Media

Sea Change

date: April 27, 2016

Kindergarten-8th grade students from St. Ignatius Catholic School (under the instruction of art teacher Brennan Gibson) will be presenting an ocean-themed exhibition "Sea Change," featuring papier-mâché sculptu​res, mixed media collages, assemblages, and paintings. Most of the projects will utilize recycled materials. Students explored a variety of techniques including printmaking, mosaic, and collage.

Grades K-5 made art inspired by different sea creatures and their habitats. Grades 6-8 created artwork in response to pollution found along our beaches and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The artists goals are to highlight the beauty of our oceans and marine life while bringing attention to the dangers facing ​our oceans​. Specific artwork will be for sale and all proceeds will go to MAC and the ​Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The student exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, May 13th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Leprechaun Walk

date: February 29, 2016

This month was downtown's first annual Leprechaun Walk!

Every gallery had their own leprechaun: leprechauns ranged from a projection of the infamous “leprechaun sketch,” a person dressed up, to an elaborate painting of a leprechaun made by an artist. Galleries displayed their leprechaun somewhere in their exhibit during the month of March.

There was a raffle at MAC at 5:00 PM on St. Patrick's Day for seven "Pots O’ Gold" filled with prizes for anyone that took a "selfie" with the leprechaun from each Leprechaun Walk location. The contest awarded prize packages provided by the following businesses and organizations: Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Bienville Books, Buck's Pizza, Cathedral Square Gallery, Covered Boutique, Crescent Theater, Downtown Mobile Alliance, Exploreum, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile Mystery Dinners, Mobile Symphony, OK Bicycle Shop, and Serda’s Coffee Company.  Prize packages valued from $50 to $150 dollars each.This year's winners were:

Kylie Droke and Patrick Setterstrom

Candy Robin and Cynthia Golembiewski

Pam Johnson

Nyjah Howard and Canah McNeal

Bryan-Amy Salazar

Shilpa Burkett

David Batchelor

Flow

date: February 29, 2016

"Captured fractions and fragments of seconds with creativity and light" - photographer Vincent Lawson is intent on documenting these fragments in his work. His exhibit, Flow, is a collection of photographs of dancers taken over the past 10 years. Lawson creates images that represent not just the rhythm of dance but of life as a whole. His abstract shapes and arcs of motion invite the viewer to imagine the rhythm that inspired them.

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

HatsII

date: February 29, 2016

It's All About the Hats - AGAIN! But this time, it's not just Karen. Karen McGahagin's vibrant hat-centric paintings are already known to MAC visitors who remember her solo show last May, titled It's All About the Hats. This time, McGahagin is back with even more hats, courtesy of her friends and fellow artists. The show will feature a motley mix of mediums and styles, but the hat theme remains. McGahagin is a board member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society as well as a member of the local and national Sumi-e Society.

The group exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of March in the Large Room. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 11th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Photo: Deborah Hall, "Hatmaker's Dream"

Nature’s Beauty

date: February 15, 2016

The environmental-themed artwork is the result of a weaving across the curriculum of science, art, and fashion design. Students of Mrs. Dianne Bernasconi's Family and Consumer Science classes at Fairhope High School spent time immersed in learning about the local habitat of Weeks Bay Estuaries. Angela Underwood, biologist educator, was a guest in the classes to share the importance of our fragile ecosystem and the importance of learning about water runoff and keeping the habitats clean. Nancy Raia, Community Arts Director for Eastern Shore Art Center, spent three days teaching the art of batik and how to design on fabric

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