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. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 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

October Exhibitions: “A Celebration of Hispanic Artists” & “Furnishing America – The Ages of Quality Craftsmanship”

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This October, MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 will feature two exhibitions: “A Celebration of Hispanic Artists” and “Furnishing America – The Ages of Quality Craftsmanship.” Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. These exhibitions will hang through Friday, October 29th.

In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be featuring “A Celebration of Hispanic Artists” with recent photographs by Daniel Domenzain (pictured) and works on paper by Alma Hoffman. This exhibition is marked by the bold use of color and drastic contrast in both artists’ compositions, which will be arranged together in the front portion of the gallery.

We will also feature “Furnishing America – The Ages of Quality Craftsmanship” by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Gulf States Chapter.The Society of American Period Furniture Makers, (SAPFM), is a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the understanding and appreciation of American “Period” furniture, its history, and to teach the methods of how it was made.The organization’s focus is on making historic furniture reproductions. They offer classes for those interested in learning woodworking techniques, design, restoration, and the history of this craft.The Gulf States Chapter brings the benefits of the SAPFM to the Central Gulf Region of the United States. The group’s “Furnishing America – The Ages of Quality Craftmanship” will feature a variety of pieces made by the group, as well as live woodworking demonstrations. Representatives will be available to answer any questions throughout ArtWalk night!

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Jewish Artists

Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Painting by Judy Aronson

This November, MAC will be displaying a “Jewish Artists’ Exhibit” in the Skinny Gallery. This exhibit serves as an opportunity for members of the Shul and Temple to appreciate, celebrate, and share the abundant creativity of Mobile’s Jewish community. The show will feature works in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, writings, and drawings. Participating artists include Judy Aronson, Sharon Sokol, Marjory Slavin, Sandy Holberg, Odette Sternberg, Emily Fink, Jim Conlon, Joanne Conlon, and more. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, 6:00 – 9:00 PM on November 11th. In addition to ArtWalk, Rabbi Steve Silberman has scheduled a special wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 PM.

Shirley and Tom Rasmussen

Dates: October 1-31, 2016

Shirley and Tom Rasmussen will be sharing the Danielle Juzan Gallery with two exhibits. Shirley’s work is a collection of her visual diary – her life’s moments. In the exhibition, there will be a selection of studio paintings, plein-air paintings and studies. The mediums are oil, pastels and charcoal. The subject matter is varied; figures, which incude her children and grandchildren, landscapes, and still life. According to Shirley: “All the paintings are records of what I have seen, lived and felt. It is my life.” Shirley Rasmussen received her BFA from the University of South Alabama, and has produced award-winning work that has been exhibited in museums and national exhibitions throughout the United States. Tom, on the other hand, will be displaying a series of lathe wooden sculptures. “Since my retirement I have focused intently on woodturning. The thing I enjoy the most about it is the surprise of the wood’s beauty when you reach the inside. The grain, knots, voids, etc. that are exposed is nature’s art.” Tom likes to work with rough, sometimes half-rotten, wood that has been discarded to bring out the beauty of the piece. Their exhibits will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Pyramidz and Transparenciez

Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Painting by Ian Glass

Ian Glass will be displaying a series of paintings, titled “Pyramidz and Transparenciez (beyond logic and reason)” in the Small Room. This series of work spans a timeline of about 3 and a half years. It begins with figurative abstraction and develops into a series of non-representational oil paintings. Ian wants the viewer to see how his style developed over time, ending with “Pyramidz in Winter Snow.” “There is a strong affinity between non-representational and figurative forms, one that I have closely examined while building a body of work. In this case, I will be focusing on the former, invested mainly in angular forms, and the masculine symbology that permeates my work. The paintings can be thought of as visual poems, for the construction of them was gone about in a similar way. The first stage was a very erratic demonstration of line, letting go of any unnecessary constraints, only to let the image secure itself in mind. Then several stages of revision soon followed, a slow process of push and pull. This show is equally interested in the conscious and unconscious mind. It has required a certain amount of detachment and calm dedication to create a bridge in a Freudian sense. It is a resolution. It is a consolatory act.” – Ian Glass Ian recently competed in MAC’s live art competition, ART Works – The Throwdown 5, and is represented in Gallery 450. His exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

A Musical Journey

Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Painting by Pat Marion

Pat Marion will be exhibiting her series, “A Musical Journey,” in the Skinny Gallery. According to Pat, “Music, theater, and art play such an important role in my life that I wanted to embody my love of each through my paintings. My paintings are an interpretation and reflection of the mood and essence manifested while enjoying music. I invite you to feel the music and enjoy the journey.” Pat Marion-Daynard comes from a small steel town in Northern Ontario, Canada called Sault Ste. Marie. Pat, now a U.S. citizen, lives in Spanish Fort, AL with her son Marty. Pat is a retired elementary school teacher who taught math and art and now pursues her love of theatre, art and music. Pat’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Family

Dates: September 1-30, 2016

This month in the Danielle Juzan Gallery, Artist E. Allen Warren will be exhibiting “Family,” a year’s worth of painted pet portraits. Over the course of twenty or more years as a freelance artist, Warren has been tasked with creating murals, signage, kids rooms, album covers, portraits, scenic backdrops, Mardi Gras floats, theater props, etc. Until September of 2015, he’d only painted one commissioned pet portrait. According to Warren, “Last year I decided to paint my cat, Missy. She was killed by dogs in 2003 and I wanted to pay homage. She survived one attack by seven Standard Poodles only to be killed a year later by three Malamutes. It literally took ten dogs to kill my cat because she only had nine lives.” After that, he began painting more pets. Warren hung some of his animal art in a vet’s office, and then steadily began selling them and getting pet portrait commissions. He says, “I am now privileged and honored to portray members of families everywhere. At times I am entrusted with portraying the memory of a loved one from long ago. I do my best to capture the essence.” Warren’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of September in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, September 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Understated Elegance

Dates: September 1-30, 2016

The local Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America will be displaying their ink and watercolor paintings in the Skinny Gallery in their exhibition titled “Understated Elegance”. The Sumi-e Society is dedicated to sharing their love and knowledge of ink painting in the Asian style. Sumi, the Japanese work for ink, is the basic medium for our artwork. Watercolor is often incorporated in many paintings. The primary support is rice paper. The artwork is more about revealing the “essence” of the subject rather than an exact representation. The group’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of September in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Royaute

Dates: September 1-30, 2016

Mobile Arts Council and Mobile Fashion Week have teamed up to bring you an exclusive experience in fashion! Come to the September ArtWalk Premiere and learn more about Tieler James S/S 2016 Collection “Royaute” (inspired by Marie Antoinette) and purchase your discount tickets to 2016 MOBFW shows. Tieler, now 16, discovered his passion for clothing at the age of 5 and began working with a sewing machine and designing his own clothes at age 7. In 2014, at just 14 years old, he was selected to compete on Lifetime’s Project Runway: Threads. Tieler won and has gone on to be a featured designer in many local and regional fashion shows and has also been featured internationally. Come see his award-winning work on display in the Small Room! Tieler’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of t in the September. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, September 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Printmaking Group

Dates: August 1-31, 2016

This August, “The Tuesday Evening Printmaking Group (and Occasional Beer) Plus One” will be exhibiting prints in MAC’s Skinny Gallery. The group, consisting of artists Roxann Dyess, Kathy Friedline, Conroy Hudlow, Kelley Hudlow, and Clare King, decided to meet regularly and learn about “Original Prints.” Original prints are those where the artist creates an image on a block, plate, stone, or screen, and the image is printed by the artist or by someone under their direction. The traditional forms of original prints are relief, intaglio, planographic (lithography), and stencil (silk screen). The group limited themselves to relief and intaglio. The exhibit displays a variety of subjects and styles from the different group members. The group’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of August in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, August 12th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Inside Voices Only

Dates: August 1-31, 2016

This month in the Danielle Juzan Gallery, Michael Furr will be displaying”Inside Voices Only” – a show of paintings that are entirely up for interpretation. The goal of Furr’s show is to encourage the audience to interact with one another and his artwork themselves. The “meaning” of each painting is tangible but will require effort from the viewer to “connect the dots.” Furr will have paper hung around the gallery for the audience to write their ideas. Furr says, “I look forward to reading what you have taken away from each painting. You can leave this show more enlightened or not at all. It depends entirely upon you.” According to Furr: “Different perceptions shape each of our consciousness. “What does this mean? What if I don’t get it right? What if what I want it to be is harming my soul? Am I wasting my life?” Questions in life that often lead to fear. Fear is natural and keeps us safe on basic levels but, when the fear takes over completely through a weak mind, paralysis and confusion can set in.  The confusion, in reality, is a perception that is limited. It is our cross to bear to exist within an infinite cosmos that is largely unknown.  Have no fear in this space; This art is creation, made with intention, temporary yet purposeful, to inspire and not to confuse. How are you living? Are you letting fear take the wheel? Or are you defining your own path? Are you so sure you have it all figured out? Is confusion a natural phenomenon, or is it a human by-product? Is it both? Is it neither? Does it matter? Share your perception…” Michael Furr is a self taught artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He has always had a deep desire to draw and create art (writing, music, sewing, painting, etc). He began taking the acrylic medium more seriously in 2011. He currently lives in Foley, Alabama.  His subject matter is extremely varied and his style continues to evolve and change and “probably will forever.” Furr’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of August in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, August 12th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

This End Up

Dates: August 1-31, 2016

This August, Michele Brinkman will be displaying her photography show, titled “This End Up!,” which focuses on the visually stimulating and often puzzling quality of reflections. According to Brinkman, “Reflections surround us, whether in the mirror, a window, a shadow, or in the water – they are everywhere. But how often do we actually see them?! Several years ago, after one of Mobile’s frequent summer showers, I was walking around downtown photographing. I looked down and saw this amazing composition of the RSA tower in a huge puddle on Dauphin Street! Moving to the left, right or back, the composition changed. I was in total amazement of my new found discovery of puddles. Since then, I have been on a mission to encourage others to slow down and see the simple beauty found in reflections.” Brinkman’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of August in the Small Room. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, August 12th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

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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