2019 Exhibitions

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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

Oaks on Oak

Dates: December 1-31, 2016
Pyrography by Kathleen Kirk Stoves

Pyrography: “The art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point.” The Small Room will feature the pyrography of Kathleen Kirk Stoves. This young artist, originally from South Jersey, migrated South when she was accepted into Spring Hill College in 2007.  While there, she majored in Studio Art with a focus in oil painting.  Since graduation she has kept a working studio, finding a love for pyrography about a year ago. According the Kathleen, “Since my arrival in Mobile, I have been in awe of the oak trees. They add such beauty to this city and possess a certain kind of magic that is undeniable.  I am reverent to their magnificence and history.”  Due to her appreciation for the oaks of Mobile, she decided to burn their likeness into oak wood pieces, paying homage to their original state. Kathleen’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 – 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 – 30.

Copper – The Brazier’s Art

Dates: December 1-31, 2016
Sculpture by Lebaron Heathcoe

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature copper sculptures – bowls, wall hangings, kinetic hanging sculptures, and more – by artist Lebaron Heathcoe. Heathcoe creates art using pure copper.  He cuts it by hand, shapes it by beating or heating, or welding.  At times, he incorporates brass, stone, or driftwood to highlight the copper.  His subjects reflect sea life, music and home décor (such as bowls and vases). “Azalea City Copper is dedicated to handcrafted copper art highlighting its natural beauty, properties and form,” according to Heathcoe. Arthur “Lebaron” Heathcoe started in the metal business in Mobile in 1978, training as a journeyman boilermaker working with various metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, carbon steel, copper and nickel.  He learned about their properties and how temperature and force could shape and mold them into vessels for industry.  However, he always admired and valued copper.  In 1995, he started making yard art or home décor items for family and friends as a hobby.  According to Heathcoe, “If someone had an idea, I would design and make it with copper.”  In 2012, he reached a junction in his life – deciding to devote his attentions to copper full time.  He started by expanding his copper knowledge and abilities by taking a class at David Burns Studio (a well-known copper artist specializing on the west coast) in Grass Valley, California. Heathcoe retired in 2013 as a boilermaker and decided to make his dream as a copper artist a reality. Heathcoe’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of December. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, December 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 – 5 on weekdays for most of December, and will be open weekends during Sunday Funday (the 11th) and Holiday Market on the Square (the 17th). The gallery will be closed through Christmas break, from December 26 – 30.

Riding With the Wind

Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Sculpture by Bertice McPherson

This November, Bertice McPherson will be displaying a series of sculptures in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Bertice’s exhibition, titled “Then and Now…Riding With the Wind,” is comprised of clay and glass work she has created over the last 25 years.  The majority of the clay work explores the color and textural affects given by fire, smoke and salt fumes as the pieces are fired in wood shavings overnight. Her glass sculptures are created from sheet glass placed over a fiber mold and heated until the glass slumps over the form.  According to Bertice, “As a Mobile native, I spent many days at our beautiful beaches. My glass pieces always remind me of the way towels and fabrics are blown by the wind against torsos at the beach. The wind blows both hard times and good. I have faced many storms in life, but always find courage and strength to persevere. I want my work to show this.” Bertice’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of November. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, November 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Coastal Views

Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Painting by Susan Rouillier

This November, Susan Rouillier will be displaying “Coastal Views – Paintings and Photographs” in the Small Room. This exhibition features a series of photographs of birds in their natural habitats and paintings of landscapes, birds, fish, and crabs in coastal areas completed over the last six years. Susan Rouillier has been drawn to nature all her life. At the University of Melbourne she was a Commonwealth Scholar and did invertebrate research at Wilson’s Promontory in Australia. She graduated with a Biology degree and went on to teach in Australia, Japan and the United States. Rouillier set up a joint ecological project between Meiji Gankuen High School in Kitakyushu, Japan and The School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, funded by the Fulbright Master Teacher Program. Today Rouillier lives by the water on Mobile Bay where she paints and photographs the natural world of the vast delta estuary. “Painting makes me feel as vibrantly alive as the area that I portray,” she explains Rouillier’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of November. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, November 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Jewish Artists

Dates: November 1-30, 2016
Painting by Judy Aronson

This November, MAC will be displaying a “Jewish Artists’ Exhibit” in the Skinny Gallery. This exhibit serves as an opportunity for members of the Shul and Temple to appreciate, celebrate, and share the abundant creativity of Mobile’s Jewish community. The show will feature works in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, writings, and drawings. Participating artists include Judy Aronson, Sharon Sokol, Marjory Slavin, Sandy Holberg, Odette Sternberg, Emily Fink, Jim Conlon, Joanne Conlon, and more. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, 6:00 – 9:00 PM on November 11th. In addition to ArtWalk, Rabbi Steve Silberman has scheduled a special wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 PM.

Shirley and Tom Rasmussen

Dates: October 1-31, 2016

Shirley and Tom Rasmussen will be sharing the Danielle Juzan Gallery with two exhibits. Shirley’s work is a collection of her visual diary – her life’s moments. In the exhibition, there will be a selection of studio paintings, plein-air paintings and studies. The mediums are oil, pastels and charcoal. The subject matter is varied; figures, which incude her children and grandchildren, landscapes, and still life. According to Shirley: “All the paintings are records of what I have seen, lived and felt. It is my life.” Shirley Rasmussen received her BFA from the University of South Alabama, and has produced award-winning work that has been exhibited in museums and national exhibitions throughout the United States. Tom, on the other hand, will be displaying a series of lathe wooden sculptures. “Since my retirement I have focused intently on woodturning. The thing I enjoy the most about it is the surprise of the wood’s beauty when you reach the inside. The grain, knots, voids, etc. that are exposed is nature’s art.” Tom likes to work with rough, sometimes half-rotten, wood that has been discarded to bring out the beauty of the piece. Their exhibits will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Pyramidz and Transparenciez

Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Painting by Ian Glass

Ian Glass will be displaying a series of paintings, titled “Pyramidz and Transparenciez (beyond logic and reason)” in the Small Room. This series of work spans a timeline of about 3 and a half years. It begins with figurative abstraction and develops into a series of non-representational oil paintings. Ian wants the viewer to see how his style developed over time, ending with “Pyramidz in Winter Snow.” “There is a strong affinity between non-representational and figurative forms, one that I have closely examined while building a body of work. In this case, I will be focusing on the former, invested mainly in angular forms, and the masculine symbology that permeates my work. The paintings can be thought of as visual poems, for the construction of them was gone about in a similar way. The first stage was a very erratic demonstration of line, letting go of any unnecessary constraints, only to let the image secure itself in mind. Then several stages of revision soon followed, a slow process of push and pull. This show is equally interested in the conscious and unconscious mind. It has required a certain amount of detachment and calm dedication to create a bridge in a Freudian sense. It is a resolution. It is a consolatory act.” – Ian Glass Ian recently competed in MAC’s live art competition, ART Works – The Throwdown 5, and is represented in Gallery 450. His exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

A Musical Journey

Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Painting by Pat Marion

Pat Marion will be exhibiting her series, “A Musical Journey,” in the Skinny Gallery. According to Pat, “Music, theater, and art play such an important role in my life that I wanted to embody my love of each through my paintings. My paintings are an interpretation and reflection of the mood and essence manifested while enjoying music. I invite you to feel the music and enjoy the journey.” Pat Marion-Daynard comes from a small steel town in Northern Ontario, Canada called Sault Ste. Marie. Pat, now a U.S. citizen, lives in Spanish Fort, AL with her son Marty. Pat is a retired elementary school teacher who taught math and art and now pursues her love of theatre, art and music. Pat’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of October. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

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.

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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