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.

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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

Call for Artists - CICA New Media Art Conference 2020 Call for Papers & Exhibitions
CICA Museum invites creative writers, scholars, and artists worldwide to participate in the CICA New Media Art Conference 2020 and the publication. Proposals are open for paper presentations, workshops, experimental sessions, as well as artistic performance. Selected essays will be featured in the book “New Media Art 2021,” expected to be published in December 2020. Apply for CICA New Media Art Conference 2020 Call for Papers & Exhibitions here. Deadline: February 3, 2020

Call for Artists - Murze: Double Vision Political Art – International Artist Call
Fake news, political division and stricter borders. With this artist call, murze is interested in artists creating responsive, challenging work that addresses cultural power structures, social challenges and environmental issues. The current political landscape seems rife with uncertainty, unpredictability and a certain amount of fragility. Artists working in any medium are invited to submit artwork to this open call. All artwork will be considered. Please submit a portfolio of up to six images. Deadline: January 20, 2020.

Call for Artists - Submit to "The Sick," for Publication
New art/literary publication, Seventh Child, is seeking submissions for its first open call, to result in a print publication dissecting “the sick.” All interpretations of the theme are welcome, including those said to be arguably challenging, subversive, unorthodox, or uncomfortably subjective. Deadline: February 15, 2020

Call for Artists: I-Park 2020 Artists-in-Residence Program
I-Park is now accepting applications for its fully-funded artists’ residencies. The residencies are open to artists and designers working in the visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image/new media and architecture/landscape design. Set within a 450-acre nature preserve in East Haddam, CT, I-Park provides residents with room and board, a private studio and undisturbed time to pursue their creative projects. Details and submission forms are available at i-park.org. Applications are due January 15, 2020.

Cricket Wireless: Free Vendor Market

Alabama State Council on the Arts: Arts Educator Fellowship
Deadline: March 2nd, 2020, $5,000 award to be used to enhance the teaching and/or artistic creativity of the applicant. The Arts Educator Fellowship is a recognition award for exceptional teaching and personal mentoring of Alabama students within one or more of the arts disciplines as defined by the Alabama Course of Study, Arts Education. The cash award should be used to further the career of the artist educator, enhancing creativity in the arts and educational practice. For more information, visit http://www.arts.state.al.us/programs/AIE/education.aspx. 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
On a rolling basis, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding or who have incurred unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply for Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant here.

Members Wanted: Clear22.org
Clear22.org works with professional artists and entrepreneurs to gather resources for emerging artists of all types including photographers, writers, visual artists, and musicians, among others, who have been directly affected by war and military service. The website also features an online marketplace and artist grant program.

Instructors Wanted: Round But Square Studios
Round But Square Studios is seeking arts and crafts instructors to share their talents! Whether you paint, college, tie-dye, arrange flowers, decorate, knit/embroider or possess another crafty talent, the studio can offer you the space to teach your skills to students of all ages. Round But Square Studios is an art studio that seeks to inspire creative thinking, develop artistic skills, spark curiosity and promote self-expression and creative confidence. The studio offers art classes, creative workshops, camps and birthday parties; from toddlers to the very wise! Please visit the website or email roundbutsquarestudios@gmail.com to learn more on how you can get involved!

Instructors Wanted: Stewart Heath Gallery
Stewart Heath Gallery is looking to create a creative space on the Eastern Shore that goes beyond your run-of-the-mill gallery. If you are an art,, calligraphy, yoga, meditation, dance, or music instructor, this is a beautiful space for class rentals. There are two spaces available for classes: the front gallery space and a private working space in the back area. The space is available Mondays 6 AM to 9 PM, Tuesday-Saturday early morning for private sessions, and anytime after 5 PM. The smaller private back room space is available anytime. If interested, reach out to the gallery at 251-270-1154. You may also contact Andrea Powell Walker at Andrea@divinemoxie.us.

Vendors Wanted: 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers
The market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center will feature local, handmade arts & crafts, and locally grown farmer’s market items. There is no fee, but donations to the Friends of Five Rivers Fund are appreciated. A one time application and a photo or online view of your sale items is required. Attendees must RSVP for the market dates you plan to attend no later than one week prior. Apply online today!

Studio Space: Alabama Hues - Art Share, Work Space & Gallery
Alabama Hues strives to foster imagination and creativity in their studio by helping students create beautiful art. Studio is available to book on day-by-day basis. Visit their website for additional information, or call Bill Appling at 251-973-8667 or email bill@alabamahues.org.

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. 

Central Arts Shared Spaces: Central Presbyterian Church
Shared creative work space is available at Central Presbyterian Church! In addition to renting private studio rooms in the Church's buildings to artists and arts nonprofits, they now also have large open workspaces available. If you're interested, email Rev. Chris 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. 

DANCE/MUSIC

Alabama School of the Arts: 2019-2020 Piano Festival Concerts
The series includes master classes and seminars, student and faculty recitals, and special performances by Elite 88, UM’s piano ensemble. All events are free and open to the public.

Every event will be held in Moorer Auditorium, located in Martin Hall on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy, Mobile, Alabama 36613.

Weekly master classes are open to the public and UM students. They will be held each Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. They will feature instruction and performance by Steinway artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, director of piano studies and professor of music. Occasionally, extended master classes will be led by special guests.

Job Opening: Program Assistant - South Arts
South Arts seeks a full-time Program Assistant for our new national initiative Jazz Road. Based in Atlanta, this position will work directly with jazz artists and venues to spread jazz across the country, as well as with other South Arts programs. This is a unique opportunity to help develop a significant new music initiative. Open until filled.

Dance, Gymnastics, Musical Theater and More: Azalea City Center for the Arts
Learn the basics of tumbling and gymnastics while focusing on body control, balance, strength, and flexibility. With yoga techniques added to the gymnastics above, this class will also teach flexibility and body control. Musical Theatre Dance is designed for students to learn multiple musical theatre dance styles: jazz, tap and many Broadway styles based on legendary dance choreographers. Visit their website for full details!

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! 

Classes: Mobile Ballet - The Ballet School
Mobile Ballet School is recognized as the region’s foremost dance studio, offering the finest training in classical ballet and jazz. All students in the Mobile Ballet School enjoy exciting performance opportunities, including being on stage in The Nutcracker ballet at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, performing with the Mobile Ballet Company at the Nutcracker Charity Ball, and the year-end Showcase. Auditions are not required to enroll at Mobile Ballet. Each student is evaluated and placed in the correct class to achieve the best results. Visit their website to view the full class schedules and pricing.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Arts For The Future 2020 International Student Art Contest
Arts For The Future is inviting students from all over the world to use their talents, imagination, and creativity to create original artwork. For details and requirements, see website, https://www.artscontest.org. Deadline: May 15, 2020

2020 Double Exposure - Juniors Competition
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring its 17th Annual Double Exposure Photography Competition for Juniors at The Junior League Gallery January 21-February 9, 2020. A $25 entry fee entitles any Alabama photographer grades 6-12 to submit up to three works for judging. Only original works by those residing in Alabama may enter. Images must not have been previously shown in a Double Exposure Exhibit.

Mobile Symphony String Academy Eastern Shore
Middle and High School String Students in the Eastern Shore! JOIN the Mobile Symphony Eastern Shore String Academy in Fairhope, AL. Play new repertoire, polish your string techniques and learn new ones, perform exciting music and make new friends that also LOVE playing violin, viola, cello or bass! Register online or call (251)432-2010 Attn. Daniela Pardo or Ben Harper.

Mobile Symphony String Academy
Mobile String Academy: Middle and High School String Students in the Mobile Area JOIN the Mobile Symphony String Academy in Downtown Mobile, AL. Play new repertoire, polish your string techniques and learn new ones, perform exciting music and make new friends that also LOVE playing violin, viola, cello or bass! Register online or call (251)432-2010.

Alabama Art Education Association: Fall Conference Early Registration

Intro to Pottery Workshop:  Handbuilding
Have fun while learning the fundamentals of pottery in this 3-day workshop. We will focus on hand-building techniques such as slab building, coil rolling, and form pinching. We will create a piece of work from each technique and create 3 functional pottery pieces or more if time allows!

Please bring snack-lunch. Coffee and water provided. All materials are included. Spaces are limited. Sign up.

Block Printing Workshop:
Have you ever been curious how block printing techniques like linocut and woodcut worked, or has it been a while since you've worked in the medium? AIGA is hosting a workshop where they will show you techniques to set up, carve, and print your own design. Workshop fee of $25 includes carving kit, carving block, printing ink, and paper. You'll need to provide your own design for a 5x7" print, or we'll provide one for you. Register online here!

Art Journaling, Plaster Painting, Pastels, and More - Stewart Heath Gallery
Join Stewart Heath Gallery for a series of intensive art workshops throughout the months of July and August. Visit their Facebook event page for full details and to register!

Kiln-Worked Glass Classes & Open Studio Sessions: Rene Culler LLC

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). 

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. 

Monthly Free Workshops: Ikebana
Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164 would like to welcome newcomers to their free monthly programming. Workshops take place at the Asian Culture House, 850 Zeigler Boulevard on every first Friday of the month from 10 AM - 12 PM. There, they present many programs, including Japanese floral arranging and gift wrapping. Admission is free! 

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. 

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 

LITERATURE

Gulf Cost Writers Association
GCWA is a nationally-recognized organization founded in 1986. Based in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. GCWA strives to provide opportunities and encouragement for all writers. From individuals who dream of writing their first story or poem, to experienced published authors, GCWA welcomes members whos share the joy of the written word. Visit their website for more information on how to get involved!

Sholastic 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 2019 awards will open on December 1st and January 12th, 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. 

THEATRE

Actor's Edge: Theatre Classes with Eric Browne
Actor's Edge Studio specializes in theatre classes for all ages and skill levels. Intimate classes will take place on weeknights at the Azalea City Center of the Arts. View the class flyer for full details and scheduling information.

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. 

VISUAL ARTS

Workshop - Sculpting Secrets Revealed with Scott Darlington
In this sculpting class, students will draw inspiration from everyday objects that are important in their lives. Observation, drawing, deconstruction, logic, physic, intuition and practice are the basis for mastering bare bones methods for sculpting glass. We will use blown and solid cold core techniques, bit work, fire polish, the garage, and teamwork to debunk hot shop myths and reveal that sculpting is FUNdamental. Dates: Feb. 29th & March 1st.

Call for Artists - 10th Annual Femme Fest 2020
This group visual arts exhibit, sponsored by Women’s Caucus for Art of Louisiana, features the work of women artists in Louisiana. Entries accepted until capacity is full. Hanging fee is $21 for non-members and free of charge for 2019 paid members. There is no membership requirement to participate in this show. Apply for 10th Annual Femme Fest 2020 here.

Call to Artists - Neoteric Abstract VIII
SlowArt Productions presents the eighth Neoteric Abstract exhibition. This exhibition is exclusively for abstract artists and will represent a full range of abstraction, from the geometric to the lyrical, from the precise to the raw. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. The exhibition will be held at Limner Gallery,  April 2 - 25, 2020. Apply for Neoteric Abstract VIII here.

Call for Artists - Mass: Open to Works Dealing with Mass
CICA Museum invites artists worldwide to participate in the International Exhibition, “Mass.” We are open to photography, 2D digital art, video art, interactive art, painting, sculpture and installation art dealing with mass (sculptural concept), mass culture, pop culture, and issues of publicity/privacy. Deadline: January 27, 2020

Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores - Tacky Sweater Beach Getaway Giveaway
Baby, it's cold outside! How would you like to trade in your white snow for white sand? Here’s your chance to eat, drink & be TACKY this winter! We are giving away a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach getaway to one crafty winner. 1. Create your very own TACKY sweater using duct tape 2. Cover all fabric with duct tape and make your design unique (view rules) 3. Submit a photo, share online, vote daily from February 1, 2020 - February 15, 2020.

Call for Artists: Aesthetica Art Prize 2020
Awards include £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner, £1,000 for the Emerging Prize Winner, as well as publication within the Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists Anthology, and a chance to participate in the annual Art Prize Exhibition which will run for 12-weeks.

Call for Artists: Mural in Gadsden
The Gadsden Chamber of Commerce is looking to infuse their city with murals. They have a budget of roughly $2,000 per mural. Size:15' to 30' high, 60' wide. Subject matter is open, but something with historical significance/ relevance to their location, or ideas such as “welcome to Gadsden” are encouraged. They are looking to have two or three murals a year created in multiple locations. If you are interested, contact gmagadsden@gmail.com!

Alabama Music Box Free Vendor Space
We’ve been playing catch up since we opened but we’re back in the art walk game and have loads of tables, sidewalk and FEE-FREE space for all of you lovely creative people to share and sell your art from. So come sell your art in the only venue that has a high-art fun house face haha! If you’d like to set up just send me an email with “ART WALK” in the header with your name and a few pics of your art and we will add you to the art walk event on our FB page and promote your stuff! No cheap imported jewelry or other similar garbage will be allowed. That’s what AMB Flea on Sunday’s are for. Needs to be from your brain and hands please!
Email: Alabamamusicbox@me.com

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
On a rolling basis, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. Apply for The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant here.

Call for Artists: The 2020 Southern Prize by South Arts
Open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, working in the Visual Arts, including crafts, drawing, experimental art, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary. If you have questions about this application, please first consult the Frequently Asked Questions link in the Southern Prize Guidelines . If you still have questions, email SouthernPrize@southarts.org.

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Call for Artists: Lupercalia Art Society
A new art gallery will be opening in Downtown Mobile, Alabama in late summer. Lupercalia Art Society is looking for established and emerging artists to display in this historic, innovative, and very unique space. Located directly in the middle of the Downtown arts district, it will give painters, potters, glassworkers, woodworkers, fabric artists, metalworkers, sculptors, and anyone who creates two or three dimensional art a place to showcase their work. It will also be a community where artists can mingle, learn from each other, teach classes and contribute to fostering the arts not only in our city, but throughout the Gulf Coast Region. Signup is available here.

Production Artist Wanted: Bear Walker Premium Skateboards
Bear Walker is a custom skateboard cruiser manufacturing company headquartered in Daphne, AL. Bear Walker is currently looking for a production artist for its manufacturing facility. This company has been in business for several years and has recently experienced considerable growth as their boards have gained traction among a number of celebrities (for example, the cast of Stranger Things, Robert Downey Jr., Grant Gustin, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Jason Mamoa, and more).

This position will work closely with Bear (the Founder/CEO) as well as the rest of a small team of painters who finish the custom boards. A qualified candidate should have the following experience:
• Proficiency with the painting, specifically with airbrush
• Graphic Design experience is also valued.
• High school degree, preferably a college degree.

The job is full time (40+ hours) but may be part time for the right individual. Pay is competitive. If interested, please reach out to bear@bearwalker.com with a resume and cover letter.

Call for Artists: Mobile Public Library – Gallery Space
The Ben May Main Library is looking for artists to exhibit in their 40 feet of available gallery walls! It is free to display works in their space, which includes an easy-to-use hanging system. Exhibiting artists are encouraged to hold receptions during their exhibitions, which can hang for up to two months. See their hold harmless agreement here. Contact Sarah McGough at smcgough@mplonline.org for additional information!

Painters Wanted: Denny Manufacturing
Denny Manufacturing is currently searching for full or part-time custom back drop painters. If interested, contact Mitzi Variali at 457-2388, or stop by their warehouse located at 3007 Dial Street to fill out an application.

Call for Artists and Crafters: Mobile Arts Council - 2019 Market Events
The Mobile Arts Council is now accepting applicants for our 2019 Market Events, including LoDa ArtWalk, SouthSounds Music Festival, and Market in the Park. Please review our 2019 Arts & Craft Market Guidelines before applying. Apply now through our website here!

Call for Artists & Available Rental Space: Stewart Heath Gallery in Eastern Shore
Stewart Heath Gallery is a gallery at the Eastern Shore Shopping center (between Dillards and Belk in the outdoor mall). They are currently accepting artists to display their works, as well as renting out their space for events, classes, and more. If interested, contact gallery owner Stewart Heath at 404-822-3018 or email heathjordan@aol.com.

Call for Artists: The Artists' Place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
The Artists’ Place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer serves as an arts ministry to the congregation and community. Their intent is to provide works of beauty and aesthetic power in areas of the church where people gather; to provide an outreach to the community by inviting them to display or view local art works; and to provide an opportunity for people in the community to become familiar with Redeemer and the Episcopal Church. View the exhibition information and agreement for more information!

Call for Artists: Salon West 54 Hundred - Gallery Space
Salon West 54 Hundred is set to open their new “downtown” salon in Midtown on September 1st and are in need of artists. They have 60’ of gallery track with lots of available wall space and an artistic vibe. Commission on sales is 20%. Contact Whitney Vittor at (251) 662-8370 for additional information, or message them on their facebook page.

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery - Art Does It
Art Does It (ADI) is an Alabama non-profit with a Federal 501 (c)(3) charitable status, and a Board of Trustees–consisting of artists, business professionals, grant writers, and legal minds– formed in light of the recent need for a permanent artist exhibition space on Dauphin Island. ADI and the artists wish to call the former DI welcome center its home and to operate an artist co-op there. Visit their website to get involved with the gallery!

Call for Vendors: Thursday Markets at Alabama Hues
Beginning Thursday May 10th, local arts and crafts vendors will join us in a monthly sip and shop night. Come out and peruse their work, see vintage and antique vendors with special sales, door prizes, food trucks and more! Vendor fee is $20, bring your own setup. Email alabamahues@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Call for Artists: Gallery Space at USA's Student Center
The University of South Alabama wants to exhibit your artwork! They have a newly renovated space upstairs in the Student Center featuring a hanging system over an exposed brick wall. Exhibitions can stay hung for at least 2 months, and the faculty will host a free reception for selected artists. If interested, contact Rachael Bolden, Associate Director of the Student Center, by email at rabolden@southalabama.edu or by phone at (251) 460-6196.

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 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 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 now being accepted for fine artists and handcrafters in Mobile and South Mobile County to show and sell their work in the Dauphin Island Gallery on 918 Bienville Blvd. Contact the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council at 251-490-0294 or  email photos of your work to jury@dauphinislandas.org if you want to apply!

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: 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 gallery at Room 1927, 6 S Joachim 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). 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 Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 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. 

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 8, 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.

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