Local Arts

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Artist Directory

The Mobile Arts Council Artist Directory is a publicly searchable listing of member artists who live and work in the Mobile area. Browse by artist name, discipline, and view current contact details.

Arts Calendar

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Artist Opportunities

The Mobile Arts Council is pleased to share all current opportunities for artists that have been submitted to us. This list is emailed to MAC members every other week of the month. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions.

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ALL DISCIPLINES

Art After Hours 
Every other month, a different MAC organization will host all members of the community at a FREE networking event featuring refreshments, entertainment, and community-driven networking. We are currently booking Art After Hours for 2019. If you are interested in hosting an AAH event, email Lucy Gafford, MAC Programs Director. 

Vendors/Businesses Wanted: Tanner Williams May Day 
Set-up will begin at 8 AM on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Each vendor will be responsible for their own table/chairs and tent, if needed. The $25 vendor fee will reserve one 10ftx10ft area for set-up. The vendor fee of $25 can be mailed to the address below or can be paid at time of set-up. Set-up is at the Tanner Williams Community Park, 13001 Tanner Williams Road Wilmer, AL 36587. See the MayDay_Form for additional information. 

ASCA Fellowship Grants 
Each year, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 for artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre and the visual arts. They also offer Fellowship In Arts Administration of $5,000 each year to an arts administrator to improve his/her skills and ability to serve the organization and the community. Visit their website for applications and additional details! 

Display your local event posters/flyers: Candlewood Suites 
Candlewood Suites has room to display posters and flyers for local happenings in their lobby. Call 251-690-7818 or email Hillary@candlewood-mobile.com for additional questions. Candlewood Suites on 121 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602. 

Studio/office spaces for rent at Central Presbyterian Church 
Rev. Chris Bullock at Central Presbyterian Church is exploring the possibility of renting rooms in the Church's buildings to artists and arts nonprofits. The Church would be able to offer Internet/wifi, copying/printing/faxing, and air conditioned/heated spaces of varying sizes for a reasonable cost.  If you're interested, email Rev. Bullock. 

The Artists Registry 
The word out to ALL ARTISTS in the Gulf Coast region is that your names and your work can now be seen in an all-inclusive data-base. Sponsored and supported by Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Arts Council and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, the Artists Registry will be an outstanding resource for promoting the arts in Mobile and all communities along the Gulf Coast and beyond. The Artists Registry is designed to showcase local artists along the Southern coast in every area of the arts: music, visual art, dance, theater, needlework….all creative endeavors! The art community recognizes the importance of preserving for posterity the work of local artists and artisans who so essentially reflect the nuances of our time and culture. In addition, inclusion in the Artists Registry would provide a unique resource for possible exhibitions, programs and events to promote the many types of art that are being produced in our area. Please join by filling out the registration form! 

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project) 
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here. 

VISUAL ARTS

Call for Artist Volunteers: The Learning Tree
The Learning Tree is looking for local artists to work with their children to create original artwork for the silent auction at their gala “A Night at the Races” on May 3. The Learning Tree provides educational and residential services to more than 100 children and adolescents in the Mobile area with developmental disabilities, including autism. The children range in age from 2 ½ to 21. They have a preschool, residential school and day school for children with autism.

The art created could encompass any medium and each artist would have the entire staff to assist them. The Learning Tree will provide materials and are hoping an artist will create the concept, have the students make them, and then come back and add finishing touches if needed. The children are available from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Mondays - Fridays. Their residential kids would be available on weekends as well. Please contact Teresa Atkins at 251-331-2633 if you are interested!

Call for Artists: The Lost Garden
The Mobile Arts Council is curating artwork for the Lost Garden (off Dauphin near the Downtown Mobile Alliance). If you are interested in painting a permanent art panel for the garden, volunteering with maintaining the garden, or in being the featured ArtWalk artist in the upcoming months, email lgafford@mobilearts.org. View the information flyer for additional information.

Call for Artists: 2018 Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Fest Poster Contest
The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival is seeking a design for its 20th annual event poster. Entry it open to artists who live in Mobile or Baldwin counties in Alabama. Prize: $300 cash. One entry per artist. Work must be original, unpublished, two-dimensional work depicting a jazz theme in any medium. The design must include “Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival,” “Mobile, Alabama,” and “20 Years of Jazz: 1998-2018.” Entries must be 24” x 18”, vertical format mounted on white foam core board. View the application for full details!

Call for Vendors: Explore Mobile
Explore Mobile seeks to increase community and attractions involvement. By holding the event in the historic Downtown Mobile and offering a vendor area at the event, Explore Mobile seeks to provide plenty of opportunities for local businesses and organizations to get involved as well. It is impossible for this event to be successful without the support of the Gulf Coast community. 

If you would like to participate or have your attraction become a part of the event, please complete and return the application form and deliver to the History Museum of Mobile or by email to gavin.snyder@historymuseumofmobile.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gavin Snyder at 251.301.0273. 

Call for Teaching Artists: 251 Area Art Teachers Exhibition
This group art show is for anyone who shares their passion and love of art through teaching, whether it's in the school setting (public or private, college or university), workshops, classes, private lessons, and/or art camps. The show will hang in the Mobile Arts Council for the month of May. See the exhibition sign up page for additional details! 

Call for Artists: Society 1858 - Prize for Contemporary Southern Art
Artists must reside, work in, or be from one of the following southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia. Entries are accepted exclusively through the website 1858prize.org using the SlideRoom submission management program. No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018. 

Call for Artists: MAC Members Show - August 2018
The Mobile Arts Council will feature works by our Artist Members for the month of August 2018. Artwork can be 2D and/or 3D, as well as audio/video. Artists may submit up to three pieces of work that will fit within a 3x6' area (total). View the exhibition announcement for additional information! 

Call for Artists: Opetera Creative
Optera Creative coordinates exhibitions each month, emphasizing family-friendly work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area. The spacious lobby features exhibitions each month, with room for large bodies of work in any media. The artist is expected to attend the reception (and publicize the event to family and friends), which will last from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. If you (or you and another artist/ other artists) would like to show your work, email a proposal to nicole@opteracreative.com, accompanied by jpgs of several images from the exhibition or similar to the work in the proposed exhibition. Optera is currently looking for artists for 2018 and beyond. 

Call for Artists: 251 Rocks and MobRox
Paint rocks and hide them for others to find! Join the facebook page and instagram group today. Paint rocks and hide them in places around Mobile and Baldwin counties so that others will find them. You can post hints of where to find your rocks or post pictures of you and the rocks you find. It's a fun, easy, and cheap way to add some smiles and share artistic abilities. 

Call for Artists: ArtWalk at O'Daly's
O'Daly's would like to welcome all artists to set up at Dauphin St. Blues Company in a market style format. They can set up inside or on the sidewalk directly in front of O'Daly's. They will have live music and beer tastings. Artists would need to bring 100% of their own set up (table and chair) and if they need power they would need their own extension cords. The artists would keep 100% of all sales and commissions. The space would be first come, first serve in terms of where to set up. If you want more information, email events@odalysirishpub.com! 

Call for Artists: Lunch at The Shoppes
The Shoppes at Bel Air is putting on a new event called Lunch at The Shoppes - think Art Walk meets lunchtime shopping event. It will happen quarterly on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM. They are looking for local artists to setup up their work in the mall for free! Artists cannot sell their artwork on site in the mall, but they can network, pass out cards, arrange to take orders, etc. Artwork must be family-friendly. Bringing your own setup is preferred, but some tables and chairs may be available. Interested artists need to email thomas.richardson@rouseproperties.com to participate! 

Call for Arts & Craft Vendors: Merry Market - The Merry Widow
Grab your friends for cocktails and shopping for the Merry Market, a monthly event hosted by the Merry Widow during ArtWalk (2nd Friday) of eah month. Local vendors set up to sell arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, desserts, bath products and more! Plus a custom cocktail menu crafted each month especially for this event, and available for one night only! Interested vendors: feel free to email info@themerrywidow.net for additional information. However what you mainly need to know is: there is no fee to set up (it’s free!); set up is at 5:00 PM; please try to break down no earlier than 10:00 PM; and please bring your own change. 

Call for Member Artists: Port City Craftsmen
The Port City Craftsmen are a group of crafters that meet once a month at the West Regional Library in Mobile and looking for new members. Established in November since 1972, the group promotes Arts & Crafts in the Mobile area and puts on a big Arts and Crafts Show every year. Visit portcitycraftsmen.com or facebook page for additional information. Email is portcityaftsmen@yahoo.com or call Ingrid Murdock at 251-649-5705 if interested. 

Call for Artists: CATS
CATS: Creative Artistic Treasures Studio. A new gallery opening in April 2016 across from Spring Hill College. Need art in all media, with cats (meow) as the subject matter. Call Sherry Polansky at 251-308-2552 for an appointment. 

Call for Artists: The Battle House
The Battle House is seeking artists for LoDa ArtWalk nights. If interested, please send your response and sample of art to gary.smith@renaissancemobile.com. 

<strong">Call for Members: Spanish Fort Artist Guild
Free group open to working artists in the Spanish Fort area. Open studio time, workshops, and meetings scheduled every week on Tuesday from 1 to 3 in the City Hall classroom. Call Claudine Andress at 251-626-6264 for details. 

Call for Members: AIGA Gulf Coast
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains "the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as 'AIGA, the professional association for design.'" Area designers are recruiting members to begin a Gulf Coast chapter. If you are interested in joining, visit the group's Facebook page. 

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery
Applications are being accepted for fine artists and handcrafters in Mobile and South Mobile County to show and sell their work in the Gallery's new location (918 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island). Spaces (3' x 10') cost $50 a month plus 15% of sales. A limited number of spaces are available at $25 per month plus 15% of sales if the artist works at the Gallery at least one day a month. Contact Kathryn Carver, President of the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council: 251-490-0294 or dauphinislandarts@gmail.com. 

Call for Artists: Eastern Shore Art Center
The Eastern Shore Art Center offers many opportunities to both members and non-members. Members can take part in annual juried and open exhibitions, a bi-monthly sales gallery, the Art and About Program, open studios, and the gift shop and receive discounts on classes and workshops. ESAC puts on two annual outdoor art festivals, features five galleries with shows that rotate monthly, and presents gallery talks, forums and more that are open to the public. To download an exhibit proposal, visit ESAC online. For more details, email Adrienne Falls. 

Call for Artists and Artisans: MAC Arts & Crafts Markets
Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year. We are currently at capacity for this year's events and will not be opening applications for next year's Spring markets until early 2018. Please review Mobile Arts Councils Arts and Crafts Market Guidelines if you are interested in applying. 

Call for Artists: Mobile Art Association 
The Mobile Art Association is the ideal organization for amateur and professional artists.  With over 100 members, MAA provides numerous opportunities to network with and learn from fellow artists. Meetings are on the third Sunday of each month, from September through May, and are held at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL.  The meeting includes a program to provide instruction, critique, and/or “hands on” opportunities to help artists further develop their knowledge and skills. MAA provides a variety of venues and opportunities for members to show their work, including: Spring Member Exhibition, Fall Juried Exhibition, Bi-Annual Juried Exhibit as part of the Shared Expressions Exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art, and opportunities to show work at local businesses. Visit MAA's website for details and applications. 

Call for Artists: Mobile Arts Council
Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its offices at 318 Dauphin St., 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, or established artists moving in a new direction (e.g. a new medium, new subject, new style). The offices feature three exhibition spaces:  the Skinny Gallery and two meeting/conference rooms (the Large Room 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 on Cathedral Square is active.  For details on submitting a proposal (or on any other aspects of an exhibition), contact Lucy Gafford. 

THEATRE

Auditions: The Skin of Our Teeth - Theatre 98 
Auditions for Thornton Wilders' classic The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Jonne Thornton, are April 23-24 and May 1-2, from 6-  8 PM. Performance dates are July 20-August 5.  For more information, view their audition page .

Drama Classes: 2018 Summer Camps - Sunny Side Theater 

Improv Training: Bay Cities Improv Company 
No Worries Wednesdays are intended to give actors an opportunity to expand and stretch their skills in a low-risk, no-stress, collaborative situation. For others, it is an opportunity to enhance their personal lives with exposure to stage training. At the end of a session, however, all will have improved their ability to imagine themselves in new situations and respond appropriately. $5 per person. View their page for additional information. 

Workshop: Sketch Comedy Writing with Kevin McDonald 
For those that are serious about comedy and writing, Kevin McDonald will be leading this day-long workshop and introduce the Kids in the Hall method of sketch comedy writing through improvisation. You'll learn the basics of sketch comedy and comedy writing. We follow that by playing warm-up games that lead you into thinking naturally about writing and performing at the same time. The class will split into groups to improvise a scene that will be developed into a comedy sketch. Following the workshop, students will be invited back to perform their material in front of an audience with Kevin McDonald! See the event page for more details. 

DANCE

Sway Downtown 
Adult ballet, yoga, and more! Classes are offered that range for every fitness level. View their class schedule here! 

The Dance Academy of Mobile 
The Dance Academy of Mobile was created in response to an incredible number of requests from parents and students for a new way to experience dance. Our goal is to inspire dancers, young and old, in a caring yet challenging atmosphere. Classes are offered for children and adults in a variety of dance styles: ballet, broadway jazz, contemporary, tap, hula, hip hop, and tahitian dance. View their online schedule for classes and times! 

LITERATURE

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 
The Scholastic Awards partners with organizations to offer students Sponsored Awards: special opportunities to receive additional scholarships for works in a variety of categories or dealing with particular themes. The 2018 awards will open on September 13, 2017, and deadlines vary by region. The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards. Visit the website to enter today! 

Mobile Writers Guild 
The Mobile Writers Guild is an organization of professional and aspiring writers. Anyone is welcome to join their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. every first Thursday of the month (September through May) at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road. February's meeting features a presentation on Indie Publishing and Worldbuilding with Brian D. Anderson. 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Art Classes with William Morris 
Take private art classes in Oils, Acrylics, and Watercolors with William Morris at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Road. Contact Bill Morris at (251) 404-6980. Cost: 65.00 monthly. Schedule: Tuesdays (9am-12 pm, 1pm-4pm, 530pm-830pm) Wednesdays (9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm) and Thursdays (9am-12pm). 

Summer Art Camps: Alabama Contemporary Art Center 

Art Blast Summer Camp: Mobile Museum of Art 

Illustration, Beginners Drawing Classes, and More: Marnée's Studio 
Join Marnée's Studio for a number of classes throughout the year. Drawing, painting, figure drawing, and more! BYOB and food for all classes. Visit the Marnée's Studio website for details! 

T.A.P. (Teaching Artists Project) 
Local artists are encouraged to sign up as part of a network (an artist database) that will be shared between the Museum, the Mobile Arts Council, and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The goal is to make it easier to provide eager artists with jobs - including teaching, public art creation, professional workshops, and more. Find out what you need to sign up through the TAP checklist. If you want to sign up, click here! 

Eastern Shore Camera Club 
Provides members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography; admission is free and open to anyone interested. Second Thursdays, 6:30 PM. Faulkner State Community College, Centennial Building, School Street and Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope. Call 251-401-0008 for details. 

Sumi-e Studio 
First and third Tuesday, 10 AM – 1 PM. Hosted by the Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America. Sessions take place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Ziegler Boulevard. $2. Eventual membership requested/ $10 annually. Contact Carol Wiggins for questions at carolw2651@comcast.net. 

Workshop: Ikebana 
Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164. Newcomers welcome. First Fridays at 10 AM. The workshop takes place at the Asian Culture House, 4850 Zeigler Boulevard. Admission is free! 

Azalea City Center for the Arts 
Classes for young people, including special needs children, in a variety of disciplines - dance, music, theatre and visual arts.
 

City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department 
Classes in various arts and crafts for adults and children at a number of venues; see in particular The Art Instructional Center at Lavretta Park. Complete schedule and information. 

Daphne Art Center 
Ongoing and weekly classes for adults and children, workshops and "fun evenings." Complete schedule. 

Eastern Shore Art Center  
Classes and workshops for adults and children. Visit the Center website and click on "Education." 

Mobile Museum of Art  
For adults - workshops, ongoing classes, and off-site classes; for children and families - after-school classes, spring break art camp, and art for home-schooled children. Visit the Museum website and click on Learn. 

University of South Alabama Center for Continuing Education 
Classes in a variety of subjects from personal to professional development opportunities, college prep courses, photography, foreign language, dance, and more! Complete Course List 

Arts and Crafts Markets

Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year.

LoDa ArtWalk

A monthly event jointly sponsored by the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department and Mobile Arts Council. On this evening, local art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops open their doors for people to come inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa ArtWalk. A map can be located on the bottom of the Special Events webpage here. To display inside a gallery during ArtWalk, please contact that gallery directly.

When:  Every second Friday of the month, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: LoDa (Downtown Mobile)

Holiday Market

Every year Mobile Arts Council and the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department work together to create the annual Holiday Market, taking place in Cathedral Square on December 22, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Market in the Park

Each year, Mobile Arts Council partners with the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department to produce this market event. Formerly known as Market on the Square, Market in the Park is the same market, located in Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile. The market features one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans, as well as locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honeys, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta, and more.

When - Seasonal event:

SPRING

  • April 28
  • May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • 7:30 AM until noon

FALL

  • October 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17
  • 7:30 AM until noon

Where: Cathedral Square (Downtown Mobile)

1065 Festival Arts and Crafts Market

Add: 1065 Festival Arts and Crafts Market; The 1065 Festival Arts and Crafts Market will take place in Downtown Mobile. This year Mobile Arts Council will be coordinating an arts and crafts market component that will take place on Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, September 30, 2018. Timeframe: 2 PM to 7 PM. Location: Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile. Vendors are responsible for providing their own 10x10 tent, table, and chairs.

SouthSounds Arts and Crafts Market

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival will be taking place in Downtown Mobile. This year Mobile Arts Council will be coordinating an arts and crafts market component that will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 through Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Timeframe: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Location: Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile. Vendors are responsible for providing their own 10x10 tent, table and chairs.

Mobile Galleries

The fourth edition of A Guide to Downtown Art Spaces is now available, listing venues that display original art, both commercial and non-profit organizations devoted specifically to art, as well as businesses for which visual art is an ancillary feature.

The brochure lists each venue’s physical address, phone number, website address and hours of operation. It also features a map showing each venue’s location.

The project has been coordinated by Mobile Arts Council, which hosts a monthly meeting of representatives of downtown art spaces, open to anyone who would like to be involved. Dee Cariglino (dee c. design) is responsible for the look and layout of the publication, and the printing was provided in part by Optera Creative.

Arts and Culture Directory

LITERATURE