Events for Friday, Apr 07, 2017

85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Walter and Bessie Bellingrath developed the beautiful property now known as Bellingrath Gardens from a rustic fishing camp purchased in 1918. Over the years, more and more friends and family members would venture to the property to admire the gardens. On April 6, 1932, Walter Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register, inviting the public to tour the Gardens the next day. The Bellingraths were stunned by the response: Nearly 4,700 visitors arrived, causing a huge traffic jam. The couple decided to keep the Gardens open to the public and to charge a small admission fee. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same. To celebrate this milestone, guests are invited to enjoy the Gardens on April 7, 2017, at a special admission rate of $8.50 per person. Other surprises will be in store! Join us on this special day in the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Location: Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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MPL:  Opera Tales-The Three Little Pigs- Students Pre-K through 5th Grade

The Alabama School of the Arts / University of Mobile Opera Theater invites students to an operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart. While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all. The show runs approximately 40 minutes. For more information, go to the website of the author’s page at: http://www.operatales.com/three-little-pigs.shtml. Seating is limited; groups must make reservations. For more information or to reserve seats, please call the Ben May Main Library Children’s Department at 208-7086 or crhodes@mplonline.org.

Location: Bernheim Hall - Ben May Public Library

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Japanese Flower Arranging

Every first Friday of the month, September - May. Not offered for the summer months in June - August. Workshops with Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164. Newcomers welcome; admission is free.

Location: Asian Cultural House

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CHRISTENBERRY: In Alabama

This exhibition of William Christenberry’s work is organized on the occasion of the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, and honors the artist’s exploration of themes related to this native state: Alabama’s landscape, structures, traditions, and people.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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Contemporary Alabama Photography

Guest Curator Richard McCabe (Curator of Photography at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans) selects work by various photography artists from throughout Alabama as part of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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THE MOBILE DELTA: Glass & Light

Rene Culler’s site-specific work is a mural in glass that celebrates the species-rich Delta and its atmospheric qualities. The Delta is a changeling environment which is constantly shaped and molded by the weather and waterways. As the grasses, almost transparent, catch the light, Culler’s drawings and painting in glass suggest the landscape that southern Alabama holds so dear. The composition is a wall of natural light utilized as a glass canvas for drawing, painting and printing with vitreous enamels. Slumped dimensional panels and blown glass abstractly portray the location’s dimensionality.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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