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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This October, see Mobile Art Association Annual Fall Show, Guy Marcinkowski’s environmental abstractions exhibition titled Super Natural, and a collection of paintings by SOMI Club members.
Mobile Art Association is an organization of working artists, students, and supporters of the visual arts. Annually, they exhibit a juried and judged Annual Fall Show. The show is open to both their members and non-members. The 2019 judge will be Bill Thompson. There are multiple cash prizes including $500 for Best in Show, $250 for second place, and $100 for the third place winner. The Exhibit Chair is Nancy Barry. The Exhibit Co-Chairs are Trey Oliver and Roxann Dyess.
Super Nature, the Environmental Abstractions exhibition, is a 2 year personal journey of Guy Marcinkowski reinventing the conventional ideas of landscape and seascape art. For this exhibit, Guy worked with different substrates, such as tin, drift wood, ply wood, cotton sheets, and canvas. Each substrate reacted differently to the applied mediums seeming to paint themselves.
Guy has never been a landscape fan. He was always attracted to stylized figurative portraits and graphic abstract art. Wanting to push himself, he poured over books of artists whom he perceived to be the best at the craft of landscape painting. Ultimately, this endeavor changed the way he views the environment.
SOMI stands for Survivors of Mental Illness. The club consists of a diverse group of people who live with mental illness. They come together to socialize, relax and participate in activities such painting and adult coloring. Sixteen members will be showing an eclectic collection of painting this October.
Gallery hours at Room 1927 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from October 3rd through the 29th , with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 11th, LoDa ArtWalk night.
Open November 5th to the 28th, Gallery Room 1927 will feature the exhibitions of Paul Gray, Sahar Alford, and the Mississippi Art Colony Traveling Show.
Paul Gray shares a collection of his nature photography, titled “God’s World as I See It.” Paul enjoys a variety of subjects: landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, architecture, children, still life, nature, flora, birds, and wildlife. To him, what he photographs has never been as important as how he approaches the subject. Each image entails different technical, artistic, and emotional considerations, but he always tries to leave room for serendipity. Using light patterns, form, and personal perception, Paul’s goal is to capture God’s beauty and the magic he sees.
Artist Sahar Alford presents “Splash,” a series of realistic oil paintings that examine different objects and their refraction in liquids such as water, milk, oil, and more. One of Sahar’s favorite subjects of study in physics was refraction and the water ripple effect. Refraction of light is a commonly seen phenomenon in our everyday lives, and is utilized in optical lenses- allowing for instruments such as glasses, cameras, binoculars, microscopes, and the human eye to function. Refraction is also responsible for some optical illusions in nature, including rainbows and mirages. “Splash” combines Sahar’s love of art and physics together in her newest painting series.
The Mississippi Art Colony features their Fall Traveling Show. Twice a year, the Mississippi Art Colony asks a guest artist to jury a show that will travel the state and beyond, representing the artists who attended their most recent artist session. This show was selected by guest artist Stan Kurth, and represents the artists who attended their fall session.
Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from November 5th through the 28th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 8th, LoDa ArtWalk night.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-432-9796.
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)!
Dates: July 1-31, 2017
Painting by Eliza Coral
Eliza Coral is a painter and illustrator whose love of animals shines through in her work. Using acrylics and mixed media, Coral captures the individual spirit of every animal she paints. Her lively pet and wildlife portraits will be on display in the Small Room along with prints and cards for sale. Coral grew up in England and moved to the Gulf Coast two years ago, where she finds inspiration in local nature and wildlife. She was a featured artist at MAC in August of 2015. You can see more of her work at www.elizacoralart.com. Coral’s exhibition will be on display through Friday, July 28. Meet her during ArtWalk on Friday, July 14 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: June 1-30, 2017
“Flock at Twilight” by Cat Pope
This June, the Skinny Gallery will feature works by Cat Pope – an artist madly in love with color relationships, dramatic energy, and confident brushwork. Her childhood in Clearwater, Florida instilled in her a love for the natural landscape and the unique sense of light found along the Gulf Coast. Most known for her oil paintings, Cat’s work depicts the coastal South using post-impressionist and contemporary realist techniques. Layers of color, bold shapes, and manipulation of surface texture illustrate a fascination with the nature of the medium itself and its rapturous capacity for memory. Cat currently lives and works from her studio in Mobile, Alabama. When not in the midst of creating, Cat enjoys teaching workshops at the Eastern Shore Art Center (Fairhope, AL), and the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL). Her works have been collected throughout the United States. According to Cat, “As an artist I cherish adventure, and I am continually enchanted by color and its power to translate atmosphere. This exhibition, as with most of my work, explores the coastal lifestyle, past and present, with the soul of a simpler, romanticized era. Industries of travel and entertainment may change, but nostalgia never grows old.” The exhibition will be on display through Friday, June 30. Meet the artist during ArtWalk on Friday, June 9 (6 – 9 PM)! For more information and images, Cat’s portfolio can be found on her website: www.catpope.com.
Dates: June 1-30, 2017
Illustration by Conz8000
Conz8000, most recently showing at Alabama Contemporary’s “Art of Perception”, will be displaying a new series of his works in the Small Room. The artist’s series will be focused on a character he created and her life in an unknown Mobile, Alabama, after a regional terrain changing event. According to Conz8000, “the story of her life is very emotional and driven.” It will be told through illustrations, paintings, and other works – unfolding as the pieces of art are created. His exhibition will be on display through Friday, June 30. Meet Conz8000 during ArtWalk on Friday, June 6 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: June 1-30, 2017
“Heroic Smile” by Frances Ashcraft
Karen McGahagin has organized yet ANOTHER Hat Show. This time, the group exhibition has a more focused theme. The idea of “the many hats we wear” shifted to focusing on Mobile’s public service community and honoring our First Responders. According to Karen, “All of us are enthusiastic about the upcoming event because of the people it represents.” The group exhibition will be on display in the Danielle Juzan Gallery through Friday, June 30. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, June 9 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: May 1-31, 2017
Painting by Devlin Wilson
The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature “Aquila Sunrise”, a new painting series by Devlin Wilson. “This show, for me, is representation of the innate inspiration of bays, beaches and sailing adventures I experienced over the past year. Reflections of turquoise and the entire spectrum of colors that silhouette flora and fauna, birds and boats, water and sky, depict my love of everything beautiful about living on and loving the Gulf Coast”. – Devlin Wilson Devlin’s exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 31. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, May 12 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: May 1-31, 2017
A student’s work from St. Igniatius Catholic School
The Skinny Gallery will be out of this world! St. Igniatius Catholic School students, under the guidance of art teacher Brennan Gibson, have created works around the theme “Space: the Final Frontier”. Their yearlong mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new art and new techniques, to boldly go where no class has gone before. Brennan Gibson is the art teacher at Ignatius Catholic School. She studied Elementary Education and Studio Art at the University of South Alabama and is currently working on a Masters in Art Education. Her favorite thing about being an art teacher is getting to know all of the amazing artists at St. Ignatius and being continually inspired by their creations and ideas. The exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 31. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, May 12 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: May 1-31, 2017
“Crab” by Denise Inge
The Small Room will display works by Mobile artist Denise Inge. “Denise Inge: A Retrospective” will celebrate the life and work of the Gulf Coast painter and long time MAC member – serving as a memorial to the artist. “Denise Inge was a friend to all and a mentor to many up-and-coming artists in the area. For those that frequented Market on the Square, Denise was always present with a plethora of paintings and prints. Spunky, cheerful, and full of energy, Denise was an immensely talented and kind soul. We are honored to have the exhibition, and share our condolences to all of her friends and family.” – MAC Program Director, Lucy Gafford Denise’s exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 31. Meet her friends and family during ArtWalk on Friday, May 12 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: April 1-30, 2017
Featured work from the Mobile Art Association
Members of the Mobile Art Association are exhibiting their annual Spring Show in the Skinny Gallery. Each member could enter up to two pieces of work, which could be 2D or 3D. The judge for the show was Craig Reynolds, currently of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Craig is a professional artist and instructor who has primarily done Plein Air painting since 2006, winning many awards along the way. Participating artists include Joseph Formwalt, Melissa Stuart, Anne Rose, Julie Andel, Corky Goldman, Sondra Carlisle, Sherry Ann Roy, Harriet Cain, Michael Carmichael, Barbara Rettig, Matilde Tellaetxe, Philippe Oszuscik, Benjamin Shamback, Nola Powell, Tamara Jordan Lindsay, Karen McGahagin, Judy Boswell, Jeff Johnston, Claudia McClure, Doris Amster, Deborah Hall, Juli Day, Susy Fox, Marcy Matherne, Karen Smith, Missy Patrick, Karen Spaulding, Gail Bramer, and Carol Wiggins. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 28. Meet the artists during award reception at ArtWalk on Friday, April 7 (6 – 9 PM)!