As the spread of COVID-19 shuts down entertainment and gathering spaces, the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) has launched the MAC Virtual Gallery as of Thursday, March 19, 2020. Our gallery has reopened to the public Wednesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.
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.
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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 “Quarantine Quilt Project” will hang from July 3rd to July 25th. 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 for Quarantine,” featuring a series of wooden “quilts” that the artist created collaboratively. 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.
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.
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.
Dates: May 3rd – 30th, 2019
This May at MAC, see a collection of colorful narrative paintings from Cat Pope, a series of striking portraits by Sarah Rutledge Fischer, and an exhibit of Gulf Coast nature in oils and acrylics by Nancy Milford.
Mobile painter Cat Pope uses her brush to tell a story on every canvas. With a painterly style and a focus on nostalgic, pastoral subjects, Pope captures the vibrant soul of the Gulf Coast’s past and present. Her May show in MAC’s Skinny Gallery focuses on a world of Pope’s own creation, which in her words tells a story of “love for place and home, and a dedication to a way of living that values this love.” Cat Pope is a native of Clearwater, Florida, and moved to Mobile in 2015. She received her B.A. in Painting from Judson College in 2011. Her work is held in private collections across the US.
The subjects of local artist Sarah Rutledge Fischer’s drawings are anything but wallflowers. Her collection of figure drawings in the Danielle Juzan gallery is a celebration of the human form, stripped of clothing and unabashed. Fischer states that, in a state of undress, the individual “bear[s] nothing that can distract us from empathy and connection. They claim their space and invite us to see ourselves reflected in their lines and shadows.” A self-taught artist, Fischer lives in Fairhope and has acquired her skill through figure study groups and dedicated practice. She devotes special attention to the human form, and her art represents her belief that “all bodies are good bodies.”
Baldwin County native Nancy Milford sees herself as a visual preservationist. Once an engineer, Milford turned to drawing and painting as a way to express her creativity and share her love for the unique natural environment in Lower Alabama. Now she uses her art to preserve the landscapes, flora, and fauna of our coastline, recording memories with the hope that future generations may enjoy our way of life, too. Now a municipal planner in Fairhope, Milford attends classes to build upon her artistic skills and draws her inspiration from naturalist artists like Beatrix Potter and Keith Brockie. Her show in MAC’s Small Room this month will feature works in oils and acrylics.
These exhibitions will hang from May 3rd – 30th, with a special reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, May 10th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Dates: April 3rd – 29th, 2019
This April, see the artistic side of wood-burning by Kathleen Kirk Stoves, find your favorite local hangout among Jerry Fair’s watercolors, and see through the lens of the photographers of Camera South. MAC’s exhibitions will hang from April 3rd – 29th, with a special reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, April 12th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
The word pyrography comes from the Greek: writing with fire. You may have heard it called wood burning, referring to the process by which the artist etches designs into the wood’s surface with a heated metal point. This is how South Jersey native Kathleen Kirk Stoves created her most recent collection, “Feels Like Me,” in which she highlights how we use our senses to understand, transmit, and enhance our emotions.
If you frequent the Market on the Square, you may recognize Jerry Fair and his watercolors. And if you frequent the city of Mobile, you’ll surely recognize many of the street scenes and local landscapes represented in his work. Fair uses watercolors in a loose, evocative style that lends itself to portraying the relaxed Gulf Coast lifestyle. In this exhibit, Fair has included over 20 original pieces and prints of scenes from Mobile and the surrounding areas
In “Through Our Lens,” the photographers of Camera South allow us to see the world as they do. Camera South Photography Club is a local group of photographers who come together to develop new skills, exchange ideas and learn about the art of photography. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcome. Participating members include Aggie Little, Carl Fallo, Debbie Jone Kuykendall, E.J. Wright, Eric de Jong, Gwen Ainsworth, Jerry L. Hammon, Jon Jeffress, Michele Zaricor, Mona Tackett-Denton, Mary Kay Hammon, Pat Kearns, Rebecca Parsons, Sue Carney, Tommy Cooper, and Yvonne Fallo.
Dates: March 1st – 28th, 2019
This March, the Mobile Arts Council will feature works from the Central Arts Collective, Ian Glass, and R. Warren Goler. The Central Arts Collective (also known as the Central ArtSanctuary), is an exhibition and performance space in midtown Mobile that currently hosts 15 artists-in-residence. Of these artists, our exhibition showcases works by Jeff Johnston, Lisa Warren, Ardith Goodwin, Susan Downing-White, Nancy Goodman, Sharon Heggenman, Kathleen Kirk Stoves, Stephanie Morris, Janie Holland, Anna Marie-Babington, and Karen Bullock. The Small room features a new experimental painting series, “The Final War,” by Ian Glass. The Danielle Juzan Gallery features paintings and mixed-media works by R. Warren Goler, which are intended to enlighten the spirit and mind.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from March 1st – 28th, with a special reception from 5 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, March 8th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays. The gallery will be closed on March 4th and 5th for the Mardi Gras holiday.
Dates: February 5th – 22nd, 2019
This February, the Mobile Arts Council will showcase works from the Visual Arts Achievement Program (VAAP) throughout our galleries. VAAP provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. As an arts in education program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions throughout Mobile and Baldwin County, as well as other District 1 eligible schools.
In addition to VAAP, we will also host Young At Art, which is a showcase of elementary artwork from District 1 schools.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from February 5th – 22nd, with a special reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, February 8th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Featured image is “Fox and Feathers” by Emily Smith
Dates: January 4th – 30th, 2019
This January, MAC’s galleries will feature the “Women Veterans Project,” a collection of portrait photography and stories by Pam Kuhn, in the Skinny Gallery; a new photography series by Jeremy A. Wolff in the Danielle Juzan Gallery; and “Nature’s Masterpiece,” an exhibition of butterfly paintings by Joanna Myers, in the Small Room.
Pam Khun’s obsession is photography. She grew up in New Jersey, and after graduating college, she spent some time in Arizona working with Native Americans. She joined the Coast Guard in 1993, and was transferred to Mobile in 2003. She retired in 2012 and started my own photography business. She initiated the Women Veterans Project in 2018, and says that it’s been a life changing experience, and is planning to carry on the project well through 2019.
“There is an enduring perception that there aren’t many women veterans in our country. We are invisible, obscured and sometimes ignored. Did you know there are over 2 million women veterans in our country? We are young, middle aged, and mature; Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian; single, married, divorced, and widowed. Some of us are mothers and grandmothers, others are childless. We are teachers, doctors, truck drivers, supervisors, coaches, caretakers and stay-at-home Moms. I’d like my portraits to highlight the diversity of women veterans, and hopefully dispel some of the stereotypical ideas of women who serve in the military.” – Pam Khun
Jeremy Wolff is a native Mobilian, an entertainment entrepreneur, and a professional photographer. He shoots concerts, other entertainment, and finds time to shoot and create his own original art work, which will be on display in our gallery this month. Wolff’s exhibition is almost all landscape photography, and some of his pieces are fairly abstract. His works ranges from blurred night scenes to clear days at the beach, which reflects the photographer’s lifestyle – staying very in touch with nature, but also of urban nightlife. His compositions are thoughtfully balanced and make clever use of line and negative space.
Joanna Myers began the journey of Nature’s Masterpiece during a difficult time in her life. According to Joanna, “As I completed the series, I became aware of how our lives are much like the butterfly. We enter this world naïve and, like a caterpillar, we bump along. Eventually, we find ourselves surrounded by challenges, as though trapped in a cocoon. Finally, we emerge stronger and wiser from our experiences, like a butterfly.” This series of paintings shows the painter’s love of old-world style with vivid color and depth, but with a touch of simple surrealism.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from January 3rd – 30th, with a special reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, January 11th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Dates: December 4th – 21st, 2018
This December at MAC, see an assortment of flora recreated by Mobile’s botanical artists; take a trip down the Gulf Coast with watercolorist Herb Willey; and enjoy a collecton of landscapes in oils by Ben Shamback.
The Mobile Botanical Gardens is a unique treasure, home to one of the last remaining stands of longleaf pines in Mobile as well as hundreds of plants native to coastal Alabama. As such, it serves as prime inspiration for local artists and botanists alike. The Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists’ Circle and the MBG Botanical Sketch Club have combined efforts to create a florilegium of the Garden’s plant collection, which will be on display in the Danielle Juzan Gallery this month.
For decades, artist Herb Willey has found his inspiration along the Gulf of Mexico. A native of Florida, his work in recent years has taken him along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as well. Willey paints everyday scenes and common people – fishermen, beachcombers, birdwatchers – and creates a narrative with his paintings. He seeks to invoke in the viewer the emotions that he felt while observing the scene himself, inspiring you to give each of his paintings a close look.
With his masterful use of oils, local artist Ben Shamback intends to tell a visual story about “the pictorial spaces, places, and ideas for which there are no words.” In his exhibit this month in MAC’s Small Room, Shamback has broadened his subject matter from still life to include landscapes, inspired by his enjoyment of painting plein air.
The exhibitions will hang December 3rd – 21st. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a special reception on Sunday, November 9th from 5 – 7 p.m. and on ArtWalk night, Friday, December 14th, 6 – 9 p.m. The gallery will be closed for the Holidays December 24th – January 1st.
Dates: November 6th – 30th, 2018
The story behind “The Voices of Strong Women” began with Karen Bullock’s photo of dancers from Vigor High School performing in a Mardi Gras parade. After it was chosen as an editors’ favorite in NatGeo’s Your Shot community, Bullock realized she wanted to explore the theme of powerful women in her life, using her camera to capture their strength.
The collection “The Voices of Strong Women” includes portraits as well as written statements Bullock gathered from interviewing the women she photographed. Bullock received a grant from the Mobile Arts Council in 2017 to fund the creation of this project. Visit and be inspired by the collection this month in MAC’s Small Room.
The Art Group is an area group of artists who meet on a weekly basis to share the joy of painting. Through the group, its members aim to develop each other’s skills and hone their individual talents. The Art Group’s members have achieved recognition on the national level.
Participating artists include William Morris, Barbara Davis, Gina McGee, Nola Powell, Helen Thurber, Dare’ Radcliff, Eric Green, Margaret Richey, Judy Campbell, Harriet Cain, and Debbie Guy.
The exhibitions will hang November 7 – November 30. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a reception on ArtWalk night, Friday, November 9th, 6 – 9 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays d ring Market at the Park.
Date: October 12th, 2018
“My Endless Dreams” is a street-art project based on Sahar K Alford‘s personal experience of growing up as a member of a minority religious group in Iran. Because of her religion, she was denied the right to pursue a higher education. This project is part of #EducationIsNotACrime and the “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” international street art and human rights campaign, promoting educational equality for the Baha’i’s in Iran.
Sahar Alford is the Mobile Arts Council’s chosen collaborator who has been working with female residents from the James T. Strickland Youth Center to create this art project. The work will be installed and a reception will take place at 106 Dauphin Street on National Free Thought Day, Friday, October 12, 2018 during LODA Artwalk.