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.
To sponsor an exhibition, please see our Sponsorship Information.
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.
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!
Dates: September 10-30, 2018
Printmaker and installation artist Grant Benoit’s exhibition “Memory Palace” is a commentary on the layers of memory and experience held by everyday objects. Benoit compares our memory to a house: “Everyday paths and rituals become evident as carpets thin and edges darken with touch. Shelves overflow… closets fill—first systematically, then later with forceful containment.” Expanding on his training in traditional printmaking, Benoit prints wallpapers and layers them in concert with household ephemera and sculpted objects to “explore notions of memory in a way science cannot convey.”
Benoit received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Spring Hill College, then earned an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University in 2015. Since then he has exhibited his work internationally, stretching the boundaries of printmaking to explore ideas of memory and multiplicity. He currently works as the Museum Educator at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art. Learn more about his work at www.grantbenoit.com.
Dates: August 3-30, 2018
Dates: July 5-31, 2018
This July, MAC will feature prints depicting the seven deadly sins by Sarah Dittman in the Small Room; “Rise like the lotus from muddy waters” – a mixed media exhibition of sculptures, paintings, and prints by Shawn Berdux, in the Danielle Juzan Gallery; and artwork created by students of the Optimist Boys & Girls Club in the Skinny Gallery.
Sarah Dittmann is a printmaker and illustrator from Fairhope, Alabama. From a young age she has shown an inclination towards art and has strived to perfect her art skills. She graduated in the Spring of 2016 from the University of South Alabama with a B.F.A in Printmaking. She has recently been accepted into the Graduate Program at the University of Alabama to pursue a M.F.A in Studio Art: Printmaking for the Fall 2018 semester. She currently is living and working in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her exhibition features the seven deadly sins depicted as duchesses, as well as prints of skulls and crystals.
Shawn Berdux is a self-taught artist, and this is her first solo exhibition. Shawn was previously a nurse, and her creativity often helped her with patients and families. She has always dreamed of being a artist. Through life’s ups and downs, she has found art to always be her therapy. Shawn continues to explore all mediums she can. She loves to sculpt clays, rocks, and bamboo as well as dabbling in mixed media and painting abstract figures.
The Boys & Girls Clubs were provided with two free weeks of ChARTing New Directions summer art camps, which were held at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. MAC and Alabama Contemporary partnered together to provide these classes, which focused on many different forms of art, including ceramics, painting, stenciling, paper-making, yarn-bombing, and public art projects (to be installed in downtown’s Lost Garden off Dauphin Street next month). We will fill the Skinny Gallery with their works for the month of July. On July 31st from 4 – 6 PM, MAC will host a closing reception for all the camp participants and their families, open to the general public.
The exhibitions will hang from July 5th – July 31st. Gallery hours are 9 AM – 4 PM on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours on Saturdays.
Dates: June 4-29, 2018
Drawing by Melissa Tubbs and painting by Adam Underwood
This June, the Mobile Arts Council is hosting three unique exhibitions: ART from the HEART, an acrylic and mixed-media exhibition by self-taught artist James J. Austin; “Abstracts from the Air” by Adam Underwood; and Melissa Tubbs’ “Celebration & Preservation” – an Alabama 200 traveling exhibition featuring 25 detailed drawings of architecture in our state that have had a major role in its history.
The exhibitions will hang in our galleries from Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 29, with a reception during ArtWalk on Friday, June 8 between 6 – 9 PM. Gallery hours are 9 AM – 4 PM on weekdays and Saturdays during Market in the Park hours.
Dates: May 1-31, 2018
Painting by Lauren Nalty
This May, the Mobile Arts Council is hosting the “251 Art Teachers” exhibition – a group art show for anyone who shares their passion and love of art through teaching. Any Mobile-area teachers were eligible to enter, including those that teach at a school setting (public or private, college or university), workshops, classes, private lessons, and/or art camps.
Participating artists include Amanda Youngblood, Christy LeGros, Carol Wiggins, Brennan Gibson, Cat Pope, Lucy Gafford, Rikki Rhodes, Keith Wall, Rebecca Wright, Renee Grimes, Karin Marrero, Linda Duffis, Melissa Stuart, Rebecca Wright, Jeff Knighton, Anne Rose, Warren Jackson, Jason Outlaw, Ardith Goodwin, Steve Dark, Sharon Samples, Sharonda Harris-Marshall, Lisa Hancock, Catherine Helmsing, Corky Goldman, Nancy Barry, Julie Kogon, Janet Hinton, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Alma Hoffmann, Ginger Woechan, Lauren Nalty, Sarah Gelsinger Brewer, Kathleen Kirk Stoves, Lydia Host, and Steve Strickland.
Dates: April 1-27, 2018
“5” is a juried exhibition of work by students at the area’s five colleges and universities, sponsored every other year by Mobile Arts Council (MAC). Entry was open to any student – not only students studying art – enrolled during any part of the 2017 -2018 academic year at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, theUniversity of Mobile, or the The University of South Alabama.
From the 90 works submitted, Judge Wendy DesChene chose 60 pieces by 34 artists: 3 from Bishop State Community College, 10 from Coastal Alabama Community College, 6 from Spring Hill College, 3 from the University of Mobile, and 12 from the University of South Alabama.
The exhibition will hang in our galleries from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 27, with a reception and awards ceremony during the LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, April 13 between 6 – 9 PM. Prizes (including cash and gift certificates) will be awarded the evening of the reception. Our gallery hours are 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays, as well as weekends during SouthSounds Arts and Crafts Market and the Market in the Park hours.
We want to thank Ashland Gallery, the Mobile Art Association, and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Mobile Historic District for sponsoring the 2018 exhibition.
Dates: March 1-31, 2018
Painting by Kristin Dunreath Harris
“Facets” is a new watercolor exhibition by Kristin Dunreath Harris. Kistin’s paintings are painstakingly detailed, capturing each faceted shape of every carefully drawn jewel – creating an illusion of reflection, depth, and a three-dimensional feel within her works. The transitions of soft and bold colors are pushed on a clay surface, bringing watercolor out from behind glass and allowing each piece to be closer to the eye of the viewer. Kristin is an illustrator and self taught watercolor artist based in Daphne, Alabama. With a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of South Alabama, her love for art transitioned her career to working full time on commissioned pieces out of her studio for clients all over the country. See Kristin’s works throughout the month of March during our gallery hours, between 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 9, between 6 – 9 PM.