“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.

Zodiac Shows Conclude

date: November 01, 2014

In 2014, Mobile Arts Council has presented a series of shows featuring the work of MAC member artists, grouped by the signs of the zodiac under which they were born.

Each show encompasses three signs, and in November, artists born under Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius are in the spotlight.

Fred Marchman suggested the idea, and it piqued our collective curiosity. We wondered whether or not works by artists born under the same sign would reveal any of the qualities traditionally associated with it or whether they would display any common characteristics.

Draw your own conclusions, as you view pieces by artists including Mike Carmichael, Bronwyn Coffeen-Mercer, Jean-Marie Lee, Karen McGahagin, Benita Hatfield McNider, Bryan Salazar, Robert Schroeter, Diane Lynn Siefert, and Charles Washington.

(The homepage photo is a detail of a saucer, found in a secondhand shop by Ashley Friend.)

A New Mural for Downtown Mobile

date: October 10, 2014

Young people participating in ChARTing New Directions, MAC’s program in Mobile County Boys and Girls Clubs, have painted a new mural for downtown under the direction of Education Coordinator Riley Brenes, Lucy Gafford and Kathleen Kirk.

Its ten panels depict five areas in which the Clubs are located, and each area was painted by students living in one of the other areas in order to teach them more about Mobile County, seeing it through the eyes of other young people.

The mural has been installed on the facade of the Gayfers Building (165 Dauphin St) and was dedicated on Sunday, November 9. 

The project is sponsored by PNC Bank, the National Endowment for the Arts, BAE, BLP Mobile Paints, Crampton Trust, the Hangout Music Festival, Sherwin Williams, and Signs Now (Azalea).

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