2019 Exhibitions

Gallery

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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June Exhibitions: Hat Show, Ginger Woechan, and The Connie Hudson Senior Community Senior Show

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.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Melissa and Richard Diegan

Dates: March 1-31, 2018
Painting by Melissa Dumas Diegan

The back half of the Skinny Gallery is devoted to a joint exhibition by local artists Melissa and Richard Diegan. Melissa Diegan is a painter whose colorful, abstract works reflect her own sense of spirituality and love of intuitive process in art. Alongside her paintings are the expressive assemblage pieces of Richard Diegan II, who writes of his work, “A composition of found items are included in my work which include wood furniture, plumbing and electrical parts, musical instruments, car parts, circuit boards, tools, historic items […] In all art, the whole must be greater than the sum of the parts, but in assemblage the challenge is more difficult since the parts have their own identities and implications.” See the Diegan’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.

Downhome

Dates: January 1-31, 2018 
Painting by Hunter Cobb

This January, the Small Room will feature “Downhome – A Portrait of the Small Southern Town”,  a new painting series by artist Hunter Cobb. Cobb says that the small Southern town has played an iconic role in American Culture. From “To Kill a Mockingbird” to “The Andy Griffith Show”, Southern towns have been cast as both sinister and idyllic. As always, the truth is somewhere in between. Having been a visitor and resident of many small towns over several decades, Cobb noticed certain similarities and patterns. “This exhibit is my attempt to distill these attributes into a gestalt that is The Small Southern Town.” Cobb’s childhood involved living in various locations in the U.S. and the world, as his father was a member of the Air Force.  He graduated high school in West Germany and attended the University of West Alabama. He moved to Mobile in 1992, and began a career in graphic design.  Several years ago he opted for a second career in software development.  He has been married to his wife and fellow artist for sixteen years.  Cobb has been an artist in residence at Innova Arts, Cathedral Square Gallery, Gallery 450, and Galeria Ltons in St. Augustine, Florida. He is a member of the Mobile Arts Council, Alabama Miniature Art Society, and is Second Vice President of Watercolor and Graphic Art Society. According to Cobb, “I enjoy creating works that evoke an emotional response in viewers.  Taking a moment in time and space and manipulating color and form conveys emotion, or I utilize symbolism to have an impact on the viewer.  Artists should not be limited to a certain style or technique so my works draw on both inner and outer visions and can range from realistic to semi-abstract.  These different methods allow me to convey different moods and ideas.”

Camera South Photography Club

Dates: January 1-31, 2018 
Photo by EJ Wright

This January, the Skinny Gallery will feature photography from members of the Camera South Photography Club. Camera South is a local photography group which provides its members an opportunity to exchange ideas, develop new skills, and learn more about the art of photography. For additional information on the club, email  info@camerasouth.org or visit their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/camerasouth. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays throughout the month of January. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, January 12, from 6 – 9 PM.

Stewart Heath

Dates: January 1-31, 2018 
Mixed-media work by Stewart Heath

In the Danielle Juzan gallery, local artist Stewart Heath will be showing a collection of paintings and mixed media works in her trademark colorful, ethereal style. Heath works in a contemporary abstract style with both figurative and non-representational subjects. A native of Georgia, Heath currently lives in Fairhope. She has been an artist for over 20 years and sees making art as a form of mediation, assigning it a place of spiritual importance in her life. Her paintings hang in private collections around the U.S. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays throughout the month of January. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, January 12, from 6 – 9 PM.

Satomi Atelier

Dates: December 1-31, 2017
Painting by Satomi Atelier

This December, MAC’s Small Room features Plein Air watercolors and sketches by Satomi Atelier. Atelier was born in Hiroshima, Japan. After graduating from high school, she earned a B.A. in Japanese literature and obtained licenses teaching Japanese literature and calligraphy. As a mostly self-taught watercolor artist, Atelier embarked on professional art career in 2008 soon after she moved to America. She started exhibiting publicly through several art organizations located in the Gulf Coast. Over the years, her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions and have been displayed in several galleries. Atelier mostly works with transparent watercolor, and Plein Air painting (painting on site) is her specialized field. Through Plein Air, the artist would is mesmerized by a scene and then captures it in the moment by quickly painting it. According to Atelier, “Of course we can use the camera to do that now, but expressing something by sketching and painting are a more natural and precious experience to me.” Meet the artist 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.

MAC Members Show

Dates: December 1-31, 2017
Painting by Sahar Alford

The MAC Member’s Exhibition is open to all artist members of the Mobile Arts Council and will fill the Skinny Gallery this December. The show will feature paintings, sculptures, mixed-media works, and more by artists of all ages and experience levels. Participating artists include Ainsley McNeely, Ben Marsh, Benita McNider, Cat Pope, Catherine Helmsing, Cheryl Nicholls, Conroy Hudlow, conz8000, David Trimmier, Elise McClellan, Herb Willey, Janet Hinton, Jeff Johnston, Jennifer Grainger, June Reddix-Stennis, Karen Bullock, Kym Vanover, Leslie Baumhower, Lilly Cumbie, Lynda Touart, Michele Brinkman, Michelle Aline Pujols, Mika Robinson, Nancy Goodman, Nikki Shaw, Russ Adams, Ruth Robinson, Sahar Alford, Sarah Rutledge Fischer, Shawn Berdux, and Stewart Heath. 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.

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.

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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