Events for Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

Drawing the Delta (Adult Drawing Class with Lisa Hancock)

This adult drawing class taught by Lisa Hancock (ages 16+, beginner- intermediate) focuses on creating works of art inspired by wildlife common to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The Delta is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country. We will utilize the techniques of artists of the past to create our own animals in art from photographic references. We’ll have fun learning about delta ecology, basic drawing skills and understanding of visual language through studio instruction. Students will review concepts such as proportion, space, perspective, tone, and composition as applied to animal portraiture. Uses drawing media such as pencil, charcoal and ink wash. It is helpful if the student has a basic understanding of drawing techniques and composition, but not necessary. Demonstrations are given during each class meeting, as needed. The students are able to draw with the instructor and apply what they have learned to create a drawing from a still life, or photographic reference. COST: $135/ Person + $20 Supply Fee *****EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: REGISTER BY JANUARY 17TH- $125!!!!********** Registration ends January 21st! Must pre-pay (either online or in studio to be registered). Cancelations at least 72 hours in advance will receive a 100% refund. CLASS MUST HAVE AT LEAST 4 STUDENTS TO RUN. Cancelation emails will be send on January 21st if the class does not have enough students to run. Please call 318-564-4634 or email for questions. Link to register online:

Location: Marnée's Studio

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BG&H:  Shipshape Urban Farms

Located in downtown Mobile, Shipshape Urban Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, leafy greens and herbs. Learn from owner Dale Speetjens about how hydroponic crops are cultivated without soil in nutrient-rich water in a controlled environment with no pesticides or herbicides. The process uses innovative features and is environmentally friendly, saving water and using less energy than traditional farming practices. The program is part of the Winter Wednesdays series at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in January and February. Sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251.459.8864.

Location: Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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MPL: Learn to Knit Class Ages 8 and Up

Learn to knit with Ms. Wilhelmina Davis. Participants need to bring their own supplies. We recommend size 10, 10” long needles and a 7 oz. skein of regular, worsted weight yarn. Registration is encouraged but not required. Please call 438-7075. 

Location: Mobile Public Library

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MPL: Chess Club

Parents are encouraged to accompany their child or children as they learn or sharpen their skills in the game of chess. For more information, call 438-7075

Ages 8 and above!

Location: Toulminville Branch

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MPL: Dark Tourism and the Holocaust

Dr. Michele Strong and graduate student, Ms. Becky Ardrey will discuss issues surrounding Dark Tourism with regard to the memorization of the Holocaust. This program is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education and the Mobile Public Library. For more information on this program, please call 251-460-6867.

Location: Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library

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Wednesday Comedy

Comedy open mic; 5 - 7 minute slots. 

Location: The Blind Mule Restaurant and Bar

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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: 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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Temporary Special Exhibit: Silversmiths of Olde Mobile

Featuring beautifully crafted antique silver, dating from the 1830s to early 1900s. Featured artisans include James Conning, the L'Hommedieu Brothers, Charles White, and more.


Silversmith Biography: James Conning

James Conning was born in New York in 1815 and first worked as a New York silversmith circa 1840.  In his mid-twenties, however, Conning left the North and relocated to Mobile, Alabama, where he set up shop as a jeweler.  The “adopted Southerner” first appeared in the official Directory for the City of Mobile in 1842, advertising himself as a jeweler and silversmith at 26 Dauphin Street.  By all accounts, Conning quickly adopted the norms and customs of the South, even serving as an orderly sergeant in the Washington Light Infantry during the Mexican War of 1845.  An astute businessman, Conning’s so-called “jewelry” business quickly prospered by evolving into a military supply store.  Accordingly, coterminous with the War with Mexico Conning’s shop offered for sale a wide array of military equipment to include swords.   When the Mexican War ended, Conning’s military sales continued to flourish with regular sales to the United States military, various State militia forces, and private buyers.  By 1856, Conning had firmly established himself as a respected retail dealer, importer, and even manufacturer of all things military to include swords. 

Location: Historic Oakleigh House Museum

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MMofA: Intermediate Throwing on the Pottery Wheel with Angie King

Tuesdays, February 20 – March 27
5:30 – 8 p.m.
$175/$130 members
EARLY BIRD: $155/$110 members
Register by 02/06/2018 for Early Bird Price 

Build on basic pottery wheel skills in this eight-week intermediate class. Participants will learn to refine their forms, throw larger pieces, and create more complex forms such as lidded jars. Students registering for Intermediate Throwing on the Pottery Wheel must have prior wheel throwing experience and the ability to center by themselves.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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