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PleinAirSouth in the Pines

date: June 03, 2016

PleinAirSouth in the Pines features an array of plein air paintings created by the members of Mobile's PleinAirSouth group, adding a local element to the PINE show organized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Artists participating in this exhibit include Joanne Brandt, Roxann Dyess, Carolyn Green, Satomi Kamei, Tamara Lindsay, Karen McGahagin, Ainsley McNeely, Missy Patrick, Melissa Root, and Karen Spaulding.

PleinAirSouth is a group of artists from the Mobile Bay area who enjoy the tradition of painting “en plein air”;  i.e.,  painting from life outdoors.  The plein air painter attempts to capture the atmosphere and light conditions of the landscape, and must often work rapidly, under sometimes arduous conditions, to capture the scene before the light and weather conditions change.  Artists may work in watercolor, oil, pastel or pencil, but must carry all necessary supplies and equipment with them to work on site.  The painting completed on site can be used as a quick study to assist in future studio paintings, or may itself be considered a finished work of art.  The PleinAirSouth artists have captured scenes from the Longleaf Pine Preserve at the Mobile Botanical Gardens, and other pine forests along the Gulf coast.

PleinAirSouth in the Pines will be on display in the Small Room throughout the month of June. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, June 10th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Slider image is "Grassy Meadow Under the Pines" by Joanne Brandt.

PINE

date: June 03, 2016

The pine tree has offered much to Alabama’s culture, development and industry. From the longleaf pine forests that covered Alabama before settlement to the millions of acres of loblolly pine plantations that are part of our contemporary timber industry, pines have played a crucial role in Alabama culture, development and industry. Pines are symbolically and ceremonially important trees to many Native American people, but their meaning varies from tribe to tribe. Some view the pine tree as a symbol of longevity that denotes wisdom and harmony with nature. Today’s long-term management of pine forests produces a renewable resource, erosion protection, watershed, recreation and habitats for wildlife.

For this exhibition, three Alabama artists look at pine from a variety of perspectives: Photographer Elmore DeMott of Montgomery tells the story of the life cycle of a pine tree with special focus on controlled forest burns through her photographs. Photographer Chuck Hemard of Auburn explores old-growth pines in his series of large-format photographs. Sculptor Chuck Moore of Valley have transformed salvaged pine and given the wood a new life as artwork.

PINE will be on display in MAC's Skinny Gallery and Small Room throughout the month of June.Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, June 10th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Slider image is "Sunlit Pine Branch" by Elmore Demott.

Around Mobile

date: May 04, 2016

Artist Adam Underwood has produced a series of local landscape paintings titled "Around Mobile."

Adam's exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Large Room. Meet the artist 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.

Icons in Art

date: April 27, 2016

The word “icon” means “image,” but since the early centuries of Chrisitianity, the “icon” is normally used to refer to images with a religious content, meaning, and use. In this series of artworks by Skylar Nicholson and Sandra Cassibry, icons are used explore subject matter and medium.

Skylar's body of work focuses on a religious style of iconography that involves contemporary imagery. It symbolizes an international ancestral worship theme. His icons are a modern take of old views - worshiping the people from the past that still currently hold importance in the same aspect that religious figures such as Jesus Christ, Christian Saints, Buddha, and Confucius are held by their followers. The images in his work are centralized around significant people in his life.

Glass is the main material that he used to execute his ideas. According to Skylar, "The glass itself is a symbol of fragility. It symbolizes how religion, people and ideas can be forgotten or broken. We use icons to have a visual memory of ideas and memories." He uses contemporary frames in his art to let the viewer relate the icons to a less formal setting.     

Sandra's iconic paintings were inspired by stained glass windows from churches and cathedrals along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline. The transparency of the watercolors, her chosen medium, permits the white reflective surface of paper to shine through.  Similar to stained glass, watercolors have an attractive, airy quality, which is perfect for capturing the illusion of atmosphere, space, and light.

The artists' exhibits will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Small Room. 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.

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.

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