Community Gallery

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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any artists are eligible and may submit a proposal for consideration. Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Wednesday through the last day of each month.

In addition to our traditional gallery, we are now also accepting proposals for quarterly exhibitions in our window display cases, located between Room 1927 and the Saenger Box Office. If you are interested in creating a window installation, email director@mobilearts.org.

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. Our gallery is open to the public Tuesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those that are vaccinated are not required to wear masks in the gallery. View our extended Virtual Gallery program, implemented during the 2020 quarantine, online here. View our current and recent exhibitors below!

Our Community Gallery program is made possible thanks to the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the J.L. Bedsole Foundation. To sponsor an exhibition, please see our Sponsorship Information.

2021 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

August/September Exhibition: 2021 MAC Members' Show

Each year the Mobile Arts Council hosts our Annual MAC Members’ Show. This year’s exhibition is sponsored by the Dempsey & Litchfield Fund and features 44+ artists in a variety of artistic mediums and styles representative of our area. Unlike our typical month-long exhibitions, this show will be featured in our gallery throughout the months of August and September! During September ArtWalk, we will announce our first-ever awards for this annual exhibition, including a People’s Choice Award.

View the works for our 2021 Members’ Show on our online gallery here! People’s Choice voting will be available for MAC Members only (one vote per member) online using the link below until Wednesday, September 3rd! This year’s exhibition judge will be Nicholas Croghan, artist, Director of The Pensacola Museum of Art, and teacher of museum studies, gallery practices and studio art classes at the University of West Florida. Our awards are possible thanks the generosity of the Dempsey & Litchfield Fund. The categories and awards are as follows:

 

Best in Show – $500

2nd Place – $300

3rd Place – $250

Dempsey & Litchfield Award – painting, photography, or drawing specifically focused on the greater Mobile area – $200

People's Choice Award – $150

Honorable Mention – $75

Honorable Mention – $75

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

July Exhibitions: “Quarantine Walks,” “Nature’s Lens,” and the “Quilts from Quarantine”

The Gallery in Room 1927 is open to the public Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The July exhibitions, “Quarantine Walks,” “Nature’s Lens,” and “Quilts from Quarantine” will hang from July 3rd to August 27th. View the complete exhibitions in our Virtual Gallery online here!


Micah Mermilliod presents Fujifilm Instax photographs in the exhibition titled, “Quarantine Walks.” Mermilliod has been working on documenting his daily walks during the quarantine. These pieces were created to reflect changes that he noticed in the community throughout the quarantine.

“Nature’s Lens,'” is the collection of oil paintings of Reagan Barnett. She strives to capture detail, while still maintaining an element of fantasy in her works. Barnett has been oil painting since she was 9 years old, but it is a part-time venture for her. She earned her Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of South Alabama and now teaches in the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Mobile.

Taylor Shaw exhibits “Quilts from Quarantine,” featuring a series of wooden “quilts” that the artist created collaboratively. Shaw says, “This project became a way to connect with friends, family, and complete strangers through the act of creativity. The United States Postal Service became the backbone by which these quilts were transported from my hands to others and back again.

Each piece speaks to the individual and what was deemed important for that person to convey during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was my hope that this project would provide a creative respite from the constant bombardment of bad news coming out and we could rely on each other, even if it was for one simple act of creating.

Quilts from Quarantine became “productivity” with no ties to money. A group effort to create something larger than the individual. I hope this project provides a sense of a distant community and gives a small break from worries. Take care of each other.”

May Exhibition: The “Five” Show

This May, the Gallery in Room 1927 reopens with the postponed Five Show exhibition. 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 and judged, by renowned ceramicists, Charles Smith.

Congratulations to Mikayla Ott (1st), Malaya Bengel (2nd), Nancy Milford (3rd), Diana Dyer (Honorable Mention), and Justin Paxton (Honorable Mention). All of the winners will receive a gift as well as a free MAC membership. 1st Place receives $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100, and both Honorable Mentions receive a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Ashland Gallery.

1st Place, “Rage,” Mikayla Ott, Spring Hill College

The gallery hours in Room 1927 have changed. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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