1/10/2012 8:25 AM
Psychology major Gina Galvez, with 'mask' she created.
Created mask for special art exhibit "Sober Journey: Stories and Visual Arts and Alcohol Abuse and Healing in Dane County."
For Gina Galvez, an assignment in the COR 1 class Alcohol 101: Understanding the Wisconsin Culture of Alcohol Abuse and Use, was very personal.
The students in this freshman-level class were asked to create plaster masks that represent how alcohol plays a role in their life. This particular assignment offered a chance to reflect on their own identity in relation to alcohol, and to see how it fits into the greater community.
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk: "You are making a profound difference."
The class provided some of the art for "Sober Journey," an exhibit at the Common Wealth Gallery in Madison, which ran during November 2010.
Gina says she's seen the effects of alcohol abuse in someone close to her: "It's almost as if she is torn between two people. She is extremely beautiful and someone I can go to whenever I have a problem so when I need to talk, she is always there for me. But, when she drinks, it's like she is a totally different person. The alcohol takes over. I love her so much, but when she drinks it's almost like I do not know her."
The exhibit showcased ongoing efforts of the Dane County Coalition to Reduce Alcohol Abuse, launched in 2009 by Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. At an opening for the exhibit, Ms. Falk said of the Edgewood College students "you are making a profound difference."