South Mississippi Art League

date: March 30, 2017

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature works from The South Mississippi Art League, an artist collective that was established in 2015 with the goal of creating traveling exhibits and providing an outlet for MS Gulf Coast-based professional artists to promote and display their work.  Featured artists include Pat Abernathy, Sandra Halat, Cissy Quinn, Norma Seward, Paulette Dove, Patt Odom, Stacey Johnson, Carmen Lugo, Carolyn Busenlener, Julia Reyes, and George Ann McCullough.

Their exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 28. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, April 7 (6 - 9 PM)!

Mobile Art Association - Spring Show

date: March 30, 2017

Members of the Mobile Art Association are exhibiting their annual Spring Show in the Skinny Gallery.  Each member could enter up to two pieces of work, which could be 2D or 3D. The judge for the show was Craig Reynolds, currently of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Craig is a professional artist and instructor who has primarily done Plein Air painting since 2006, winning many awards along the way.

Participating artists include Joseph Formwalt, Melissa Stuart, Anne Rose, Julie Andel, Corky Goldman, Sondra Carlisle, Sherry Ann Roy, Harriet Cain, Michael Carmichael, Barbara Rettig, Matilde Tellaetxe, Philippe Oszuscik, Benjamin Shamback, Nola Powell, Tamara Jordan Lindsay, Karen McGahagin, Judy Boswell, Jeff Johnston, Claudia McClure, Doris Amster, Deborah Hall, Juli Day, Susy Fox, Marcy Matherne, Karen Smith, Missy Patrick, Karen Spaulding, Gail Bramer, and Carol Wiggins.

The exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 28. Meet the artists during award reception at ArtWalk on Friday, April 7 (6 - 9 PM)!

Arts Advocacy Day

date: March 20, 2017

The arts play a big role in life on the Gulf Coast.

You can see and hear evidence of this role nearly anywhere you travel in Mobile. Public art pieces are visible in the form of statues, painted oyster shells, and murals. Musical performances are a regular occurrence at local restaurants and venues, the sounds of which you can hear travelling down Dauphin Street. Local organizations bring the arts to life through classic and modern performances in theatre, ballet, and classical compositions.

We celebrate local arts achievements annually at the Artys, but the arts deserve recognition and celebration throughout the year.

The arts do so much more than provide entertainment or something pretty to view. Dating back to the Great Depression, arts funding projects through the New Deal employed thousands of artists. Such funding sustained these artists and laid the groundwork for community art centers and public art pieces around the country.

The arts are more than a simple public school art class. Studies show that students of the arts are significantly more optimistic about their chances to attend college than non-arts students. Adolescents enrolled in arts programs were up to 26% less likely than their non-enrolled counterparts to be engaged in delinquent behaviors.

More and more businesses are recognizing the positive impact of arts and actively supporting the programs. Businesses such as Wind Creek Hospitality, Jake Peavy Foundation, and the Hargrove Foundation all recognize the role of arts in the community and celebrated local achievements with us as major sponsors of the 2016 Artys.

There are so many more ways to celebrate arts than just through an annual event. We celebrate the arts every month at Art Walk, various Arts and Crafts Markets, and special programs, such as ChARTing New Directions in the summer. We help get the word out about events at Mobile Ballet, Mobile Opera, Joe Jefferson Players, Playhouse in the Park, Mobile Museum of Art—the list goes on and on.

March 20-21 is Arts Advocacy Day, but we want to continue to recognize arts achievement throughout the year.

After all, as Mobilians we are “born to celebrate.”

Art of the Bay

date: February 24, 2017

In celebration of Baykeeper’s 20th Anniversary, MAC put out an open call for artwork in any media relating to the Mobile Bay Watershed and/or recycling to fill our galleries. There are three separate components to the show: a photography exhibition, a recycled art exhibition, and artwork in all other media. In addition to landscape and animals along the watershed, the show relates to federally endangered or threatened watershed animals/plants. The exhibition’s goal to educate the public about sustaining the Watershed as well as to raise awareness of Baykeeper’s mission: to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities.

The exhibition will be on display through Monday, March 5 until noon on Thursday, March 30. 10% of exhibition sales will be donated to Mobile Baykeeper. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, March 10 (6 - 9 PM)!

Visit Baykeeper’s website to learn more about their mission and for information about the Watershed. Interested artists - download the show prospectus for information on how to participate! The deadline for submission drop offs is March 3, 2017.

As of now, participating artists include: Ainsley McNeily, April Livingston, Ashley Friend, Bill Morris, Catherine Helmsing, Chris Cumbie, Dawson Morgan, Devlin Wilson, Eddie Erdmann, Elise McClellan, Gail Bramer, Jeff Johnston, Jenn Grainger, Joanne Brandt, Julie Day, Karen Bullock, Karen Spaulding, Kathleen Stoves, Kathy Friedline, Melissa Munger, Lisa Warren, Lucy Gafford, Lynda Smith Touart, Melissa Hinton, Michele Brinkman, Michele Traum, Mike Carmichael, Nancy Milford, Nikki Shaw, Renee Edwards, Ruby Lange, Satomi Kamei, Shawn Berdux, Susan Downing White, and Susan Rouillier.

Mobile Arts Council Announces Artys for Lifetime Achievement and Patron Categories

date: January 06, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. - The Mobile Arts Council announced today the Artys winners in the Lifetime Achievement and Patron categories.

The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Arty recipient is Tut Altman Riddick, Mobile resident and accomplished artist of many art forms. Riddick has been making art as a painter, poet, photographer, author and more for over sixty years. The Dorothy (Tut) Altman Riddick Mezzanine Art Gallery at the University of West Alabama is named in her honor. Her numerous honors also include induction into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2013. (Tut at her home - photo courtesy of Press-Register, G.M. Andrews)

The 2016 Patron Arty recipient is Jake Peavy, native Mobilian and major league baseball player. Peavy is as well-known for giving back to the community as he is on the baseball field. The Jake Peavy Foundation, founded in 2012, works with local non-profit organizations to create signature community outreach programs, most recently partnering with One Mobile on a youth mural initiative that can be seen around downtown. (Peavy pitching - courtesy of Peavy Foundation on Facebook)

Riddick and Peavey will receive their career achievement awards at the 2016 Artys ceremony on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti St., Mobile, Ala. 36602. Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door and can be purchased online at: and are also available for purchase at Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St., Downtown Mobile). 

The Artys is an annual awards program that celebrates the important contributions that individuals, groups, and businesses make to the Mobile cultural community. Finalists have been announced in the remaining nine award categories, with winners to be announced live at the event.

Artys attendees will enjoy a night of celebration, complete with food, drinks and entertainment by the Tyler Mac Band. The Artys committee is expecting the largest turnout to-date for the event. Artys winners will be announced for the career achievement awards and nine other categories, from a pool of three finalists in each, including:

Lifetime Achievement - Tut Altman Riddick

Patron - Jake Peavy

Art Educator: Eric Browne, Paige Vitulli, and Robert Holm

Artistic Design: Jason D’Alessandro & i-Team Mobile, Ron Barrett, and Tripp Gustin

Art Soldier: Bob Spielmann, Dr. Steven Alsip, and Red Cup Revolt

Artistic Innovation: Fry Building Project, Live from Avalon, and The Lost Garden

Business: Hargrove Engineers, PNC Bank, and Wind Creek Hospitality

Literary Artist: Tom Perez, John Sledge, and Frye Gaillard

Performing Artist: Excelsior Band, Lauren Woods, and Thomas Rowell

Visual Artist: April Livingston, Devlin Wilson, and JD Crowe

Organization: Mobile Big Band Society, Mobile Fashion Week, and Mobile Museum of Art

The 2016 Arty Awards are made possible by the generous sponsorships of Wind Creek Hospitality, Jake Peavy Foundation, Hargrove Foundation, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Devin Ford Photography, Teague Branding Strategies, Smith’s Catering, The Southern Rambler, Alabama Public Radio, Bottles Up Mobile, Soul Kitchen, Gulf Distributing Co. and Threaded Fasteners, Inc. 

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