition to his Canal paintings, he is currently working on the new Disney theme park in Shanghai, painting scenes of the construction and directing animations of the coming attractions.

A large number of the paintings on display at the Galería Mery Palma were sold on opening night. There are a few left, though gallery workers suggest calling ahead to verify stock levels before stopping by. The gallery is open from Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They can be reached by calling Tel. 226-4077 ext. 6239.

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