2019 Exhibitions

Gallery

View our current and past gallery exhibitions below.

Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its satellite gallery space at 6 South Joachim Street, 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. 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 gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Artists may submit a proposal for consideration.

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“Five” Biennial College Art Competition

“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 10.

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 aswain@mobilearts.org or 251-432-9796.

January Exhibitions: Jerry Roldan and “Vanishing Point”

Artists Jerry Roldan, Hunter Cobb, and others will be exhibiting January 6th to the 31st in MAC’s Gallery at the Saenger’s Room 1927.

Jerry Roldan’s exhibition, “Doodles from a Clutter Reality,” consists of arbitrary shapes and layers of various art styles. His spatial designs and vibrant use of colors draw in the viewer to interpret the narrative aspects of his paintings.

Roldan explores time as an element in his painting by the dividing the picture into sections, using the edges of the canvas, and by creating numerous accent areas. This encourages the viewer to spend time looking at the work from different distances, angles, and levels of detail. If they look for 3 minutes or 10 minutes, the work thereby exists as a 3 minute or 10 minute “film”.

Roldan encourages the viewer to spend “creative time” thinking of the meaning of the work. As many of the arbitrary shapes occur by chance, it leaves aspects of the work open for loose interpretation.

 “Vanishing Point,” organized by Hunter Cobb, is a group show featuring artists from Innova Arts, Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, and other area artists. The underlying theme of this group exhibition is utilizing vanishing point perspective.

Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from January 6th through the 31st, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 10th, LoDa ArtWalk night.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

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.

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.

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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