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Coastal Views

date: October 28, 2016

This November, Susan Rouillier will be displaying "Coastal Views – Paintings and Photographs" in the Small Room. This exhibition features a series of photographs of birds in their natural habitats and paintings of landscapes, birds, fish, and crabs in coastal areas completed over the last six years.

Susan Rouillier has been drawn to nature all her life. At the University of Melbourne she was a Commonwealth Scholar and did invertebrate research at Wilson’s Promontory in Australia. She graduated with a Biology degree and went on to teach in Australia, Japan and the United States. Rouillier set up a joint ecological project between Meiji Gankuen High School in Kitakyushu, Japan and The School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, funded by the Fulbright Master Teacher Program.

Today Rouillier lives by the water on Mobile Bay where she paints and photographs the natural world of the vast delta estuary. “Painting makes me feel as vibrantly alive as the area that I portray,” she explains

Rouillier's exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of November. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, November 11th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Riding With the Wind

date: October 28, 2016

This November, Bertice McPherson will be displaying a series of sculptures in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Bertice's exhibition, titled "Then and Now...Riding With the Wind," is comprised of clay and glass work she has created over the last 25 years.  The majority of the clay work explores the color and textural affects given by fire, smoke and salt fumes as the pieces are fired in wood shavings overnight. Her glass sculptures are created from sheet glass placed over a fiber mold and heated until the glass slumps over the form.  According to Bertice, "As a Mobile native, I spent many days at our beautiful beaches. My glass pieces always remind me of the way towels and fabrics are blown by the wind against torsos at the beach. The wind blows both hard times and good. I have faced many storms in life, but always find courage and strength to persevere. I want my work to show this."

Bertice's exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of November. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, November 11th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Pat Marion

date: October 03, 2016

Pat Marion will be exhibiting her series, “A Musical Journey,” in the Skinny Gallery. According to Pat, “Music, theater, and art play such an important role in my life that I wanted to embody my love of each through my paintings. My paintings are an interpretation and reflection of the mood and essence manifested while enjoying music. I invite you to feel the music and enjoy the journey.”

Pat Marion-Daynard comes from a small steel town in Northern Ontario, Canada called Sault Ste. Marie. Pat, now a U.S. citizen, lives in Spanish Fort, AL with her son Marty. Pat is a retired elementary school teacher who taught math and art and now pursues her love of theatre, art and music.  

Pat's exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Ian Glass

date: October 03, 2016

Ian Glass will be displaying a series of paintings, titled “Pyramidz and Transparenciez (beyond logic and reason)” in the Small Room. This series of work spans a timeline of about 3 and a half years. It begins with figurative abstraction and develops into a series of non-representational oil paintings. Ian wants the viewer to see how his style developed over time, ending with "Pyramidz in Winter Snow."

"There is a strong affinity between non-representational and figurative forms, one that I have closely examined while building a body of work. In this case, I will be focusing on the former, invested mainly in angular forms, and the masculine symbology that permeates my work. The paintings can be thought of as visual poems, for the construction of them was gone about in a similar way. The first stage was a very erratic demonstration of line, letting go of any unnecessary constraints, only to let the image secure itself in mind. Then several stages of revision soon followed, a slow process of push and pull. This show is equally interested in the conscious and unconscious mind. It has required a certain amount of detachment and calm dedication to create a bridge in a Freudian sense. It is a resolution. It is a consolatory act." - Ian Glass

Ian recently competed in MAC’s live art competition, ART Works – The Throwdown 5, and is represented in Gallery 450. His exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Shirley and Tom Rasmussen

date: October 03, 2016

Shirley and Tom Rasmussen will be sharing the Danielle Juzan Gallery with two exhibits.

Shirley’s work is a collection of her visual diary – her life's moments. In the exhibition, there will be a selection of studio paintings, plein-air paintings and studies. The mediums are oil, pastels and charcoal. The subject matter is varied; figures, which incude her children and grandchildren, landscapes, and still life. According to Shirley: “All the paintings are records of what I have seen, lived and felt. It is my life.”

Shirley Rasmussen received her BFA from the University of South Alabama, and has produced award-winning work that has been exhibited in museums and national exhibitions throughout the United States.

Tom, on the other hand, will be displaying a series of lathe wooden sculptures. “Since my retirement I have focused intently on woodturning. The thing I enjoy the most about it is the surprise of the wood's beauty when you reach the inside. The grain, knots, voids, etc. that are exposed is nature’s art.” Tom likes to work with rough, sometimes half-rotten, wood that has been discarded to bring out the beauty of the piece.

Their exhibits will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

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