Author: Kevin Lee

Red Cup artist pushes as hard as he can

The June ArtWalk crowd at Mobile Arts Council was captivated by artist Conz8000’s exhibit. It’s not the first buzz he’s made with his work, but it was a bang that almost did him in. No metaphor — the noise was a head-on collision with a truck on Moffett Road just a week before his opening. Conz said it totaled the car, “pushed the motor in” on the passengers and the odor of imminent explosion arose. “When I opened the door, all I saw was tombstones. I’m thinking I’m dead, but he hit us right in front of a monument...

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MAC awards grants

The Mobile Arts Council announced four winners of new $1,000 grants available for member artists or organizations that have not previously received funds from MAC. The umbrella group took in a total of 19 applications from various organizations, crafters, graphic designers, photographers, musicians, theaters, visual artists and videographers. A panel of professional artists and educators selected the following winners: • Photographer Karen Bullock • Quilter Nancy Goodman • Musician/composer Peter Kohrman • Nonprofit organization the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO). Recipients are free to use the funds in any way they see fit. OJO has its grant...

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Quirky Southern childhood spawns first book

Ask Foley author Kathie Farnell about the changes her native state has undergone, and they readily come to mind. “Things are more homogenous now. We have a lot of chain stores. Everybody sees the same movies and there’s chain restaurants, so I think to some extent you may have lost a sense of place,” Farnell said. Time’s sweep is on her mind these days with the publication of her first book, “Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family.” Its series of vignettes us drawn from her Atomic Age childhood, a nexus of shifting cultural standards and historic perspectives. Farnell will...

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New studio parties for charity

One local business is blending creativity with charity. Marnee’s Studio (2353 Airport Blvd.) is an artist-owned facility that will partner with a women’s health agency for the event “Picassos for P.P.” on June 29, 6-8:30 p.m. The “twist on traditional paint parties” will use acrylic paints and mixed media. Guests can chose from four figures (two male, two female) to be the focus of the piece. Cost is $35. Half of the proceeds will go toward Planned Parenthood. The event is BYOB. Appetizers, music and supplies are included. Reservations are recommended. Call 318-564-4634 or [email protected] questions. MMoA film series...

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Bench decides future of ballet lawsuit

A June 7 hearing before Circuit Judge Jay York will determine the future of a lawsuit against Mobile Ballet filed by a group of current and former board members. York will rule on a volley of amended actions and motions, which have flown since the original action was filed in late January. Plaintiffs alleged malfeasance, breach of fiduciary duty and other charges by Mobile Ballet director Karen Kennedy and a collection of board members in a 52-page document. The attached 25 pages of evidence drew a line to former artistic director Winthrop Corey’s sudden departure in November 2016. A...

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