Author: Kevin Lee

ESAC gets new director

The Eastern Shore Art Center welcomes a new executive director when Bryant Galloway Whelan steps up on Sept. 18. She succeeds Kate Fisher, who is retiring after seven years atop the Fairhope arts agency. Whelan spent years in the same role at the Mary O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs. A Mobile native and visual artist, Whelan has a BFA from Auburn University and a background in both art instruction and business, with stints at Red Square Agency and The Focus Group in Gulfport. She also headed her own marketing and consulting firm for arts,...

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Biggest Marchman show ever at MAC

How do you fit the life works of one of Mobile’s most prolific artists into a few thousand square feet? You start by making it a family project. “Fred [Marchman]’s family has done the yeoman’s work of sorting through thousands and thousands of pieces of original artwork. He never threw anything away,” William Coleman Mills said. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, woodcuts and carvings that make the cut will fill the entirety of Mobile Arts Council’s (318 Dauphin St.) three galleries throughout August. Marchman passed away in April 2016 just five days after his 75th birthday. Since January, his sister,...

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Theatre 98 auditions “Spelling Bee”

Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) is staging “The Putnam County Spelling Bee” as its last show of the 2017 season. It will run the last three weekends in October, and they need actors. Auditions will be held Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. for a show described as “both charming and funny.” Singers and actors of all ages and ethnicities who can portray adults or “the essence of middle school-aged contestants” are welcome. Callbacks will be Wednesday, Aug. 2. Come prepared with 16 bars of any song that best shows off your voice and...

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2017 Nappies feature fresh talent, unvanquished faves

A June 2017 announcement about recent Moroccan discoveries doubled the apparent age of homo sapiens, back to about 300,000 years ago. Among the evidence in the dig site was the control and manipulation of fire, handmade tools and the first Nappie awards for some of this year’s winners. COMPLETE LIST — 2017 NAPPIE AWARDS However, among the perennial victories there are faces resurgent and new. So let’s get to it: Best Local Painter: Devlin Wilson This is the second win in a row for Wilson, his fifth since the arts categories first appeared in 2008. He also finished second...

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All aboard for MOJO jazz journey

Inspiration takes many forms, and sometimes it can be right under your rump. A trip can spark emotions, and that’s why rails and wings have undergirded a suitcase full of tunes such as “Take the A Train” and “Flyin’ Home.” The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will pay homage to musical numbers spawned by trains and planes on Monday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). The City Rhythm Big Band will be at center stage for a roundtrip ticket through the Great American Songbook. Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for...

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