Events for Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

MPL: The Reader’s Choice (Manhattan Beach)

Join us every third Tuesday for some lively book discussions and tips on what’s hot and what’s not in the world of books.  This month’s topic of discussion is Manhattan Beach: a Novel by Jennifer Egan. For more information, please call 208-7097.

Location: Mobile Public Library: West Regional Branch

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Tea for Two: Fairhope Museum of History

Guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history.

Location: The Fairhope Museum of History

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Paint Party Studios: Two for Tuesdays Paint & Sip

Pick what you want to paint. BYOB. Art supplies and instruction provided. Advance reservations recommended. Two painters, two 16×20″ canvases, $30 (approximately 3 hours), or two 11×14″ canvases for $25 (approximately 2 hours).

Location: Paint Party Studios

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MMofA: Posing Beauty in African American Culture Exhibit

Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the understanding of how African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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USA: 2017 Helen Keller Art Show

The 2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is currently on display in the first floor gallery of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The show will be on exhibit from November 16, 2017 – January 31, 2018. It is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is an annual show for Alabama students who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind. It was established in 1983 as a cooperative project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The art show is open to students of all ages in Alabama public, private, residential, and home schools. The philosophy of the exhibit is that all participating students are considered winners and teachers are encouraged to incorporate visual arts into the individual educational plan of each student. The show provides students an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. The artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.

Every year, the art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed in museums, art galleries, and agencies. The grand prize winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s birthplace.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors, including UAB Vision Science Research Center – Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Nelson Family Award, and the Boyd Rogan Family Award.

Location: Marx Library, University of South Alabama

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USA: “The Nature of Things” exhibit by local artist Lynda Touart

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by local artist, Lynda Touart entitled, “The Nature of Things II”. This exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of  USA’s Marx Library from December 4, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Lynda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting/photography from Florida State University. She has received many awards and has exhibited extensively throughout the area. For more information, visit her website

Location: USA Marx Library

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BG&H: Winter Camellia & Cold Hardy Annual Displays

See Bellingrath’s famed camellias and an interesting winter garden filled with the blooms of ornamental kale, cabbages and mustard, pansies and violas, primroses, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.

*Dates may vary depending on the severity of the winter.

Location: Bellingrath Gardens

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MMofA: Handbuilding In Clay With Denise Ralston

Fridays, January 5 – February 9
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$175/$130 members
EARLY BIRD: $155/$110 members
Register by 12/22/2017 for Early Bird Price 

Learn to sculpt beautiful clay vessels with instructor Denise Ralston. Basic handbuilding methods of coiling, pinching, and slab building will be covered in class, and demonstrations will be given on creating texture and surface finishing. Bring your ideas and the instructor will help you to realize your creative dreams!

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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University of Mobile: “Excised” Recent Works by Nicholas Tisdale, Exhibit & Artist Talk

The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile is hosting the work of artist Nicholas Tisdale in an exhibit called “Excised” in the Donald Gallery on campus Jan. 8-31. An artist talk will be held with Tisdale on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. with a reception following. Both the exhibit and artist talk are free and open to the public. The Donald Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located in Martin Hall on campus at University of Mobile, 5735 College Pkwy. Tisdale’s work investigates the trust and legitimacy associated with manufactured images and objects, and the role that the source of images plays in obscuring messages. In this body of work, he distorted historical and propaganda portraits by scanning them and manually wearing away the main subject through sanding, erasing, and scraping. He then paints and reinserts key features back into the piece. “I am interested in the relationship of these depicted figures and the messages they try to convey to the viewer,” explained Tisdale. “Through this process, I highlight the more strategic elements of the original piece.” For information about the show or visual art programs at University of Mobile, contact Phillip Counselman, associate professor of art, at or 251.442.2283.

Location: University of Mobile

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Havana Printmaking Week

In this two-hour mini-workshop, Back to Havana artist Daniel Rodriguez Garcia will guide participants through the steps of papermaking using recycled newspapers and other dated printed media. Participants’ handmade paper sheets will be used during the following Senior Studio class (Thursday, February 7) in a printmaking activity inspired by current events.

Back to Havana artist Daniel Rodriguez Garcia returns to Mobile for a series of events and workshops designed to explore Cuban culture through his innovative approach to storytelling through print.

This fun and educational week features activities for all ages including a Two-Day Experimental Printmaking Workshop, a special Photo Manipulation Kid’s Studio at Mobile Public Library and Papermaking Senior Studio, and a Live Demonstration at LoDA Artwalk.

With a practice spanning lithography, intaglio, woodcut and collagraphy, Rodriguez (b. 1971, Havana) lives and works in Havana where he is Director of the Taller de Gráfica Experimental at Kcho Estudio Romerillo and Engraving Workshop Specialist at the Taller Experimental de Grafica de la Habana.


Photo Manipulation Kids Studio at Mobile Public Library
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 4PM - 5PM
Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602
FREE and open to ages 8-13

Back to Havana artist Daniel Rodriguez Garcia will lead a photo-manipulation activity combining traditional drawing materials with digital photography to explore the role of art in expression, culture, and storytelling.

Live Demonstration at LoDA Artwalk
Friday, January 12, 2018, 6PM -9PM
FREE and open to all ages

Meet Back to Havana artist Daniel Rodriguez Garcia, learn about his work at the Taller Experimental de Gráfica and Kcho Estudio Romerillo in Havana, and witness a live demonstration in which Rodriguez reimagines and repurposes everyday objects as tools for artistic creation.

Two-Day Experimental Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10AM - 4PM
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 10AM - 4PM
Due to the use of sharp tools, this workshop will only be available for ages 13+ and participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Led by Back to Havana artist Daniel Rodriguez Garcia and local printmaker Ramon Deanda, this two-day workshop explores the unique printmaking and engraving techniques practiced at Havana's Taller Experimental de Gráfica, combining traditional methods with innovative applications and materials.

Papermaking Senior Studio
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1PM - 3PM
FREE and open to ages 60+

Location: Alabama Contemporary Art Center

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MMofA: Sumi-E Japanese Brush Painting with Carol Wiggins

Tuesdays, January 16 – February 6
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
$100/$75 members 

Try Sumi-e, Japanese style brush painting using ink and watercolors on rice paper. No previous painting experience is necessary. We will learn to paint the “Four Gentlemen” using the “Four Treasures.” Wear old clothes or bring a smock. INK IS PERMANENT. All supplies included.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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