March: “For Lynda” by Lynda Touart & “Elevating Refugee Voices”, Curated by Dwell Mobile & Alabama Folklife Association

Stop by MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 to shop in our gallery gift shop and to see two new exhibitions: For Lynda by Lynda Touart and Elevating Refugee Voices curated by Dwell Mobile & Alabama Folklife Association. These exhibitions will be featured in the MAC Gallery through March 30th, 2024.

Designed to elevate the lives and cultures of resettled refugees and to create exchange and connection among refugees and the broader community of Mobile, Alabama, Elevating Refugee Voices tells the stories of eight local refugee families through self-generated photography, children’s artwork, family portraits, and oral histories. Mobile takes pride in being a welcoming city for resettled refugees and other displaced individuals. They often arrive with minimal possessions and limited English. At best, they may know a few neighbors or acquaintances from their home country, but they are largely alone as they adapt to a new culture. These newer residents of Mobile often feel isolated and afraid. They’ve survived so much and want to take advantage of their opportunity. To support them, Dwell builds relationships between the people of Mobile and these refugees. Through our special events and regular programs, the Dwell family is there as they create a new home. Connect with Dwell Mobile to learn more about refugee resettlement in Mobile and how to get involved.

Lynda Touart, this year’s Arty Award recipient for Visual Artist, was a screen printer and darkroom technician as well as a painting and drawing instructor at USA and Faulkner State. She was a medical illustrator at the USA College of Medicine from 1991 – 2003. Lynda received her BFA from USA and MFA from Florida State University. She has been a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile since 1991 and secretary since 1999. She has actively exhibited her works at local and regional art exhibits including Greater Gulf State Fair, Gulf ArtSpace in Fairhope, Center for the Living Arts in Mobile, the Eastern Shore Art Center Whiting Gallery in Fairhope and others. You can donate towards Lynda’s recovery from recent life-altering injuries here:

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