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: http://macartys2017.bpt.me/ 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.
date: January 02, 2017
“Weathering”, a series of encaustic and rust paintings by Ashley Friend , will hang in the Skinny Gallery for the month of January.
Weathering is a continual process - as is painting. This show is an exploration of color and form. Ashley Friend discovered encaustic painting while pursuing a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree at the University of South Alabama and has been smitten with the medium ever since. With encaustic painting, the form changes as you heat the paint. The paint cools on the panel, and you apply heat to seal each layer. The process of heating versus cooling is a science - a form of experimentation that Friend finds particularly refreshing. She describes the versatile medium as an analogy for life - you never know what each day will bring. The artist weathers the paintings and creates science - for example, via oxidation and through exposure to air. This exploration of form and color are a self-portrait and expression of Friend.
Ashley Friend has been inspired by microcosms ever since her youth - the moss growing on statues, the oxidation of metals, the diversity and complexity of the botanical world. Growing up, the constant of her life was the rising and setting of the sun - along with the changing of the seasons. The beautiful, natural contrasts involve uplifting splashes of colors. She would look to nature and see the various processes working together, and she would find comfort in the land, the sky, and the love of learning about anything and everything in the natural world. The artist's love of science is reflected in her work.
In her words, "Despite the trials in my life, growing up (and even now), welcoming the changing of the seasons has been a comforting constant in my life. This constant continues to embrace me from day to day. Weathering the elements and the storms of life, I looked to nature for inspiration and found it with the majestic landscapes and also through science."
Her exhibit will be on display at MAC through January 30th. Meet the artist 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).
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.
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.