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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Dates: February 5th – 22nd, 2019
This February, the Mobile Arts Council will showcase works from the Visual Arts Achievement Program (VAAP) throughout our galleries. VAAP provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. As an arts in education program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions throughout Mobile and Baldwin County, as well as other District 1 eligible schools.
In addition to VAAP, we will also host Young At Art, which is a showcase of elementary artwork from District 1 schools.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from February 5th – 22nd, with a special reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, February 8th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Featured image is “Fox and Feathers” by Emily Smith
This March, the Mobile Arts Council will feature works from the Central Arts Collective, Ian Glass, and R. Warren Goler. The Central Arts Collective (also known as the Central ArtSanctuary), is an exhibition and performance space in midtown Mobile that currently hosts 15 artists-in-residence. Of these artists, our exhibition showcases works by Jeff Johnston, Lisa Warren, Ardith Goodwin, Susan Downing-White, Nancy Goodman, Sharon Heggenman, Kathleen Kirk Stoves, Stephanie Morris, Janie Holland, Anna Marie-Babington, and Karen Bullock. The Small room features a new experimental painting series, “The Final War,” by Ian Glass. The Danielle Juzan Gallery features paintings and mixed-media works by R. Warren Goler, which are intended to enlighten the spirit and mind.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from March 1st – 28th, with a special reception from 5 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, March 8th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays. The gallery will be closed on March 4th and 5th for the Mardi Gras holiday.
Dates: August 1-31, 2016
This August, “The Tuesday Evening Printmaking Group (and Occasional Beer) Plus One” will be exhibiting prints in MAC’s Skinny Gallery. The group, consisting of artists Roxann Dyess, Kathy Friedline, Conroy Hudlow, Kelley Hudlow, and Clare King, decided to meet regularly and learn about “Original Prints.” Original prints are those where the artist creates an image on a block, plate, stone, or screen, and the image is printed by the artist or by someone under their direction. The traditional forms of original prints are relief, intaglio, planographic (lithography), and stencil (silk screen). The group limited themselves to relief and intaglio. The exhibit displays a variety of subjects and styles from the different group members. The group’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of August in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, August 12th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: August 1-31, 2016
This month in the Danielle Juzan Gallery, Michael Furr will be displaying”Inside Voices Only” – a show of paintings that are entirely up for interpretation. The goal of Furr’s show is to encourage the audience to interact with one another and his artwork themselves. The “meaning” of each painting is tangible but will require effort from the viewer to “connect the dots.” Furr will have paper hung around the gallery for the audience to write their ideas. Furr says, “I look forward to reading what you have taken away from each painting. You can leave this show more enlightened or not at all. It depends entirely upon you.” According to Furr: “Different perceptions shape each of our consciousness. “What does this mean? What if I don’t get it right? What if what I want it to be is harming my soul? Am I wasting my life?” Questions in life that often lead to fear. Fear is natural and keeps us safe on basic levels but, when the fear takes over completely through a weak mind, paralysis and confusion can set in. The confusion, in reality, is a perception that is limited. It is our cross to bear to exist within an infinite cosmos that is largely unknown. Have no fear in this space; This art is creation, made with intention, temporary yet purposeful, to inspire and not to confuse. How are you living? Are you letting fear take the wheel? Or are you defining your own path? Are you so sure you have it all figured out? Is confusion a natural phenomenon, or is it a human by-product? Is it both? Is it neither? Does it matter? Share your perception…” Michael Furr is a self taught artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He has always had a deep desire to draw and create art (writing, music, sewing, painting, etc). He began taking the acrylic medium more seriously in 2011. He currently lives in Foley, Alabama. His subject matter is extremely varied and his style continues to evolve and change and “probably will forever.” Furr’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of August in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, August 12th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: August 1-31, 2016
This August, Michele Brinkman will be displaying her photography show, titled “This End Up!,” which focuses on the visually stimulating and often puzzling quality of reflections. According to Brinkman, “Reflections surround us, whether in the mirror, a window, a shadow, or in the water – they are everywhere. But how often do we actually see them?! Several years ago, after one of Mobile’s frequent summer showers, I was walking around downtown photographing. I looked down and saw this amazing composition of the RSA tower in a huge puddle on Dauphin Street! Moving to the left, right or back, the composition changed. I was in total amazement of my new found discovery of puddles. Since then, I have been on a mission to encourage others to slow down and see the simple beauty found in reflections.” Brinkman’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of August in the Small Room. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, August 12th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: July 1-31, 2016
This July, Janet Hinton will be displaying a series of landscape and water paintings in MAC’s Skinny Gallery. Her exhibition is in two parts: a series of paintings of water and landscapes. According to Hinton, “Both reflect my interest in specific places. The paintings show the basic elements of design: color, shape, line, and texture. Atmosphere and time of day are important to me in the paintings. The subject matter is from home and travels. A camera and sketchbook provide the starting place for my paintings.” Although what she sees dictates the subject for the most part, Hinton occasionally make small changes to strengthen the design quality of her work. In her water series, the close vantage point of her paintings give a non-objective quality to her paintings. Janet Hinton grew up in Attalla, Alabama, and earned her MFA degree fromthe University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, majoring in printmaking with minorconcentrations in painting and ceramics. She was on the art faculty at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama, retiring in 2010. Hinton moved to Fairhope Alabama in 2011, where she maintains a studio. She works in printmaking, painting,drawing, clay, and photography. Hinton teaches occasionally at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the eastern states and her works are included in private and public collections. Hinton’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of July in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, July 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed July 4th).
Dates: July 1-31, 2016
Renee Hoadley’s work can be viewed in two distinct ways: one through the darkness and one through the light, representing the physical and metaphysical aspects of reality. Her show, White Night/Black Light, plays on the wavelengths beyond our normal visual perception, symbolizing what is unseen, or unknown – yet always there. Renee’s work in this show was produced from 2010 to the present in Honaunau, Hawaii and Mobile, Alabama. According to Hoadley, all the canvases were made by her husband, Jordan, an exceptional carpenter, “without whom, none of this work would exist.” ”My artwork arises from a place deep within, where my rational mathematical side harmonizes with my intuitive artistic side, creating visual images that blend my love of geometry and nature with my love of spiritual, philosophical and psychological explorations of transformation. I have attempted to create images that illustrate the interconnectedness of nature, humanity and the cosmos through the use of sacred geometry – a field I’ve been exploring since 2009.” – Renee Hoadley Hoadley’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of July in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, July 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed July 4th).
Dates: July 1-31, 2016
Shawn Branson is a surfer and an artist, so it’s no surprise that he creates his own surfboards. Branson is originally from Saint Louis, MO. He moved to the east coast of Florida in 2007 where he really got into surfing. Eventually he found himself at the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Here, he continued to surf and soon was building custom shaped surfboards – something he always wanted to do. Branson hand-shapes both wood and foam boards using a variety of materials: epoxy resin, wood, burn pen, poly foam, EPS foam, acrylic paint, and resin pigment. According to Branson, “I design and hand shape custom surfboards for the gulf coast waves. Every aspect, from design to artwork, flows together to allow you to dance with the rhythm of our shoreline.” During ArtWalk night, the artist will give a live demonstration on shaping a wooden surfboard in the gallery. Branson’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of July in the Small Room. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, July 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed July 4th).
Dates: June 1-30, 2016
The pine tree has offered much to Alabama’s culture, development and industry. From the longleaf pine forests that covered Alabama before settlement to the millions of acres of loblolly pine plantations that are part of our contemporary timber industry, pines have played a crucial role in Alabama culture, development and industry. Pines are symbolically and ceremonially important trees to many Native American people, but their meaning varies from tribe to tribe. Some view the pine tree as a symbol of longevity that denotes wisdom and harmony with nature. Today’s long-term management of pine forests produces a renewable resource, erosion protection, watershed, recreation and habitats for wildlife. For this exhibition, three Alabama artists look at pine from a variety of perspectives: Photographer Elmore DeMott of Montgomery tells the story of the life cycle of a pine tree with special focus on controlled forest burns through her photographs. Photographer Chuck Hemard of Auburn explores old-growth pines in his series of large-format photographs. Sculptor Chuck Moore of Valley have transformed salvaged pine and given the wood a new life as artwork. PINE will be on display in MAC’s Skinny Gallery and Small Room throughout the month of June.Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, June 10th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: June 1-30, 2016
PleinAirSouth in the Pines features an array of plein air paintings created by the members of Mobile’s PleinAirSouth group, adding a local element to the PINE show organized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Artists participating in this exhibit include Joanne Brandt, Roxann Dyess, Carolyn Green, Satomi Kamei, Tamara Lindsay, Karen McGahagin, Ainsley McNeely, Missy Patrick, Melissa Root, and Karen Spaulding. PleinAirSouth is a group of artists from the Mobile Bay area who enjoy the tradition of painting “en plein air”; i.e., painting from life outdoors. The plein air painter attempts to capture the atmosphere and light conditions of the landscape, and must often work rapidly, under sometimes arduous conditions, to capture the scene before the light and weather conditions change. Artists may work in watercolor, oil, pastel or pencil, but must carry all necessary supplies and equipment with them to work on site. The painting completed on site can be used as a quick study to assist in future studio paintings, or may itself be considered a finished work of art. The PleinAirSouth artists have captured scenes from the Longleaf Pine Preserve at the Mobile Botanical Gardens, and other pine forests along the Gulf coast. PleinAirSouth in the Pines will be on display in the Small Room throughout the month of June. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, June 10th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: June 1-30, 2016
Red Energy – The Dynamic Movement of Competitive Sports is an exhibit by Ardith Goodwin that explores the physics and motion of the human body during the act of competing from the literal to the abstract, through mixed media. Ardith explains: “As an athlete in my younger years, dynamic movement was integral to performing well, and my love for it never left. As a painter, it is part of my technical framework and how I manipulate marks and color to convey meaning.” Along with expressing that explosive movement, Ardith wanted to capture the energy and passion athletes share when they are in the act of pushing the human body to its limits during competition. Red Energy is a show celebrating the visual expression of all things sports. Ardith’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of June in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, June 10th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: May 1-31, 2016
Kindergarten-8th grade students from St. Ignatius Catholic School (under the instruction of art teacher Brennan Gibson) will be presenting an ocean-themed exhibition “Sea Change,” featuring papier-mâché sculptures, mixed media collages, assemblages, and paintings. Most of the projects will utilize recycled materials. Students explored a variety of techniques including printmaking, mosaic, and collage. Grades K-5 made art inspired by different sea creatures and their habitats. Grades 6-8 created artwork in response to pollution found along our beaches and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The artists goals are to highlight the beauty of our oceans and marine life while bringing attention to the dangers facing our oceans. Specific artwork will be for sale and all proceeds will go to MAC and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The student exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, May 13th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.