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Celebrating 5 Years of ArtWalk

09 Jul 2010

written by Mailer-Daemon

Celebrating 5 Years of ArtWalk


A brief exchange with one of the LoDa Art scene’s favorite sons, Charlie Smoke from the Mobile Arts Council.

Mod Mobilian : Were you a part of “the LoDa Artwalk team” from the start? When did you come in?

Charlie Smoke : We were part of ArtWalk from the beginning, though I confess that I wasn’t sure downtown had enough venues to make it a really attractive event. I’m delighted to say I was proved wrong.

MM : What’s new on the MAC agenda in the next 365 days? Give us some teasers.

CS : ChARTing New Directions,” our summer program for youth in the juvenile justice system
More SketchCrawls, including one at the Exploreum during the reptile exhibit

Presentation of the 2010 Greater Mobile Arts Awards in Cathedral Square during the September ArtWalk

A second edition of “Whodunit?” – our silent auction fundraiser — in October

Some must-see exhibitions ranging from the work of dynamic young artists (e.g. in August, we present Nikkita Bhakta, Sol Davis and Josh Holland) to that of some well-established artists (e.g. this fall features shows by Conroy Hudlow, Emily McMillan, Bertice McPherson and Fred Baldwin)
What’s the greatest change you’ve seen in your time with MAC?

More visibility. More people are aware of MAC and at least some of our activities and services – thanks to our move to street level on Dauphin, our monthly exhibitions and participation in ArtWalk, other new programs (e.g. Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers and film scrambles), our online presence…

Also – stronger relationships with individual artists

MM : What do you think (if anything) is a critical change that NEEDS TO take place, moving forward?

CS : Increased funding, that may, among other changes, lead to additonal staff.

MM : Thanks very much, Charlie!

and now, what-all is going on for the 5th Anniversary of ArtWalk tonight (Fri Jul 9) ?

Loda ArtWalk: 5th Anniversary
Exhibitions and entertainment in a variety of downtown galleries and other venues. Plus: Community mural in Cathedral Square; scavenger hunt with a prize of a CD featuring local musicians and Friday @ 5 artists who have played at ArtWalks. City of Mobile Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 6 – 9 PM. Cathedral Square Arts District (LOwer DAuphin St). 251-208-7443.

–Reception: The Art Gown Project and Simplicity
Gowns as the canvas for interpretation and appreciation of famous works of art by Da Vinci, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Kahlo, Klimt, Picasso, Miro, Dali, Kandinski, and others; and photographs by April Brown. On the sidewalk: Baklava Bellydance (4 dancers and a drummer at 7, 7:45 and 8:30); artists, including Tom Andrews and Joseph Moiren. 6 – 9 PM. Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St) Through Fri, Jul 30. Mon – Fri, 9 AM – 5 PM. 251-432-9796.

–Opening Reception: Color, Image and Surface
Featuring works by JoAnn Cox, Mark Davis and Wanda Sullivan. 6 – 9 PM. The Paper Wasp (306 Dauphin St) Through Sat, Aug 7. Mon – Fri, 11 AM – 4 PM; Sat, 11 AM – 2 PM. 251-648-2058.

–Opening Reception: Salsa: South Alabama Survey of Artists
Exhibition of works juried by Ron Platt (Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham (AL) Museum of Art), featuring Southern artists: Karoru Oka, Patti Kunstadt, Sara Morales, Wanda Sullivan, Kathryn Noletto, Fred Marchman, Natalie Johnson, Jo Kelley, Susan Kangal, Stephen Strickland, William Smith, Kevin D’Amico, William Bunce, Lynda McDonald, Missy Patrick, Joanne Brandt, Peter Moreno-Lacalle, Bertice McPherson, Jami Buck, Lydia Host, Nikki Vahle-Schneider, Brian Evans, Provie Musso, Larry Simpson, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Lindy Hawthorne, Nancy Goodman, Carrie Dixon, Rachael Ellzey, Evelyn Bradford, Kathy Sowder, Thomas Neese, Georgia Godwin, Vicki Pirtle, Mary Emily Davidson, Ted Burn, Kimberly Krause, Laura Krause, Nikkita Bhakta, Vance Smith, April Hopkins, McLeod Turner, Tazewell Morton, Monica Beasley, and Clare Frank Hairstans. 6 – 9 PM; 7:30 PM: Announcement of awards. Space 301 (301 Conti St) Through Fri, Sep 3. Wed – Sat, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sun, noon – 5 PM. 251-208-5671.

–Reception: Photography by Michael Mastro
light hors d’oeuvres; wine from Taste! 6 – 9 PM. wellbornIdeas (356 Dauphin St). 251-281-2015.

–Open House: South Alabama Film Festival
6 – 9 PM. South Alabama Film Festival Office (550 Dauphin St).

–Reception: Life’s Celebrations
Works by more than 60 local artists; this month “depicting who we are and what we love along the Gulf Coast and what we do not want to lose;” music by Cruise Control. 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Cathedral Square Gallery (612 Dauphin St) Through Sat, Jul 30. Tue – Sat, 11 AM – 5 PM; Sun, 11 – 3 PM. 251-694-0278/

–Ballroom Dance and Dinner at Cafe Royal
Includes three-course dinner. 6 – 8 PM. Cafe Royal (101 Dauphin St) $25. 251-405-5251.

–ArtWalk at Koch
An eclectic collection of art, spotlighting watercolors by Frances Ashcraft, Betty Walker, Kathy Whitinger, Bea Tucker and others, as well as paintings by Gustavo Daniel Navarro, Jean Marie Lee, Vance Smith, Fred Marchman, John Chamblin, Lars Britt and Marilyn Roberts; also, a selection of hand-tinted antique prints of the Battle of Mobile Bay from Harpers Weekly; antique maps of Alabama; coastal charts and more. 6 – 9 PM. Koch Galleries (507 St Louis St). 251-680-7641.

Lil Greenwood and Hosea London
Jazz vocalist and trumpet player. 8 – 10 PM. Serda’s Coffee Company (2 S Royal St). 251-415-3000.

Opening: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
by John Bishop; director: Timothy Guy. 8 PM. Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave, Fairhope) Adults/ $15; students/ $10. 251-928-4366. Also: Sat, 8 PM; Sun, 2:30 PM; Wed-Sun.

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