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.
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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 “Quilts from Quarantine” will hang from July 3rd to August 27th. 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 from Quarantine,” featuring a series of wooden “quilts” that the artist created collaboratively. Shaw says, “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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates: July 1-31, 2017
“Rack and Pinions” by Kathleen Cope
Kathleen Cope is a local artist whose passion for cars and love of photography come together in her Skinny Gallery exhibit this July. Cope is an auto aficionado, and she finds much of her inspiration at car shows, drag races, and junkyards. Using both traditional media and digital manipulation, Cope edits her photographs to fit the image she has in her mind. Cope is largely self-taught and has been taking photographs since she was in fifth grade looking to earn her photography badge in the Girl Scouts. Since then she has honed her skills through workshops and constant study. Her work can be found in private and commercial collections across the US. You can see more or buy prints at www.kathleencope.com. Cope’s exhibition will be on display through Friday, July 28. Meet the artist during ArtWalk on Friday, July 14 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: July 1-31, 2017
Painting by Lisa Hancock
Artist Lisa Hancock’s exhibit in the Danielle Juzan Gallery is an exploration of the boundaries – and lack thereof – between ourselves and our environment. In serene, ethereal layers of watercolor, Hancock seeks to bring awareness to our own ability to foster the growth and development of ecosystems. In her own words, “nature has a transcendental quality, and I strive to illustrate this inner connection between man and surroundings”. Hancock received her BFA from the University of Alabama and got her MFA in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. She has participated in numerous juried and solo shows and has exhibited her work at the Mobile Museum of Art. Most recently, you may remember her as the champion of the first annual LoDa Squares sidewalk chalk art competition at SouthSounds in 2016. She lives and works in Mobile in the company of her husband and two children. Hancock’s exhibition will be on display through Friday, July 28. Meet the artist during ArtWalk on Friday, July 14 (6 – 9 PM)!