2020 Exhibitions

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As the spread of COVID-19 shuts down entertainment and gathering spaces, the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) has temporarily closed the gallery to the public and has launched the MAC Virtual Gallery as of Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Each month, our community gallery features new exhibitions of original works created by local and regional artists in our Gallery @ Room 1927, located at 6 South Joachim Street (next door to the Saenger Theatre). The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any artists are eligible and may submit a proposal for consideration. Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday.

Now, those exhibitions can be viewed here online, in addition to unique arts and crafts created by MAC’s artist members that are available for purchase. The new MAC Virtual Gallery serves our mission by providing patrons the opportunity to support local artists of all mediums and skill levels from beyond the walls of the Gallery @ Room 1927. Be sure to visit monthly for new art pieces, tickets to MAC events, and so much more!

Your patronage of the arts grows Mobile’s collective cultural footprint in a number of ways. It allows MAC to continue hosting exhibitions and artist workshops, award grants to artists and arts organizations, and provide experiences that celebrate the historically heterogeneous culture that makes Mobile so vibrant!

Join us on the second Friday of each month during LoDa ArtWalk for our exhibition receptions. Meet the artists, see their work in person, and create a personal connection with what is on display.

The MAC Virtual Gallery is always open! Click here to view and purchase works from this month's exhibiting artists. Scroll below to view our past exhibitions or to read about what we have on display.

To sponsor an exhibition, please see our Sponsorship Information.

Next Month: “Five” Biennial College Art Competition

“Five” is a juried exhibition of work by students at the area’s five colleges and universities, sponsored every other year by the Mobile Arts Council (MAC). The 2020 exhibition will be displayed in the MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 (6 South Joachim Street) from Friday, April 3 through Wednesday, April 29, with a reception and awards presentation during the LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, April 17.

The exhibition is open to any student – not only students studying art – enrolled during any part of the 2019 -2020 academic year at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile or the University of South Alabama.You may submit up to three pieces in any medium/style, created while enrolled in your current school. 

To be eligible, complete this online entry form by 4 PM, Friday, February 28. There is a $20 fee for up to three entries,which includes a free MAC Artist Membership ($35 value). You will be notified of the juried decisions by Monday, March 23. Six prizes will be awarded: First, Second, and Third Place; and three Honorable Mentions. Prizes will include cash, as well as other items.

If your work is selected, you must drop off pieces at the 6 South Joachim Street between Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, April 1 (10 AM – 4 PM). Works must be equipped to hang, labeled, and ready for display; if you use a mat, it must be white. All entries must remain on display until Wednesday, April 29 and be picked up on Thursday, April 30 (10 AM – 4 PM). If a piece is sold, MAC will add sales tax (10%) and take a 20% commission and mail you a check at the conclusion of the month. For further information, contact Amber Swain at aswain@mobilearts.org or 251-432-9796.

April Exhibition: The “Five” Competition

This April, the Mobile Arts Council’s Virtual Gallery presents “Five,” MAC’s biennial college art competition. Artwork by students of the 2019 – 2020 academic year from Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile, and the University of South Alabama has been selected by this year’s judge, renowned ceramicist, Charles Smith. Winners will be selected once the show is hung in the gallery.

When the National Health Emergency ends, the gallery hours in Room 1927 will return to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

See the exhibition now in the MAC Virtual Gallery!

Featured Artists:

Alina Axsom
Malaya Bengel
David Bridwell
Mary Clark
Korbi  Clevinger
Anna Copeland
Stephanie Dismukes
Diana Dyer
Chase Essary
Grace Forster
Veronica Johnson
Ellie Knight
Laura Krall
Chardae Lee
Erin Loftin
William  Lowe II
Emilee Luke
Shyanne Marlowe
Karla McMillan
Micah Mermilliod
Nancy Milford
Sharon  Nilsen
Lawrence Noble
Mikayla  Ott
Justin Paxton
Kevin Pettigrew
Anna Presley
Emily Smith
Shelby Thornton
Samantha Williams
Hallie Zimlich

PAST EXHIBITIONS

March Exhibitions: Home & Heritage, Universal Beauty

The Mobile Arts Council will feature artists Ben Kaiser and Cat Pope in their new show, “Home and Heritage,” and Sahar Alford’s exhibition, “Universal Beauty,” during the month of March in MAC’s Gallery at the Saenger’s Room 1927.

According to Kaiser and Pope, artists often look back on their childhoods for inspiration. They think of loved ones. They think of the places where they grew up; places that mean or meant something. They think about where they came from and the people that matter most.

“Home and Heritage,” is a show of growth. It is a depiction of pasts and beginnings; of hometowns and explorations; and of colors that take us back to a place we remember. Kaiser and Pope hope that in seeing their work you not only see a part of them, but connect to a piece that resonates with you, too.

Like painting, Alford’s love and passion for dance came at a very early age. Her March exhibition is a series of realistic paintings with the theme of “Universal Beauty.” The purpose is to capture beauty, strength and dreams of females from around the world through different dance styles and cultures.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from March 6th through the 30th, with a special reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13th, LoDa ArtWalk night.

2020 Visual Arts Achievement Program & Young at Art

The Mobile Arts Council is accepting entries to the Visual Arts Achievement Program on February 3rd and 4th at the Gallery, Room 1927. This arts education program is an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to be recognized for their contributions to the visual arts at the local and state levels. Concurrently, Young at Art is for 5th grade students and below. The District 1 juried exhibition will hang from February 5th to March 1st, ending with a reception in the gallery from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

District 1 includes Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties. Every student who receives a District Award will be recognized at the State Awards Ceremony, held by the Alabama State Council on the Arts at 1:00 p.m. on the last Friday in April in Montgomery. Entries must be made through the students’ school. Private studios are not eligible to submit work. Entry categories include painting, drawing, mixed media, 3-D/craft, photography, printmaking, and computer images.

Contact Amber Swain at aswain@mobilearts.org for more information. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Friday.

January Exhibitions: Jerry Roldan and “Vanishing Point”

Artists Jerry Roldan, Hunter Cobb, and others will be exhibiting January 6th to the 31st in MAC’s Gallery at the Saenger’s Room 1927.

Jerry Roldan’s exhibition, “Doodles from a Clutter Reality,” consists of arbitrary shapes and layers of various art styles. His spatial designs and vibrant use of colors draw in the viewer to interpret the narrative aspects of his paintings.

Roldan explores time as an element in his painting by the dividing the picture into sections, using the edges of the canvas, and by creating numerous accent areas. This encourages the viewer to spend time looking at the work from different distances, angles, and levels of detail. If they look for 3 minutes or 10 minutes, the work thereby exists as a 3 minute or 10 minute “film”.

Roldan encourages the viewer to spend “creative time” thinking of the meaning of the work. As many of the arbitrary shapes occur by chance, it leaves aspects of the work open for loose interpretation.

 “Vanishing Point,” organized by Hunter Cobb, is a group show featuring artists from Innova Arts, Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, and other area artists. The underlying theme of this group exhibition is utilizing vanishing point perspective.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from January 6th through the 31st, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 10th, LoDa ArtWalk night.

December Exhibitions: Erin Revere, Benita McNider, and Leslie Baumhower

Artists Erin Revere, Benita McNider, and Leslie Baumhower will be exhibiting December 5th to the 20th in MAC’s Gallery at the Saenger’s Room 1927.

Erin takes inspiration from the ever-present contrasts of dark verses light and up verses down that fills the world. She finds balance on a canvas and creates the feeling of being whole again. Creating makes the chaos in life make sense, allowing her to surrender to the unpredictable messy composition and make a way back to an organized vision that presents itself in a collection of paintings titled, “The Contrast.”

Together, artists Benita McNider and Leslie Baumhower will exhibit “Eclectic.” Eclectic includes a collection of abstracts, atmospheric seascapes, and paintings of musicians in abstracts and portrait form.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from December 5th through the 20th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 13th, LoDa ArtWalk night. The gallery will be closed for the Holidays, December 23rd through January 1st.

November Exhibitions: Paul Gray, Sahar Alford, and Mississippi Art Colony

Open November 5th to the 28th, Gallery Room 1927 will feature the exhibitions of Paul Gray, Sahar Alford, and the Mississippi Art Colony Traveling Show.

Paul Gray shares a collection of his nature photography, titled “God’s World as I See It.” Paul enjoys a variety of subjects: landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, architecture, children, still life, nature, flora, birds, and wildlife. To him, what he photographs has never been as important as how he approaches the subject. Each image entails different technical, artistic, and emotional considerations, but he always tries to leave room for serendipity. Using light patterns, form, and personal perception, Paul’s goal is to capture God’s beauty and the magic he sees.

Artist Sahar Alford presents “Splash,” a series of realistic oil paintings that examine different objects and their refraction in liquids such as water, milk, oil, and more. One of Sahar’s favorite subjects of study in physics was refraction and the water ripple effect. Refraction of light is a commonly seen phenomenon in our everyday lives, and is utilized in optical lenses- allowing for instruments such as glasses, cameras, binoculars, microscopes, and the human eye to function. Refraction is also responsible for some optical illusions in nature, including rainbows and mirages. “Splash” combines Sahar’s love of art and physics together in her newest painting series.

The Mississippi Art Colony features their Fall Traveling Show. Twice a year, the Mississippi Art Colony asks a guest artist to jury a show that will travel the state and beyond, representing the artists who attended their most recent artist session. This show was selected by guest artist Stan Kurth, and represents the artists who attended their fall session.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from November 5th through the 28th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 8th, LoDa ArtWalk night.

October Exhibitions: Mobile Art Associations Fall Show, Guy Marcinkowski, and SOMI Member Artists

This October, see Mobile Art Association Annual Fall Show, Guy Marcinkowski’s environmental abstractions exhibition titled Super Natural, and a collection of paintings by SOMI Club members.

Mobile Art Association is an organization of working artists, students, and supporters of the visual arts. Annually, they exhibit a juried and judged Annual Fall Show. The show is open to both their members and non-members. The 2019 judge will be Bill Thompson. There are multiple cash prizes including $500 for Best in Show, $250 for second place, and $100 for the third place winner. The Exhibit Chair is Nancy Barry. The Exhibit Co-Chairs are Trey Oliver and Roxann Dyess.

Super Nature, the Environmental Abstractions exhibition, is a 2 year personal journey of Guy Marcinkowski reinventing the conventional ideas of landscape and seascape art. For this exhibit, Guy worked with different substrates, such as tin, drift wood, ply wood, cotton sheets, and canvas. Each substrate reacted differently to the applied mediums seeming to paint themselves.

Guy has never been a landscape fan. He was always attracted to stylized figurative portraits and graphic abstract art. Wanting to push himself, he poured over books of artists whom he perceived to be the best at the craft of landscape painting. Ultimately, this endeavor changed the way he views the environment.

SOMI stands for Survivors of Mental Illness. The club consists of a diverse group of people who live with mental illness. They come together to socialize, relax and participate in activities such painting and adult coloring. Sixteen members will be showing an eclectic collection of painting this October.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from October 3rd through the 29th , with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 11th, LoDa ArtWalk night.

September Exhibitions: Alma Hoffmann, Conz8000, & Throwdown Artists

This September, see works by the five artist competitors in this year’s Throwdown, a collection of paintings by designer Alma Hoffmann, and the “DON’T Campaign” by local graphic artist Conz8000.

Are you ready for The Throwdown? On September 20th, five local artists will compete to create works of art in just 90 minutes, which will then be auctioned off at the end of the evening. While these artists work, guests will enjoy libations, musical performances, a fantastic silent auction, and delicious eats. This year’s event will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the air-conditioned Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. This year’s competing artists – Anna-Marie Babington, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Brandin Stallworth, Patrick Tucker, and Ginger Woechan – will have samples of their work on display at the gallery this month.

Alma Hoffmann is a professor of graphic design at the University of South Alabama. In her exhibit at MAC, Hoffmann falls away from the structure and order of her design career. She seeks to contrast the “mundane” aspects of making art – the tediousness of the daily grind – to the “sublime” moment in which the artist’s ideas manifest themselves physically on paper. Hoffman describes what inspires her to create: ” From events on the news, a keen awareness of my sense of duality in the present societal context, being a bilingual speaker, living navigating two cultures within me, and the need to say something collide to knit a piece that manifests my being.”

A native of Puerto Rico, Hoffmann is a design educator with her own freelance practice, as well as a part of the editorial board at Smashing Magazine. Her book, Sketching as Design Thinking, will be published later this fall.

Conz8000 (a former Throwdown competitor himself) is a local comic book and multimedia artist and educator. His graphic, colorful work is inspired by animation, specifically anime of the 80s and 90s. His September exhibit at MAC is a collection of pieces from his Don’t Campaign, a series of guerrilla art pieces meant to provoke questions in the viewer about social and political matters.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from September 4th through 27th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 13th, LoDa ArtWalk night.

Annual MAC Members’ Exhibition

This August, see our annual MAC Members’ Exhibition, which is open to all of our Artist Members and represents the range of talents and interests among those who support the Mobile Arts Council. The 2019 show will feature paintings, sculptures, mixed-media works, and much more by artists of all ages and experience levels. With the range of medium and technique represented in this annual show, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate. In addition, most of the artists’ works will be available for purchase. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in next year’s exhibition, consider joining as a member!

Participating artists in this year’s show include Amanda Napper, Angela Montgomery, Anne Brooks, Anne Rose, Benjamin Kaiser, Bertice McPherson, Bronco Sloan, Bryant Whelan, Christopher Murray, Conroy Hudlow, Frank Vogtner, Gail Bramer, Ginger Woechan, Guy Marcinkowski, Herb Willey, Holly Farmer, Janet Hinton, Joanna Myers, Joanne Brandt, Karen Bullock, Kathy Friedline, Kellie Jane Holland, Lisa Hancock, Lisa Johnston Hancock, Lisa Warren, Lynda Touart, Marnee Edwards, Marsha Hodges, Mary Rodning, Michele Zaricor, Michelle Pujols, Mike Carmichael, Mike Kittrell, Nikki Shaw, Robert Goler, Robert Schroeter, Ruby Lange, Sahar Alford, Sandy Holberg, Sarah Rutledge Fischer, Sharonda Harris, Shelly Schmidtling, Vanessa Quintana, and William Morris.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from August 5th through 30th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 9th, ArtWalk night.

July Exhibitions: Alabama Plein Air Artists, Emily Sommer, & PleinAirSouth

Head over to 6 South Joachim Street to see the Mobile Arts Council’s new satellite gallery location, known as the Saenger Theatre’s Room 1927. MAC’s July artists are lovers of local nature and Alabama scenery. Come see a watercolor collection with a message of preservation by Emily Sommer; a traveling Alabama 200 exhibition featuring educational and commemorative works by Alabama Plein Air Artists; and an assortment of plein air paintings from local group PleinAirSouth.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from July 3rd through 30th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 12th, ArtWalk night. We will remain closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. MAC’s office location and hours will remain at 318 Dauphin Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout most of July.

June Exhibitions: Hat Show, Ginger Woechan, and The Connie Hudson Senior Community Senior Show

Dates: June 6 – 28

This June at MAC, see the third annual “Hat Show” featuring various Mobile artists, a collection of scenic Mobile paintings from Ginger Woechan, and an exhibition of work created by artists at the Connie Hudson Senior Center.

Hat-loving local artist Karen McGahagin has once again rounded up a motley collection of hat art from artists all over the Mobile area. This constitutes the third official annual Hat Show at MAC organized by McGahagin. The theme for this year’s show is “The People of Mobile,” and 18 local artists are providing hat-themed work for the occasion. Come see their work in the Daniel Juzan Gallery.

Local painter Ginger Woechan – often known as GIN.WOE – is known for her colorful, whimsical representation of Mobile scenery. In this exhibition she showcases not only her well-known exuberant painting style, but also a more serious, abstract side of her artistic self, creating moody landscapes with a brush and palette knife. Woechan’s work has been in galleries and festivals along the Gulf Coast, and this June it will be hanging in the Small Room at MAC.

In the Skinny Gallery this month is a representation of work created by students at the Connie Hudson Senior Community Center. The Senior Center offers classes in drawing, watercolor, oil, and acrylic to seniors who have a passion for art or just want to try something new. The show at MAC is a chance for these 24+ artists to show us their hard work. Subject matter ranges from wildlife to landscapes to still life.

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 in many forms. A jazz trio comprised of John Milham, Chris Spies, and Chris Severin will play, with performances by Mobile Opera and Joe Jefferson Players throughout the ceremony.

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