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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May Exhibitions: Cat Pope, Nancy Milford, & Sarah Rutledge Fischer

Dates: May 3rd – 30th, 2019

This May at MAC, see a collection of colorful narrative paintings from Cat Pope, a series of striking portraits by Sarah Rutledge Fischer, and an exhibit of Gulf Coast nature in oils and acrylics by Nancy Milford.

Mobile painter Cat Pope uses her brush to tell a story on every canvas. With a painterly style and a focus on nostalgic, pastoral subjects, Pope captures the vibrant soul of the Gulf Coast’s past and present. Her May show in MAC’s Skinny Gallery focuses on a world of Pope’s own creation, which in her words tells a story of “love for place and home, and a dedication to a way of living that values this love.” Cat Pope is a native of Clearwater, Florida, and moved to Mobile in 2015. She received her B.A. in Painting from Judson College in 2011. Her work is held in private collections across the US.

The subjects of local artist Sarah Rutledge Fischer’s drawings are anything but wallflowers. Her collection of figure drawings in the Danielle Juzan gallery is a celebration of the human form, stripped of clothing and unabashed. Fischer states that, in a state of undress, the individual “bear[s] nothing that can distract us from empathy and connection. They claim their space and invite us to see ourselves reflected in their lines and shadows.” A self-taught artist, Fischer lives in Fairhope and has acquired her skill through figure study groups and dedicated practice. She devotes special attention to the human form, and her art represents her belief that “all bodies are good bodies.”

Baldwin County native Nancy Milford sees herself as a visual preservationist. Once an engineer, Milford turned to drawing and painting as a way to express her creativity and share her love for the unique natural environment in Lower Alabama. Now she uses her art to preserve the landscapes, flora, and fauna of our coastline, recording memories with the hope that future generations may enjoy our way of life, too. Now a municipal planner in Fairhope, Milford attends classes to build upon her artistic skills and draws her inspiration from naturalist artists like Beatrix Potter and Keith Brockie. Her show in MAC’s Small Room this month will feature works in oils and acrylics.

These exhibitions will hang from May 3rd – 30th, with a special reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, May 10th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Family

Dates: September 1-30, 2016

This month in the Danielle Juzan Gallery, Artist E. Allen Warren will be exhibiting “Family,” a year’s worth of painted pet portraits. Over the course of twenty or more years as a freelance artist, Warren has been tasked with creating murals, signage, kids rooms, album covers, portraits, scenic backdrops, Mardi Gras floats, theater props, etc. Until September of 2015, he’d only painted one commissioned pet portrait. According to Warren, “Last year I decided to paint my cat, Missy. She was killed by dogs in 2003 and I wanted to pay homage. She survived one attack by seven Standard Poodles only to be killed a year later by three Malamutes. It literally took ten dogs to kill my cat because she only had nine lives.” After that, he began painting more pets. Warren hung some of his animal art in a vet’s office, and then steadily began selling them and getting pet portrait commissions. He says, “I am now privileged and honored to portray members of families everywhere. At times I am entrusted with portraying the memory of a loved one from long ago. I do my best to capture the essence.” Warren’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of September in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, September 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Understated Elegance

Dates: September 1-30, 2016

The local Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America will be displaying their ink and watercolor paintings in the Skinny Gallery in their exhibition titled “Understated Elegance”. The Sumi-e Society is dedicated to sharing their love and knowledge of ink painting in the Asian style. Sumi, the Japanese work for ink, is the basic medium for our artwork. Watercolor is often incorporated in many paintings. The primary support is rice paper. The artwork is more about revealing the “essence” of the subject rather than an exact representation. The group’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of September in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Royaute

Dates: September 1-30, 2016

Mobile Arts Council and Mobile Fashion Week have teamed up to bring you an exclusive experience in fashion! Come to the September ArtWalk Premiere and learn more about Tieler James S/S 2016 Collection “Royaute” (inspired by Marie Antoinette) and purchase your discount tickets to 2016 MOBFW shows. Tieler, now 16, discovered his passion for clothing at the age of 5 and began working with a sewing machine and designing his own clothes at age 7. In 2014, at just 14 years old, he was selected to compete on Lifetime’s Project Runway: Threads. Tieler won and has gone on to be a featured designer in many local and regional fashion shows and has also been featured internationally. Come see his award-winning work on display in the Small Room! Tieler’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of t in the September. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, September 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Printmaking Group

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.

Inside Voices Only

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.

This End Up

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.

Janet Hinton

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).

White Night/Black Light

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).

Shawn Branson

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).

PINE

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.

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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