ASCA Supports Local Arts Projects

date: December 10, 2014

Alabama State Council on the Arts announced the latest round of grant awards following their December quarterly meeting.

Included in the $339,050 awarded statewide were two grants to Mobile Arts Council serving as fiscal agent for “I Survived Hurricane Frederic” ($3,000), a new film by Mobile native Margaret Brown, and for “Blind Tom: Music as Storytelling” ($4,000), a featured program of the Southern Literary Trail’s Trailfest 2015.

In addition to Mobile Arts Council, ASCA supported arts projects by the following Mobile County nonprofits.

Dauphin Island Foundation, Inc. - $1,700

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival, Inc. - $4,000

Marcus Johnson/ Mobile Brass Band - $2,000

Legacy 166, Inc. - $2,200

Legacy 166, Inc. - $4,500

Mobile Arc - $4,800

Mobile Museum Board, Inc. - $1,300

The Mobile Arts Council is a private nonprofit organization that serves as an umbrella organization for arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Mobile Metropolitan Area, receiving financial support from the City of Mobile, Mobile County Commission, Alabama State Council on the Arts (a State agency), the National Endowment for the Arts and from local corporations, businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact Bob Burnett, Executive Director, Mobile Arts Council, 251-432-9796 or

“Emergence:” Art from the University of South Alabama

date: December 08, 2014

This month, Mobile Arts Council’s Skinny Gallery features “Emergence,” an exhibition of student art from the University of South Alabama in a variety of two- and three-dimensional mediums, including glass, ceramics, oil, acrylic, pencil, and photography. In addition, a medley of styles is displayed in this show of emerging talent. The exhibition is on display through noon, Friday, December 19 in the Council’s venue at 318 Dauphin Street. 

The student artists are all enrolled in the USA Visual Art Department’s Professional Practices class. They participated in preliminary work to create the show and worked in groups to transport, hang, and curate their work, as well as to develop the guest book, flyer, and other advertising media.

The students’ teacher, Martin Azevedo, explained why he developed the project: “This is a great opportunity for young artists to put their work into a public space.  It gives them valuable experience in understanding the work that goes into a show, as well as understanding the work as a representation of themselves and their talents.  For many this is their first time exhibiting work, which is essential in kicking off their careers as professional artists.”   

--Alanna Whitaker

“The Willoughby Guide to Ballet” Available to MAC Donors

date: December 05, 2014

When Russ Adams, owner of Bienville Books, bought a portion of the late Nell Echols Burks’ library, he discovered an envelope containing a little booklet made in the 1940’s by Mobile’s Renaissance Man, Eugene Walter, as a gift for his friend.

The Willoughby Guide to Ballet comprises a dozen pages, featuring a few casual sketches of dancers, several of the humorous drawings with captions that Eugene was later to label “Squiggles,” two collage self-portraits of the artist as a very young man, a valentine, and a couple of other illustrations.

As a tribute to both Nell and Eugene memorializing their life-long friendship, their senses of humor, and their love of ballet, Russ has produced 100 copies of a facsimile of the Guide and has generously made it available as a premium for a donation of $20 or more to Mobile Arts Council.

For further information, contact MAC: 251-432-9796.

Youth Visions on Display Through December

date: December 03, 2014

During the month of December, Mobile Arts Council will display work from its ChARTing New Directions photography program in an exhibit titled “ChARTing Youth Visions.” The exhibit features a variety of work created over the last year, including images from the summer “Girls Can” session.

ChARTing New Directions, Mobile Arts Council’s program helping young people develop life skills through the arts, brings local professional photographer and artist Devin Ford to the Sonny Callahan Boys and Girls Club to teach the creativity and business of photography.

"The ChARTing New Directions program gives the kids a new way to see the world, change their community, think creatively, and develop job skills for their futures,“ says Ford. “It is exciting to watch the kids progress and develop as independent thinkers and artists."

During the “Girls Can” summer session, students studied imagery of women in the media and how it affects young women. The students’ photographs feature their dreams and the messages media delivers in relation to those dreams.

The exhibition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, PNC Bank, Comcast, Sony, and Calagaz Photo Supply. It remains on display through noon, December 31, although MAC is closed Christmas week.

“Places and Things” by David Trimmier

date: November 13, 2014

A general overview of the photography of David Trimmier hangs in MAC's Skinny Gallery for the month of November. In slecting his images, the photographer particularly emphasized those shot in the past three years, which he describes as, "My years wandering in the proverbial desert sands, which were actually more like LA mud." Of his artistic meanderings in that time, he further states, "There is always so much more to learn. I can only hope that my celestial parking meter doesn't run out too soon."

Places and Things remains on display through noon on Wednesday, November 26. MAC is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM.

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