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May 2021 Exhibitions: Quarantine Diaries, Exploring Photograms, and Boys & Girls Club Competition

May Exhibition Graphic Update

In conjunction with National Photography Month, the Mobile Arts Council Gallery will be hosting three photography exhibitions this May: Quarantine Diaries by the CameraSouth Photography Club, Sans Camera- Exploring Photograms by Mike Kittrell, and National Art Competition by the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama. These exhibitions will hang in the Mobile Arts Council Gallery from May 5th through May 28th, 2021. See it in person throughout the month or on LoDa ArtWalk night, Friday May 14th! A date for the closing reception honoring these artists will be announced at a later time. The MAC Gallery is open Wed-Fri, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery tour video coming to YouTube soon!

April 2021 Exhibitions: Alabama Astronaut - The Folk Art of Abe Partridge & L'inizio by Freddie Blache, Tres Johns, and Gage Nobles

April 2021, MAC is featuring two exhibitions: Alabama Astronaut - The Folk Art of Abe Partridge and L'inizio by Freddie Blache, Tres Johns, and Gage Nobles of Muffinjaw Designs. These pieces will hang through the end of the month in the Mobile Arts Council’s Gallery @ Room 1927. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for extended gallery hours on ArtWalk (April 9th) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 25th. Look below for a full, virtual gallery tour!

March 2021, MAC is featuring three exhibitions: Impressions by Carol George, Life Under the Sea by Susan Gibbs, and Love In Bloom by Sandy Holberg. These pieces will hang through the end of the month in the Mobile Arts Council’s Gallery @ Room 1927. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for extended gallery hours on ArtWalk (March12th) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27th. See images of the featured artworks below. Keep an eye out for a full gallery video tour in the coming days!

March 2021 Exhibitions: Carol George, Susan Gibs & Sandy Holberg

Impressions by Carol George

Impressions by Carol George is a collection of impressionistic acrylic paintings that focus primarily on landscapes. As a self-taught artist, she expresses herself in a painterly style. Bold colors and brush strokes can be found throughout her works.

Life Under the Sea by Susan Gibbs

Susan Gibbs' Life Under the Sea is a collection that has been 35 years in the making. One night after work, Susan found herself admiring the aquariums in B&B Pet Stop. It was here that she discovered an affinity for the colorful organisms that make up Life Under the Sea. With assistance from the internet, Susan has been able to travel under every body of water, from depths of thirty feet to seven miles. Using clay, she has translated her findings into expressions of what she has found. Susan says, "I do not try to recreate what I see, but rather how I feel about what I see."

Love In Bloom by Sandy Holberg

Love in Bloom displays Sandy Holberg's love for flowers and the natural world, filled as it is with sunlight, color and living things. These things bring her joy and happiness, and Sandy tries to express them with a few lines and liquid color. Sandy spent her early years with the flowers that surrounded her Northeast Mississippi home. Her Dad was a well-known horticulturist, and she captured much of his hybridized creations through her studies at the University of Alabama. After brightening many a South Alabama home with her decorator's talent, she resumed her garden passion with new images of the blossoms she loved which began her career.

February 2021, MAC is featuring three exhibitions: Visual Arts Achievement Program (District 1), Young at Art (District 1), and A Celebration of Black Artists. These pieces will hang through the end of the month in the Mobile Arts Council’s Gallery @ Room 1927. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for extended gallery hours on ArtWalk (February 12th) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 27th. See images of the featured artworks below.

February 2021- A Celebration of Black Artists

  February 2021-  Visual Arts Achievement - Group I, Middle School

February 2021- Visual Arts Achievement - Group II, High School

  February 2021- Young at Art- Elementary School

January 2021 - Art for All & Art Quilts by Nancy Goodman

January 2021, MAC is featuring two exhibitions: Art For All and Nancy Goodman’s Quilts. These pieces will hang through the end of the month in the Mobile Arts Council’s Gallery @ Room 1927. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on ArtWalk (January 8th) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Room 1927 will also be open for extended hours on January 30th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Watch a gallery tour of these exhibitions below!

The Mobile Arts Council, The Central Arts Collective, Full Life Ahead Foundation, and L’Arche Mobile are pleased to announce Art for All, an inclusive arts education program for adults. The goal of the program is to bring people of all abilities together to express their creativity and develop their skills in a variety of arts media including acrylics, graphics, watercolors, and more. This January, 58 framed works from Art for All, all created by students with developmental disabilities over a number of years, will be featured in our gallery. 100% of proceeds from these art sales will go toward purchasing supplies for Art For All‘s classes, so stop by and purchase a special piece for your home while supporting a great cause! If you are interested in volunteering or making a financial donation towards this program, please contact Lucy Gafford at director@mobilearts.org.

Nancy Goodman makes art quilts – quilts meant for the wall, rather than the bed. While firmly grounded in the craft of quilting, Goodman’s quilt style is improvisational, made without patterns or templates. She creates her designs using vibrant colors and complicated piecing. A final layer of intricate quilting (stitching that holds all the layers together) fills every inch of the quilt. Goodman exhibits her quilts in national and international shows and has won many awards. She lives and works in Mobile, AL. Within the artist’s featured works, she has included a Peace and Freedom Series. According to Goodman, “All over the world people are struggling for peace and freedom. These quilts commemorate some of those struggles.”

November-December 2020 - Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile

The 2020 Mobile Art Association and Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society fall shows hang in the Gallery in Room 1927 from Friday, November 13th until December 17th. Visit the gallery Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see the exhibition, or from 6 to 9 p.m. during ArtWalk on November 13th or December 11th. We will remain closed November 25th - 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society participating members include: Ben Kaiser, Vanessa Quintana, Carolyn Greene, Lynda Smith Touart, Corky Goldman, Karen D. McGahagin, Barbara Rettig, Carol Wiggins, Marcy Matherne, Anne Festorazzi, Martha Ann Rowan, Deborah Guy, Philippe Oszuscik, Judy Aronson, Gail Bramer, Kate Seawell, Mayssam Iskandar, Barbara Cline, Mary Anne Trovato, Mary Rodning , Juli Day, Barbara Davis, Melissa Root, Rudolph C. Villarreal, Laura Becker, JoAnn Cox, and Amanda Youngblood.

Watch a video tour of these exhibits on MAC's YouTube channel here!

November-December 2020 - Mobile Art Association 

The 2020 Mobile Art Association and Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society fall shows hang in the Gallery in Room 1927 from Friday, November 13th until December 17th. Visit the gallery Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see the exhibition, or from 6 to 9 p.m. during ArtWalk on November 13th or December 11th.

Below are works from members of the Mobile Art Association, including: Yuko Takushige Jordan, Marnée Wiley, Clara Brunk, Fan Murray, Gina McGee, Melissa Munger, Helen Thurber, Dare’ Radcliff, Mary Rodning, Stephanie Bromley, Anne Rose, Karen D. McGahagin, Gail Bramer ,Corky Goldman, Judy Campbell, Tamara Jordan Lindsay, Nikki Shaw, Nola Powell, Jerry Fair, Melissa M. Root, Joanne Brandt, Juli Day, Philippe Oszuscik, Carol Wiggins, Judy Aronson, Michelle Jones, Mike Carmichael, Rudolph C. Villarreal, Suzanne Fox, Lynn Amedy, Nancy Hora, Benjamin Kaiser, Barbara Rettig, and Jeremy Sigle.

The MAA 2020 Fall Open Show winners are as follows:

Best of Show  - $500 Cash Sponsored by Greer's Markets: Carol Wiggins, "A Lovely Gift"
Second Place - $250 Cash: Dare' Radcliff, "Oyster Tongers"
Third Place: Marjorie Dubina Memorial - $100 Cash  (Sponsored by Kate Seawell): Mike Carmichael, "Hibiscus"
Watercolor Award: $200 Cash (Sponsored by the Watercolor Society of Alabama): Corky Goldman, "Glory in the Gulf"
George Dubina Merit Award: $100 Cash (Sponsored by Kate Seawell): Tamara Jordan Lindsay, "Guarding the Cotton"

 

September-October 2020 - Annual MAC Members' Show

The 2020 Members' Show hangs in the Gallery in Room 1927 from Friday, Septemeber 4th until Thursday, October 29th. The show features over 30 artists that represent the array of mediums and skill levels within Mobile's visual arts community. Visit the gallery Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see the work of MAC members.

The 2020 MAC Members' Show features:

Aireanne Lopez, Amanda Youngblood, Amy Bark, Anne Rose, Ashley Friend, Ben Kaiser, Benita McNider, Bryant Whelan, Corky Goldman, Dawson Morgan, Ginger Woechan, Gregory Dixon, Gwen Ainsworth, Harlan Schwall, Janie Brown, Jerry Fair, Judy Aronson, Kathleen Kirk Stoves, Laurie Schaerer, Lillian McKinney, Lynda Smith Touart, Marnée Wiley, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Micah Mermilliod, Michelle Pujols, Mike Carmichael, Mike Kittrell, Molly Lorraine Phalan, Monica J. Beasley, Nikki Shaw, Renee Wallace, Robert Schroeter, Ruby Lange, Sherry Peckens, Soynika Edwards-Bush, Susan Fitzsimmons, Susan Mogan, William Morris, and Yannicke Lee.

July 2020 - Reagan Barnett, Micah Mermilliod, Taylor Shaw

This July, the Mobile Arts Council is proud to showcase three artists from the Mobile area. Regan Barnett presents Nature's Lens, an impressionist look at landscape and nature photography. Micah Mermilliod's exhibition, Quarantine Walks, is a series of Fujifilm Instax photographs that reflect the changes he noticed in the community throughout the quarantine. Taylor Shaw presents Quilts from Quarantine which is a group effort to create something larger than the individual, and provide a sense of distant community in times of worry.

April 2020 - "Five Competition"

This April, the Mobile Arts Council’s Virtual Gallery presents “Five,” MAC's biennial college art competition. Artwork by students of the 2019 - 2020 academic year from Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile, and the University of South Alabama has been selected by this year’s judge, renowned ceramicist, Charles Smith.

March 2020 - "Home and Heritage" & "Universal Beauty"

March 2020, the Mobile Arts Council's Gallery @ Room 1927 featured artists Ben Kaiser and Cat Pope in their new show, “Home and Heritage,” and Sahar Alford’s exhibition, “Universal Beauty."

According to Kaiser and Pope, artists often look back on their childhoods for inspiration. They think of loved ones. They think of the places where they grew up; places that mean or meant something. They think about where they came from and the people that matter most.

“Home and Heritage,” is a show of growth. It is a depiction of pasts and beginnings; of hometowns and explorations; and of colors that take us back to a place we remember. Kaiser and Pope hope that in seeing their work you not only see a part of them but connect to a piece that resonates with you, too.

Like painting, Alford’s love and passion for dance came at a very early age. Her March exhibition is a series of realistic paintings with the theme of “Universal Beauty.” The purpose is to capture beauty, strength and dreams of females from around the world through different dance styles and cultures.

Visit our exhibiting artist sites here: Cat Pope, Benjamin Kaiser, Sahar K Alford.