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: 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.
Dates: May 1-31, 2016
The word “icon” means “image,” but since the early centuries of Chrisitianity, the “icon” is normally used to refer to images with a religious content, meaning, and use. In this series of artworks by Skylar Nicholson and Sandra Cassibry, icons are used explore subject matter and medium. Skylar’s body of work focuses on a religious style of iconography that involves contemporary imagery. It symbolizes an international ancestral worship theme. His icons are a modern take of old views – worshiping the people from the past that still currently hold importance in the same aspect that religious figures such as Jesus Christ, Christian Saints, Buddha, and Confucius are held by their followers. The images in his work are centralized around significant people in his life. Glass is the main material that he used to execute his ideas. According to Skylar, “The glass itself is a symbol of fragility. It symbolizes how religion, people and ideas can be forgotten or broken. We use icons to have a visual memory of ideas and memories.” He uses contemporary frames in his art to let the viewer relate the icons to a less formal setting. Sandra’s iconic paintings were inspired by stained glass windows from churches and cathedrals along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline. The transparency of the watercolors, her chosen medium, permits the white reflective surface of paper to shine through. Similar to stained glass, watercolors have an attractive, airy quality, which is perfect for capturing the illusion of atmosphere, space, and light. The artists’ exhibits will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Small Room. 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.
Dates: May 1-31, 2016
Artist Adam Underwood has produced a series of local landscape paintings titled “Around Mobile.” Adam’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Large Room. Meet the artist 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.
Dates: March 1-31, 2016
It’s All About the Hats – AGAIN! But this time, it’s not just Karen. Karen McGahagin’s vibrant hat-centric paintings are already known to MAC visitors who remember her solo show last May, titled It’s All About the Hats. This time, McGahagin is back with even more hats, courtesy of her friends and fellow artists. The show will feature a motley mix of mediums and styles, but the hat theme remains. McGahagin is a board member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society as well as a member of the local and national Sumi-e Society. The group exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of March in the Large Room. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Dates: March 1-31, 2016
”Captured fractions and fragments of seconds with creativity and light” – photographer Vincent Lawson is intent on documenting these fragments in his work. His exhibit, Flow, is a collection of photographs of dancers taken over the past 10 years. Lawson creates images that represent not just the rhythm of dance but of life as a whole. His abstract shapes and arcs of motion invite the viewer to imagine the rhythm that inspired them. Vincent’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of March in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, March 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.