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

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.

Janet Hinton

Dates: July 1-31, 2016

This July, Janet Hinton will be displaying a series of landscape and water paintings in MAC’s Skinny Gallery. Her exhibition is in two parts: a series of paintings of water and landscapes. According to Hinton, “Both reflect my interest in specific places. The paintings show the basic elements of design: color, shape, line, and texture. Atmosphere and time of day are important to me in the paintings. The subject matter is from home and travels. A camera and sketchbook provide the starting place for my paintings.” Although what she sees dictates the subject for the most part, Hinton occasionally make small changes to strengthen the design quality of her work. In her water series, the close vantage point of her paintings give a non-objective quality to her paintings. Janet Hinton grew up in Attalla, Alabama, and earned her MFA degree fromthe University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, majoring in printmaking with minorconcentrations in painting and ceramics. She was on the art faculty at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama, retiring in 2010. Hinton moved to Fairhope Alabama in 2011, where she maintains a studio. She works in printmaking, painting,drawing, clay, and photography. Hinton teaches occasionally at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the eastern states and her works are included in private and public collections. Hinton’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of July in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, July 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed July 4th).

White Night/Black Light

Dates: July 1-31, 2016

Renee Hoadley’s work can be viewed in two distinct ways:  one through the darkness and one through the light, representing the physical and metaphysical aspects of reality. Her show, White Night/Black Light​,  plays on the wavelengths beyond our normal visual perception, symbolizing what is unseen, or unknown – yet always there. Renee’s work in this show was produced from 2010 to the present in Honaunau, Hawaii and Mobile, Alabama.  According to Hoadley, all the canvases were made by her husband, Jordan, an exceptional carpenter, “without whom, none of this work would exist.” ”My artwork arises from a place deep within, where my rational mathematical side harmonizes with my intuitive artistic side, creating visual images that blend my love of geometry and nature with my love of spiritual, philosophical and psychological explorations of transformation.  I have attempted to create images that illustrate the interconnectedness of nature, humanity and the cosmos through the use of sacred geometry – a field I’ve been exploring since 2009.” – Renee Hoadley Hoadley’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of July in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, July 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed July 4th).

Shawn Branson

Dates: July 1-31, 2016

Shawn Branson is a surfer and an artist, so it’s no surprise that he creates his own surfboards. Branson is originally from Saint Louis, MO. He moved to the east coast of Florida in 2007 where he really got into surfing. Eventually he found himself at the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Here, he continued to surf and soon was building custom shaped surfboards – something he always wanted to do. Branson hand-shapes both wood and foam boards using a variety of materials: epoxy resin, wood, burn pen, poly foam, EPS foam, acrylic paint, and resin pigment. According to Branson, “I design and hand shape custom surfboards for the gulf coast waves. Every aspect, from design to artwork, flows together to allow you to dance with the rhythm of our shoreline.” During ArtWalk night, the artist will give a live demonstration on shaping a wooden surfboard in the gallery. Branson’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of July in the Small Room. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, July 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed July 4th).

PINE

Dates: June 1-30, 2016

The pine tree has offered much to Alabama’s culture, development and industry. From the longleaf pine forests that covered Alabama before settlement to the millions of acres of loblolly pine plantations that are part of our contemporary timber industry, pines have played a crucial role in Alabama culture, development and industry. Pines are symbolically and ceremonially important trees to many Native American people, but their meaning varies from tribe to tribe. Some view the pine tree as a symbol of longevity that denotes wisdom and harmony with nature. Today’s long-term management of pine forests produces a renewable resource, erosion protection, watershed, recreation and habitats for wildlife. For this exhibition, three Alabama artists look at pine from a variety of perspectives: Photographer Elmore DeMott of Montgomery tells the story of the life cycle of a pine tree with special focus on controlled forest burns through her photographs. Photographer Chuck Hemard of Auburn explores old-growth pines in his series of large-format photographs. Sculptor Chuck Moore of Valley have transformed salvaged pine and given the wood a new life as artwork. PINE will be on display in MAC’s Skinny Gallery and Small Room throughout the month of June.Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, June 10th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

PleinAirSouth in the Pines

Dates: June 1-30, 2016

PleinAirSouth in the Pines features an array of plein air paintings created by the members of Mobile’s PleinAirSouth group, adding a local element to the PINE show organized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Artists participating in this exhibit include Joanne Brandt, Roxann Dyess, Carolyn Green, Satomi Kamei, Tamara Lindsay, Karen McGahagin, Ainsley McNeely, Missy Patrick, Melissa Root, and Karen Spaulding. PleinAirSouth is a group of artists from the Mobile Bay area who enjoy the tradition of painting “en plein air”;  i.e.,  painting from life outdoors.  The plein air painter attempts to capture the atmosphere and light conditions of the landscape, and must often work rapidly, under sometimes arduous conditions, to capture the scene before the light and weather conditions change.  Artists may work in watercolor, oil, pastel or pencil, but must carry all necessary supplies and equipment with them to work on site.  The painting completed on site can be used as a quick study to assist in future studio paintings, or may itself be considered a finished work of art.  The PleinAirSouth artists have captured scenes from the Longleaf Pine Preserve at the Mobile Botanical Gardens, and other pine forests along the Gulf coast. PleinAirSouth in the Pines will be on display in the Small Room throughout the month of June. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, June 10th, 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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