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Splinter Hill Bog

date: January 02, 2017

The Nature Conservancy in Alabama and the Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists’ Circle are partnering to present “The Flora of Splinter Hill Bog” in the Danielle Juzan Gallery this January. The participating artists are members of the Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists’ Circle, including Elisa Baldwin, Nancy Barry, Gail Bramer, Anne Brooks, Tutta Greer Cone, Carolyn Courson, Julie Day, Roxann Dyess, Jane Funkhouser, Clair Hamlin, Joan Hargett, Phyllis Henson, Carol Hoadley, Catherine Hall Kiser, Karen McGahagin, Nancy Milford, Rinda Mueller, Derek Norman, Missy Patrick, Karen Smith, Karen Spalding, Sharon Strang, and Rosemary Johnson. The artists hope to inform the public of our area’s little-known botanical treasures through realistic depictions of the bog’s flora and fauna. The show features 60 original drawings.

The exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of January. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, January 13th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 - 5 on weekdays through the end of the month and will be open select Sundays from 12 - 5 during Sunday Fundays (the 8th and the 22nd).

Slider image is a cropped picture of "Switchcane" by Sharon Strang.

Imagined

date: January 02, 2017

This January, MAC’s Small Room will feature “Imagined” -  two individual bodies of related works created by Jo Patton  (large watercolor paintings) and Pinky Bass (single-folio book pages and small sculptural pieces).

Their exhibits will be on display at MAC through January 30th. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, January 13th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 - 5 on weekdays through the end of the month and will be open select Sundays from 12 - 5 during Sunday Fundays (the 8th and the 22nd).

Slider image features a cropped picture of "Ivy's Heart" by Pinky Bass.

Oaks on Oak

date: December 01, 2016

Pyrography: “The art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point.”

The Small Room will feature the pyrography of Kathleen Kirk Stoves. This young artist, originally from South Jersey, migrated South when she was accepted into Spring Hill College in 2007.  While there, she majored in Studio Art with a focus in oil painting.  Since graduation she has kept a working studio, finding a love for pyrography about a year ago. 

According the Kathleen, "Since my arrival in Mobile, I have been in awe of the oak trees. They add such beauty to this city and possess a certain kind of magic that is undeniable.  I am reverent to their magnificence and history."  Due to her appreciation for the oaks of Mobile, she decided to burn their likeness into oak wood pieces, paying homage to their original state. 

Kathleen's exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 - 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 - 30.

Christmas Card Art

date: December 01, 2016

The Skinny Gallery will feature Michael Smith’s collection of Christmas card art, created by his artists friends and himself between 1995 - 2016. The show displays the original framed artwork as well as Smith’s printed Christmas cards, which will be strung up throughout the gallery.

In 1979, after moving back from college and into his own home, Michael Smith threw a party Christmas night for friends in Mobile for the holidays.  “I hosted the party for twenty-five years, always Christmas night, and added more people to the guest list each year.  During that time, I met and married Karen, started and finished law school, began full-time work, and moved to midtown,” said Smith.

In 1993, they began sending invitations to the party.  Smith had already collected artwork from his friends and started getting them to do the artwork for the invitations. Generally, the only request was that the artwork be the dimensions of a postcard and that it be Christmas-themed; some friends accepted more particularized requests. 

Their last party was in 2003, but they continue to send greetings every year with a new Christmas card, created by an artist. According to Smith and his wife, “It gives us great pleasure to share the original art for these cards with you. Merry Christmas.”

Smith's collection will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 - 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 - 30.

Copper - the Brazier’s Art

date: December 01, 2016

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature copper sculptures – bowls, wall hangings, kinetic hanging sculptures, and more – by artist Lebaron Heathcoe. Heathcoe creates art using pure copper.  He cuts it by hand, shapes it by beating or heating, or welding.  At times, he incorporates brass, stone, or driftwood to highlight the copper.  His subjects reflect sea life, music and home décor (such as bowls and vases). “Azalea City Copper is dedicated to handcrafted copper art highlighting its natural beauty, properties and form,” according to Heathcoe.

Arthur “Lebaron” Heathcoe started in the metal business in Mobile in 1978, training as a journeyman boilermaker working with various metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, carbon steel, copper and nickel.  He learned about their properties and how temperature and force could shape and mold them into vessels for industry.  However, he always admired and valued copper.  In 1995, he started making yard art or home décor items for family and friends as a hobby.  According to Heathcoe, “If someone had an idea, I would design and make it with copper.”  In 2012, he reached a junction in his life - deciding to devote his attentions to copper full time.  He started by expanding his copper knowledge and abilities by taking a class at David Burns Studio (a well-known copper artist specializing on the west coast) in Grass Valley, California. Heathcoe retired in 2013 as a boilermaker and decided to make his dream as a copper artist a reality.

Heathcoe's exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 - 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 - 30.

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