Events for Monday, Jan 29, 2018

Capturing the Natural World (Watercolor Class W/ Lisa Hancock)

Come join us at Marnée's Studio (2353 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606) to learn unique and fabulous watercolor methods from the very talented Lisa Hancock! This watercolor class is for adult beginners to intermediate students ages 16+. It is helpful if the student has a basic understanding of drawing techniques and composition, but not necessary. The natural world has been a source of inspiration for artists over the centuries. Students will learn basic color theory and watercolor techniques using landscape works of art and Audubon collections as sources of inspiration, to better understand the connection between art and nature. Students will then use these resources to create their own works of art. Demonstrations are given during each class meeting, as needed. The students are able to paint with the instructor and apply what they have learned to create a painting from a photographic reference. REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN ON January 2nd and END on January 19th. Cancellations made at least 72 hours in advance will receive a 100% refund. Class fee must be paid in full (either online or in studio) to be registered. We need at least 4 students to run this class. If the minimum is not met, cancellation emails will be sent 72 hours in advance. Please call 318-564-4634 or email for questions. Link to register online:

Location: Marnée's Studio

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MPL: Book Club - Classics Revisited (A Wrinkle in Time)

Join us this month for some lively book discussions on some of our favorite classics. This month’s topic of discussion is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. For more information, please call 208-7902.

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Location: Ben May Main Library

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Chickasaw Civic Theatre: AUDITIONS - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

AUDITION INFORMATION “Some folks dream of the wonders they’ll do Before their time on this planet is through…” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to the CCT stage May 11 to 27 — and whether you’ve been on stage a zillion times or you’ve always just dreamed about it, come on out. Auditions are Sunday and Monday, January 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the theatre. Joseph has a big cast requiring a dozen or more men 17 and up, and a similar number of women, 17 and up. The show also includes a children’s chorus. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare. Singing –adults and children. Adults. Please prepare a song. Show tunes are the best way to showcase your skills. Any show will do — there’s no need to prepare something from Joseph. Whatever you choose to sing, please bring sheet music for the accompanist. You will also be asked to vocalize with the accompanist to show your range and your ability to match pitch. Adult vocal auditions are individual. Children may present a prepared solo but are not required to. Children will do vocal auditions in a group, matching pitches and rhythms. All children should come prepared to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Dancing — adults Everyone will work on some basic dance steps with the choreographer. Dance auditions are in groups. This is a chance for capable dancers to show their skills, and for everyone else to show what they can do. Most adults in Joseph dance at least a little. Not everyone has to be a great dancer, but almost everyone will be moving with the music. No special preparation is necessary for dancing, but wear shoes you can move in. Reading — adults There aren’t many spoken words in Joseph, but after singing and dancing we may ask you to read a bit in small groups, just so we can hear your voice. This is a chance to show your acting skills – your ability to bring a character to life – and gives us an opportunity to see various combinations of people on stage. No special preparation is needed for reading. Callbacks. If callbacks are needed, they will be scheduled within a few days of auditions. Rehearsals Rehearsals will start in mid February. Expect to rehearse three times a week to start and more as the show gets closer. Conflicts Conflicts. Check your schedule for any major conflicts. We can work around some conflicts if we know about them in advance. Playing a role in a March show will not necessarily prevent you from participating in Joseph. Show Dates There are 9 performances, opening May 11 and closing May 27. Please note that the show dates have changed since they were first announced last spring. For more information, call Nedra Bloom at 251.661.9669 or email at

Location: Chickasaw Civic Theatre

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USA: Faculty & Friends Chamber Winds Concert

Join us for a musical evening featuring the USA Wind Faculty and their colleagues as they present works for chamber winds. The program, on January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, will include a new work by Michael Markowski entitled Machiavelli's Conscience, commissioned by USA Associate Director of Bands Dr. Jason Rinehart. Other repertoire includes Gordon Jacob's "Old Wine in New Bottles," Richard Strauss' "Serenade," and "The Good Soldier Schweik Suite" by Robert Kurka.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series concert will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Musical Arts Series season passes will of course be honored for admission to this event. Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.


Location: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

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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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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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MMofA: do it

do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. They were curious to see what would happen if they started an exhibition that could constantly generate new versions of itself. To test the idea, they invited 12 artists to propose artworks based on written “scores” or instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they are presented. The instructions were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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