Community Gallery

Call for artists 25 & 26

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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

2024 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

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Exhibition schedule is subject to change.*

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

May: Ginger Woechan & Mobile Art Association

Stop by MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 to shop in our gallery gift shop and to see our newest exhibitions, Light by The Ginger Woechan Experience & Mobile Art Association’s Annual Spring Show.

The inspiration for Light is a combination of the artist’s journey out of the darkness. This includes things, memories, and daydreams that give her so much inner happiness. Throughout her inner quest, Ginger has found herself always painting and loving Mobile. Mobile has shown her a lot of love that has lit the way, for which she is forever grateful. Light is a representation of love, sadness, music, and whimsical dreams. This multi-media show carries tunes and inspiration over many surfaces and techniques. This body of work is created under the tail of becoming a Reiki master and Light worker. “I hope that my inner light shines through this collection of art and inspires you to not only light your love, but to love your light.” Ginger Woechan is a professional artist, art instructor and therapist, muralist, live painter and contemporary artist, reiki practitioner, and the dancing queen of Mobile. Having grown up around her artist mother and great grandfather, Ginger has always felt like she was raised to be an artist. Her style is heavily influenced by the Impressionist movement, specifically Van Gogh. Ginger’s two main styles are either utilizing a palette knife or paint brush to make her creations really come to life.

Mobile Art Association (MAA) is the ideal organization for amateur and professional artists. With over 100 members, MAA provides numerous opportunities to network with and learn from fellow artists. A long-standing group, it was first organized on February 24th, 1943. One of two exhibits held annually, this Spring Show is a “Member’s Only” exhibit. Artist members, both long-active and new, present 40 delightful works for this judged show. This Spring Show’s judge is Karen Philpott, a nationally recognized painter formerly from the Nashville area. This year there are nine financial awards to be made with the “Best in Show” award sponsored by Greer’s Markets. MAA hosts meetings as opportunities to network with other artists and gather practical information and inspiration. Two or more exhibits each year give artists exposure to the broader community, and volunteer projects with other arts organizations support various art initiatives in the community. Meetings are on the third Sunday of each month, from September through May, at the Springhill Presbyterian Church. 

These exhibitions will be featured in the MAC Gallery through May 31st, 2024. Please contact Sydney Cramer at scramer@mobilearts.org for information.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Christmas Card Art

Dates: December 1-31, 2016

The Skinny Gallery will feature Michael Smith’s collection of Christmas card art, created by his artists friends and himself between 1995 – 2016. The show displays the original framed artwork as well as Smith’s printed Christmas cards, which will be strung up throughout the gallery. In 1979, after moving back from college and into his own home, Michael Smith threw a party Christmas night for friends in Mobile for the holidays.  “I hosted the party for twenty-five years, always Christmas night, and added more people to the guest list each year.  During that time, I met and married Karen, started and finished law school, began full-time work, and moved to midtown,” said Smith. In 1993, they began sending invitations to the party.  Smith had already collected artwork from his friends and started getting them to do the artwork for the invitations. Generally, the only request was that the artwork be the dimensions of a postcard and that it be Christmas-themed; some friends accepted more particularized requests. Their last party was in 2003, but they continue to send greetings every year with a new Christmas card, created by an artist. According to Smith and his wife, “It gives us great pleasure to share the original art for these cards with you. Merry Christmas.” Smith’s collection will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 – 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 – 30.

Oaks on Oak

Dates: December 1-31, 2016
Pyrography by Kathleen Kirk Stoves

Pyrography: “The art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point.” The Small Room will feature the pyrography of Kathleen Kirk Stoves. This young artist, originally from South Jersey, migrated South when she was accepted into Spring Hill College in 2007.  While there, she majored in Studio Art with a focus in oil painting.  Since graduation she has kept a working studio, finding a love for pyrography about a year ago. According the Kathleen, “Since my arrival in Mobile, I have been in awe of the oak trees. They add such beauty to this city and possess a certain kind of magic that is undeniable.  I am reverent to their magnificence and history.”  Due to her appreciation for the oaks of Mobile, she decided to burn their likeness into oak wood pieces, paying homage to their original state. Kathleen’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 – 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 – 30.

Copper – The Brazier’s Art

Dates: December 1-31, 2016
Sculpture by Lebaron Heathcoe

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature copper sculptures – bowls, wall hangings, kinetic hanging sculptures, and more – by artist Lebaron Heathcoe. Heathcoe creates art using pure copper.  He cuts it by hand, shapes it by beating or heating, or welding.  At times, he incorporates brass, stone, or driftwood to highlight the copper.  His subjects reflect sea life, music and home décor (such as bowls and vases). “Azalea City Copper is dedicated to handcrafted copper art highlighting its natural beauty, properties and form,” according to Heathcoe. Arthur “Lebaron” Heathcoe started in the metal business in Mobile in 1978, training as a journeyman boilermaker working with various metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, carbon steel, copper and nickel.  He learned about their properties and how temperature and force could shape and mold them into vessels for industry.  However, he always admired and valued copper.  In 1995, he started making yard art or home décor items for family and friends as a hobby.  According to Heathcoe, “If someone had an idea, I would design and make it with copper.”  In 2012, he reached a junction in his life – deciding to devote his attentions to copper full time.  He started by expanding his copper knowledge and abilities by taking a class at David Burns Studio (a well-known copper artist specializing on the west coast) in Grass Valley, California. Heathcoe retired in 2013 as a boilermaker and decided to make his dream as a copper artist a reality. Heathcoe’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 – 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 – 30.

Riding With the Wind

Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Sculpture by Bertice McPherson

This November, Bertice McPherson will be displaying a series of sculptures in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Bertice’s exhibition, titled “Then and Now…Riding With the Wind,” is comprised of clay and glass work she has created over the last 25 years.  The majority of the clay work explores the color and textural affects given by fire, smoke and salt fumes as the pieces are fired in wood shavings overnight. Her glass sculptures are created from sheet glass placed over a fiber mold and heated until the glass slumps over the form.  According to Bertice, “As a Mobile native, I spent many days at our beautiful beaches. My glass pieces always remind me of the way towels and fabrics are blown by the wind against torsos at the beach. The wind blows both hard times and good. I have faced many storms in life, but always find courage and strength to persevere. I want my work to show this.” Bertice’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of November. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, November 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Coastal Views

Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Painting by Susan Rouillier

This November, Susan Rouillier will be displaying “Coastal Views – Paintings and Photographs” in the Small Room. This exhibition features a series of photographs of birds in their natural habitats and paintings of landscapes, birds, fish, and crabs in coastal areas completed over the last six years. Susan Rouillier has been drawn to nature all her life. At the University of Melbourne she was a Commonwealth Scholar and did invertebrate research at Wilson’s Promontory in Australia. She graduated with a Biology degree and went on to teach in Australia, Japan and the United States. Rouillier set up a joint ecological project between Meiji Gankuen High School in Kitakyushu, Japan and The School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, funded by the Fulbright Master Teacher Program. Today Rouillier lives by the water on Mobile Bay where she paints and photographs the natural world of the vast delta estuary. “Painting makes me feel as vibrantly alive as the area that I portray,” she explains Rouillier’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of November. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, November 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

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.

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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