As the spread of COVID-19 shuts down entertainment and gathering spaces, the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) has temporarily closed the gallery to the public and has launched the MAC Virtual Gallery as of Thursday, March 19, 2020.
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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“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 email@example.com or 251-432-9796.
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.
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.
Dates: October 4th – 30th, 2018
This October, see the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile‘s Fall Exhibition; a new series of paintings by Ainsley McNeely; and “Splash,” featuring ceramic sculptures and wall hangings by Dawson Dunn Morgan.
In addition to our fabulous exhibitions, MAC staff will be dressed in costume for Spooky Walk, our Halloween edition of LODA Artwalk! Bring the kids by in costume for gallery trick-or-treating.
The exhibitions will hang October 4th – October 30th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a reception on LODA Artwalk night, Friday, October 12th, 6 – 9 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:30 a.m. – noon on October 13th, 20th, and 27th.
Dates: September 10-30, 2018
This September, catch a glimpse of Mobile Fashion Week 2018 through “Draped,” an exhibition focused on the art of draping. From Ancient Egyptians to Modern/Contemporary designers, draping has been a trend that has survived throughout the ages. Some of Mobile’s best local designers will dazzle you with their draped creations in anticipation of Mobile Fashion Week’s big show.
Mobile Fashion Week is September 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Fort of Colonial Mobile. This is their 7th year of Fashion Week, and they are bringing every facet of the fashion industry (models, designers, makeup artists and hairstylists) together to support Camp Rap-A-Hope. This year, they are hoping to donate the largest check yet to this amazing camp for kids with cancer. Order your tickets now online for $30 (tickets at the door will be available for $40).
MAC is starting a new annual tradition at this month’s ArtWalk: an exhibit featuring the work of the upcoming Throwdown contestants! Think of it as your chance to scope out the talent, and maybe even place bets on a winner. This year the Skinny Gallery will feature Ardith Goodwin, Ben Kaiser, Cat Pop, conz8000, and Devlin Wilson, along with their equally fierce artist assistants Shauna Meiri, Marnée Wiley, Kristin Dunreath, DeAnthony Dulaney, and Ben Hebert. Each artist will display three to five of their works.
Once you’ve seen the art, you’ll want to see the artists at work. The Throwdown is a live art competition featuring local artists competing for the title of Throwdown Champion. Competitors have 90 minutes to create works of art from a shared supply table. Your job as an attendee is to watch the art happen while enjoying live local music, sipping drinks from Haint Blue Brewing and O’Daly’s Irish Pub, chowing down on appetizers fromHeroes and The Royal Scam, and partaking in a silent auction for a variety of locally-provided goodies. At the end of the night, you can even participate in a live auction to take home the champion’s masterpiece!