2018 Exhibitions

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View our current and past gallery exhibitions below.

Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its gallery space at 318 Dauphin St., mostly emphasizing work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area. Shows focus on work by students, emerging artists, artists not represented in a gallery, and/or established regional artists. The gallery features three exhibition spaces: the Skinny Gallery, the Danielle Juzan Gallery, and the Small Room. Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. The offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and usually on Saturday mornings when the Market in the Park is active. Artists may submit a proposal for consideration.

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December Exhibitions: Botanical Art, Ben Shamback, and Herb Willey

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.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Deaf and Blind School and Mobile ARC

Dates: December 1-31, 2017
Regional School of the Deaf and Blind Christmas Card

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature artworks created by the Southwest Alabama Regional School for the Deaf and Blind and Mobile Arc. The mission of the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind is to create a positive, supportive educational environment that provides opportunities for sensory impaired students to reach individual potential in the areas of academics, independence, responsibility and social competence. Mobile Arc (MARC) is a nonprofit advocacy and service system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proceeds from artwork sold from these exhibitions will go towards these programs. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, December 8th. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays throughout the month of December. We will be closed for the holidays from December 25th – January 1st.

Bishop State Art Professors

Dates: November 1-30, 2017
Painting by Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough

Bishop State Community College art professors will be exhibiting their own works in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Their show will include paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works. Participating artists include Visual Arts instructors Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough and Lydia Host, as well as Graphic Design instructors Joseph Booth, Erica Hunter, and Jessica Maples. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours throughout the month of November. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Falling For Art

Dates: November 1-30, 2017
Art By Destinee of the Regional School of the Deaf and Blind

“Falling for Art,” an exhibition of student works from Mobile and Baldwin County schools, fills the Skinny Gallery this month. Participating schools, organized by the Bay Area Art Educators, range from area elementary schools to high schools. Participating teachers include Anne Rose, Christy LeGros, Ella Smith, Felicia Olds, Karin Marrero, Leigh Brown, Linda Duffis, Melissa Hinton, Melissa Stuart, Julie Kogon, Ruby Lange, Warren Jackson, Monica J Beasley, Nancy Raia, Jeff Knighton, Jason Outlaw, Nicholas Frey, and Esther Dollar McNellage. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours throughout the month of November. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Dorothy Parker

Dates: November 1-30, 2017
Quilt by Dorothy Parker

Market in the Park visitors might recognize Dorothy Parker’s unique, geometric patterns from her booth at Cathedral Square. Parker was born in Winfield Kansas in 1934 has always sewn as a hobby (and for extra cash). She started making hats and purses about 15 years ago, and eventually graduated to quilting. Long-time market vendor and first-time featured artist at MAC, Parker’s quilts will hang on display in the Small Room this November. Be sure to stop by and take a look at her bold handcrafted designs. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours throughout the month of November. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Superstar + Money = Dread

Dates: October 1-31, 2017
Various works by Guy Marcinkowski

“Super Star + Money = Dread” lays bare Guy Marcinkowski’s emotional observations through mixed media art and paintings, both abstract and figurative. This show represents a 3 year creative journey of the artist, telling the story of the rise and fall of the individual in today’s society. The other works feautred in the exhibition, not relating to “Superstar + Money = Dread,” were crafted during the same time period. Marcinkowski says, “I am a conceptual American artist inspired by color, music, nature, current events and other artists. My job is to deepen the mystery. Half of my process is creating from my own stream of conscience the rest being labor and manipulating materials. I feel I can something with colors, shapes, and occasionally words.” Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 13th, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of October and on Saturdays during Market in the Park hours.

Floral Intercourse

Dates: October 1-31, 2017
Photo by Vincent Lawson

Recent Throwdown attendees may have noticed local photographer Vincent Lawson at work, snapping photos of the artists in action. This October, Lawson will display his most recent collection in MAC’s Small Room. Lawson typically focuses on human subjects in his work – his award-winning 2014 exhibit “Our Neighbors” captured stark, honest moments in the lives of Mobile’s homeless. The collection was the product of over 15 years of walking downtown and talking to homeless men and women. In “Floral Intercourse,” Lawson turns away from the human subject and instead seeks to capture the “abstract, colorful, and ambiguous nature” of the flower. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 13th, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month and on Saturdays during Market in the Park hours.

Azalea City Art Quilters

Dates: September 1-30, 2017
“Orangey Creature from the Black Lagoon” by Anne Godwin

The Azalea City Art Quilters, established 2004, are members of the Azalea City Quilters Guild, Inc. Using innovative techniques and materials, their art quilts are inspired by their own experiences, imagery and ideas rather than traditional patterns. The Art Quilters enjoy doing both individual and group projects, expanding the viewer’s concept of what a quilt is or can be. Their motto: nO RuLeS. The group’s newest group project, Under the Sea, has made its premier at MAC. Each quilter ice-dyed the background fabric, then created her vision of what was underwater. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 8, from 6 – 9 PM! The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of September.

Brush Up & Speak Up

Dates: September 1-30, 2017
A young citizen painting at the Strickland Youth Center

The Mobile County Commission, James T. Strickland Youth Center, Mobile Arts Council, and Alabama Contemporary Art Center worked together to bring awareness to the works produced by our young citizens. These programs – a collaboration of efforts by Judge Edmond Naman, Photographer Devin Ford, Artist Riley Brenes and over 25 future community leaders – highlight the courage of our young citizens and their desires to make Mobile a safer and more beautiful place to live through the power of Public Art. Turning two local building from “Blight to Bright” and courageously baring their souls through film- these young people will display their talents, along with informative and interactive pieces, in the Mobile Art Council’s Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 8, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of September.

An Infamous Tag

Dates: September 1-30, 2017
Mobile Fashion Week Designer Tony Davis

Graffiti has always been considered revolutionary, and throughout history any revolution at first was considered a crime. Graffiti has been used by groups and individuals who have felt oppressed or suppressed and needed an outlet to express themselves, so they write on the walls. Mobile Fashion Week started as a revolution, an outlet for Gulf Coast/Southern Designers to express themselves without having to travel or move to towns that could never be considered home. Enjoy our Graffiti, enjoy our Crime, enjoy our Fashion, enjoy our Revolution. The Small Room exhibition artists include:Justin Tullie(Designer), Tony Davis (Designer), and Jordan Atchison(Artist). Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 8, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of September.

The Visionary Art of Frederick Alan Marchman

Dates: August 1-31, 2017
Fred Alan Marchman

A retrospective exhibition of Fred Alan Marchman’s work will fill the Mobile Arts Council’s galleries for the month of August, 2017. Marchman, who passed away on April 19, 2016, was known as one of the most prolific artists working in our region. He was often described as an “artist to the bone” and is renowned for his eclectic style and subject matter. A native Mobilian and lover of the flora and fauna of the coastal south, his show exhibits over a 150 pieces of art – including paintings, sculpture, pottery, and works on paper. Come celebrate his life’s work throughout the month of August, and meet his friends and family during the reception on ArtWalk night, August 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. View the Lagniappe article to learn more about Marchman and the exhibition.

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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